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Program #21356RJ
8 Days | 7 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Nov 6 — Nov 13, 2014

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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 1920s in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service. Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2013 $116 + 15.5%tax
Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2013 $116 + 15.5% tax; for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Thursday, November 06 - Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, W...
Afternoon: Note: The program commences in Philadephia and concludes in New York City. Please make your travel plans accordingly.

HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.

ORIENTATION: We will gather for a warm welcome and introductions, followed by an orientation to the program. We will review the schedule and any changes; discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures and contact numbers for key staff; and answer any questions you may have.

This special new program, a "cultural cavalcade" from Philadelphia to New York, is jointly hosted by Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks and Explore New York, Corp., both veteran Road Scholar program provider organizations.

Dinner: Dinner is at Davio's located off the hotel lobby. Considered the leading Northern Italian restaurant in Philadelphia, Davio’s at Club Quarters has been featured in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly” and awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for five consecutive years. The dining room with its high ceilings and arched windows is a backdrop for expertly prepared regional Italian foods.

Evening: FREE EVENING: The remainder of the evening is free for you to explore the neighborhood on your own, begin making new friends, or just relax from your travels and have a good night's rest to prepare for the day ahead.

Lodging: Club Quarters Hotel

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 1920s in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service. Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2013 $116 + 15.5%tax
Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2013 $116 + 15.5% tax; for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Friday, November 07 - Introducing Dr. & Mrs. Barnes, Barnes Foundation ...
Introducing Dr. & Mrs. Barnes, Barnes Foundation Field Trip, Reading Terminal, Philadelphia Murals, Performance

Note: Walking and standing at the Barnes Foundation, Reading Terminal, into and out of the Kimmel Center

Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at Davio's including your choice of hot and cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, pastries, bagels, yogurt, juices, fruit, coffee and tea.

Morning: LECTURE: Introducing Albert and Laura Barnes. This extraordinary couple built and sustained the unique Barnes Foundation. Learn about their personal histories and their dedication to the cultural arts.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Barnes Foundation. We will board our private bus for the short ride to the new Barnes on the Parkway. During the drive, you will see Philadelphia's grand, tree-lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway: a cultural mecca flanked by some of the city's acclaimed world-class museums and institutions.

On site at the Barnes, a museum educator will provide an introduction to the collection and galleries. The Barnes Foundation showcases one of the premier private art collections in the world featuring French Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early Modern paintings. The magnificent new building displays the collection in space that replicates the scale, proportion and configuration of the original galleries in Merion.

(If you would like an expanded Barnes Foundation experience, our Program 20707, "A World of Art" includes two Barnes field trips with free time opportunities to explore at your own pace.)

Lunch: Lunch is at Philadelphia’s historic farmers market, Reading Terminal, where you will be provided with a voucher to select your own food choices from the many available options. In addition to the eclectic eateries you will find throughout this immense structure, vendors offer an amazing array of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, hand-made pottery, jewelry and crafts from around the world.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Philadelphia Murals. Aboard our private bus, we will experience Philadelphia’s extraordinary public murals, a cultural highlight of city streets and buildings. The Mural Arts Program began in 1984 as a component of an anti-graffiti campaign! Under city leadership, an expert muralist reached out to redirect destructive graffiti writing into constructive and artistic mural painting. Today, Mural Arts is an innovative and successful public-private partnership that has produced more than 3,600 murals which have become a cherished part of the civic landscape and a source of inspiration to millions of residents and visitors who encounter them each year.

Dinner: We will eat a local neighborhood restaurant.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: At this time we do not know what the performance will be. This information will not be available until we get closer to the date.

Lodging: Club Quarters Hotel

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 1920s in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.

Contact info:
1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
web: www.clubquarters.com

Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service. Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.

Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: 2013 $116 + 15.5%tax
Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2013 $116 + 15.5% tax; for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Saturday, November 08 - Rodin Museum/ Philadelphia Museum of Art/Free Aft...
Note: Moderate- wheel chairs available at The museum

Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at Davio's including your choice of hot and cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, pastries, bagels, yogurt, juices, fruit, coffee and tea.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Rodin Museum. The Rodin is one of Philadelphia’s artistic and cultural icons, nestled between The Free Library and the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Benjamin Franklin Parkway, intended to evoke the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in Paris. It houses one of the most comprehensive public collections of work outside Paris by one of the world's most renowned sculptors, Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). The unique Beaux-Arts architecture and formal French garden provide an ideal environment in which to examine more than 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters.

