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The Philadelphia Flower Show, Barnes Foundation, Longwood and Winterthur (5 nights)

Program Number: 20362RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/27/2014 - 3/4/2014; 2/26/2015 - 3/3/2015; 3/1/2015 - 3/6/2015; 3/4/2015 - 3/9/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,279.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; None    

The fabulous Philadelphia Flower Show, an internationally renowned treasure, is America’s oldest and grandest indoor horticultural display. Explore breathtaking exhibits presenting the talents of designers and landscapers who “force” perennials, shrubs, and trees into bloom to create full-scale gardens and floral displays. Plus, travel to the beautiful Brandywine Valley visiting the gardens of Longwood and Winterthur; visit the collections of the Barnes Foundation and for a finale, a performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra.




Highlights

• Led by an expert, enjoy privileged access to the Flower Show before the crowds arrive, with significant free time to explore on your own.
• Explore the unique Barnes Foundation at its magnificent new Philadelphia campus and attend a cultural event from current offerings.
• Go behind the scenes at Longwood Gardens to see what it takes to maintain its indoor and outdoor gardens, then enter another time at Winterthur, with its priceless art, antiques, and 60-acre garden.



Activity Particulars

Moderate walking up to one mile on busy city streets. Extensive walking at the Flower Show itself; wheelchairs are available at the show if needed.



Participants in this program receive VIP passes for early-morning private viewing before the Flower Show opens to the public. The 2015 Flower Show theme is Magic of the Movies. An abbreviated three-night version of this program is also available: #20363. For details, see www.roadscholar.org/20363 or call toll free at (877) 426-8056.




Date Specific Information

2-27-2014

At Winterthur on Day Three, you will be able to explore the brand new exhibition, "Costumes of Downton Abbey," showcasing 40 exquisite fashions directly from the set of the award-winning television series. This is the only exhibition in the U.S. to feature costumes from this renowned series.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



2-26-2015, 3-4-2015

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by The Philadelphia Society For The Preservation Of Landmarks.




Philadelphia

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.



Accommodations
Lodging varies by date. Please call or visit www.roadscholar.org/20362 for more info.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Nancy Webster

Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.
 
Elizabeth Anderson

Elizabeth Anderson, former curator of education at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, earned a master’s in art history at the University of Pennsylvania. She was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1965 until her retirement in 2005, and during that time, presented numerous lecture series on art history, as well as gallery talks on specific objects in the museum’s collections. In addition to her activities at the museum, Elizabeth taught at LaSalle University, Drexel University, Rosemont College and St. Joseph’s University. She continues to be a guest lecturer at both the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Princeton University. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia; a member of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Society and The Athenaeum of Philadelphia. She is currently a trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.
 
Kenneth Hinde

Kenneth Hinde received his B.A. degree in history from Ursinus College. He was employed by the Bucks County Historical Society for fifteen years as associate curator of the Mercer Museum, then as the first site administrator of the Fonthill Museum. He then served as tour director for the Foundation for Architecture in Philadelphia where he was responsible for developing an extensive program of architecture walking tours, geared to the general public. Kenneth is the former director of special programs for Landmarks Road Scholar.
 
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
web: doubletree3.hilton.com/en/hotels/pennsylvania/doubletree-by-hilton-hotel-philadelphia-center-city-PHLBLDT/index.html
  Room amenities: Rooms include air conditioning, coffee maker, hairdryer, high speed internet access, iron, iron/ironing board, and a flat screen TV.
  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.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $164 plus tax 15.5% 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 15.5% 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:
Registration/Orientation 3:30 PM in Hotel Lobby You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at hotel after lecture. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
24 hrs cost $25. Get sticker to put on ticket at Hotel Front Desk to validate Discount parking.Latimer Garage- 1510 Latimer St. (Bet. Locust & Spruce).Walk to15th Left onto15th & Right onto Locust walk to Broad. Hotel is across the street $15 cash only
Transportation
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
 

