The Academy of Natural Sciences has an amazing history. Founded in 1812, it is the oldest natural
sciences institute in the Western Hemisphere and has been funding expeditions and research for generations. Its history can be seen in its beautiful 1876 building and even in its dioramas, but its current work and research is very relevant to today’s issues.
The Academy is particularly involved on the environmental scene. Through funded research, open forums and a variety of programming it continues to teach the public about biodiversity and ecological research. Read more about the Academy’s efforts to preserve and protect the natural world here.
If you wish to learn more about the Academy’s history, read the story on Brooke Dolan II. Walking through the museum, you may notice his name frequently popping up. Not only did this explorer bring back thousands of specimens from Asia, but his
Academy-sponsored expeditions prepared him for a military intelligence operation during World War II! Learn more about this incredible man’s life here.