The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a popular museum on Philadelphia's cultural boulevard and the oldest natural history museum in America. In this, the first part in a two-part episode taped on-site at the Academy of Natural Sciences, key figures at the Academy discuss its public role as a museum and educational institution. The second part focuses on the Academy as a center for scientific research. President and CEO George W. Gephart, Jr., notes that the Academy is both a "dinosaur museum" and a center for environmental science. Robert M. Peck, Senior Fellow and Curator of Art and Artifacts, shares some highlights of the museum's wild animal dioramas and pages through the Academy's rare folio by John James Audubon, revealing breathtaking illustrations of American birds. Senior Director of Education Jacquie Genovesi recaps the Academy's educational programs, especially those for children. This episode features many dramatic images of the famous dinosaur bones, the wild animal dioramas, colorful butterflies in the indoor butterfly exhibit, and much more.
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Episode #206 / Length: 26 minutes