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Program #10238RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Itinerary for Jun 9 — Jun 14, 2013

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Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service. Handicap rooms are available, however they only have a queen bed. No cots are allowed in the room due to size and insurance. Two rooms can be requested adjacent to each other if separate beds are required.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $116 + 15. % tax as of 4-1-13
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 09 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, W...
Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION: 4:00pm in our private conference room. Register with the program staff and receive your Road Scholar arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information.

The Program Coordinator will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather or other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

LATE ARRIVALS: If you arrive after the orientation session has concluded, pick up your packet at the hotel front desk. If you arrive after our Road Scholar group dinner has concluded, the restaurant in the hotel, Davio's, serves until 10:00pm. If you are going to be significantly delayed for any reason, notify the administrator of Philadelphia Landmarks Road Scholar, Margaret Biddle, at 215-205-4480.

Dinner: Davio's, situated inside the Club Quarters building, is widely considered the leading Northern Italian restaurant in Philadelphia. It has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” and awarded the Winde Spectator Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. The dramatic dining room is a backdrop for expertly prepared regional Italian foods with a “focus on the grill."

Evening: Take the rest of the evening to explore on your own, begin making new friends, or simply relax in comfortable surroundings and prepare for tomorrow's busy schedule.

“Signature City Philadelphia” introduces America’s most remarkable hometown, enriched by centuries of history and heritage. Guided by experts, you will experience its lively diversity as we explore neighborhoods such as Society Hill, Independence National Park, the Italian Market, and elegant Rittenhouse Square. You’ll also learn about the role of civic institutions, architecture of different eras, and savor the flavor of our flourishing dining renaissance. We offer several other programs that focus on the city's cultural riches.

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service. Handicap rooms are available, however they only have a queen bed. No cots are allowed in the room due to size and insurance. Two rooms can be requested adjacent to each other if separate beds are required.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $116 + 15. % tax as of 4-1-13
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 10 - 18th Century Philadelphia, Independence National ...
18th Century Philadelphia, Independence National Historical Park with Independence Hall & Liberty Bell,

Breakfast: Our breakfast at Davio's offers hot and cold cereal, hardboiled eggs, bagels and pastries, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Morning: LECTURE: 18th-Century Philadelphia. When William Penn founded it as the capital of his colony in 1682, Philadelphia was little more than a “greene countrie towne.” But by the 1750s, it had become the largest city and busiest port in British America — second only to London in the British empire — and the cultural capital of the colonies. Philadelphia played a crucial role before, during, and after the American Revolution. The “Founding Fathers” met here to sign the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and hammered out the Constitution here in 1787. It was the national capital from 1790 to 1800 while Washington, DC was being established.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own. Eat out in the Rittenhouse neighborhood, at any of the nearby eateries on your own, or have a gastronomic adventure with something completely different. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Independence National Historical Park. We will board the bus for the 10-block trip to what was the heart of the old colonial city, Ben Franklin’s Philadelphia. Independence National Historical Park encompasses three square blocks where the dream of a free country of independent citizens became fact. The two documents that form the cornerstone of our democracy — the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution — were created here. We will explore two national treasures: the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, which has become a shrine to the ideals that resulted in the United States of America: “We, the People” and “All men are created equal.”

Dinner: Dinner at a popular restaurant (whether Davio's or another eatery nearby).

Evening: ACTIVITY: In the event that there is no performance scheduled for this evening, we will have a stroll around the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood as your Group Leader points out distinctive architecture and landmarks. Curtis in not in session from May 12 through October 10 and over Spring Break in Mid March or early April. Another activity will be substituted

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service. Handicap rooms are available, however they only have a queen bed. No cots are allowed in the room due to size and insurance. Two rooms can be requested adjacent to each other if separate beds are required.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $116 + 15. % tax as of 4-1-13
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 11 - 19th-Century Landmarks, City Hall & Masonic Templ...
19th-Century Landmarks, City Hall & Masonic Temple, Reading Terminal Market, Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, Evening Program

