Philadelphia Events and Activities

Philadelphia City Hall.

Credit: Antoine Taveneaux (CC3.0)

Each year, we recommend local events and activities so our convention attendees can get the full experience of our host city. As our 52nd Convention goes virtual, we would like to recommend the following virtual opportunities to enjoy Philadelphia remotely as well as some in-person activities!

Art Museums

The entryway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19130
215 763 8100

Virtual Opportunities: Online Collection

One of the oldest public art museums in the United States, Philadelphia’s art museum features a world-renowned collection brought to life through scholarly study and creative play for visitors of all ages. The landmark main building houses one of the most comprehensive collections in the country, featuring some of the greatest gatherings of American, Asian, and European art anywhere. Collection highlights include the world’s largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings Vincent van Gogh’s Sunflowers, and creations of the Shakers and Pennsylvania Germans that reflect Philadelphia's central role in American history. The nearby Perelman Building features exhibitions of photography, fashion and textiles, and contemporary design. Admission to the Auguste Rodin Museum featuring the artist's sculptures is pay-as-you-wish or included with admission to the overall Museum. The Museum also features the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum is also home to the famous steps immortalized in the film Rocky. Tours of the collection are offered daily and are free with museum admission; an audio tour is also available to rent.

Adults $25, Seniors (65+) $23, Members Free, Member Guests $12, Students with Valid ID $14, Youths 18 and Under Free. Free admission for 4 adults with PA ACCESS or EBT and photo ID. Pay-what-you-wish admission on the first Sunday 10 AM-5 PM, and every Wednesday 5-8:45 PM. The Rodin Museum is always pay-as-you-wish.

The Auguste Rodin Museum at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The statue "The Thinker" at Philadelphia's Rodin Museum. Credit: Smallbones, Creative Commons 1.0.

Credit: Smallbones, CC1.0

2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
Philadelphia, PA  19130
rodinmuseum.org

Virtual Opportunities: Mural Arts Philadelphia Virtual Tour

A unique ensemble of Beaux-Arts architecture and a formal French garden, this Museum is one of the defining icons of Philadelphia. Learn about Auguste Rodin and his large body of work, find out how this extraordinary museum found a home in Philadelphia, and see the collection displayed in new ways. With nearly 150 bronzes, marbles, and plasters, the distinguished collection housed in the Rodin Museum represents every phase of Auguste Rodin’s career. As one of the most revered destinations on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Rodin Museum offers a verdant, intimate setting in which to enjoy some of the world’s most renowned masterpieces of sculpture: The Thinker, The Gates of Hell, Adam, The Shade, The Age of Bronze and Eve, and The Three Shades.

Admission to the Auguste Rodin Museum featuring the artist's sculptures is pay-as-you-wish or included with admission to the overall Philadelphia Museum of Art. Suggested admission for just the Rodin Museum: Adults $12, Seniors (65+) $11, Students with valid ID $7, Youths (18 and under): Free, Philadelphia Museum of Art Members Free.

Barnes Foundation Art Museum

The Barnes Foundation Museum in Philadelphia. Credit: Smallbones CC1.0.

Credit: Smallbones, CC1.0

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA  19130
215 278 7000
barnesfoundation.org

Wednesday-Monday 11 AM-5 PM, Tuesday Closed

Virtual Opportunities: Free Virtual Tour

Set on four-and-a-half acres of landscaped grounds, the Barnes Foundation holds one of the world's foremost collections of French impressionist and post-impressionist paintings, featuring 181 Renoirs (more than any other collection), 69 Cézannes (more than in all of France), groundbreaking African art, and Native American textiles. Unwind at the Barnes every first Friday evening of the month, when visitors relax with cocktails, live music, inspiring talks, and after-hours access to the world-famous collection and special exhibitions. On the first Sunday of every month, visitors to the Barnes enjoy free admission along with family-friendly entertainment, informative talks, performances and hands-on activities. Tickets include access to the permanent collection galleries, exhibitions, and current programs.

Adults $25, Seniors $23, College Students with Valid ID $5, Youths 13-18 $5, Children 12 and Under Free, Members Free. Philadelphia K-12 Teachers Free on Sundays. ACCESS or EBT Cardholders: Free admission including up to 3 guests. Free admission the first Sunday. Group tours are also available.

