The Birds of Paradise exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences is a glimpse into the world of birds. From mating dances (there’s a mating dance simulator) to the meaning behind their calls, this National Geographic travelling exhibit merges photography, history and science in a way that is engaging for adults and children alike. Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution is based on the research of photographer Tim Laman and Edwin Scholes. You won’t see a Bird of Paradise sitting in a tree in Rittenhouse Square, the species lives in New Guinea and Australia, so get to the Academy of Natural Sciences before September 1, 2014 for this exciting experience!
Another fascinating exhibit currently at the Academy of Natural Sciences is Lori Nix: Unnatural History, which goes behind the dioramas at well known natural history museum’s. The life size 3-d models of animals and nature scenes can often be humorous, creative and highly imaginative. This exhibit plays on the expectations people have for museums like the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University as stuffy institutions of research.
Other fun activities at the museum include:
Academy’s Fossil Prep Lab
Calling all future paleontologists! If you want to see paleontology in action, check out the Academy’s Fossil Prep Lab. You can watch staff, volunteers, and other skilled workers prepare fossils for study by scientists from other research institutions.
Live Animal Presentations
- Until June 30, 2014
- 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m.
- 25–30 minutes
- All ages welcome.
Meet the residents of the museum’s Live Animal Center, and explore their behaviors, adaptations, and ecosystems. The museum’s Live Animal Center supports a collection of over 100 individual animals
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free with museum admission ($15 for adults; $13 for children 3-12, seniors, college students and military personnel; free for members and children under 3)