For more than 200 years, the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia PA) has served as the place to go for scientific discoveries and common-sense ways to better understand the world around us. It’s the oldest natural history museum in America and that’s an important factor, since the museum has spent those years collecting the best knowledge of every era. It’s now connected to Drexel University, and renowned researchers keep working to make sure your visit to the museum is informative, entertaining and memorable. During your visit you can dance with butterflies and stand under intimidating dinosaur skeletons. You can join a class or follow a guide, and each visit is unique due to the special exhibits that are temporarily featured throughout the year. The Academy proves that natural history isn’t all about fossils, too: there’s a live animal exhibit that lets you interact with beautiful creatures.
The Academy is open 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., but is quietest after 2:00 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $13 for children.