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March 09, 2016

Pay-what-you-wish on the Academy of Natural Sciences' Founders Day

The Academy began in 1812

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01-012816_Tarantulas_Carroll.jpg Thom Carroll/PhillyVoice

Victoria Spalding of South Jersey, left, takes notes and prepares a question for Karen Verterame, Invertebrate Specialist at the Academy of Natural Sciences about 'Danielle' the Curly Hair tarantula in the terrarium.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is offering pay-what-you-wish admission on March 21, to celebrate the museum's Founders Day. 

The Academy of Natural Sciences is the nation’s oldest natural history museum, dating back to 1812.

In 19th-century Philadelphia, seven amateur naturalists created the academy. It started with one room on the second floor of a house at Second and Race Streets, housing eight books and a map of Switzerland. 

Now, the Academy is a leading natural history museum.

While admission can be whatever you want on Founders Day, there is a $5 fee for the special exhibit "Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close." 

Founders Day

Monday, March 21
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. | Pay-what-you-wish
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
(215) 299-1000