Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., 215/299-1000,
HOURS: Mon.–Fri. 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Sat.–Sun. 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
COST: $10 adult, $8 child, senior, military, and student
Over 40 feet long and smiling with hundreds of razor-sharp teeth, a replica of an extinct giganotosaurus greets guests as they enter the Academy of Natural Sciences, where exhibits follow evolutionary history from the Mesozoic era to present-day animal habitats.
From the Tyrannosaurus to tigers, the Academy captures animal life across the planet and through time in glass-enclosed realistic-looking displays.
While the place is undeniably interesting, some animal lovers may find the still-lifes a little bit creepy. Children love to take part in real archaeological digs and the live animal exhibit.
© Karrie Gavin from Moon Philadelphia, 1st Edition