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The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

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  • I wish we had more time to really walk through everything. This place looks small, but is really quite large with lots to look at. My favorite part was all of the life-sized dioramas. They had so much...  more »
  • My son is a 6 year old dinosaur fanatic/hooligan/maniac. He loves nothing else like he loves dinosaurs. This place had him going nuts. He lost his mind when he saw the life-size T-Rex skeleton. I've n...  more »
  • Out dated museum with very little to it. The only thing I enjoyed was the butterfly house, but again that was small and didn't really make up for the price of entry, which I felt was far too much for ...  more »
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  • We went there because of the frog signs on the front of the building, only too learn when we got in that the exhibit had closed the day before. It was still worth the visit though. Half of the first floor is the permanent dinosaur exhibit, which is great. There butterflies were also very cool. It was great trying to find them amongst the plants. One of the curators pointed out where they keep the cocoons and chrysalis. I even learned that moths have cocoons and butterflies have chrysalis. We only had about an hour and a half before closing time so we did not get to see everything. I would love to go back and explore more.
  • It leaves you wanting a little more for the price. Butterfly exhibit is neat. Dinosaur exhibit is very cool. Dioramas of wildlife from different regions are very nicely done
  • We paid the extra $3 to see the butterflies, It was worth it. The butterflies were beautiful and we even had a few land on us. I had my grandma in the wheelchair and easily navigated our way through the museum. The exhibits were able to be enjoyed without my grandma getting in and out of the wheelchair. The kids, especially my 9 year old son, loved the exhib on the 3rd flood. He enjoyed petting the turtile and snake. The kids were learning and not even realizing it.
  • Great place for families with young kids. Lots of hands on exhibits for small hands, but I would probably cap this around age 9/10. Restrooms are conveniently located and there is a lunch area downstairs.
  • I took my daughter here, and we had such a great time! We're definitely coming back when she's older, so she can learn more about the natural world.

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