The institution is the nation’s oldest natural history museum and a Philadelphia treasure. Celebrate the bicentennial with an exciting new exhibit called “The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery,” opening this weekend.
Additionally — here comes the really cool part — the Academy is toasting to the big 2-0-0 with a colorful multimedia light show with animated lasers that will light up the Benjamin Franklin Parkway facade now through Tuesday, March 27 every half-hour starting at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 10:35 p.m. The museum will remain open until 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, March 24 and 25.
The five-minute show features color-changing LED lights coupled with animated laser images of the Academy’s renowned collection of 18 million plant and animal specimens.
The show was produced by Image Engineering (Baltimore and Nashville), which has created special effects for some of the nation’s largest events, including the Super Bowl and the Olympics. Check out a short video of the show here. And more photos, below.
For ongoing updates on this year’s Academy Bicentennial, visit www.ansp.org/200.
The Academy of Natural Sciences Laser Light Show
Where: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When: Now through March 27, every half-hour starting at 7:30 p.m. and ending at 10:35 p.m.
More info: www.ansp.org