FIELD TRIP continues: The Philadelphia Museum of Art. Led by an educator, we will have an introduction to one of the nation's foremost destinations in which to see world-class art. After the presentation, you will have an opportunity to explore the exhibitions and galleries on your own. This grand museum, among the world’s greatest, began as a legacy of the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. It is home to more than 227,000 objects spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the collection of arms and armor is the second largest in the United States. The American collections are among the finest in the country, as are the expanding collections of modern and contemporary art.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. At the museum, you can choose from the Cafeteria or Granite Hill, the museum’s fine eatery. The Cafeteria offers a variety of options from omelettes to soups, salads, sandwiches, daily changing seasonal entrées, and a pastry table. Granite Hill’s French bistro menu also features seasonal appetizers, entrée salads, omelettes, fresh fish, and specialty cocktails and wines.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: We have reserved this afternoon as free time if you wish to visit The Philadelphia Craft show at the Convention Center at 12th & Arch, easily accessible by public bus from the art museum. This show of Art by Hand serves as the Museum's largest yearly fundraising event and is devoted to bringing wide public attention to the field of craft art. Cumulative 37-year contribution: $10 million. Approximately 18,000 visitors attend. Out of the 195 artists exhibiting, approximately 41 are new to the show, with a number of these juried under the Emerging Artist category. You are also free to continue at the museum on your own, explore independently, or return to the hotel. Inexpensive transportation is readily available at the museum doorsteps.

Dinner: For our farewell dinner in Philadelphia, enjoy the city's culinary renaissance at The Prime Rib in the Warwick Hotel, a block from Rittenhouse Square. Rated #1 Steakhouse by Zagat and one of the Top Five Romantic Restaurants by Food & Wine Magazine, the menu offers delectable choices from the signature prime rib and other meat entrées to chicken, seafood, or a vegetarian plate. The sophisticated décor and background piano playing recall the elegance of classic supper clubs.

Evening: Return to the hotel at your leisure and prepare for the final morning field trip and the transfer to New York.

Lodging: Club Quarters Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: "Art Deco Masterpiece" close to the theater district. The New Yorker Hotel is one of the most popular New York City hotels in Manhattan. This New York City landmark hotel offers a tradition of hospitality for 75 years. Today all our rooms start above the 18th floor giving you some of the best views of Manhattan in New York City. Great location near Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Macy’s the largest department store in world, great entertainment, dining and lots more.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Facility amenities: Health Club, Laundry, Business Center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Market Rate
Please contact the hotel for rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Four: Sunday, November 09 - Independence Hall & Liberty Bell, Amtrak Transer ...
Independence Hall & Liberty Bell, Amtrak Transer to New York City, Registration & Orientation, Empire State Building

Breakfast: Enjoy a tasty breakfast at Davio's including your choice of hot and cold cereals, hard boiled eggs, pastries, bagels, yogurt, juices, fruit, coffee and tea.

Morning: FIELD TRIP: Independence National Historical Park. A visit to Philadelphia would not be complete without Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell. Society Hill, where these icons of American history are located, preserves much of the character of early Philadelphia.

We are scheduled to return to the hotel by 11:30am.

Lunch: Lunch is at Davio's off the hotel lobby.

Afternoon: TRANSFER: We will transfer as a group to 30th Street Station where you will board an Amtrak train to New York City, a ride of approximately 90 minutes to Penn Station.

The Road Scholar program concludes in New York City and so your ticket is one-way. Should you wish to purchase a return trip ticket to Philadelphia rather than depart from New York, please contact Amtrak directly.

ARRIVAL IN NEW YORK: Upon arrival at Penn Station, you will be greeted by a member of the Explore New York staff, who will conduct you to the nearby New Yorker Hotel where you will register and have an opportunity to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Dinner is at the Tick Tock Diner located just off the hotel lobby. The Tick Tock recalls traditional American diners, notable for “comfort” food. The décor evokes the spirit of the New Jersey original with banquette seating and chrome highlights.

Evening: ORIENTATION: We will have a short review of the New York City portion of the program.

EXCURSION: Following orientation, we will walk to the iconic Empire State Building affording the most exciting view of America's cultural capital.

Lodging: New Yorker

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: "Art Deco Masterpiece" close to the theater district. The New Yorker Hotel is one of the most popular New York City hotels in Manhattan. This New York City landmark hotel offers a tradition of hospitality for 75 years. Today all our rooms start above the 18th floor giving you some of the best views of Manhattan in New York City. Great location near Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Macy’s the largest department store in world, great entertainment, dining and lots more.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Facility amenities: Health Club, Laundry, Business Center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Market Rate
Please contact the hotel for rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Five: Monday, November 10 - MetroCard Registration, Jules Massenet & "Werther...
MetroCard Registration, Jules Massenet & "Werther," Lincoln Center Field Trip, "Werther" at the Metropolitan Opera

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in our private meeting room.

Morning: MetroCard Registration: We will be moving around the city via subway. The MetroCard is quick and convenient, and will allow you to use the subway during free time as well. The Group Leader will provide an orientation to the system and answer your questions.

LECTURE: Massenet and "Werther." Best known for his operas, Jules Massenet (1842-1912) was one of the foremost French composers of his time and one of the greatest melodists.

Massenet completed “Werther” in 1887. It was based on a novel by Goethe more than a century earlier that was inspired in part by real life situations. The music is gorgeous but the story is one of the saddest in all of opera, ironically beginning and ending with a Christmas carol.

Lunch: Enjoy deli sandwiches in the meeting room.

Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Lincoln Center. Explore the “campus” comprising the Metropolitan Opera House, New York State Theater, Avery Fisher Hall and some smaller venues. Led by an expert guide, learn about America's first performing arts center.

