The Academy of Natural Sciences

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America’s oldest natural history museum and a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For 200 years, the Academy has explored the remarkable diversity of our natural world, sharing these discoveries with the public through extraordinary collections, innovative exhibits, educational programming, and publications.

Road salt impacts our waterways, aquatic wildlife and infrastructure. This winter, think sustainably and make a change. ...
01/04/2024

Road salt impacts our waterways, aquatic wildlife and infrastructure. This winter, think sustainably and make a change. Learn about alternatives to road salt: bit.ly/smallactionssparkbigchanges

See it before it's gone! Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity closes soon. Explore the fascinating roles that feathers,...
01/04/2024

See it before it's gone! Skin: Living Armor, Evolving Identity closes soon. Explore the fascinating roles that feathers, furs, scales, hides and hairs play for different organisms across the globe through dozens of scientific specimens. Details and tickets: bit.ly/SkinatANS

Philadelphia's Christmas Tree recycling program kicks off today!
01/02/2024

Philadelphia's Christmas Tree recycling program kicks off today!

Today marks the start of our annual Christmas Tree Recycling program!

From now through January 13, residents can recycle trees for free at one of our designated locations. Trees should be untied and free of decorations, lights, and ornaments.

To find a drop-off site near you, visit https://bit.ly/3UwYdSb. Happy New Year and happy recycling!

Looking for something to do with family and friends who are in town? On December 26 we're celebrating the holidays with ...
12/23/2023

Looking for something to do with family and friends who are in town? On December 26 we're celebrating the holidays with $10 Tuesday! Admission to the museum is just $10 per person all day. Visit our children’s discovery center, Outside In, dig for fossils in The Big Dig, investigate and draw beetles in our brand-new temporary gallery, meet your ancestors in Life Onto Land, and catch the exhibit Skin in its final weeks at the Academy. See ansp.org/visit to plan your adventure.

Happy   from our Life Onto Land exhibition! Did you know that ferns originated in the Devonian period?
12/22/2023

Happy from our Life Onto Land exhibition! Did you know that ferns originated in the Devonian period?

This season, give your family and friends a sustainable feel-good gift that lasts all year — a membership to the Academy...
12/21/2023

This season, give your family and friends a sustainable feel-good gift that lasts all year — a membership to the Academy of Natural Sciences. This year, add $30 to any membership purchase, and the Academy will send your gift recipient a membership welcome package plus an Academy-exclusive gift from the Shop in a limited-edition reusable dinosaur tote bag! This gift package is available through January 31, 2024 only. Visit ansp.org/get-involved/membership/ and select “Add limited-edition holiday gift package” at checkout.

Sensory-friendly mornings can be a comfortable, calmer way for museum visitors, especially those with sensory sensitivit...
12/19/2023

Sensory-friendly mornings can be a comfortable, calmer way for museum visitors, especially those with sensory sensitivities, to explore the museum. These mornings will include:⁠

🎟️ Advanced ticketing to help avoid lines⁠
🚶 Smaller crowds⁠
🎶 More tranquil sounds in exhibitions whenever possible, with soundscapes and roaring dinosaurs softened or turned off⁠
🌿 An available quiet and relaxing space⁠
⏳ Time to explore our signature and special exhibits and wander through the dioramas at your own pace⁠
🎧 Noise-cancelling headphones and fidget toys available for guests⁠
🤝 Understanding, empathetic staff ready to help and share science with you!⁠

Our next Sensory-Friendly morning is on Saturday, January 6! Visit bit.ly/3TBQzJo to register and see all upcoming dates.

Happy  ! Did you know that there are still around 700 living species of crinoid? These marine animals used to be extreme...
12/08/2023

Happy ! Did you know that there are still around 700 living species of crinoid? These marine animals used to be extremely abundant and diverse many millions of years ago. You can learn more about animals and plants that existed in the Devonian Period in our exhibition, Life Onto Land!

Trying to be more sustainable this holiday season? From decorations to food to gifts, we've got easy tips to keep your h...
12/01/2023

Trying to be more sustainable this holiday season? From decorations to food to gifts, we've got easy tips to keep your holidays green this year: bit.ly/smallactionssparkbigchanges

Sharing Tiktaalik's wrapped - rocking out since the Devonian Period. 🤘You can learn more about Tiktaalik roseae and the ...
11/30/2023

Sharing Tiktaalik's wrapped - rocking out since the Devonian Period. 🤘

You can learn more about Tiktaalik roseae and the important evolutionary changes that occurred in the Devonian Period in our newest exhibition, Life Onto Land, which features the original fossil holotype. Check it out: bit.ly/LifeOntoLand

Book your holiday event by January 31 to get 15% off!Enjoy a memorable evening paired with amazing food by our partner 1...
11/29/2023

Book your holiday event by January 31 to get 15% off!
Enjoy a memorable evening paired with amazing food by our partner 12th Street Catering, superior service and a setting unlike any other in Philadelphia. Learn more: bit.ly/ANSEventRentals

Over nearly four decades, the discoveries of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Academy of Natural Science...
11/28/2023

Over nearly four decades, the discoveries of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Academy of Natural Sciences have illuminated some of the most pivotal moments in our evolutionary history. With the retirement of longstanding Academy Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology Edward “Ted” Daeschler, PhD, the next chapter of vertebrate paleontology at this historic institution is just beginning.

