Where can you find animals with feathers and six legs? The Academy’s Bird and Bug Day! Learn more about our feathered friends and creepy crawlies all day.
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.
On the Wing
Meet the feathered inhabitants of the Academy 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!
See the spineless wonders of our live invertebrate collection live and onstage!
See some special selections from our collections! See how birds and bugs come in many shapes and sizes.
North American Hall
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.
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.
Stop by and visit our live invertebrates at their temporary home by the Panda diorama. Ask our critter keepers your burning bug questions and touch a real live bug.
Make a jumping spider and a brainy bird bookmark to take home.
Bird and Bug 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.