Breakfast: Our breakfast at Davio's offers hot and cold cereal, hardboiled eggs, bagels and pastries, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Monuments of 19th Century Architecture. We will walk several blocks to City Hall and the Masonic Temple. City Hall (1871) is the largest municipal building in the world — larger than the U.S. Capitol! Designed in French Second Empire style, it sits at the center of William Penn’s original city plan. A National Historic Landmark, the Masonic Temple is headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. The exterior resembles a Norman cathedral. The interior features amazing varied ceremonial halls, each in a different style: Corinthian, Ionic, Italian Renaissance, Norman, Gothic, and Oriental/Egyptian.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own at Reading Terminal Market (vouchers provided). A short walk from the Masonic Temple, Reading Terminal is a paradise for “foodies” with an amazing variety of choices from the region and the world. The Amish have been bringing their goods here since the market opened in the 1890s. Make your selections from this gastronomic bazaar that is home to more than 80 merchants offering an extraordinary array of fresh baked goods, produce direct from the field, unusual spices, free range meats and poultry, flowers, ethnic foods, and much more -- including Philly Cheesesteaks, Hoagies, and Bassett's ice cream first scooped at the centennial of 1876.

NOTE: After lunch, we will regroup for our afternoon field trip.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. Charles Wilson Peale, America's foremost 18th Century painter, founded this, the first art school in the United States. Today it is also a museum that houses only American art by distinguished painters throughout our history. An art historian will show you the Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Eakins and Wyeths as well as works by Philadelphia native Mary Cassatt and others.

Dinner: Dinner at a popular restaurant (whether Davio's or another eatery nearby).

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: We will enjoy an event or activity from what is on when the program takes place. It could be a musical event, a guest speaker, or something else to capture your fancy. Details will be published here closer to the date of the program.

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service. Handicap rooms are available, however they only have a queen bed. No cots are allowed in the room due to size and insurance. Two rooms can be requested adjacent to each other if separate beds are required.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $116 + 15. % tax as of 4-1-13
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 12 - Old City Field Trip including Christ Church and B...
Old City Field Trip including Christ Church and Betsy Ross House, Remainder of Day On Your Own to Explore at Leisure

Breakfast: Our breakfast at Davio's offers hot and cold cereal, hardboiled eggs, bagels and pastries, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: An educator will lead you to historic sites in the Old City neighborhood including Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and Friends Heritage -- the Quaker Meeting House at 4th and Arch.

Our field trip concludes in the Old City. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore the city on your own, to see and do what is most appealing to you. Your free time begins with lunch and continues through the evening.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own. Eat out in the Old City neighborhood, return to the hotel and Davio's or any of the nearby eateries on your own, or have a gastronomic adventure with something completely different. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Explore on your own. The group leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own. Rendezvous with friends old or new to enjoy the cuisine of your choice.

Evening: FREE EVENING: Have a night out on the town to experience more of what Philadelphia has to offer. Want to attend a concert, play, or other event? Best to plan in advance as tickets may be scarce. Or feel free to relax in the Club Quarters lounge or curl up in your room. Your choice, your preference.

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast

Type: Boutique Hotel

Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920's in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5100
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Speaker phone, voice mail, cable television, data port with high speed internet access, hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, iron, refrigerator and room service. Handicap rooms are available, however they only have a queen bed. No cots are allowed in the room due to size and insurance. Two rooms can be requested adjacent to each other if separate beds are required.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour member services desk, fitness facility, and delivery of exercise equipment to room available at extra charge, restaurant, bar, meeting rooms, washer and dryer available.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $116 + 15. % tax as of 4-1-13
Reservations required in advance.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 13 - Society Hill Field Trip, Physick and Powel Houses...
Breakfast: Our breakfast at Davio's offers hot and cold cereal, hardboiled eggs, bagels and pastries, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Morning: LECTURE: Three Centuries of Philadelphia Architecture.

FIELD TRIP: National Constitution Center. The Center's permanent exhibition -- "The Story of We the People" -- tells the story of the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through more than 100 multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts. It also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, "Freedom Rising", and Signers' Hall. Learn more about the checks and balances of our three co-equal branches of government as you explore giant models of the Capitol, White House, and Supreme Court. Public Program demonstrators lead you through an entertaining look at the buildings and the people who work there.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own at The Bourse (vouchers provided). A short walk from the National Constitution Center. It is a composition of several eateries offering a variety of food selections to satisfy anyone's palate.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Society Hill. This charming district has cobblestone streets and the largest concentration of original 18th- and early 19th-century architecture anywhere in the country. Led by an educator, we will explore two historic houses. The Physick House, dating to 1789, was the home of Doctor Phillip Syng Physick, known as "The Father of American Surgery". You will see instruments he invented that are still in use today. The Powel House was the home to Samuel Powel, first mayor of Philadelphia. It was constructed in 1748 and hosted the 25th wedding anniversary of George and Martha Washington and the marriage of Benjamin Franklin's daughter.

