You’re in control as we set off on a Halloweek, pick your path adventure through the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in Philadelphia! Will we visit the fossil prep lab where ancient bones are extracted from rock or learn about a poisonous plant used by assassins? Will we pay a visit to a two-headed cat in the wet specimens collection or stop by a giant, wooden-eyed fish? You decide!
On this virtual after-hours tour, we’ll wind our way through the halls of the museum to uncover the weirdest and most frighteningly fantastic items in the museum’s collection of over 19 million specimens. We’ll go behind the scenes of America’s oldest natural history museum and reveal the secret stories of overlooked artifacts on display. Through a series of audience polls, you get to decide where we stop and what we discover, making this live, online tour, truly one-of-a-kind!
Jennifer Sontchi is Senior Director of Exhibits and Public Spaces at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Jennifer was raised by two Anthropology professors in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She found her true calling as a student at the University of Michigan where she learned the pleasures of cleaning fossils and making molds, casts, and models for museum exhibits. She has gone on to work at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum of Natural History, and the Delaware Museum of Natural History. She began working at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University in 2008. Jennifer lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, son, two dogs, and a cat. If she had a band it would be called Charismatic Megafauna.
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