30th Street-Philadelphia

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$8.00
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.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28.50 per person
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes depending on traffic and rush hour travel 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Any taxi from the airport will charge a flat rate for the cab. The cab will hold up to 4 persons.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.50
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes (dependent on traffic) 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Lady Liberty is the only commercial van shuttle to hotels in the Philadelphia area. The van stops at every terminal for pick-up and drops off at the hotel closest to and farthest out from the airport. There is no need for a reservation. Sometimes there could be delays in pick-up due to heavy volume of travelers.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

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 

 

Distance:

 

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 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 all points Take 676 East or West depending on which direction you are coming from and exit at Central Philadelphia Exit (Broad Street Rt 611) onto 15th Street heading south. Take 15th St (Approx 7 blocks) and make a left turn onto Locust Street. Take Locust 1 block to Broad Street. The hotel is located directly in front of you at the corner of Broad & Locust. Turn right onto Broad and left into the parking garage.
Elevation Note: sea level

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: Registration/Orientation/Dinner
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Afternoon: Road Scholar Registration begins at 3:30 in the hotel lobby. The lecture room is listed on the sign inside the elevator. Orientation at hotel at 4:30 p.m.
 Dinner: At hotel.
 Evening: Tonight no activity is planned.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: The Barnes Foundation/lunch/The Rodin Museum/Curtis Institute of Music
(Friday, February 28)

Note: Barnes has 15 viewing galleries with benches in each room. Wheelchairs are available at no charge



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Private tour of The Barnes Foundation Collection at 10:00 AM. 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. But the true draw is the Barnes Collection featuring 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso.
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own at a local restaurant or you may wish to dine at The Barnes restaurant "Fresh & First"
 Afternoon: After Lunch we will walk across the street to The Rodin Museum which houses the largest collection of Rodin's sculpture outside of Paris.
 Afternoon: On our return from The Rodin, we will enjoy a lecture on John Bartram, father of American Botany.,
 Dinner: Dinner is included
 Evening: Attend a student recital at the Curtis Institute of Music Mansion on Rittenhouse Square just 3 blocks from our hotel. The Curtis student recital is on Friday and Monday night, you may choose to go to both recitals or just one either Friday or Monday. It is optional.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Art lecture/The Philadelphia Museum of Art/Performance
(Saturday, March 1)

Note: There is a handicap entrance to the Rodin Museum. Not a lot of walking as it is a small museum (5 galleries). Usual walking and standing as expected at art museum. Wheelchairs are available at no charge.