The Penn Museum

The Sphinx at the Penn Museum. Credit: Penn Museum.

Credit: Penn Museum

3260 South St
Philadelphia, PA  19104
215 898 4000
penn.museum

Tue-Sun 10 AM-5 PM

Virtual Opportunities: At Home, Online Collections, and Online Tours

Built over the course of more than a century, the Penn Museum incorporates striking architectural styles, soaring galleries that house world-class collections, state-of-the-art laboratories that yield new discoveries each day, and beautiful public gardens that welcome visitors and passersby into serene green spaces. The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, this cultural center transforms understanding of the human experience. Connect with the cultures of Africa, Asia, the Americas, and the Mediterranean, from the very first cities of the Middle East to the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, from early Mexico to the lives of Native American communities today. At a time when we are connecting to one another from a distance, the Penn Museum invites you to travel the world and explore our Museum from your own home. Enjoy virtual programs and experiences both for kids and families and for adults that expand the possibilities for creativity, learning, and fun. The Penn Museum respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape. 

In-person Admission: Adults $18, Seniors 65+ $16, Children 6-17 $13, Full-time Students with College ID $13, ACCESS/EBT Cardholders $2, Museum Members Free, Active US Military Personnel and Veterans with ID Free, Children (5 and Under) Free, Teachers with ID Free, and PennCard Holders (Penn Faculty, Staff, and Students) Free. 

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Claes Oldenburg's 2011 "Paint Torch" at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Credit: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

118-128 North Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
215 972 7600
pafa.org

Thu-Fri 10 AM-4 PM, Sat-Sun 11 AM-5 PM

Virtual Opportunities: Virtual Collection, YouTube, Free Live Events

Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is America's first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, PAFA offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the fine arts, innovative exhibitions of historic and contemporary American art, and a world-class collection of American art. Its permanent collection ranges from 18th- and 19th-century masters such as Benjamin West, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer, and Mary Cassatt, to modern and contemporary artists including Charles Demuth, Jacob Lawrence, Alice Neel, Vik Muniz, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley. The Dorothy & Kenneth Woodcock Archives at PAFA house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. The school holds a position of national prestige, with cutting-edge studio and classroom facilities, private studios for students, a historic cast collection, and the opportunity for students to exhibit in a world-class museum. 

In-person Admission: Adults 18+ $15, Youths (Under 18) $8

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

The Philadelphia Magic Gardens mosaic display. Credit: Beyond My Ken, Creative Commons 4.0.

Credit: Beyond My Ken, CC4.0

1020 South St
Philadelphia, PA  19147
215 733 0390
phillymagicgardens.org

In-person Hours: Wed-Mon 11 AM-6 PM

Virtual Opportunities: Virtual Tour

Since the late 1960s, Isaiah and Julia Zagar devoted themselves to beautify the South Street neighborhood, spurring the revitalization of the area by renovating derelict buildings and adding colorful mosaics on both private and public walls. Isaiah used handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirror, and international folk art to chronicle his life and influences, creating an immersive mixed media art environment. The Zagars collaborated with other artists and activists to transform the neighborhood into a prosperous artistic haven and successfully led protests against the addition of a new highway that would have eliminated South Street. The Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens has been incorporated as a nonprofit organization with the intention of preserving the artwork throughout the South Street region. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is open to the public for tours, art activities, hands-on interpretive experiences, workshops, concerts, and exhibitions.

In-person Admission: Adults $15, Students with ID $12, Military $12, Seniors $12, Children (6-12) $8, Children (5 and Under) Free, Members Free. Groups rates also available.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

The Fabric Workshop and Museum storefront. Credit: Ken Thomas.

Credit: Ken Thomas

1214 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA  19107
215 561 8888

fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Tue-Fri 12-6 PM, Sat-Sun 12-5 PM

Virtual Opportunities: Online Collections and Works by Artists-in-residence

Since 1977, this internationally acclaimed contemporary art museum has been devoted both to the creation and presentation of innovative works of art. Its artist-in-residence program provides artists at all stages of their careers with the opportunity to experiment with new materials and new media, taking their work in fresh and often unexpected directions. Research, construction, and fabrication occur on site in studios (open by appointment), providing visitors with the opportunity to see artwork from conception to completion. The museum’s permanent collection of 5,000 items includes not only completed works of art but also material research, samples, prototypes, and photography and video of artists making and speaking about their work, to preserve and document the arc of artistic production. 

