Science is surprising, inspiring, and weird! Come see the weirder specimens in our collections all day at the Academy.
Throughout the Museum
Keep your eyes open for live animal encounters as animals wander the halls with their handlers.
Come face-to-face with Eddie, our very own roaming T. rex as he greets visitors in the museum.
Weird and Wonderful
They don’t live in jars, but the live animals of the Academy are plenty weird! Meet them during this live animal show.
In this interactive stage show, get set for an adventure as you help prepare would-be scientists from the audience for an expedition. What do Academy scientists need when they go into the field for their research? The answers might surprise you!
Where in the World?
Use clues from our critters to figure out where in the world they come from. Ask the right questions and put your observation skills to the test in this live animal show.
How do scientists across the Academy preserve specimens for research? Come find out about the amazing techniques.
North American Hall
Peer into jars from the Academy’s collections for some weird and wonderful surprises.
Real science comes to life through roaring, thrashing, life-size animatronic dinosaurs and awe-inspiring stories of prehistoric Earth. The exhibit also features full-size Jurassic Period dinosaur skeletons, real fossils and fossil casts, hands-on activities, and the latest stories about dinosaur behavior and appearance.
More weird-things-in-jars to inspire your scientific investigations!
Think you know weird? Create your own weird-thing-in-a-jar to take home.
Weird-Thing-in-a-Jar Day is part of All-Star Week (Friday through Monday, December 27–30), when the Academy celebrates its most popular attractions with live animal shows, museum specimens, craft making, and storytelling. Free with museum admission.