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Following our lecture, we will go to The Philadelphia Museum of Art. It is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. Constructed in 1928 of Minnesota dolomite, it's modeled after ancient Greek temples but on a grander scale. The museum was designed by Julian Francis Abele, the first African-American to graduate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture. Inside, you'll see Saint-Gaudens's statue of Diana; she formerly graced New York's old Madison Square Garden. The museum has several outstanding permanent collections: the John G. Johnson Collection covers Western art from the Renaissance to the 19th century; the Arensberg and A. E. Gallatin collections contain modern and contemporary works by artists such as Brancusi, Braque, Matisse, and Picasso. Famous paintings in these collections include Van Eyck's St. Francis Receiving the Stigmata, Rubens's Prometheus Bound, Benjamin West's Benjamin Franklin Drawing Electricity from the Sky, van Gogh's Sunflowers, Cézanne's The Large Bathers, and Picasso's Three Musicians. The museum has the world's most extensive collection of the works of Marcel Duchamp, including the world-famous Nude Descending a Staircase and The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even. Also worth seeking out is a fine selection of the works by 19th-century Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, including The Concert Singer and some notable portraits. The most spectacular "objects" in the museum are entire structures and great rooms moved lock, stock, and barrel from around the world: a 12th-century French cloister, a 16th-century Indian temple hall, a 16th-century Japanese Buddhist temple, a 17th-century Chinese palace hall, and a Japanese ceremonial teahouse. Among the other collections are costumes, Early American furniture, and Amish and Shaker crafts. An unusual touch -- and one that children especially like -- is the Kienbusch Collection of Arms and Armor.
 Morning: Enjoy a fascinating lecture on the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art by an art educator. Nancy Anderson, retired curator of special events (lectures) at The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a lecture tying in the Philadelphia Flower show theme of art and culture
 Lunch: Lunch is on your own (no voucher provided), and the Philadelphia Museum of Art has three locations from which you can choose: the museum cafeteria in the museum, the Perelman annex, or fine dining at the museum's Granite Hill Restaurant.
 Afternoon: Continue to enjoy your visit at the museum. You are on your own this afternoon to enjoy the galleries of the museum. Docent led tours are available every 1/2 hour concentrating on different collections of the museum You will return to the hotel on your own. Transportation options are the #38 Public bus which leaves from the West Entrance steps of the museum and drops you at Broad and Locust Street. the location of the Doubletree Hotel. Or, take a taxi at a fare of $10 for 1 to 4 persons. Remember to bring your Medicare Card as Seniors travel free on our SEPTA public buses. Sightseeing buses are also available from the West Entrance of the museum.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Stephane Deneve leads the first performances of his two-week residency in Philadelphia: an evening dedicated to dance music and a fi rst-time collaboration with the dancers of Philadanco. The program features large-scale suites from beloved fairytale stories by two legendary Russian composers—Stravinsky and Prokofi ev. Stravinsky set the tale of a magical Firebird, based on a mythical Russian legend, as his fi rst major success with the Ballets Russes in Paris. And Prokofi ev's take on the Cinderella fairytale, complete with elegant waltzes and midnight chimes, was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. Both works, performed in concert version only, are incredible orchestral showpieces in their own right. The Orchestra collaborates with Philadanco for a unique presentation of Poulenc's Aubade, a choreographic concerto for 18 instruments, solo piano, and dancers. This animated and expressive work, based on the mythological tale of Diana, depicts her struggle between love and purity, passion and loneliness. Philadanco brings its unique fusion of contemporary and classical styles to this stunning presentation. Stravinsky's Dumbarton Oaks, also written for a smaller ensemble, marks a sharp contrast from his early ballet scores. Written in a neo-classical style, this work has inspired dance interpretations as well, most famously by Jerome Robbins.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: Winterthur/ Longwood Gardens
(Sunday, March 2)

Note: Winterthur requires 1 hour of tour walking and standing. Longwood Gardens is all walking at your own pace. Wheelchairs and motor scooters are available at Longwood. They cost $15 (rental fee).



   
 Breakfast: at hotel
 Morning: On arrival at Winterthur, we will have a docent led gallery tour of the Exhibit of costumes from Downton Abbey prior to another docent led tour of the interior rooms of Winterthur Museum.
 Morning: Then we leave by motorcoach for a full day's excursion to The Brandywine Valley. We will tour Winterthur,the residence in which Henry Francis du Pont entertained family and friends in grand style. The 175 rooms, many of them with historical architecture, are furnished with his outstanding collection of antiques and objects added since his death. These masterfully designed spaces promise to inspire, enlighten, and delight
 Lunch: Lunch is provided at Winterthur.
 Afternoon: Welcome to Longwood Gardens the worlds premier horticultural showplace. at Longwood we will enjoy an educators tour of the Conservatory. Longwood Gardens is sure to delight anyone who loves exquisite flowers, majestic trees, and opulent architecture. Here, amid 1,077 acres with 20 indoor and 20 outdoor gardens, you?ll find beauty at every turn. Longwood's Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures. It shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. The Conservatory was built in 1919 At present, there are 4.5 acres of covered display, production, and research greenhouses.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening
 Evening: We will return to the Philadelphia by 6:00 pm. You are free this evening to dine out, meet with friends or acquaint yourself with Philadelphia night life.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: The Philadelphia Flower Show/The Reading Terminal Market/Philadelphia Flower Show/Curtis Student Recital
(Monday, March 3)

Note: Extensive walking at the Convention Center. Wheelchairs are available, but must be reserved in advance. Due to early entrance, there is a lack of crowds which makes viewing of the exhibits more relaxing and not strenuous.