In-person Admission: Due to limited capacity, admission is guaranteed only for advance reservations. Suggested donation $5. Group tours also available.

Woodmere Art Museum

Portrait study of unidentified delegate to the 1949 World Assembly for Moral Re-Armament, Caux, Switzerland, 1949, by Violet Oakley. Woodmere Art Museum: Gift of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 2015.

9201 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19118
215 247 0476
woodmereartmuseum.org

Tue-Fri 10 AM-5 PM, Sat 10 AM-6 PM, Sun 10 AM-5 PM. Galleries close early during the “Music at Woodmere” concert season.

Virtual Opportunities: Online exhibits including the Violet Oakley Experience, featuring 2,000 of Oakley’s American Renaissance art 

Housed in a 19th-century stone mansion on six acres in Chestnut Hill, this museum is dedicated to the art and artists of Philadelphia, featuring outdoor sculpture by Harry Bertoia, Dina Wind, and Robinson Fredenthal, and more than 8,000 works of art, and nine galleries that offer exhibitions and programs serving adults and children. In the George D. Widener Studio, a converted carriage house, the Woodmere Art Museum offers painting and watercolor classes, and the Helen Millard Children’s Gallery showcases exhibitions of art made by students. To provide deeper engagement for visitors, Woodmere also offers lectures, panel discussions, gallery talks, tours, jazz and classical music series, films, and education outreach to Philadelphia schools. Woodmere is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, a distinction held by only approximately three percent of museums nationwide. On the National Register of Historic Places, Woodmere is designated a significant structure that contributes to the historic character of the Chestnut Hill Historic District. 

The exhibit, the Violet Oakley Experience, documents her unique status in the history of American art. During the turn of the twentieth century, Oakley was easily the most renowned woman in the cultural life of the country, achieving international fame when she was commissioned to create a monumental series of murals in the new Pennsylvania State Capitol. A cosmopolitan artist and cultural leader in Philadelphia, Oakley embodied the contemporary interpretation of the American Renaissance in both the civic humanism of her work and in her belief that the arts improve the social fabric of modern life. She supported higher education for women by designing works of art for Bryn Mawr College, Vassar College, and Sarah Lawrence College, and became the second woman appointed to the faculty of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. In her later years she fashioned a role for herself as an activist promoting gender and racial equality, international government, and world peace. Oakley’s legacy was preserved by Edith Emerson, her former student and life partner, who began acquiring the artist’s work for the Woodmere when she served as director. Today the Woodmere owns the largest collection of drawings and paintings by Oakley. 

In-person Admission: Adults $10, Seniors 55+ $7, Children Free, Students with ID Free, Museum Members Free

Live Performances

"George Balanchine's Stars & Stripes" presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet

Dayesi Torriente performs in "Stars & Stripes" in a promotional photograph for the Pennsylvania Ballet. Credit: Dean Alexander.

Credit: Dean Alexander

Academy of Music
240 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA  19102
paballet.org/programs/stars-and-stripes

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 7:30 PM
Friday, March 12, 2021, 7:30 PM
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 2 PM and 8 PM
Sunday, March 14, 2021, 2 PM

Master choreographer George Balanchine left a lasting impact, and his legacy continues with Pennsylvania Ballet. The three ballets that make up George Balanchine’s Stars & Stripes – the lush Ballet Imperial, the dazzling Symphony in C, and the vibrant Stars & Stripes – make for a stunning experience that honors Pennsylvania Ballet’s history as we look ahead to the future.

Founded in 1963 by George Balanchine protégée Barbara Weisberger, the Pennsylvania Ballet was established through a Ford Foundation initiative to develop regional professional dance companies. Pennsylvania Ballet performed in the national spotlight for the first time in 1968 at New York City Center, and this highly successful debut led to the company’s first performance of The Nutcracker that same year. Pennsylvania Ballet’s mission is to cultivate an enduring appreciation for dance through world-class performances, to inspire the next generation with exceptional education and professional training, and to connect with the community through meaningful and inclusive programming.

"Love and Tragedy," hosted by the Philadelphia Orchestra

Daniel Lozakovich sits on stairs with his violin.

