Museum Spotlight: Academy of Natural Sciences

Museum: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel Universitybigfoot

Founded: March 21, 1812 (opened to the public in 1829)

Mission: Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a world-class natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.

Known For: Dinosaur Hall, Butterflies, the Live Animal Center

Popular Programs: Mega Bad Movie Night, Paleopalooza, Bug Fest

Notable Staff:  Dr. Edward “Ted” Daeschler, Vice President of Systematics and Library, who discovered a fossil that is considered a “missing link” between tetrapods and fish

Memorable Moment: In 2004, the Academy hosted a national exhibition on the Lewis & Clark expedition

Future Plans: Unnatural History, an exhibit that takes a fun look at what goes on behind the dioramas museums like the Academy are known for

Philly EMP Pro Tip: Check out some of the fantastic programs focused toward adults to get the most out of your Academy experience!


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