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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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Neighbourhood: City Center West
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Address: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103-1101
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+1 215-299-1000
10:00 - 16:30
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:30
Sat - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a...

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Visitors can enjoy four floors of interactive permanent exhibits, come face-to-face with T. rex and other prehistoric creatures in Dinosaur Hall, take a stroll in a tropical garden in the live Butterflies! exhibit, and see live animals up close during our daily presentations.

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Cub Scout Night at the Museum

Went with my son's Cub Scout Pack for a night At the Museum. The plan and set up they had was really good. We were told to have dinner before going. This is highly recommended... read more

Reviewed 14 March 2017
Ken P
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a great place to take my two young grandchildren, ages 3 & 4. It wasn't overwhelming and there was much to see and do. Hands on things, like digging for fossils was a blast. The dinosaurs were awesome and we all really enjoyed getting up close and personal with some beautiful butterflies. Happy we were able to bring... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife, 8 year old son, 5 year old daughter and I enjoy coming here. My father in law has a family membership though so admittedly it does not directly cost us to visit. This museum is worthwhile to explore for a couple of hours. They have a sizable as well as noteworthy dinosaur exhibit room, which is timeless and... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I always loved going here when I was little. The scenes with the animals in the boxes always amazed me, I felt like I was really in the scene, taken back in time. Great for kids and adults.

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Collingswood, New Jersey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's an okay museum if you're into dinosaurs. Even then, the Franklin Institute is more comprehensive and offers more. It is okay for young children (think under 7) There are dioramas with stuffed animals that live in different climate zones, but that is about it. The bottom line, though, is that this museum is WAY overpriced for what it is...$20... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Diorama's are from the 1930s for the most part. That is not say that they are not well done. But they could use some updating. My son and his family has a membership so it was a great deal getting in. We enjoyed showing our grandchildren some of the animals that we saw in Africa. The new Frog special... More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Went with my son's Cub Scout Pack for a night At the Museum. The plan and set up they had was really good. We were told to have dinner before going. This is highly recommended because other than a piece of fruit and a small bag of pretzels your out of luck. I made that mistake. So there was an... More 

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Reviewed 26 February 2017

We have been going once or twice a year for the past several years. The kids enjoy it each and overtime. As they get older they just see things differently. Our local library has a free museum pass that covers general admission.

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Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Had a wonderful time kids loved the exhibits and adults as well! We had fun finding the blue frog. Parking was an issue a lot of construction.

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Reviewed 15 February 2017

Fantastic! We lived outside Philly for nearly 30 years and never visited this wonderful museum. Visiting last week, we made it a priority. And what a cool place. There is a Frogs, A Chorus of Colors exhibit going on now until May 14th which was so enjoyable. Frogs were in glass exhibits in their natural habitats. You could observe them,... More 

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Warminster, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

We went to the museum using our local library membership pass which I am glad we did or we would have spent almost $90 just to get in. The special exhibits for "Frogs" and "Butterflies" cost $5/person and $3/person. We paid the $15 to gain access to the Butterflies exhibit only to realize it was the most expensive 30 seconds... More 

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