Daniel Lozakovich

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
philorch.org/performances/our-season/events-and-tickets/2020-21-season/love-and-tragedy

Thursday, March 11, 2021, 7:30 PM
Friday, March 12, 2021, 2 PM
Saturday, March 13, 2021, 8 PM

Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, a sumptuous telling of Shakespeare’s star-crossed lovers, will leave your heart swelling with its famous love theme, one of the most recognizable in all of classical music. The program also includes the Brahms Tragic Overture, Wagner's Prelude and “Liebestod” from Tristan and Isolde, and Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No. 2. This performance will be conducted by Nathalie Stutzmann and will feature rising star Daniel Lozakovich on the violin.

The Takács Quartet, hosted by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

The Takács Quartet pose for a photo.

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
pcmsconcerts.org/concerts/takacs-quartet-2021

Friday, March 12, 2021, 7:30 PM

Based in Boulder at the University of Colorado, the Takács Quartet performs eighty concerts each year worldwide. The New York Times recently lauded the Takács Quartet for “revealing the familiar as unfamiliar, making the most traditional of works feel radical once more”, and The Financial Times described a recent concert at the Wigmore Hall: “Even in the most fiendish repertoire these players show no fear, injecting the music with a heady sense of freedom. At the same time, though, there is an uncompromising attention to detail: neither a note nor a bow-hair is out of place.” The peerless Takács Quartet will open its program with the second of Mozart’s “Haydn” Quartets and continues with Dutilleux’s daring and impressionistic Ainsi la nuit, the seven movements of which make striking demands on each player. Concluding the evening is Brahms’s cheerful Quartet in B-flat Major, the composer’s personal favorite of the more lighthearted works that he wrote in the summer of 1875. 

Chamber Orchestra of Europe, hosted by the Philadelphia Orchestra

Lisa Batiashvili.

Lisa Batiashvili

Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA  19102
philorch.org/performances/our-season/events-and-tickets/2020-21-season/chamber-orchestra-of-europe

Friday, March 12, 2021, 8 PM

The renowned Chamber Orchestra of Europe, comprised of the greatest virtuosic musicians from throughout Europe, will pay a rare visit to Philadelphia led by none other than Yannick, an honorary member of the ensemble. The elegant playing of Lisa Batiashvili will be front and center in Brahms’s Violin Concerto, and his deeply romantic and popular Symphony No. 3 completes the program.

The Orion Quartet, hosted by the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society

The Orion Quartet pose for a photograph. Copyright: Lois Greenfield.

Copyright: Lois Greenfield

Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
pcmsconcerts.org/concerts/orion-quartet-2021

Saturday, March 7, 2020, 7:30 PM

The Orion Quartet is one of the most sought-after ensembles in the United States. Since its inception, the Quartet has been consistently praised for the fresh perspective and individuality it brings to performances, offering diverse programs that juxtapose classic works of the standard quartet literature with masterworks by living composers. Members of the Quartet have worked closely with legendary figures such as Pablo Casals, Rudolf Serkin, Isaac Stern, Pinchas Zukerman, Peter Serkin, and members of TASHI and the Beaux Arts Trio.

The Orion’s annual appearance with the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society highlights late works by three great composers. Although Bach never specified the instrumentation of the Art of the Fugue, this “technically impeccable” (Los Angeles Times) quartet is more than up to the task of interpreting the deeply contrapuntal work. Bartók’s final quartet serves as a solemn reflection on the human condition, while Beethoven’s Op. 130/133 is “one of the great artistic testaments to the human capacity for meaning in the face of chaos” (Mark Steinberg).

Museums and Historical Sites

Virtual Opportunities: Podcast and YouTube

Liberty Bell at Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Credit: Mys 721tx, Creative Commons 3.0.

Credit: Mys 721tx, CC3.0

Independence Hall is where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. The Liberty Bell, commissioned in 1752, first cracked when rung after its arrival in Philadelphia, and was twice recast by local workmen. In its early years, the bell summoned lawmakers and alerted citizens about public meetings and proclamations. The bell acquired its current crack in the early 19th century and has since served as a symbol of freedom, with the bell’s current location having been a popular site for protests since the 1960s.




 

Museum of the American Revolution

Exterior of the Museum of the American Revolution. Credit: GordonMakryllos, Creative Commons 4.0.

