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!