MUSEUM | Academy of Natural Sciences | Philadelphia’s Dinosaur Museum

We recently visited the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (founded in 1812) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and we loved it! We were awestruck by the many larger than life dinosaur fossils on display. The museum is home to more than 30 species of dinosaurs, and about half of them are full skeletal mounts. There were also a record number of dioramas (37!) that we could see up close.  And we even got to pretend that we were archeologists digging for fossils. 



We were greeted by this huge t-rex the moment we entered the museum.

It’s dinosaurs galore at the Dinosaur Hall.

A huge dinosaur footprint.

A preserved Struthiomimus fossil

View of the T-rex from the 2nd storey



We watched a live animal show and were introduced to a lizard and an owl (more in video below). It was a very informative session for us. After the show, we went to the front of the stage to ask some questions.



Archaeologist for 10 minutes

Busy searching for dinosaur fossils amongst child-safe inert cork bits

See2 very hard at work


DIORAMA – a model representing a scene with three-dimensional figures, either in miniature or as a large-scale museum exhibit. (source)

North American Hall – Bison Diorama

North American Hall – Moose Diorama

African Hall – Giant Sable Diorama

African Hall – African Buffalo Diorama

African Hall – Western Lowland Gorilla Diorama

Asian Hall – Kiang Diorama

Asian Hall – Wild Yak Diorama



This dino picture was hand drawn by an artist on this mural.

HADDY (plant-eating dinosaur, Hadrosaurus foulkii) is the world’s first dinosaur skeleton ever mounted. It was discovered in 1858 in Haddonfield, NJ



The tropical garden has a huge display of almost 150 butterflies from close to 40 different species. It’s definitely worth a visit.



“Designed for children ages 3–8 and their parents, Outside In is a warm, welcoming place where inquisitive youngsters can investigate a forest, visit the seashore, see and touch live animals, and much more. Comfy seats allow parents to relax and help your child explore science—up close and hands-on.” (Source: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University)

Watching the busy bees entering and leaving the building

Bees making honey

Praying Mantis

Sandplay area




The museum also does birthday parties. How cool is it to celebrate and dine in amongst these life-sized animals! More dioramas on display in the party room.


We had so much fun exploring the museum and we’re sure you will too! Before you go, do check out our video below!


(Notice we were Ninja turtles sitting on a Giant Tortise?)


Museum Info:

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA19103-1195

Adults: US$ 17.95

Child (3 – 12): US$ 13.95

Senior/ Student/ Military (ID Required): US$ 14.95

(stroller and wheelchair accessible)

Museum memberships are available: US$ 119 for 2 adults and up to 5 children (annual)

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