Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

One of the world’s foremost natural history museums

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The discoveries that rocked the world then and now share four floors of exhibit space in the family-friendly Academy of Natural Sciences.

The fully constructed Tyrannosaurus rex, one of the largest meat-eating dinosaurs, towers over Dinosaur Hall, also home to fossils from a Hadrosaurus foulkii discovered in New Jersey in 1856.

Visitors can climb inside a Tyrannosaurus rex skull, try on horns and claws, and dig for fossils.

Multitudes of butterflies from Kenya, Costa Rica and Malaysia flit around in a simulated tropical rainforest.

Large game animals acquired in the 1920s and 1930s are mounted in 3-D painted dioramas that replicate their natural habitats; for Philadelphians of that era, this was their first sighting of an Indian tiger or a wildebeest.

The History

Many of the museum’s live animals are featured in shows throughout the day.

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is the oldest continually operating museum of its kind in the Western Hemisphere.

The institution sponsored some of the seminal explorations for American wildlife and fossils, and by the early 1900s, expanded those explorations to Africa, Asia and the Antarctic.

Researchers worldwide utilize the museum’s more than 17 million specimens for biodiversity studies.

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In the Outside-In hands-on nature center, children can touch a hissing Madagascar cockroach or a snake, crawl through a tree trunk and examine fossils under a microscope.

Butterflies! features dozens of different butterflies from around the world encased in over 1,200-square-feet of exquisite gardens and interactive freedom. Guests witness the different stages in a butterfly’s life cycle and let their imaginations take flight as they experience the beauty and charm of these delicate creatures.

Many of the museum’s live animals are featured in shows throughout the day.

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