I’ve been to the Franklin Institute in Philly a lot of times, from way back when I was a kid. But I never went right across the street to the Academy of Sciences Museum. This was Edward Drinker Cope’s home base back during the Bone Wars, and his specimens still make up a lot of the Academy’s collection.
Some photos from a visit.
An Elasmosaurus stretches over the admissions desk
Big dinosaur, little girl
Hadrosaurus–the first dinosaur skeleton found in the US, in New Jersey in the 1850s
Part of Cope’s preserved fish collection
The flag carried by polar explorer Robert Peary to Greenland, in an expedition sponsored by the Academy
A cannon from Captain Cook’s ship “Endeavor”, recovered from the wreck by the Academy
Egyptian mummy. From the inscription, we know it is the priestess Petiese
Just a few blocks from the museum is Philadelphia’s Chinatown