This , help sustain the Academy’s leadership in this field by making a gift to the Vertebrate Paleontology Curator Endowment Fund.

A gift for science today advances the discoveries of tomorrow. Donate: ansp.org/get-involved/support/vert-paleo-endowment-fund/

Begin your journey into the world of natural sciences! For one week only, use JOURNEY35 to take $35 off a Family members...
11/24/2023

Begin your journey into the world of natural sciences! For one week only, use JOURNEY35 to take $35 off a Family membership or JOURNEY45 to take $45 off a Family Plus membership. Unlock a year of fascinating exhibitions, exclusive events and member-only perks today! Join today: bit.ly/ANSMembership

Looking for a unique experience to gift this holiday season? Night in the Museum offers the chance to see the Academy’s ...
11/22/2023

Looking for a unique experience to gift this holiday season? Night in the Museum offers the chance to see the Academy’s towering dinosaurs — including T. rex — after dark! Sleep next to roaring lions, stalking tigers or ancient dinosaurs. Explore every corner of the Academy’s famous exhibits, including The Big Dig and Outside In, watch a fascinating live animal show, do hands-on experiments and see the museum as you never have before. ⁠

Non-members can save $5 on our January Night in the Museum program with code PAJAMAS through 11/27. Register here: bit.ly/3Rvj0HU

Our new exhibit, Life Onto Land: The Devonian is now open! The exhibition features the original holotype specimen of Tik...
11/22/2023

Our new exhibit, Life Onto Land: The Devonian is now open! The exhibition features the original holotype specimen of Tiktaalik roseae and explores the Devonian Period - hundreds of millions of years before the age of dinosaurs. Learn more: bit.ly/LifeOntoLand

A visit to the museum is a great way to spend time with your family! 🦖⁠⁠We'll be open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Su...
11/21/2023

A visit to the museum is a great way to spend time with your family! 🦖⁠

We'll be open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week. General admission includes access to our two current special exhibitions, Life Onto Land: The Devonian and Skin: Living Amor, Evolving Identity. Plan your visit: ansp.org/visit

The Academy will be closed on Thursday, November 23.

Get up close and personal with the real Tiktaalik! Learn more about the famous fossil and the Devonian Period in our new...
11/21/2023

Get up close and personal with the real Tiktaalik! Learn more about the famous fossil and the Devonian Period in our new Life Onto Land exhibit: bit.ly/scienceneverstops

On Sunday, November 26 we will be offering a sensory-friendly morning. These mornings can be a comfortable, calmer way f...
11/20/2023

On Sunday, November 26 we will be offering a sensory-friendly morning. These mornings can be a comfortable, calmer way for people with autism, sensory sensitivities, or other social, learning or cognitive disabilities to explore the museum. Get the details and register: ansp.org/programs-and-events/programs/access-to-science/
This program is supported by a grant from the Wawa Foundation.

We’re having a blast at Dinos After Dark tonight! We’ll be here until 9 p.m. if you want to join the party 🦖 🎉 🍻 Our nex...
11/17/2023

We’re having a blast at Dinos After Dark tonight! We’ll be here until 9 p.m. if you want to join the party 🦖 🎉 🍻

Our next Dinos After Dark event will be on Friday, January 26. Visit ansp.org/programs-and-events/festivals/dinos-after-dark/ to get the details!

What are you doing Friday night? You could be at Dinos After Dark! ⁠⁠🍺 Get a drink at our Dino Drafts Beer Garden ⁠🌮 Enj...
11/15/2023

What are you doing Friday night? You could be at Dinos After Dark! ⁠

🍺 Get a drink at our Dino Drafts Beer Garden ⁠
🌮 Enjoy delicious food from ⁠
💰 Pay-what-you-wish, $10 recommended donation⁠

Register online: bit.ly/DinosAfterDark

The Academy is proud to partner with our Dinos After Dark sponsors and .co

Did you know the Academy's archives are home to many important objects that represent the contributions of women to the ...
11/14/2023

Did you know the Academy's archives are home to many important objects that represent the contributions of women to the advancement of scientific research? We house materials from pioneering women like Sara Bowdich, Elizabeth Gould, Virginia Orr Maes and more recently Ruth Patrick, inventor of the diatometer and founder of the Academy's Patrick Center for Environmental Research. ⁠

