The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is at 19th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. Founded in 1812, it is said to be the oldest natural history museum in America. Outstanding among the natural science exhibits are the children's discovery center, Outside In; and Dinosaur Hall, where fossils of prehistoric giants are displayed. The Butterflies! exhibit is a walk-through tropical garden with live butterflies from around the world and a display of live pupae. Marveling at Mollusks features specimens of clams, scallops, chambered nautiluses and other mollusks. Changing exhibits, live animal shows, historical dioramas, films and special programs also are offered.
Food is available.
Mon.-Fri. $17.95; $14.95 (ages 65+ and students and military with ID); $13.95 (ages 3-12). Sat.-Sun. $19.95; $16.95 (ages 65+ and students and military with ID); $15.95 (ages 3-12). Additional fees for some exhibits.
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 10-4:30, Sat.-Sun. and holidays 10-5. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.