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Academy of Natural Science tickets

Gate Prices Adult $19.95
Child (3-12) $15.95

Experience ecosystems from around the world and be transported to the great outdoors with the exciting, hands-on exhibits at the Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University, right in Philadelphia.

Come face-to-face with towering dinosaur skeletons, meet live animals, stroll through an indoor, tropical garden filled with live butterflies, dig for fossils, and more. Historic dioramas depict ecosystems, plant, and animal life from all over the world, so the learning reaches far beyond the confines of Pennsylvania, or even the US.

Watch the Academy staff preparing fossils in the Fossil Prep Lab before they get sent off to be studied by scientists, and more – the Academy of Natural Sciences features regular and temporary interactive exhibits and a Children’s Discovery Center, all geared towards providing visitors a chance to be a scientist for a day and interact with real science experts.

This research institute is dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.

What to expect:
The Philadelphia Pass gets you free General Admission tickets to the Academy of Natural Science.

Exhibition highlights:

  • Butterflies! Live butterflies from around the world flying around their tropical garden exhibit.
  • Outside In: geared towards kids from 3-8 and their parents, this offers visitors a chance to get hands-on with live animals and more.
  • Dinosaur Hall: see skeletons of more than 30 species, including Avaceratops, Chasmosaurus, Tyrannosaurus rex, and more and learn about the science behind paleontology and important discoveries.
  • The Big Dig: put on some goggles, grab your fossil brush, and get digging! Geared towards younger audiences, visitors can dig around a designated area to find and identify bones and fossils.
  • Dioramas: a fusion or art and science, these windows into wildernesses of far off places are both fascinating and educational.
  • And lots more!

Tips for visiting:

  • Check the Academy’s schedule before you go to plan your visit around their daily Naturalist Shows that further explore natural history with interactive presentation, often involving live animals or museum specimens.

Fun facts:

  • Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Science is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the New World.
  • This museum was formerly known as the Academy of Sciences in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Pass is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Choose to use your pass for Academy of Natural Science tickets, then look to the list of other top attractions for your other Explorer Pass admission choices!

Getting In

Present your pass at the admission desk


Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday, Holidays: 10:00am - 5:00pm. Call Museum for holiday closings.


1900 Ben Franklin Park at 19th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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