Pictured here is Lucy Say, a scientific illustrator who drew and colored plates for her husband Thomas Say's multi-volume book American Conchology. She was the first woman elected to be a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences in 1841. You can learn more about Say at American Philosophical Society's current special exhibition, "Pursuit & Persistence: 300 Years of Women in Science" Learn more: amphilsoc.org/museum/exhibitions/pursuit-and-persistence

Tonight we’re celebrating the opening of our new exhibition Life Onto Land: The Devonian and Academy scientist Ted Daesc...
11/11/2023

Tonight we’re celebrating the opening of our new exhibition Life Onto Land: The Devonian and Academy scientist Ted Daeschler’s storied career in paleontology.

11/11/2023

In 2004, Ted Deaschler helped discover Tiktaalik Roseae, a fishlike creature believed to a key link between fish and humans. Tiktaalik returns to the Academy of Natural Sciences for a new exhibit.

It's a very special   today! This is Tiktaalik roseae, the best-known transitional species between fish and land-dwellin...
11/10/2023

It's a very special today! This is Tiktaalik roseae, the best-known transitional species between fish and land-dwelling tetrapods. This famous fossil was discovered in the Canadian Arctic by a team co-lead by Academy scientist Ted Daeschler, PhD. ⁠

Tiktaalik lived in the Devonian period around 375 million years ago, and looked like a cross between a fish and a crocodile. 🐟️🐊 ⁠
Do you want to the rare opportunity to see Tiktaalik for yourself? 👀 The original holotype will be on display in our new exhibit Life Onto Land, opening November 11! Learn more: ansp.org/exhibits/life-onto-land

🦕🌙 Don't miss the roaring fun at Dinos After Dark! 🌙🦕 Friday, November 17, 4–9 p.m.🎉 Pay-what-you-wish admission! Recomm...
11/09/2023

🦕🌙 Don't miss the roaring fun at Dinos After Dark! 🌙🦕
Friday, November 17, 4–9 p.m.
🎉 Pay-what-you-wish admission! Recommended donation: $10.
👪 Family-friendly atmosphere.
🍺 Dino Drafts Beer Garden in Dinosaur Hall.
Register now: bit.ly/DinosAfterDark

🆕 exhibit opening on Saturday, November 11! ⁠⁠With its incredible diversity of terrestrial life, the Devonian Period — h...
11/07/2023

🆕 exhibit opening on Saturday, November 11! ⁠
⁠With its incredible diversity of terrestrial life, the Devonian Period — hundreds of millions of years before the age of the dinosaurs — was pivotal in shaping the world as we know it today. Life Onto Land: The Devonian centers around the Academy’s internationally celebrated paleontological research and the incredible discovery of Tiktaalik roseae. Learn more: ansp.org/exhibits/life-onto-land/

Science Story Time is coming up! Join us on November 11 and 12 to read a book and try a fun hands-on project with other ...
11/06/2023

Science Story Time is coming up! Join us on November 11 and 12 to read a book and try a fun hands-on project with other young nature enthusiasts 📚️ ⁠

Details here: ansp.org/programs-and-events/family-programs/science-story-time/

Academy Science Camp registration is now open! 🔬🌿🦕Ready to embark on a summer adventure at the Academy? Campers will enj...
11/03/2023

Academy Science Camp registration is now open! 🔬🌿🦕
Ready to embark on a summer adventure at the Academy? Campers will enjoy themed weeks filled with hands-on activities, creative crafts and endless discoveries!

🆕 this summer: For campers who just can’t get enough of everything awesome at the Academy, enjoy a whole summer’s worth of science content with a special five-week camp package at our best price.

🌳🐞🔍 Visit bit.ly/3s9Mt09 to sign up for an unforgettable journey into the wild world of science!

It's time to get started composting! By taking just a minute each day to compile organic waste, you can reduce your cont...
11/02/2023

It's time to get started composting! By taking just a minute each day to compile organic waste, you can reduce your contributions to the landfill, put your kitchen or yard waste to good use, enrich your soil and benefit the environment — all at the same time. Learn more: bit.ly/smallactionssparkbigchanges

What happens when you notice an insect flying around in the Academy?🐝🤔⁠It might just get added to the Entomology Collect...
11/02/2023

What happens when you notice an insect flying around in the Academy?🐝🤔⁠
It might just get added to the Entomology Collection! ⁠

This Southern Yellow Jacket Queen, Vespula squamosa, was captured on the fourth floor of the Academy flying through the Invertebrate Paleontology collection. Scientists Jocelyn Sessa, Andrew McCoy and Kathryn Christopher made the catch and took the intruder to the Entomology Collection where Caroline Gallen, a student employee, quickly made the identification and it was prepared as a specimen. ⁠

📷️: G. W. Cowper.

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