Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, Philadelphia

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Natural History Museum · Hidden Gem · Science Museum
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas. It was founded in 1812, by many of the leading naturalists of the young American republic with an expressed mission of "the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences". For over two centuries of continuous operations, the Academy has sponsored expeditions, conducted original environmental and systematics research, and amassed natural history collections containing more than 17 million specimens. The Academy also has a long tradition of public exhibits and educational programs for both schools and the general public.

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  • My wife & I visited last July. We had to satisfy our kid desire to see dinosaurs, fossils, geodes & gemstones and this is a great place to do it. Great set-up for kids and educational for us adult.....  more »
  • My husband and I have not been here since we visited as elementary school students on a field trip. Flash forward three decades and it is another Philadelphia museum treasure. We are thirsty for...  more »
  • This place is fantastic! My daughter's classmate had a birthday party here. The staff were great. They helped me find the location of the party easily and were great with the kids. There was more than enough to see and do hands on for our 2 and 7 year old children. And it really is cool to see so many different animals, dinosaur bones, and more. I highly recommend this place!
  • I love dinosaurs and there's do not disappoint. There's a beautiful collection of rock specimens. The dioramas were pretty cool too. There's a few interactive things geared towards young kids, they looked cool but we didn't try them. We've gone twice and spent a bit over an hour each time.

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