"Glow: Living Lights" An Exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Saturday, June 1, 2013 - 10:00am - Sunday, September 29, 2013 - 4:30pm
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
United States

Glow: Living Lights takes you on a journey through land and sea in pursuit of creatures with the incredible ability to produce their own light. Fireflies, glow worms, and rarely seen alien-looking creatures from the middle ocean are just a few of the animals lighting up the dark through a mysterious process called bioluminescence. Dramatic video, live organisms, rare preserved specimens, models, and hands-on activities will enlighten and engage families. Kids can even don firefly and sea creature costumes and pretend to be their favorite glowing animals.

You will begin your journey in a darkened gallery filled with rare photographs, film footage of bioluminescent creatures, preserved specimens, and engaging activities. As you travel through the exhibit, you will begin to understand that bioluminescence is a chemical process that differs from other forms of light, some of which also will be on display. You will see:

  • live swimming dinoflagellates (single-celled organisms) that light up at the touch of a button 
  • details about how researchers are using natural light-producing abilities to detect harmful bacteria and even the presence of deadly anthrax spores 
  • live emperor scorpions and desert hairy scorpions that glow under ultraviolet light 
  • and much more!

Glow: Living Lights, produced by Exhibit IQ, is free with regular museum admission.


  • Adults (age 13 and above) -- $15
  • Children (ages 3–12) -- $13
  • Children (under age 3) -- Free
  • Seniors (age 65+) -- $13
  • Military and Students (with ID) -- $13
  • Drexel ID Holders -- Free
Event Type: 
Educational Events