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Academy of Natural Sciences

Philadelphia, PA, Pennsylvania

At the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, special events take place in museum galleries, not banquet halls. Whether you and your guests are dining under towering dinosaur skeletons or enjoying hors d’oeuvres alongside a pride of lions, you will be amazed at the experience.

Offering everything from ceremonies amongst beloved dioramas of the great American wilderness to an intimate evening surrounded by live butterflies to a 400-person extravaganza in Dinosaur Hall & Mezzanine -- the possibilities for your event are endless! Need more space? Ask us about the full museum or multiple gallery access. Need something extra special? Ask us about live animal encounters, butterfly experiences, and changing exhibits!

12th Street Catering, the exclusive caterer of the Academy, is pleased to offer fresh and innovative menus, tailor-made for each client to create a unique experience for your guests. For your convenience, the Academy and 12th Street Catering have partnered to offer a one-stop shop for your event.

Treat your guests to a spectacular experience they won’t forget. Book your event at the Academy of Natural Sciences today!


We decided to have our wedding ceremony in the African Hall of The Academy, and our reception in Dinosaur Hall because the space was so unique and beautiful. The building features lots of beautiful hardwood and gorgeous displays. My guests were so thrilled to have their run ofthe museum for the night, and we were even able to visit the butterfly room during the cocktail hour. It was better than magical.

Gretchen, Philadelphia, PA
Contact Person Academy Event Services
Phone 215-299-1047
Address 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 19103
Is your facility handicapped accessible Yes
Is outside kosher catering permitted? No
Is kosher catering available Yes
Is the facility indoor only, outdoor only, or both? Indoor and Outdoor
Does your facility have guest rooms No
Does your facility have air conditioning Yes
Maximum capacity with dancing 300
Maximum capacity without dancing 500