"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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.