Credit: GordonMakryllos, CC4.0

101 S 3rd St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
215 253 6731
amrevmuseum.org

Thu-Sun 10 AM-5 PM

Virtual Opportunities: Free Virtual Tour, Free Virtual Field Trip, Free Digital Collection

Explore this museum’s unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Just steps away from Independence Hall, this museum has Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens that bring to life the diverse array of people who created a new nation against incredible odds. 

Adults $21, Youths (6-17) $13, Children (5 and under) Free, Members Free, Seniors (65+) $18, Students with ID $18, Active Duty Military with ID $18, Teachers with ID $18. Group rates: Adults $14 per person, Students and Youths $14 per person.

National Constitution Center

The preamble to the United States Constitution as seen on the side of the building to the National Constitution Center. Credit: Housefinch1787, Creative Commons 4.0.

Credit: Housefinch1787, CC 4.0

525 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA  19106
215 409 6600
constitutioncenter.org

Mon-Sat 9:30 AM-5 PM, Sun 12-5 PM

Virtual Opportunities: Virtual Constitution

The museum of “We the People,” this center brings the United States Constitution to life for visitors of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, through interactive programs and exhibits. Activities include the multimedia theatrical production Freedom Rising; the iconic Signers’ Hall, where you can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founders; Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality, the first exhibit in the United States devoted to exploring the constitutional debates of the Civil War and Reconstruction; and American Treasures: Documenting the Nation's Founding, an intimate look at the rarest early drafts of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

In-person Admission: Adults $14.50, Seniors (65+) $13, College Students with ID $13, Youths (6-18) $11, Children (5 and under) Free, Active Military Free, Members Free. Group Tours: Adults $9. Guided Tours: $14 per person.

National Museum of American Jewish History

The "Notorious RBG" exhibit at the National Museum of American Jewish History. Source: Instagram.

Credit: Instagram

101 S Independence Mall
East Philadelphia, PA  19106-2517
215 923 3811
nmajh.org

Virtual Opportunities: Free Virtual Tours and Online Exhibits

As the repository of the largest collection of Jewish Americana in the world, with more than 30,000 objects, this Smithsonian Affiliate has developed extensive institutional experience in preservation, conservation and collections management supporting the fulfillment of its mission to preserve the material culture of American Jewish people. Established in 1976, it is the only museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to exploring and interpreting the American Jewish experience. This museum presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore, and celebrate the history of Jewish people in America. Its purpose is to connect Jewish people more closely to their heritage and to inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire. 

Free Admission. Group Rates: Adults $18, Seniors (65+) $17, Youths (13-21) $17, College Students $17, Children (12 and Under) $13, Museum Members $13.

Elfreth's Alley Museum

Fronts of residences on Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia. Credit: http://www.elfrethsalley.org/.

124-126 Elfreth’s Alley
Philadelphia, PA  19106
215 574 0560
elfrethsalley.org

Virtual Opportunities: Google Maps Street View and Podcast

An Old City community that helped shape the American Revolution, today Elfreth’s Alley celebrates a modern day revolution of artists, fashionistas, foodies and entrepreneurs. This museum’s archives hold an array of information about the alley, the buildings that line it, and its many residents: photographs, drawings, census records, family trees, and histories that explain what makes this street so unique.

In-person Admission: Free

Philadelphia City Hall Tours

Philadelphia City Hall. Credit: Toniklemm, Creative Commons 4.0.

Credit: Toniklemm, CC4.0

1 S Penn Square, Room 121 
Philadelphia, PA  19107
267 514 4757
phlvisitorcenter.com/CityHall

Daily Interior Tour: Mon-Fri 12:30 PM
Tower Tours: Mon-Fri 9:30 AM-4:15 PM,
     Select Saturdays 11 AM-4 PM
All tours weather- and capacity-permitting

Built of white marble, limestone, and 88 million bricks, this National Historic Landmark is the world’s largest free standing masonry building, possibly the nation's largest and most elaborate seat of municipal government. The Interior Tour explores City Hall’s history, art, and architecture, while the City Hall Tower Tour offers a panoramic view of Philadelphia's landscape from 548 feet above ground. Take an elevator to the top of the historic building to enjoy a spectacular view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and city skyline from Philadelphia's highest open-air observation deck.

In-person admission: Adults $8

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

The reading room at the Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site in Philadelphia, which is furnished according to Poe's essay, "The Philosophy of Furniture." Credit: National Park Service.

