Academy of Natural Sciences Pay-As-You-Wish Admission Day

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by


Academy of Natural Sciences Dinosaurs Unearthed Exhibit 1Academy of Natural Sciences Founders Day, March 20 offers Pay-As-You-Wish admission!


To celebrate the day of its founding, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering pay-as-you-wish admission on Monday, March 20. You know how much we love the Academy of Natural Sciences so this Pay-As-You-Wish Admission Day is every families chance to visit the Academy and you DECIDE what you pay.


On most days regular admission is $17.95 for adults; $13.95 for children 3 through 12, seniors, college students, and military personnel; and free for members and children under 3. Discounts are available online. On March 20 visitors can decide what admission they would like to pay. There is a $5 fee for the special exhibit Frogs: A Chorus of Colors, featuring live frogs of all environments.


In addition to the Academy’s signature exhibits, including live butterflies, dinosaurs, dioramas, and the children’s discovery center, visitors can enjoy these additional activities during the Academy of Natural Sciences Pay-As-You-Wish Admission Day.


Academy of Natural Sciences Pay-As-You-Wish Admission Day Activities

Fossil Prep Lab ~ All day

Watch as technicians work on the newly arrived T. Rex fossils to prepare them for future study


The Big Dig

10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Try out our recently updated fossil dig, which now features a “Little Dig” perfect for our youngest paleontologists.


Academy of Natural Sciences Fossil Lab 1


Live Animal Presentations:

11 a.m, 11:45 a.m., and 2:30 p.m.

Join our experienced Academy Educators as they explore natural history in these informal and interactive presentations involving live animals or museum specimens.

Audubon Page Turning, 3:15 p.m.

Come into the Library to watch the daily page turning of John James Audubon’s masterwork The Birds of America. Published from 1827–1838, this monumental work is arguably the most influential book on birds ever created. A prized holding in the Academy Library’s extensive rare books collection, this double elephant folio edition contains 435 life-size, hand-colored engravings bound into five volumes. Less than half of the 200 original sets survive. This is one of them.



Credit: Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland


Academy of Natural Sciences Hours:

  • Monday-Friday 10am to 4:30pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm


Academy of Natural Sciences Location:

The Academy of Natural Sciences is located at 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Read more about The Academy of Natural Sciences by checking out our The Academy of Natural Sciences series. You can also visit our Academy of Natural Sciences videos on our YouTube Channel.


Check out our other reviews of family attractions in our Field Trip Friday series.


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