At the conclusion of the field trip, we will return to the hotel.

Dinner: at Davio's or another popular restaurant nearby.

Evening: EVENING PROGRAM: We will enjoy a concert of "String Bands Under the Stars" at the Mummers Museum this evening.

Lodging: Club Quarters

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, June 14 - 18th Century Savants, Closing Lunch, Program Conc...
Breakfast: Our breakfast at Davio's offers hot and cold cereal, hardboiled eggs, bagels and pastries, orange juice, coffee, and tea.

Morning: LECTURE: Learn about some of the most notable "savants" -- those who achieved great things in their fields -- including Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, David Rittenhouse, and other fascinating figures.

Lunch: Our closing lunch at Davio's is at 11:30am, when the program concludes. Please note that hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

We trust you have enjoyed this educational adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch



Free Time Opportunities


Philadelphia PA
Academy Of Natural Science of Drexel UniversityFounded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is America's oldest natural history museum and one of the world leaders in biodiversity and environmental research. The Academy carries out its mission to encourage and cultivate the sciences, exploring the diversity of the natural world and sharing these discoveries through innovative exhibits, publications, and educational programming. Open 10 am–4:30 pm, Monday–Friday and 10 am–5 pm, Weekends and Holidays
For additional information, visit: www.ansp.org/
American Swedish Historical MuseumThe oldest Swedish Museum in the United States. Founded in 1926, the Museum has been dedicated to preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage and traditions for more than 80 years. Open Tuesday – Friday, 10 to 4 and Saturday- Sunday, 12 to 4
For additional information, visit: www.americanswedish.org
Atwater Kent MuseumThe Atwater Kent Philadelphia History Museum is the only cultural institution solely dedicated to Philadelphia history, from the founding of the city in 1680 to the present today. Come here to see how Philadelphians have come to be known for their passion, the ability to join together during adversity, and their capacity to rebound and innovate. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
For additional information, visit: www.philadelphiahistory.org
Barnes FoundationCelebrated for its exceptional breadth, depth, and quality, the Barnes Foundation's art collection includes works by some of the greatest European and American masters of impressionism, post-impressionist, and early modern art, as well as African sculpture, Pennsylvania German decorative arts, Native American textiles, metalwork, and more.
For additional information, visit: www.barnesfoundation.org
Battleship New Jersey Memorial & MuseumThe second ship to be called "New Jersey" the BB62 is the most decorated battleship to ever serve in the US Navy. Explore one of the largest and longest serving naval ship and learn its history, from WWII all the way to action in the Middle East.
For additional information, visit: www.battleshipnewjersey.org
Betsy Ross HouseLocated at 239 Arch Street, The Betsy Ross House was home to not just Betsy, but to dozens of artisans and shopkeepers over the years before it was opened to the public as a museum in 1937. Explore the over 250 year-old house of one of the most famous seamstresses of the US. Open January and February 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Sunday; March through November 10am-5pm, everyday; December 10am-5pm, Tuesday through Sunday
For additional information, visit: historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house
Center for Architecture (AIA Philadelphia Bookstore & Design Center)The Center for Architecture performs the charitable and educational work of AIA Philadelphia and serves as the physical home for the Chapter in Center City Philadelphia.
For additional information, visit: www.philadelphiacfa.org
Christ ChurchWelcome! Christ Church, founded in 1695, is a wonderful place to explore Colonial and Revolution-Era history. Its burial ground, which includes the tomb of Benjamin Franklin, is an authentic historic site for learning about the lives of early Americans. Visiting Hours are Monday-Saturday - 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Sunday - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Visits are free
For additional information, visit: www.christchurchphila.org
Dental Museum at Temple UniversityFounded in 1938 by the dental school's faculty historian, Dr. Harold Faggart, D.D.S., the collection features some of the finest museum quality dental antiquities in the country, ranging in date from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Highlights of the collection are currently on permanent display in the Dr. and Mrs. Edwin Weaver III Historical Dental Museum, on the third floor of the dental school. The museum exhibition celebrates the long, distinguished history from which the Kornberg School of Dentistry evolved, featuring a rich array of unique dental artifacts that also present the history of dentistry in America.
For additional information, visit: temple.pastperfect-online.com
Eastern State PenitentiaryEastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone
For additional information, visit: www.easternstate.org/
