Members’ Night 2021

This month, we were thrilled to welcome hundreds of members for our 14th Annual Members’ Night. On Friday, October 1, members had the chance to experience Academy science alongside our extraordinary curators, collection managers, researchers, educators and animal ambassadors. Among the many engaging activites, there were opportunities to check out fossil specimens with our paleontologists, witness the microscopic beauty of water with our environmental scientists, bind a field journal with our librarians and archivists and learn about the work of our brilliant Women In Natural Sciences students.  

Members’ Night is the Academy’s way of saying “thank you” to our amazing members — it’s a chance to experience their support in action. Below is a selection of our favorite photos from this exciting night!

Members’ Night is an annual family-friendly open house with engaging activities throughout the museum. Young members had the chance to craft their own sustainable bath bomb with a dinosaur-prize inside!

Alongside our paleontologists, members compared fossils from the Academy’s Vertebrate Paleontology Collection with modern skeletal specimens from the Vertebrate Zoology Collection.

Paleontologists from the Bighorn Basin Paleontological Institute invited members to watch and ask questions as they prepared fossils from their fieldwork.

The Bug Hub was a crowd favorite — there were hundreds of specimens to explore from the Academy’s Entomology Collection. Members even had the opportunity to check out bug pinning demonstrations and get a closeup look at bugs under the microscope!

 Members discovered the beauty of water with a closeup look at microscopic diatoms. They also learned how human efforts can help our communities adapt to climate change with hands-on demonstrations of stormwater and heat.


Impressive specimens from Academy’s Malacology Collection were on display. Members explored our indoor “beach” and found several shells to take home to their own collections.


Members met scientists and students from the Patrick Center for Environmental Research and explored the importance of mussels in the Delaware River Watershed. 

Members’ Night would not be possible without the support of our members and donors. Our members help the Academy care for our collection of 19 million scientific specimens, send our scientists around the globe to research our rapidly changing planet and connect our community with the natural world. Our members are truly a force for nature. 


All photos by Ramon Torres/ANS





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