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Philadelphia’s Cultural Pearls Featuring the Barnes Foundation (5 nights)

Program Number: 10408RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/17/2013 - 4/22/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,198.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Music Appreciation; Art History/Criticism
Meals: 12; 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Led by noted experts, encounter renowned cultural icons in one of America’s top cities for the arts. Hear superb background lectures and take expert-led field trips to experience the best of Philadelphia along with national treasures and historical landmarks.


• Experience the extraordinary Barnes Foundation at its new Philadelphia campus, explore the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and see bronze casts of Rodin’s greatest works at the rejuvenated Rodin Museum.
• Enjoy a performance of opera, theater, ballet or another event from current offerings, such as a concert at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts or a recital by rising artists at the Curtis Institute of Music.
• Examine architecture from three centuries and visit acclaimed landmarks of American history at Independence National Historical Park.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to a few blocks, standing in museums.

An abbreviated three-night version of this program is also available. For information, call or go to Recitals at the Curtis Institute only possible when students are in residence, October through May.

Coordinated by The Philadelphia Society For The Preservation Of Landmarks.


An appealing and walkable metropolis, 300-year-old Philadelphia is steeped in the beliefs that founded the American Revolution and today is a vibrant city of diverse neighborhoods and internationally recognized cultural institutions.

Centrally located, comfortable hotels; accommodations vary by date. Call or visit our website for details.
Meals and Lodgings
   Doubletree Hotel
  Philadelphia PA 5 nights
 Doubletree Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Located in the heart of Philadelphia's arts district along the Avenue of the Arts, the Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia sits just across from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Merriam and Wilma Theaters. Walk from our hospitable downtown hotel to South Street, the Italian Market, Antiques Row, Rittenhouse and Washington Squares, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the Historic Waterfront District, world-class dining 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. AAA Diamond Rating Hotel
  Contact info: 237 Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107 USA
phone: 215-893-1600
  Room amenities: hair dryer, T.V, cable, Internet hookup, two telephones
  Facility amenities: Our full service hotel provides concierge and tour services, as well as inviting onsite recreational amenities like a sparkling, indoor pool and whirlpool, sauna, fitness center, sundeck (great views of Broad Street and downtown Philadelphia), racquetball courts, and a rooftop garden and jogging track. A full compliment of business support services and flexible meeting and banquet space provides everything a corporate traveler might need to remain productive while in Philadelphia.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $164 plus tax 15.2% Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $164 plus tax 15.2% Call 215 205 4480 (cell) or 215 925 2251 (office) Margaret Biddle, Landmarks Director for extra night booking at the Doubletree. Hotel rate does include full American breakfast at The Doubletree. Regarding commuters, breakfast is not included.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 hotel lobby at Road Scholar desk. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel at 1:00 pm after lunch. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Adjacent to hotel entrance off of Broad St. Self Park $24 for 24 hrs. Undercover entrance allows guest to check in luggage before parking car
To Start of Program
  Location:  Philadelphia PA
  Nearest city or town:  Wilmington DE and Trenton NJ
  Nearest highway: Interstate 95 and Interstate 76
  Nearest airport:  Philadelphia Internation Airport - PHL
  From End of Program
  Location: Philadelphia PA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Airport




Public Transportation


Per Person/One Way:


$1 for Seniors with a medicare card on their person. $5.50 per adult
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 minutes 


Rail service from the airport to Suburban Station at 17th & JFK Blvd is operated by SEPTA transit company at Suburban Rail Station is 7 blocks from the hotel. Taxi's are available- approx $6 to hotel




From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Lady Liberty
phone: 215-724-8888


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes if direct -40 minutes depending on number of hotel drop-offs 


Lady Liberty Transportation is a Philadelphia based company that provides airport transfer service between the Philadelphia International Airport and Center City/University hotels and residences. They also offer charter services to the Philadelphia suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and New York.




From Airport




Any Taxi


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 - 30 minutes depending on rush hour 


Taxi's charge a flat rate for the cab and not per person. Cab can hold up to 4 persons.


