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

Posted on: March 12th, 2018 by


Academy of Natural Sciences Dinosaurs Unearthed Exhibit 1Academy of Natural Sciences Founders Day, March 21 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 Wednesday, March 21. 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 to the Academy of Natural Sciences is $19.95 for adults; $15.95 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 21 visitors can decide what admission they would like to pay.


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

Academy of Natural Sciences Fossil Lab 1

The Naturalist Presentation, How to Prepare a Fossil

Location: Fossil Prep Lab in Dinosaur Hall

How does a fossil get pulled out of the ground and eventually put on display in a museum like the Academy of Natural Sciences? Our Academy dinosaur experts will be on hand to guide you through the science behind one of the most iconic animals on the planet!


Meet the Animals

11 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Location: Auditorium

Meet the furry, feathered, and scaly residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center, and explore their behaviors, adaptations, and ecosystems. The museum’s Live Animal Center supports over 100 individual animal ambassadors and several colonies of invertebrates. Cared for by a team of full-time keepers, they make thousands of program appearances annually.


Science NOW!

10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Location: Science Live, Outside the Auditorium

Science Now is an interactive, hands-on look at current science news! Each weekday from 10–2, visitors of all ages can find our enthusiastic volunteers ready to chat about news related to climate change, evolution, biodiversity and extinction, and water. Drop by for a brief activity or conversation! Free with general admission.

With a special exhibit Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World



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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