Academy of Natural Sciences

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is America's oldest natural history museum and is a world leader in biodiversity and environmental research. For nearly 200 years, the Academy has carried out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the remarkable diversity of our natural world and sharing these discoveries with the public through innovative exhibits, publications and educational programming. On October 21, 2011, Drexel University and the Academy of Natural Sciences announced the completion of an historic affiliation between the Academy and Drexel that will promote discovery, learning, and civic engagement in the natural and environmental sciences and further enhance Philadelphia’s reputation as a leader in scientific research and education. Benefits of this new affiliation will be vast, including the enhancement of exhibits, the opportunity to work with Drexel educators to improve programming for students of all ages, access to additional resources, and innovative, new ways to access the Academy’s rich collections and science. The Academy’s exhibits and public programs teams are already collaborating with Drexel’s Westphal College of Media Arts & Design to develop new ways for visitors to access the Academy’s rich resources, from a smartphone app to new, media-rich exhibits. Drexel’s new department of Biodiversity, Earth and Environmental Sciences will accept its first students in the fall of 2012 and bring Academy and Drexel scientists together with a focus on the natural and environmental sciences.