Edgar Allen Poe HouseDescribed as horrifying, mystifying, and full of genius, Poe’s writing has engaged readers all over the globe. The six years Poe lived in Philadelphia were his happiest and most productive. Yet Poe also struggled with bad luck, personal demons and his wife’s tuberculosis. In Poe’s humble home, reflect on the human spirit surmounting crushing obstacles, and celebrate Poe’s astonishing creativity.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/edal/index.htm
Elfreth's AlleyThe thirty-two buildings along Elfreth's Alley were built between the 1720s and 1830s, and today they reveal the fascinating stories of everyday life, the spaces that America's founders knew. You can learn the house-by-house story of the Alley's early residents through our guidebook, available online and in our Museum Shop. The Museum is located in 124 and 126 Elfreth's Alley.
For additional information, visit: www.elfrethsalley.org
Franklin CourtIn this one area, you visit the United States Postal Service Museum, The Franklin Print Shop, and the Franklin Museum. Also, you can look deep underground into Franklin's privy, under the beautiful 54-foot high steel skeleton "Ghost Structure" designed by Robert Venturi.
For additional information, visit: www.ushistory.org/tour/franklin-court.htm
Historical Society of PennsylvaniaFounded in 1824 in Philadelphia, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania inspires people to create a better future through historical understanding. One of the oldest historical societies in the United States, it is home to some 600,000 printed items and more than 21 million manuscript and graphic items. Its unparalleled collections encompass more than 350 years of America’s history—from its 17th-century origins to the contributions of its most recent immigrants. The society’s remarkable holdings together with its educational programming make it one of the nation’s most important special collections libraries: a center of historical documentation and study, education, and engagement.
For additional information, visit: hsp.org
Independance Visitor's CenterFree time is Wednesday afternoon and evening. Meals are still included at the hotel on that day.
For additional information, visit: www.gophilly.org
Independence HallNOTE: Must first obtain free, timed tickets at Independence Visitor Center. "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal..." Independence Hall echoes these words. Nearby the old cracked Bell proclaims liberty. The spirit of Franklin is alive in his adopted city. Become part of America's journey in discovering its past.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/inde/
Independence Seaport MuseumFounded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, Independence Seaport Museum is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, and the history of the Port of Philadelphia and the other major urban ports of the Delaware River. Located on Penn's Landing at 211 S. Columbus Blvd & Walnut Street, a short walk from the historic district and many shops and restaurants.
For additional information, visit: www.phillyseaport.org
Kimmel Center for the Performing ArtsKimmel Center Inc.’s mission is to operate a world-class performing arts center that engages and serves a broad audience from throughout the Greater Philadelphia region. It began to take shape in 1996 when two projects came together: The Philadelphia Orchestra's ongoing plan to build a new home for itself, and a plan of then-Mayor Edward G. Rendell to provide a much-needed venue for some of Philadelphia's most prominent performing arts companies and for touring presentations. With the generous consent of the Orchestra, which had acquired a property at Broad and Spruce Streets, the two plans were merged under the supervision and management of a new organization, the Regional Performing Arts Center (RPAC). Today Kimmel Center, Inc. incorporates public amenities and operates three major venues: •The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, which is home to Verizon Hall (2,500-seat concert hall), Perelman Theater (650-seat recital theater), and Innovation Studio – a 2,688 sq. foot black box theater, •A renovated and upgraded Academy of Music (2,900 seats), which is owned by the Philadelphia Orchestra, •And the Merriam Theater (1,841 seats), which is owned by the University of the Arts and still houses student activities and projects approximately 10 weeks out of the year.
For additional information, visit: kimmelcenter.org/
Liberty 360 & Lights of LibertyInside the 360-degree PECO Theater, Benjamin Franklin guides you on this inspiring journey that explores the stories behind American symbols like the Liberty Bell, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty . How and why did these symbols come to signify freedom in our country? Come and watch the Liberty 360 3D Show to find out. The new Lights of Liberty Show will combine the majestic architectural treasures of Independence National Historical Park with cutting-edge technology for a breathtaking nighttime walk through our nation’s past.
For additional information, visit: historicphiladelphia.org/lights-of-liberty
Liberty Bell CenterNOTE: No tickets are required to visit the Liberty Bell. The Liberty Bell Center is located on Market Street between 5th and 6th Streets. The building is open year round, though hours vary by season. The Liberty Bell Center offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. Taped presentations about the history of the Liberty Bell are offered in a dozen languages for the convenience of foreign visitors. The Liberty Bell itself is displayed in a magnificent glass chamber with Independence Hall in the background.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/inde/liberty-bell-center