30th Street-Philadelphia


From Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 


Pick up any cab at 30th Street Station. The hotel is 14 blocks from the station




From Airport




Public Transportation
SEPTA R1 High Speed Airport Train
phone: www-sep-taor xg


Per Person/One Way:


$5.50 normal fare. Seniors with a medicare card it is $1.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 minutes 




Hotel is 2 blocks


For Doubletree Hotel - exit at 30th Street and take a taxi to the Doubletree Hotel ($10.00 for the cab up to 4 persons in the cab) or continue on train to Suburban Station at 16th & JFK Blvd and take a taxi $5.00 or you can walk. Cross JFK at 16th St and walk to Locust St (5 blocks) then left onto Locust and walk 2 blocks to Broad St. Hotel is on corner of Broad & Locust.

Driving Directions
  From Baltimore, Washington and Points South: Take I-95 North past the Philadelphia Intl. Airport following the signs to the Broad Street exit. Take Broad Street North and follow Broad Street for about 3 miles. The hotel is on the corner of Broad and Locust.
  From Harrisburg, Hershey and points West: Take Pennsylvania Turnpike East to exit 24 (Valley Forge). Get onto 76 E following signs to Central Philadelphia. Take Vine St. (I-676) to Broad St. exit and make a right onto 15th St. Follow 15th St. to locust and make a left onto Locust. Go 1 block to Broad St. and the hotel is on the corner.
  From New York, New Jersey and points Northeast (via NJ Turnpike): Take NJ Turnpike South to exit 4 (Philadelphia/Camden Exit). Take 73 North to 38 West. Follow signs to The Benjamin Franklin Bridge . Once over the bridge follow signs for 676 West. Take 676 West to the Broad Street/ Central Philadelphia Exit onto 15th street heading South. Take 15th Street (approx 7 blocks) and make a left turn onto Locust Street. Take Locust one block to Broad Street, the hotel is located directly in front of you at the corner of Broad and Locust Streets.
  From Philadelphia International Airport: Take I-95 North to Exit 17 (PA-611 North/ Broad Street Exit). Continue North on Broad Street for approximately 3 miles. The Hotel is located on the right side, one block past Spruce street at the corner of Broad and Locust Street.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, April 17)
 Afternoon: 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 receive your Road Scholar arrival packet containing your name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.

ORIENTATION: 4:30pm. Check the hotel message board inside the elevator where you will see the name and floor of the meeting room where our group will gather.

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 and proceed to The Balcony Café on the Mezzanine floor to join the group for dinner. 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: Dinner is in the Doubletree’s restaurant, Balcony, serving “classic comfort food” at center city's newest restaurant on the Avenue of the Arts overlooking the Academy of Music and the lights and sounds of Broad Street.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Curtis Institute of Music (3 blocks from hotel). There is a special focus on the Curtis in this program with several featured performances. One of the world's leading conservatories, the Curtis Institute on Rittenhouse Square educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. The recital series features performances of solo and chamber works in Field Concert Hall. Scheduled for this evening at 8:00pm: Beethoven Violin Sonatas — Sonata No. 1 in D major, Sonata No. 5 in F major (Spring), Sonata No. 9 in A major (Kreutzer).
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Music and Art Lectures, Midday Concert, Evening Performances at The Curtis Institute of Music
(Thursday, April 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30am and weekends from 7:00am. Enjoy a full American breakfast buffet with a variety of cereals, breakfast meats, eggs, fruits, breads and pastries, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE: The Art of the Violin with noted Philadelphia conductor and musicologist Karl Middleman, Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Classical Symphony. Maestro Middleman has conducted a number of orchestras and choirs. A career educator, he currently teaches at Temple University and recently served as Arts Advocate and Trainer for the ‘Classroom Arts Project’ of Partners in Distance Learning.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel or a popular eatery nearby.
 Afternoon: PERFORMANCE: 12:45-1:45pm — Music at St. Mark’s. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Locust Street was founded in 1847 in the midst of an Anglican church revival of richness in liturgy, architecture, and music. The program will be announced closer to the date of the program. This is a free concert open to the public.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Dr. and Mrs. Barnes and the Barnes Foundation by Margaret Biddle. Hear fascinating background on Dr. Barnes, how he amassed his amazing collection, and how the Barnes Foundation became an icon of artistic appreciation and enlightenment. Gain insights into the life and contributions of Laura Barnes and her leadership of on the Foundation’s horticultural program at the Merion Campus. Follow the saga of the many complications and conflicts involved in moving the art collection to Center City Philadelphia.