532 N 7th St
Philadelphia, PA  19123
215 597 8780
nps.gov/edal

Virtual Opportunities: Free “Explore From Home” Virtual Tours

Described as horrifying, mystifying, and brilliant, Poe’s writing has engaged readers all over the globe. The six years that Poe lived in Philadelphia were his happiest and most productive, yet he also struggled with bad luck, personal demons, and his wife’s illness. In Poe’s humble home, reflect on the human spirit surmounting crushing obstacles, and celebrate his astonishing creativity. 

In-person Admission: Free

Tours, Neighborhoods, and Sites

Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Company

215 389 8687
phillytour.com

A trolley from the Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Company. Credit: Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Company.

Credit: Philadelphia Trolley Works and Carriage Company

Philadelphia's Premier Sightseeing Tour Company offers various ways to experience all that the city has to offer. See the sights atop double-decker buses or in Victorian-style trolleys, with day passes to hop on and off at 27 stops throughout Philadelphia. Take the Philly by Night tour or a walking tour of Historic Old City, with highly trained staff informing and entertaining you with historical tales, cultural highlights, and engaging stories from the past.

Rates start at $9.50

Chinatown

The Friendship Gate at Philadelphia's Chinatown. Credit: Mobilus In Mobili (CC2.0).

Credit: Mobilus In Mobili (CC2.0)

visitphilly.com/areas/philadelphia-neighborhoods/chinatown

Near the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia, stretching from Arch Street to Vine Street, and from 11th street to 8th Street, this neighborhood is packed end-to-end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, as well as Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, and Vietnamese. See the colorful 40-foot Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch streets, created by artist Sabrina Soong. Bus lines include the 23, 47, 47M, 48, and 61, and subway stations are at Race and North 8th Streets and at Jefferson Station.

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, near northeast corner. Credit: Wasted Time R.

Credit: Wasted Time R

friendsofrittenhouse.org

This park is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th century. Its green grasses and dozens of benches are popular lunch-time destinations, its lion and goat statues are popular gathering spots for families, and the park is a popular dog-walking destination. The Rittenhouse Square neighborhood is also home to orchestras, theaters, museums, public art installations, and a farmer’s market.

Washington Square

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Philadelphia. Credit: Bovineone, Creative Commons 1.0.

Credit: Bovineone, CC1.0

visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/washington-square

Another of Thomas Holme’s five original open-space parks for William Penn, Washington Square features the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, honoring the thousands of soldiers who died during the American Revolutionary War, many of whom were buried in mass graves in the square. The tomb and Washington Square are part of Independence National Historical Park.

 

Fairmount and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Looking down the length of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the top of the steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Looking to the southeast you see the museum's fountain, the The Washington Monument, Swann Memorial Fountain, and finally Philadelphia City Hall anchoring the other end of the parkway. Credit: Ken Thomas.

Credit: Ken Thomas

visitphilly.com/areas/philadelphia-neighborhoods/fairmount

Named for the prominent hill where the Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits, Fairmont is the Museum District, where the Benjamin Frankling Parkway, a broad 1.5-mile tree- and flag-lined avenue, connects City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and hosts some of Philadelphia’s most popular cultural attractions and museums: the Rodin Museum, the Central Library, the Franklin Institute of Science, the Academy of Natural Sciences, and the Barnes Museum. Fairmont is also home to the Eastern State Penitentiary. Enjoy the view walking from the Museum of Art (including the statue of Rocky) to LOVE Park, passing by the Swann Memorial Fountain. 

 

 

 

John F. Kennedy Plaza (LOVE Park)

The "LOVE" sculpture at John F. Kennedy Plaza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Techserv (CC3.0).

Credit: Techserv (CC3.0)

16th St and JFK Blvd
Philadelphia, PA  19102
myphillypark.org/what-we-do/programs/lovepark

Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture sits in this recently renovated public space, with it and the matching AMOR sculpture ideal for photographing opportunities.

 

 

Schuylkill Banks

Philadelphia cityscape on an overcast day, in black and white, taken from the South Street Bridge. Copyright: Matthew Cojo, Creative Commons 4.0.

Copyright: Matthew Cojo, CC4.0

schuylkillbanks.org

This trail is excellent for walking, running, and biking along the river, with a beautiful view of Philadelphia’s skyline, the Art Museum, and boathouse row.

