The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in North America. Founded in 1812, the museum is known for both its collections of natural specimens and its active research faculty. It has been affiliated with Drexel University since 2011. The Academy’s collections contain more than 18 million specimens and archival materials, many of which predate the institution’s founding and reflect the work of famous naturalists and scientists, including Thomas Jefferson, John James Audubon, Meriwether Lewis, and William Clark.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in America, with an extraordinary collection of specimens of the natural world and an extensive program of scientific research. This grant allowed the Academy to replace their financial software system, which had been in place since 1996. The new system, Serenic Navigator, provided greater flexibility and access to financial information, upgrading fundamental infrastructure resources to support the research and educational mission of the Academy, and improving productivity. With this system, the Academy was able to measure the effectiveness and cost of programs more effectively, as well as account for complex grant budgets accurately. The production of clearer and more detailed financial statements was integral to the Academy's merger with Drexel University in 2012. [fn]Management grants, through the Philadelphia Cultural Management Initiative, were awarded from 2009 through 2013.[/fn]