Margaret Biddle is the long-time administrator of Road Scholar’s programs in association with the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks. A knowledgeable native of the city active in numerous community projects, she is the Landmarks link to Philadelphia’s academic, cultural and tourism professionals and communities.

 Dinner: Dinner will be out at a local popular restaurant.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Curtis Institute of Music (3 blocks from hotel). The Curtis has produced outstanding performers such as Lang Lang, Sarah Chang, Anna Moffo, and many more. As part of our special focus on the Curtis, we will attend another excellent concert. The program scheduled for this evening features Beethoven’s Trio in D major, Op. 70, No. 1 (“Ghost”).
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Lecture-Demonstration with a Member of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Curtis Institute Performance
(Friday, April 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30am and weekends from 7:00am. Enjoy a full American breakfast buffet with a variety of cereals, breakfast meats, eggs, fruits, breads and pastries, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION: Richard Harlow, cellist, Philadelphia Orchestra. Mr. Harlow will share his experiences and give a demonstration on his cello. He joined The Philadelphia Orchestra in 1976. Prior to coming to Philadelphia, he served as assistant principal cello of the Toledo Symphony. He is also a former member of the Dearborn Symphony and the Flint Symphony and has appeared as a chamber music recitalist.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the hotel or out at a popular eatery.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: The Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts. Led by a museum educator, we will explore the historic building and see highlights of the permanent collection. PAFA was founded in 1805 by painter and scientist Charles Willson Peale, sculptor William Rush, and other artists and business leaders. It is the oldest art museum and school in the nation. The current museum building — designed by the American architects Frank Furness and George W. Hewitt — opened in 1876 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark recognized as an important part of America's and Philadelphia's architectural heritage. It was carefully restored in 1976. The collection is installed in a chronological and thematic format, exploring the history of American art from the 1760s to the present.
 Dinner: Dinner will be out at a popular local restaurant.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Curtis Institute of Music. Continuing our special focus on the Curtis, we will attend a concert featuring outstanding student artists performing chamber music of Elgar, Ravel, Weber, and more.
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Barnes Foundation Field Trip, Introduction to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia Orchestra Concert at the Kimmel Center
(Saturday, April 20)

Note: The small galleries at the Barnes Foundation have with some bench seating in each gallery; wheelchairs are available if needed.

 Breakfast: Breakfast is in in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30am and weekends from 7:00am. Enjoy a full American breakfast buffet with a variety of cereals, breakfast meats, eggs, fruits, breads and pastries, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: 10:00am — Barnes Foundation on the Parkway. Enjoy a guided exploration of the Barnes's legendary collection of post-Impressionist and early Modern art. Our docent, a graduate of the educational program that Dr. Albert C. Barnes founded, will lead you on an exciting voyage of discovery, discussing works in the collection and reveal the thinking behind the extraordinary presentation of these masterpieces. After our one-hour journey, you are welcome to remain and view the collection at your leisure.

Following professional success in the pharmaceutical business, Dr. Barnes made his first art acquisitions and began to develop theories about how people look at and learn from art. In 1922, he established the Barnes Foundation. Both his art collection and educational theories grew and changed throughout the course of his life.

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

 Lunch: Lunch is on your own today to enjoy the foods of your choice. You have a wide range of choices in the area.
 Afternoon: LECTURE: Introduction to Collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Museum 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. In addition, the Museum houses encyclopedic holdings of costume and textiles as well as prints, drawings, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation
 Dinner: Dinner is in the hotel restaurant at 5:00pm in order to attend the pre-concert lecture at The Kimmel Performance Center on Bach and His Brandenburgs
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: 8:00pm. The Philadelphia Orchestra — Bach and His Brandenburgs. Conductor Nicholas McGegan leads the orchestra in four of Bach’s most sparkling and propulsive works. Virtuosic soloists are featured in these masterworks of the Baroque era including the famous "Air on the G String" from Bach's Third Orchestral Suite.
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Rodin Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art Field Trips, Free Afternoon and Evening
(Sunday, April 21)

Note: Wheel chairs are available at the Philadelphia Museum of Art if needed.