 

 

Society Hill Neighborhood

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia, located at 219 S. 6th Street between St. James Place and Locust Street in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Beyond My Ken, Creative Commons 4.0.

Credit: Beyond My Ken, CC4.0

societyhillcivic.org

This historic neighborhood is one of the oldest residential neighborhoods in Philadelphia, featuring quaint cobblestone streets, Franklin street lamps, and 18th- and 19th-century houses.

 

 

 

Bucks County Cultural Sites

House on Wrightstown Road, Wrightstown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Credit: JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD, Creative Commons 3.0.

Credit: JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ MD, CC3.0

Virtual Opportunities: Digital Tours

25 miles from Philadelphia, Bucks County offers scenic country sides, hiking, biking and running trails, history, art, downtown charm, vineyards, gourmet dining, unique shopping, villages, and Parx Casino. The New Hope community is the LGBTQ-friendly centerpiece of Bucks County’s breathtaking countryside. Follow the Bucks County Ale Trail to enjoy numerous breweries. For families, enjoy Sesame Place, Giggleberry Fair, and Shady Brook Farm.

Science Museums

Mütter Museum

The exterior of Philadelphia's College of Physicians. Credit: Smallbones.

Credit: Smallbones

19 S 22 St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215 560 8564
muttermuseum.org

Daily 10 AM-5 PM; the Thomson Special Exhibition Gallery and Medicinal Garden’s hours vary on weekends.

This medical history museum preserves collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments. The collection includes a specimen from John Wilkes Booth’s vertebra, a jaw tumor of Grover Cleveland, the tallest skeleton on display in North America, and pieces of Einstein’s brain.

In-person Admission: Adults $20, Students with Valid ID $15, Youths (6-10) $15, Children (5 and Under) Free, ACCESS Discount with Photo ID $2 off (up to 4 family members). The Penn Museum offers dual admission to the Mütter: Adults $31, Seniors with Valid ID $27, Students with Valid ID $21, Youths (6-17) $21.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

A T-rex skeletal exhibit at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Credit: Jon Voltaire B. Aquino.

Credit: Jon Voltaire B. Aquino

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215 299 1000
ansp.org

Mon-Fri 10 AM-4:30 PM, Sat-Sun and Holidays 10 AM-5 PM

Virtual Opportunities: Google Virtual Museum Tour

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, meet live animals, and explore a tropical garden filled with live butterflies. Philadelphia’s natural history museum offers surprises for all ages, from changing interactive science exhibits to a children’s discovery center, a fossil dig, and opportunities to interact with real science experts. The Academy’s collections contain more than 18 million specimens and archival treasures, many specimens predating the institution’s founding and reflecting the work of famous naturalists and scientists like John James Audubon. 

In-person Admission: Save $2 when buying tickets online. Adults 13+ $22 ($20 online), Children (2-12) $18 ($16 online), Children (Under 2) Free, Seniors (65+) $19 ($17 online), Military with ID $19 ($17 online), Students with ID $19 ($17 online), Drexel DragonCard Holders Free, Academy Members Free. $3 fee for Butterflies! for visitors using free admission offers (fee not applicable to Academy members and DragonCard holders).

Franklin Institute

The Wright 1911 Model B Flyer at the Franklin Institute. Credit: Daderot.

Credit: Daderot

222 N 20 St 
Philadelphia, PA  19103
215 448 1200
fi.edu

Wed-Sun 10 AM-6 PM

Virtual Opportunities: Live Science and Online Exhibits

Located in Philadelphia's Parkway Museums District and reaching more than 1 million people yearly, the Franklin Institute is the most visited museum in Pennsylvania. In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the Institute has its mission to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology, hosting hands-on activities in classrooms, workshops in local libraries and community centers, and online exhibits, as well as gender and family learning programs to engage families in science enrichment experiences to increase interest and knowledge in STEM subjects. The Institute features more than 400,000 square feet of exhibit space, with an IMAX theater, a STEM education and conference center, the permanent neuroscience exhibit Your Brain, renowned traveling exhibits, and curatorial collections.

In-person Admission: Adults $23, Children (3-11) $19

Science History Institute

The exterior of the Science History Institute. Credit: Jim.henderson, Creative Commons 4.0.

