The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia

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  • The Museum of natural sciences is a large and interesting for the visitor who wants to know more about dinosaurs. It is there the first dinosaur fossil. It is interesting for the kids they can simulate the search for fossil with small tools provided by the Museum, you can also interact with a movie simulating the presence of animals, were the two pieces that my grandchildren of 3 and 4 years like it, there is also a borboletario , where butterflies fly around us I thought the salt price around $25.00. As it was a Sunday afternoon we got a parking lot very close and not too expensive. HA bathrooms and a cafeteria on site.
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  • For two adults, we enjoyed our Saturday afternoon outing. We hadn't been there since our school field trips in the seventies. When you are a kid and like animals, the museum is great with the dinosaur...  more »
  • Our kids (almost 13 year old girl and 11 year old boy) are big fans of the Smithsonian National Natural History Museum and the American Museum of Natural History. This museum is not those! <g> It is c...  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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