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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University


Treat your guests to a spectacular event they won’t forget. Enjoy a memorable evening paired with amazing food, superior service, and a setting unlike any other in Philadelphia. Host your next event at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University!

Offering everything from the majestic backdrop of the animals of North American Hall to a 400 person reception under a towering 42 foot T-Rex in Dinosaur Hall, the Academy accommodates groups of all sizes. Our auditorium holds 395 guests and has A/V capabilities. Our historic 200-year-old museum is home to several fascinating exhibits including Dinosaur Hall, North American Hall, African Hall, and our ever popular Butterflies! exhibit. The Academy offers unique event experiences with add-ons including live animal presentations, behind-the-scenes tours, and drawing on the dioramas. With the natural world inside our walls, the Academy has the perfect space for your next event.

Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 1.19 miles

Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.69 miles

Distance from Independence Visitor Center: 1.19 miles
Distance from Sister Cities Visitor Center: 0.11 miles
Distance from Pennsylvania Convention Center: 0.69 miles


Banquet Sit Down Capacity

  • 400

Outdoor Space

  • Outdoor Space

Reception Stand Up Capacity

  • 2000

Venue Capacity

  • 2000


Venue Amenities

  • Coat Check
  • Exclusive Caterer
  • Liquor License
  • Permanent Stage
  • Vendors Preferred
  • Guided Tours Available

Group Information

  • 215-299-1047
  • Group Friendly

Facility Amenities

  • Comp for Guides
  • Accessible by Public Transit
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bus Parking
  • Handicap Access
  • Non Smoking
  • WiFi Available

Facility Information

  • Family Friendly
  • Student Friendly

Payment Options

  • Payment Option CC AmEx
  • Payment Option CC Discover
  • Payment Option CC Mastercard
  • Payment Option CC Visa


Facility Amenities

  • Guided Tour Available


Hours Sun

  • 10:00am,5:00pm

Hours Mon

  • 10:00am,4:30pm

Hours Tue

  • 10:00am,4:30pm

Hours Wed

  • 10:00am,4:30pm

Hours Fri

  • 10:00am,4:30pm

Hours Sat

  • 10:00am,5:00pm

The Academy of Natural Sciences, the oldest natural history the Americas, features fun, informative family exhibitions inspired by the Academy's rich history of exploration and environmental research. Dig for dinosaur fossils, stroll among live butterflies, touch a live animal, learn the importance of watersheds, explore diorama animals from around the world, take a behind- the-scenes tour. 

In a 2016 report by Best College Reviews on the nation’s top higher education natural history museums, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was ranked second out of 30 college and university natural history museums. Size of the museums’ collections, opportunities for college students, community involvement and access to the general public were all factors in the decision.

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