Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Submitted by: Niyant S.

This is definitely one of those places that probably seems like heaven in a 5-15 year old's eyes, but for those a little more grown up it may not be as exciting. Don't get me wrong, some of it was interesting, but I felt like the higher up in floors you get, the less they seemed to put into impressing you. Of course, the whole museum is rather small, so I guess there isn't a lot they could have done with the place. Many of the diaramas were pretty impressive, but without much interactive attractions, it all gets played rather quickly. The saddest part of the museum is probably the "live animal room", which was really nothing more than a back room where the keep live animals in cages far enough away that you ...

Submitted by: Laura S.

The Academy of Natural Sciences is one of my favorite places in the city. Admission prices are incredibly reasonable - $12 for adults, $10 for students and kids. Even better, I was recently able to get a LivingSocial deal for $6 tickets. Compared to similar museums in other cities, prices are low and absolutely worth it. I recently brought my 10-year-old sister here, and she loved the exhibits. I've also come with groups of friends and gone on my own to wander. Most people come with kids, but it is the kind of place that everybody should be able to find something they enjoy. My favorite exhibit is the dinosaur hall. They have some great finds, including the first mounted fossil. There is also a lab in the ba...

Submitted by: Lisa M.

I recently went here for the first time since I was in elementry school.  The thing I quickly realized is that it seems so much bigger when I was younger.  The first floor is great, lots of dinosaurs and other prehistoric beasts.  You can even stop and see a real palentologist worki...

Submitted by: Mike C.

I mean no disrespect with a 3 star review.  It's a fine museum with a nice staff!  Our 6 year old and 3 year old enjoyed the visit, but they preferred other Philly sites, such as the zoo, Franklin Institute, and Please-Touch museum. Tourists will get the most bang-for-your-buck if they get City Passes.  Otherwise, a visit here (as of April 2011) will cost a family of four $44, plus parking (we found $5 weekend parking), plus optional exhibits, plus possibly the non-essential food and gift shop. The highlights for our visit were the dinosaur displays and the large number of dioramas with stuffed animals in their environments.  Our kids liked "diggiing for dinosaurs" which only involves them wearing goggles an...

Submitted by: Jamie S.

I haven't been to the Academy in a very long time and it was just as fun as when I was a kid. Unlike other museums, they seem to udate their exhibits and displays and the decor doesn't seem dated. Brought my four year old son today and he enjoyed the Bizarre Beasts exhibit and T.Rex skeleton. Skip the Ecology Cafe since it is way ...

Submitted by: Joyce Y.

What a gem!  This place is great for kids and adults. Although seeing animals at the zoo is great but this place provides a different experience...

Submitted by: Phillip Y.

I just recently joined as a member since there seemed to be more adult programs than the Franklin Institute.  The last time I visited a month ago, I was pleasantly surprised with a member's preview of the Bizzare Beasts.  The artist came to talk about how he molded and build the life-sized beasts.  He also talked about his collaborations with scientists, paleontologists, and fossilist to get everything as accurate as possible.   A few years ago, I did an adult program with building a bee house with some power tools.  It was alot of fun to learn about different pollinators and then get to build my own bee house.  I would recommend this place for everyone since it has everything for everyone.  Franklin Institu...

Submitted by: Maddy V.

Why you should take a toddler here? 1. Membership pays for itself in 3 visits. You can visit often. 2. Easy accessability for strollers and those who push them. 3. Large glass cases with the not so scary st...

Submitted by: Kevon G.

Great place to visit for children and adults.  $10 museum parking all day. You learn so much while having fun. One of the largest museums of dinosaurs bones. We went during the bug fest. Which included the butterflies exhibit, bu...

Submitted by: Bill M.

This is the Philadelphia museum that often gets overlooked. It was another place that overwhelmed me as a child. all of the incredible dinosaur skeletons are especially worth checking out. They even have a fun dinosaur robot that should impress the kids 9it's been awhile since I've been, but it was there the last time). The only ...

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