 Breakfast: Breakfast is in in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30am and weekends from 7:00am. Enjoy a full American breakfast buffet with a variety of cereals, breakfast meats, eggs, fruits, breads and pastries, juice, coffee and tea.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Rodin Museum. The intimately scaled Rodin Museum — designed by French architect Paul Cret (1876–1945) and French landscape designer Jacques Gréber (1882–1962) — opened in November 1929, the gift of entrepreneur and philanthropist Jules E. Mastbaum. This unique ensemble of Beaux-Arts architecture and a formal French garden provides the perfect setting to experience the sculpture of Auguste Rodin. The Philadelphia Museum of Art administers the Rodin Museum and its collection of more than 140 bronzes, marbles, and plasters.

FIELD TRIP: The Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Museum presents more than 25 exhibitions each year, ranging from comprehensive single-artist retrospectives to historical surveys to focused presentations that explore specific topics. Works of art from the Museum's collections, many not regularly on view, as well as masterpieces on loan from museums worldwide are featured in these installations.

 Lunch: Your free afternoon and evening begin with lunch on own at the conclusion of our field trip. The Museum itself offers a variety of dining options from a sit-down lunch to a sandwich or snack on the go, all by acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr’s catering group.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: You may remain at the Museum if you wish, go exploring on your own, or return to the hotel at your leisure. Transportation is easily available from the museum to the hotel via public bus #32 or #38 or taxi (approx. $10 for up to 4 persons). City bus tour excursions also start at the museum.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to enjoy the foods and restaurants of your choice.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Take this evening to explore more of the city on your own, spend time with new friends, or simply relax in comfortable surroundings. If you wish to attend a concert or other event, we recommend that you make reservations prior to the program.
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 6: Architecture Lecture-/Lunch/End of Program
(Monday, April 22)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30am and weekends from 7:00am. Enjoy a full American breakfast buffet with a variety of cereals, breakfast meats, eggs, fruits, breads and pastries, juice, coffee and tea.

Please note that hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon. Bags can be stored with the concierge until you leave.

 Morning: Morning lecture on Philadelphia Architecture at 9:30 - 11:00.
 Lunch: Our closing lunch is in the hotel. Share your favorite memories of the program with your new friends.

The program concludes with lunch. We hope you have enjoyed this experience of Philadelphia's "cultural pearls" and that you 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 University
Founded 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
  American Swedish Historical Museum
The 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
  Atwater Kent Museum
The 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
  Barnes Foundation
Celebrated 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
  Battleship New Jersey Memorial & Museum
The 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
  Betsy Ross House
Located 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
  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
  Christ Church
Welcome! 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
  Dental Museum at Temple University
Founded 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
  Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern 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
  Edgar Allen Poe House
Described 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
  Elfreth's Alley
The 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
  Franklin Court
In 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
  Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Founded 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
  Independance Visitor's Center
Free time is Wednesday afternoon and evening. Meals are still included at the hotel on that day. For additional information, visit
  Independence Hall
NOTE: 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
  Independence Seaport Museum
Founded 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
  Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Kimmel 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
  Liberty 360 & Lights of Liberty
Inside 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
  Liberty Bell Center
NOTE: 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
  Masonic Temple
The 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
  Mummers Museum
The 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
  Mütter Museum
America'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
  National Constitution Center
The 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
  National Liberty Museum
The 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
  National Museum of American Jewish History
The 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
  New Jersey State Aquarium
The 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
  Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The 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
  Philadelphia Museum of Art
The 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
  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
  Please Touch Museum
Since 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
  Polish American Cultural Center
The 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
  Rodin Museum
Since 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
  Rosenbach Museum and Library
The 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
  Second Bank of the United States
The 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
  The Franklin Institute
In 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
  University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
Founded 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
  Wagner Free Institute of Science
The 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
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