Masonic TempleThe Masonic Temple, built in 1873, is a historic Masonic building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Located at One North Broad Street, directly across from Philadelphia City Hall, it serves as the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania, Free and Accepted Masons. The temple receives thousands of visitors every year who visit the ornate structure including its seven ornate lodge rooms, where today a number of Philadelphia lodges and the Grand Lodge conduct their meetings. The massive granite cornerstone, weighing ten tons, was leveled on St. John the Baptist's Day, June 24, 1868. The ceremonial gavel used on that day by Grand Master Richard Vaux was the same gavel used by President George Washington in leveling the cornerstone of the nation's Capitol building in 1793.
For additional information, visit: www.pagrandlodge.org
Mummers MuseumThe Mummers Museum opened in 1976, and is dedicated to the Philadelphia celebration of the new year. The museum houses a rich collection of mummers' paraphernalia and memorabilia, including spectacular costumes, a few of which date back to the turn of the 20th Century. It includes an on-site gift shop offering unique mummers products, an online store accessible from this website, and a luxurious banquet hall which is available for rental.The museum conducts interesting programs for both children and adults, and offers complimentary outdoor string band concerts during periods of mild weather.
For additional information, visit: www.mummersmuseum.com
Mütter MuseumAmerica's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th century "cabinet museum" setting. The goal of the Museum is to help the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body while appreciating the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.
For additional information, visit: www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum
National Constitution CenterThe National Constitution Center is the first and only nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the most powerful vision of freedom ever expressed: the U.S. Constitution. Located on Independence Mall in Historic Philadelphia, the birthplace of American freedom, the Center illuminates constitutional ideals and inspires active citizenship through a state-of-the-art museum experience, including hundreds of interactive exhibits, films and rare artifacts; must-see feature exhibitions; the internationally acclaimed, 360-degree theatrical production Freedom Rising; and the iconic Signers' Hall, where visitors can sign the Constitution alongside 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.
For additional information, visit: constitutioncenter.org
National Liberty MuseumThe National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving freedom and democracy by fostering good character and understanding for all people through education. We invite you to explore our exhibits of glass art and heroes from around the world that show the strength and fragility of democracy and recognize the role each person plays in safeguarding our freedom.
For additional information, visit: www.libertymuseum.org
National Museum of American Jewish HistoryThe National Museum of American Jewish History, on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Its purpose is to connect Jews 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.
For additional information, visit: www.nmajh.org
New Jersey State AquariumThe fifth largest aquarium in the country, Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world with hippos and the only aquarium in the U.S. to exhibit Great Hammerhead Sharks. See the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, including the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit, and a 40-foot suspended Shark Tunnel.
For additional information, visit: www.adventureaquarium.com
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsThe Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is a national leader in fine arts education that brings together artists and the public through exceptional teaching programs, a world-class collection of American art, major exhibitions, and widely accessible public programs. The museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.
For additional information, visit: www.pafa.org
Philadelphia Museum of ArtThe Philadelphia Museum of Art - in partnership with the city, the region, and art museums around the globe - seeks to preserve, enhance, interpret, and extend the reach of its great collections in particular, and the visual arts in general, to an increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning.
For additional information, visit: www.philamuseum.org
Philadelphia Zoo Like many other Philadelphia landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo is an American first. The Philadelphia Zoo’s 42-acre Victorian garden is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The Zoo, fulfilling its mission of conservation, science, education and recreation, supports and engages in conservation efforts to protect endangered species around the world. Cheetahs, hippos, giraffes and much more make the Zoo Philadelphia's leading family attraction with over 1.2 million visitors last year.
For additional information, visit: www.philadelphiazoo.org/
