Sick of giving gift cards for the holidays? Give an experience instead! Check out some of these fun, personal gift ideas from the Academy of Natural Sciences!
Night in the Museum
Stay overnight to experience the Academy’s towering dinosaurs—including T. rex—after dark! This action-packed night at the museum barely leaves room for shut-eye, with activities like dinosaur flashlight tours, live animal encounters, scavenger hunts, and more!
- January 13: Special Dinosaurs After Dark Overnight
- February 10: Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs
- March 17: Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs
- April 21: Night in the Museum with Special Guest Star: Crocs
Adopt a Critter
Make the animal lover in your life’s holiday wishes come true by adopting a critter! Adopt-A-Critter provides a special opportunity for you to help us care for Outside In and the resident critters that our young visitors love so much. You can support Adopt-A-Critter by purchasing customized plaques that will become a central feature of Outside In.
Looking for a super unique and personal gift for a significant other or a science geek in your life? Purchase admission to our newest evening event–Door 19! Curated for the curious, Door 19 is quirky science meets themed soiree, set against a backdrop of live performances, music, potent libations, and dinosaurs. For only four nights this year, you will have the chance to go beyond the galleries and into specimen collections off-limits to visitors, alongside experts who will bring our coolest specimens out to play. Our rogue scientists will go a little bit off script to share their most incredible knowledge—from prohibition-era mixology to dinosaur foreplay.
Check out door19philly.com to purchase tickets. Tickets go on sale to the general public on December 19.
Did you know you could give a membership to the Academy of Natural Sciences as a gift? Members get free year-round general admission to the museum, where they see some of the most surprising and spectacular wonders of the natural world. Other benefits include free or discounted tickets to special exhibits, free entrance to our popular festivals, member parking discounts, Kids Club membership for our younger members, special access to the Academy’s scientists and collections, and more!
Know someone who’s a supporter of the Academy? What better way to honor them this holiday season than by making a donation in their name? Your gift will provide the critical resources our Academy educators, researchers, and scientists need in order to carry out our mission of advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.
By Liyah Desher