What has feathers and six legs? The Academy’s Bird and Bug Day! Learn more about our feather friends and creepy crawlies all day. Bird and Bug Day is part of All-Star Days.
Throughout the Museum
Keep your eyes open for live animal encounters as animals (with their handlers) wander the halls.
11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
See the spineless wonders of our live invertebrate collection live, large, and on stage!
On the Wing
Meet the Academy’s feathered residents during this live animal show.
Feathers are more than just pretty bird clothing. See feathers in a whole new way as you investigate different types of feathers under a microscope.
North American Hall
Bird Beaks and Bug Bodies
Explore bird beak basics and peck, scoop, and pry your way through a birdy buffet. Enroll in Arthropods 101 and learn what makes a bug a bug.
Think you know chocolate? Use your senses to get an even deeper (and delicious) understanding of everyone’s favorite dessert. Test your nose with sweet smell jars and take a look at chocolate cake under a microscope. Examine a real cacao pod and identify the ingredients of popular desserts.
Spend some time with the spineless stars of our live invertebrate collection. You might meet an insect, arachnid, or snail!
Birds and Bugs Craft
Make a bug-inspired work of art or a feathered masterpiece to take home.
Outside In Story Time
Visit Outside In for an interactive animal tale featuring a live animal.
Special Exhibits Gallery
Chocolate: The Exhibition
Open all day
Indulge yourself in the sumptuous world of chocolate! Presented in Spanish and English, Chocolate: The Exhibition traces the intriguing story of this “food of the gods” from its origin as a unique rain forest tree to the sensuous sweet millions of people crave today. Explore chocolate’s impact on tropical ecosystems, human cultures, and the global economy through a range of fun, hands-on activities for all ages. Stand under a life-size cacao tree, touch pods and seeds, and more.
Chocolate and its national tour were developed by The Field Museum, Chicago. This project was supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation. $5 nonmembers, $3 Individual and Family members, free for Family Plus members and above. Not a member? Join at the admissions desk today and deduct today’s admission from the cost of your membership.
Ground Level in the Commons
Hot Chocolate Bar presented by 12th Street Catering