Credit: Jim.henderson, CC4.0

315 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA  19106 
215 925 2222
sciencehistory.org

Tue-Sat 10 AM-5 PM

The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. It preserves and interprets the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. The Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers; a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe; a community of researchers who examine historical and contemporary issues; award-winning digital content that includes videos, articles, and a podcast; an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public; and a state-of-the-art conference center.

Free Admission

Libraries

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

The Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania. Credit: Daderot.

Credit: Daderot

library.upenn.edu

The libraries at the University of Pennsylvania cover a wide variety of disciplines and studies. The collections of the Fisher Fine Arts Library cover art, historic preservation, and city planning and urban design. The Perkins Architectural Collection includes rare publications in history and theory of architecture. The Albrecht Music Library's manuscript holdings include the papers of Marian Anderson, Eugene Ormandy, Leopold Stowkowski, and the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society archives. The Kislak Center holds many unique printed books and extensive manuscript collections, including 800 medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, the largest collection of Indic manuscripts in North America, the Horace Howard Furness Memorial Library of Shakespeare and Renaissance Literature, and the Henry Charles Lea Library of the Inquisition and Church History. The Library at the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies includes cuneiform tablets, ancient papyri, Hebrew scrolls, Cairo Genizah fragments, codex manuscripts, incunabula, early printed works, and archival collections. The Penn Museum Library, founded in 1898, includes collections in anthropology, archaeology, folklore, linguistics, museology, and ethnography.

Family Entertainment

Adventure Aquarium

A child held by an adult gazes up at a shark at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey. Credit: Laya Gerlock.

Credit: Laya Gerlock

1 Riverside Dr
Camden, NJ  08103
844 474 3474
adventureaquarium.com

Discover the wonders of life underwater at Adventure Aquarium, sitting just across the Delaware River from downtown Philadelphia in Camden, New Jersey. This celebrated attraction features one-of-a-kind exhibits comprised of more than 8,500 aquatic species and two million gallons of water. The family-friendly attraction features one-of-a-kind exhibits where visitors come face-to-face with penguins, turtles, stingrays, and other creatures of the deep. Among other highlights, the Adventure Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the only great hammerhead shark on exhibit in the United States. If that weren’t enough, it also holds the distinction of being the only aquarium in the world to house a crew of hippos. Other popular favorite exhibits include the Little Blue Beach penguins exhibit, Sea Turtle Cove, and the pulse-pounding Shark Bridge, suspended just inches above the shark tanks. Admission includes daily shows and up-close animal experiences like hippo and penguin feedings, meet-and-greets with the aquarium’s dive team, and discussions with on-staff experts.

General Admission Ages 13+ $31.99, Child 12 and Under $21.99. Admission includes a 3D movie, Shark Bridge, and daily live shows.

Please Touch Museum

The Dentzel Carousel at the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Credit: Smallbones (CC1.0 Public Domain).

Credit: Smallbones (CC1.0 Public Domain)

Memorial Hall
4231 Ave of the Republic
Philadelphia, PA  19131
215 581 3181
pleasetouchmuseum.org

Monday-Tuesday 9 AM-5 PM, Wednesday 10 AM-5 PM, Thursday-Saturday 9 AM-5 PM, Sunday 11 AM-5 PM

Housed in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall, this museum features two floors of interactive exhibit zones and the restored century-old Woodside Park Dentzel Carousel. The Please Touch Museum engages children and adults in discovering the world around them through a variety of experiential and play-based initiatives: children can play amid Alice’s Wonderland, River Adventures, and other hands-on fun.

$19.95 Adults and Children, $2 for ACCESS Admissions Program members. $2 off per ticket (up to four tickets) for military veterans, active duty firefighters, and active duty police officers. $2 admission on the first Wednesday 4 to 7 PM.

$16 parking

$3 carousel single rides for kids

Additional discounts are available for members of the Please Touch Museum and members of the Association of Children's Museums

Philadelphia Zoo

Tiger cub at the Philadelphia Zoo. Credit: Art G (CC2.0).

Credit: Art G (CC2.0)

3400 West Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA  19104
215 243 1100
philadelphiazoo.org

Daily 9:30 AM-5 PM

The first zoo in the United States, the Philadelphia Zoo is home to 1,300 animals and hosts 1.2 million visitors yearly.

$24.00 Adults, $19 Children 2-11.

Tickets are valid one year from date of purchase unless otherwise noted.

Parking: $16; free for members (one car per membership)