Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is Philadelphia’s natural history museum. Campers will have the opportunity to get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, meet live animals, explore a tropical garden filled with live butterflies, and see three continents of wildlife in their natural habitats. Campers can investigate a forest, visit the seashore, see and touch live animals, and much more in Outside In. Other activities include live animal presentations, a page turning of James Audubon’s The Birds of America, and a chance to speak with real scientists.
Early Bird Special – Book by April 1 and receive our newest exhibit “DINOSAURS UNEARTHED” for free. A savings of $4.00.
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Contact Info
Address: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Philadelphia County. Tel: 215-299-1000. Email: Website: Hrs: Weekdays 10AM-4:30PM, Weekends 10AM-5PM. Contact: Field Trips/School Programs,, 215-299-1060.
Trip Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Activities. Cost: Fee. 

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.