Scenes from the Reopening

The Academy of Natural Sciences is open! The museum reopened today and for this weekend to members after a long four months. Our staff and volunteers, our dinosaurs and live animals missed everyone!

The Academy will greet the general public for the first time on Friday, July 31. Our new hours for now are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with 10-11 a.m. reserved for members only.

Peering into a Survival of the Slowest animal enclosure

Lindsay Fiesthumel, director of Membership and Development Operations, was thrilled to greet members as they filed through the doors today.

“We’re incredibly grateful to our members for your support over the past four months. We’ve missed you and are thrilled to welcome you back to the Academy!” Fiesthumel said.

T. rex and Triceratops skulls, a center of activity for this family.

The Academy began planning for its reopening shortly after it closed in March. New easy-to-read signage is now in place throughout the museum to remind visitors to wear face coverings, social distance, and use the hand sanitizer placed in the exhibits. Strenuous high-grade cleaning and sanitizing will take place throughout the museum at regular intervals throughout each day.

Member family enjoys Dinosaur Hall on the special opening day for Members.

In order to limit the number of visitors in the building at any one time to 25% capacity and to limit personal contact at check-in, admission will be by timed ticket sold online in advance. A number of tickets will be available at the door, but visitors may have to wait for a time slot to become available.

Full details on purchasing tickets and other information is available at Thank you for your patience and support, and we look forward to serving you soon.

To see three videos on the reopening from a visit by PHL 17, click here.

Photos by Ramon Torres

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