Dinner: Dinner is out at a neighborhood restaurant where you can dine like a New Yorker.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: "Werther" at the Metropolitan Opera. Two of opera’s greatest singers today, Jonas Kaufmann and Elina Garanca, are scheduled for this Met production of Massenet’s sublime adaptation of Goethe’s tragic romance. The conductor is rising young maestro Alain Altinoglu.

Lodging: New Yorker

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: "Art Deco Masterpiece" close to the theater district. The New Yorker Hotel is one of the most popular New York City hotels in Manhattan. This New York City landmark hotel offers a tradition of hospitality for 75 years. Today all our rooms start above the 18th floor giving you some of the best views of Manhattan in New York City. Great location near Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Macy’s the largest department store in world, great entertainment, dining and lots more.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Facility amenities: Health Club, Laundry, Business Center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Market Rate
Please contact the hotel for rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Six: Tuesday, November 11 - Broadway Show Background, Lunch at Sardi's, Theat...
Broadway Show Background, Lunch at Sardi's, Theatre District Guided Walk, Dinner On Your Own, Broadway Show

Breakfast: Breakfast today is in the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: LECTURE: Get background on this evening's performance of a Broadway show. Because our program was planned a year in advance, and because shows can close on short notice, specific information was not available at the time of publication. We will post the information on this website and include it in preparatory materials as soon as confirmed.

Lunch: Lunch today is at legendary Sardi's Restaurant. Situated in the heart of New York's theater district, Sardi's has been the toast of Broadway for 90 years. It is still a favorite watering hole of the Broadway crowd, renowned for the hundreds of celebrity caricatures adorning its walls. The eclectic menu has a Continental flavor.

Afternoon: WALKING FIELD TRIP: Theatre District. Concentrated between 8th Avenue and Broadway, the Theatre District and its historic venues are a living museum of American theatre. This relatively small area recalls the saga played out generation after generation of shows and the people who made them: playwrights, producers, actors, directors, stage managers, and millions of theater fans.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to enjoy the cuisine of your choice from the innumerable options New York offers. Your group leader will be happy to make suggestions. If you have something special in mind, we advise you to make reservations well in advance.

Evening: PERFORMANCE: Broadway show TBA. Because our program was planned a year in advance, and because shows can close on short notice, specific information was not available at the time of publication. We will post the information on this website and include it in preparatory materials as soon as confirmed.

Lodging: New Yorker

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: "Art Deco Masterpiece" close to the theater district. The New Yorker Hotel is one of the most popular New York City hotels in Manhattan. This New York City landmark hotel offers a tradition of hospitality for 75 years. Today all our rooms start above the 18th floor giving you some of the best views of Manhattan in New York City. Great location near Madison Square Garden, Penn Station, the Jacob Javits Convention Center, Macy’s the largest department store in world, great entertainment, dining and lots more.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue @ 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: www.nyhotel.com

Facility amenities: Health Club, Laundry, Business Center.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Market Rate
Please contact the hotel for rates.

Check out time: 12:00 PM

Day Seven: Wednesday, November 12 - Metropolitan Museum of Art, Free Afternoon to Exp...
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Free Afternoon to Explore, Farewell Dinner at Cooper's Tavern, Greenwich Village Walk

Breakfast: Continental breakfast in our private meeting room.

Morning: LECTURE: Metropolitan Museum of Art. Established in 1870, The Met's mission is "...to collect, preserve, study, exhibit, and stimulate appreciation for and advance knowledge of works of art that collectively represent the broadest spectrum of human achievement at the highest level of quality..." Our educator will provide an overview of the museum, its permanent collection, and current special exhibitions in preparation for our field trip.

FIELD TRIP: The Met. This, the largest museum in the U.S., is one of the three largest in the world, with one of the most significant collections. Our reserved group status at a special discounted rate allows us to bypass the admission lines. You will then have free time to explore on your own.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own to dine at your leisure. The Met offers options including a self-service cafeteria, two cafés, and a European-style restaurant as well as a bar and a lounge. Or if you prefer, set out for a culinary adventure all your own at any of the numerous eateries in the area.

Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Continue exploring America's greatest museum or pursue your preferred interests elsewhere in America's greatest city. Wednesday is Matinee Day. If you'd like to attend another Broadway show, you might want to check out the TKTS Discount Booth in Times Square that sells day-of-performance discount tickets.

Dinner: Our concluding dinner together is at Cooper's Tavern, "back home" at the New Yorker. The sleek bistro ambience is enhanced by wood-paneled walls, geometric lights, and a spacious lounge. Enjoy a convivial evening with new Road Scholar friends and share your favorite experiences. Or, head out for another evening on the town.

Lodging: New Yorker

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day Eight: Thursday, November 13 - Wrap-up Discussion, Program Concludes, Independen...
Breakfast: Our concluding breakfast is in the Tick Tock Diner.

Morning: Please note that hotel check-out is by 12:00 noon.

WRAP-UP: The Group Leader will moderate a wrap-up discussion of program highlights to conclude our cultural cavalcade.

We hope you have enjoyed this exciting new program and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

As the program commenced in Philadephia and concludes in New York City, you will have made your travel plans for your own independent departure.

Meals Included: Breakfast



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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