Academy of Natural Sciences

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Academy of Natural Sciences
Photograph: Courtesy Academy of Natural Sciences/Katie O. Clark

This museum, founded in 1812, combines the romance of global exploration with smart, appealing programming for curious minds. Though it has an impressive scientific collection of more than 18 million plant and animal specimens from donations and explorers, the museum’s biggest appeal to kid visitors may be the spectacular dinosaur skeletons in the front gallery or the “Big Dig” exhibit where little ones can search for dinosaur bones in a faux excavation site. Don’t miss the live butterflies that you can walk among or the charmingly nostalgic—and possibly terrifying for the preschool set—halls of dioramas mostly from the 1930s and 40s that showcase Kodiak bears, bison, moose, musk ox, zebra, gorillas, tigers, pandas and the passenger pigeon.

By: Sarah Jordan


Venue name: Academy of Natural Sciences
Address: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Cross street: at N 19th St
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 10am–4:30pm; Sat, Sun 10am–5pm
Price: Weekday: $17.95, seniors and students $14.95, children 3–12 $13.95, children 3 and under free (weekday pricing); Weekend: $19.95, seniors and students $16.95, children 3–12 $15.95, children 3 and under free
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