Please Touch MuseumSince 1976, Please Touch Museum has been the Children’s Museum of Philadelphia. Our museum was the first in the nation whose target audience was families with children seven and younger. We have grown into one of the best children’s museums in the nation, have become experts in play and have had our programs for under served families in the region nationally recognized. Our mission to enrich the lives of children by creating learning opportunities through play, enables us to lay the foundation for a lifetime of learning and cultural awareness.
For additional information, visit: www.pleasetouchmuseum.org
Polish American Cultural CenterThe Polish American Cultural Center and Museum Exhibit Hall are a focal point for many Polish American affairs in the greater Philadelphia area. Annually, more than one million tourists visit Philadelphia's historic district. The Cultural Center's Exhibit Hall, located in the heart of this district, and open to the general public 300 days a year, admission free, allows thousands of tourists to experience Polish history, culture and pride. In addition to welcoming tourists from around the world, the Center hosts meetings, lectures and other events to promote public awareness and appreciation of Polish heritage.
For additional information, visit: www.polishamericancenter.org
Rodin MuseumSince 1929, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has administered the Rodin Museum and its collection. Over the years, several large sculptures originally installed outdoors were taken inside to protect them from the elements, and the original plantings became overgrown. The building, its galleries, and its grounds have been renovated to restore the Museum to its original vision, and new conservation treatments have made it possible to return sculptures to their intended places in the garden. The Museum has reopened with an inaugural installation dedicated to The Gates of Hell, the defining project of Rodin's career and one that consumed him for almost four decades.
For additional information, visit: www.rodinmuseum.org
Rosenbach Museum and LibraryThe Rosenbach seeks to inspire curiosity, inquiry, and creativity by engaging broad audiences in exhibitions, programs, and research based on its remarkable and expanding collections. Our programs are designed to eliminate barriers between the visitor and the collection, and to encourage people to bring their experience, knowledge, and opinions –or just an open mind—to connect with the collection in a very personal way. The Rosenbach is a place of active engagement that reinforces the relevance of historical collections to contemporary issues.
For additional information, visit: www.rosenbach.org
Second Bank of the United StatesThe Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States, located on 420 Chestnut Street, between 4th and 5th Streets, "People of Independence" exhibit in the Second Bank includes 185 paintings of Colonial and Federal leaders, military officers, explorers and scientists, including many by Charles Willson Peale. Designed by William Strickland, this building, built between 1819 and 1824, is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. The Second Bank was incorporated in 1816 and was one of the most influential financial institutions in the world until 1832, when it became the center of bitter controversy between bank president Nicholas Biddle and President Andrew Jackson. The bank ceased to exist in 1836 after Jackson vetoed the bill to renew its charter. The building continued for a short time to house a banking institution under a Pennsylvania charter. From 1845 to 1935 the building served as the Philadelphia Customs House.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/inde/second-bank
The Franklin InstituteIn the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology. Since its founding in 1824, the institute has done that by having exhibits that allow new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would both amaze and delight Mister Benjamin Franklin. The Franklin Institute's universal appeal is reflected in the diversity of its audience—from world famous working scientists to involved citizens of any age; from elementary school through university level students; from inner city to suburban families. All are drawn here by a common interest in science and technology.
For additional information, visit: www2.fi.edu
University Museum of Archaeology & AnthropologyFounded in 1887, the Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world. Three gallery floors feature materials from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Canaan and Israel, Mesoamerica, Asia and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas and Africa. With an active exhibition schedule, a membership program, and educational programming for children and adults, Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage
For additional information, visit: www.penn.museum
Wagner Free Institute of ScienceThe Wagner Institute’s nineteenth century exhibit hall – a soaring three-story space – houses an extraordinary collection of natural history specimens including mounted birds and mammals, fossils, rocks and minerals, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger, discovered on a museum-sponsored expedition to Florida in 1886. Gathered largely by founder William Wagner and Institute curators and faculty during the nineteenth century, the collections are displayed in cherry-wood and glass cabinets dating from the 1880s and maintain their original “systematic” scheme, providing a rare view of a Victorian science museum.
For additional information, visit: wagnerfreeinstitute.org

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