Saturday, September 5, 2015

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-299-1000
  • Calendar
    Upcoming events
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      Butterflies!
    • Saturday, September 5, 2015
    • This exhibit features a lush, tropical garden filled with beautiful butterflies from around the world.
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      Outside In
    • Saturday, September 5, 2015
    • "Outside In" is the Academy's recently-renovated children's discovery center. This warm, welcoming area gives visiting children the chance to investigate a forest, visit the seashore, meet live animals and more.
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      Dinosaur Hall
    • Saturday, September 5, 2015
    • Check out over 30 dinosaur skeletons as well as dinosaur eggs, footprints, sculptures, paleontologist tools and more.
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      Marveling at Mollusks
    • Saturday, September 5, 2015
    • This exhibit features almost 100 mollusk specimens, including clams, scallops, conches, cowries & others.
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      Science at the Academy
    • Saturday, September 5, 2015
    • This exhibit focuses on some of the top-notch science research going on at the Academy. It includes a replica of a 375-million-year-old fossil containing fish and land animal bones.
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      Adam Summers: Clearly Beautiful
    • Saturday, September 5, 2015
    • The large, revealing images in this exhibit depict the striking results of a common method of studying animal anatomy called clearing and staining. To reveal the beautifully detailed inner skeletal tissues of fish, the photographer, University of Washington biology professor Adam Summers, soaked the specimens in different dyes and enzymes to render the soft tissues transparent and the harder tissues deep blue and crimson. Each careful step of the clearing and staining process is described and illustrated through more photographs and fish specimens from the Academy's Ichthyology Collection.
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      The Clergy & the Academy's Collections
    • Monday, September 7, 2015
    • As the nation's oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University has ties to religious activity, dedication and belief. Since its founding, the Academy has been enriched by the work of clergymembers from various traditions. This special exhibit showcases the specimens, objects, books and archival materials linked to these "clergy naturalists."
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      Climate Change: A New Dialogue
    • Monday, September 21, 2015
    • In response to Pope Francis' call for a "new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet," the Academy will be hosting a special public forum in which environmental advocates, scientists and community members discuss climate change what's to come. Participants will include Jeffrey D. Sachs of Columbia University's Earth Institute; Professor Michael Oppenheimer of Princeton University; Katherine Gajewski, director of the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Sustainability; and Jacqueline Patterson, director of the NAACP's Environmental and Climate Justice Program.
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      Academy Explorers Camp
    • Monday, September 21, 2015
    • Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia means local students will have most of this week off from school. As a result, the Academy has decided to offer a September edition of their popular summer Explorers Camp. Each day includes a live animal presentation as well as exhibit viewing, games, crafts and activities. Sign up for one or multiple days.
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      Reptiles: The Beautiful & The Deadly
    • Monday, September 28, 2015
    • This interactive zoological experience brings visitors eye-to-eye with living reptiles from around the world. Deadly snakes, colourful lizards, bizarre turtles, alligators and crocodiles are exhibited in naturalistic habitats.
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      Overnight for Adults
    • Saturday, October 3, 2015
    • The Academy will be hosting an overnight program just for grownups. Collect clues and to unravel a mystery, embark on behind-the-scenes tours, see some of the Academy's real skeletons and meet live animals, then bed down for the night. Dinner and breakfast are included.
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      Philadelphia Shell Show & Festival
    • Saturday, October 17, 2015
    • This annual show features thousands of exotic shells, competitive shell displays, a marketplace offering shells and shell-based crafts and jewelry, tours of the Academy's mollusk collection and a wide range of fun family activities.
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      Drawn to Dinosaurs
    • Sunday, November 1, 2015
    • "Drawn to Dinosaurs" delves into the science and art of visualizing a living animal based on fragmentary fossils. This intimate exhibit illustrates what scientists can deduce from the fossil record whe creating a reconstruction and what they must leave to artistic interpretation.
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      Mega-Bad Movie Night
    • Thursday, November 5, 2015 Delete
    • This MST3K-style screening features an "awesomely awful "science fiction film accompanied by witty commentary by Academy experts. Food and an open bar are included.