   
 Breakfast: At hotel
 Morning: Early morning private tour of the flower show before it is opened to the public. Horticultural guides walk you around the exhibits in small groups. Use of the member lounge is available all day for our group. The theme of the 2014: "ARTiculture" Experience the combination of art and horticulture as the 184th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates everyone from Michelangelo to Monet, Picasso to Pollack, and da Vinci to Dali. The Philadelphia Flower Show is the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world, visit the web site theflowershow.com for more information. After your private behind the scenes tour, you are on your own at the Flower Show to leisurely view the floral displays or to participate in demonstrations and lectures that are offered. The Flower Show is the nation's largest indoor flower show, which blooms in Philadelphia every March at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. The Show features the country's premier landscape designers and florists, who turn 10 acres of the Convention Center into a floral fantasy world with beautiful plants and cutting-edge designs. In addition to the major garden displays, the Flower Show hosts world-renowned competitions in horticulture and artistic arranging, hundreds of gardening lectures and demonstrations, special events, a mammoth indoor Marketplace, and a city-wide Flower Show Week celebration throughout the Philadelphia region.
 Lunch: A voucher is provided for your lunch at the Reading Terminal market adjacent to the convention center where the flower show is exhibiting. Today, the Reading Terminal Market, considered by many as the best farmers market in the U.S., Originally opened in 1892 as a city market situated in a building owned by The Reading Railroad Company from which the Reading trains would come and go from the city to the suburbs. It’s not only a popular hometown attraction, but also the most popular Philadelphia tourist destination after the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Eighty-six merchants including Amish Farmers have food stalls that offer patrons fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, as well as hard-to-find specialties and ethnic foods. Shopping and dining become a pleasure in this warm, inviting, and unique atmosphere. The Reading Terminal Market, like it did over a hundred years ago, is reminiscent of personal, neighborhood shopping, and still offers something for everyone. A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without stopping here.
 Afternoon: On your own at the Flower Show to attend lectures. We provide our own shuttle bus back to the hotel from 1pm to 3pm. The convention center is 8 blocks from the hotel, if you wish to stay later and walk ,taxi or public bus back. Your ticket allows you to go back to the show later that evening
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Attend a student recital at the Curtis Institute of Music Mansion on Rittenhouse Square just 3 blocks from our hotel. (optional)
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 www.ansp.org/
  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 www.americanswedish.org
  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 www.philadelphiahistory.org
  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 www.barnesfoundation.org
  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 www.battleshipnewjersey.org
  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 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 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 www.christchurchphila.org
  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 temple.pastperfect-online.com
  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 www.easternstate.org/
  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 www.nps.gov/edal/index.htm
  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 www.elfrethsalley.org
  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 www.ushistory.org/tour/franklin-court.htm
  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 hsp.org
  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 www.gophilly.org
  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 www.nps.gov/inde/
  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 www.phillyseaport.org
  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 kimmelcenter.org/
  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 historicphiladelphia.org/lights-of-liberty
  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 www.nps.gov/inde/liberty-bell-center
  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 www.pagrandlodge.org
  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 www.mummersmuseum.com
  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 www.collegeofphysicians.org/mutter-museum
  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 constitutioncenter.org
  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 www.libertymuseum.org
  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 www.nmajh.org
  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 www.adventureaquarium.com
  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 www.pafa.org
  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 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 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 www.pleasetouchmuseum.org
  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 www.polishamericancenter.org
  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 www.rodinmuseum.org
  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 www.rosenbach.org
  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 www.nps.gov/inde/second-bank
  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 www2.fi.edu
  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 www.penn.museum
  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 wagnerfreeinstitute.org
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