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Signature City Philadelphia: National Treasures of History and Heritage

Program Number: 10238RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/25/2014 - 5/30/2014; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/17/2015; 5/8/2015 - 5/13/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/22/2015; 6/1/2015 - 6/6/2015; 6/21/2015 - 6/26/2015; 9/7/2015 - 9/12/2015; 9/28/2015 - 10/3/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/9/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/23/2015; 11/5/2015 - 11/10/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,149.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Signature Cities; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Philadelphia is America’s most remarkable hometown, enriched by centuries of history, heritage, culture, and connections. Led by experts, experience its lively diversity as we explore neighborhoods such as Society Hill, Independence National Park, the Italian Market, and elegant Rittenhouse Square. You’ll also learn about the role of civic institutions, architecture of different eras, and savor the flavor of our flourishing dining renaissance. On certain dates of this learning adventure, we will be offering two sessions of this program occurring at separate hotels — choose the lodging that best suits your comfort and budget!




Highlights

• Retrace the footsteps of our Founding Fathers — and Mothers! — from William Penn to Ben Franklin and Betsy Ross as we walk to Olde City sites including Independence Hall and Elfreth’s Alley.
• Marvel at distinctive architecture spanning three centuries of achievement on Society Hill, at City Hall, and the Masonic Temple.
• Experience the rich tradition of the arts and culture of Philadelphia at a public event.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1/2 mile (about 6 city blocks) when visiting sites in Old City. Walking/standing at historic sites and museums. Some use of public transportation, getting on/off city buses..




Date Specific Information

3-29-2015, 4-12-2015, 6-1-2015

We are sorry, Road Scholar is unable to provide roommate matching services 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/10238 for more info.

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

Fred Vincent is a native Philadelphian who taught science in the public school system for 30 years, then worked as an administrator at the Franklin Institute and Temple University before retiring in 1999. After serving in the Peace Corps as a volunteer in a small village in Sri Lanka, Fred discovered how much he missed cities and began to develop an interest in urban planning. Fred has most recently been the coordinator of educational excursions for Walk Philadelphia and now works as a group leader for Road Scholar.
 
Jackie Bagley

Jackie Bagley has been an educational excursion leader for over 20 years and received her formal training at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, in 1979. While at the University of Chicago, she completed her B.A. degree in the intellectual history of the 18th century. Her master’s work at the University of Chicago covered the Colonial and Revolutionary periods as her major and Egyptology as her minor.
 
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.
 
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 15.2% 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:
Hotel lobby 3:30 pm. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:30. Hotel check out is 12:00pm. You will be staying at Doubletree Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
adjacent
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:

 

$7.00
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.

 

Parking garage

 

 
 

Service:

 

None - Car Required
adjacent to hotel

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$21 Liberty Place - $15 at Latimer for 24 hours
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Liberty Place garage is across from hotel. Easy in-and-out access. 

 

Distance:

 

Doubletree Hotel adjacent to parking garage. Easy in-and-out access.

   

Latimer Discount Parking is 2 blocks from the hotel. Latimer Garage- 1510 Latimer Street (Between Locust & Spruce) $15 for 24 hrs incl. tax: 215-545- 9274 CASHONLY – no credit cards. After parking, exit garage and turn right on Latimer St, left onto 15th St then right onto Locust St walk 1 block to South Broad - hotel is on the corner

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Any

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$28.00 flat cab rate -airport/center city hotel
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 to 30 min depending on rush hour traffic 

   

The rate is for the cab (which can transport 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:

 

20 to 60 minutes depending on number of hotel drop offs and rush hour time 

   

After retrieving your luggage, go to the Ground Transportation Desk and call the extension for Lady Liberty for pick-up from your terminal.

 

Philadelphia

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
SEPTA- RAIL
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$1 (Senior- must show medicare card), $5 regular
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

25 minutes 

   

Take the rail from the airport and get off at Suburban Station, 17th & John F. Kennedy Blvd. Walk 0.2 miles to hotel on corner of 17th Street.

 
Driving Directions
  From Points North Via I – 95 South Follow I- 95 South to Central Philadelphia and take Exit 22 to 676 West. Follow 676 West for approximately one mile to the Broad Street exit. This will automatically put you onto 15th Street, heading South. Go ten lights to Locust Street and turn left. Go one block to Broad Street, turn right on to South Broad Street and proceed immediately into the center lane. Make a left into the garage for self-parking,for valet parking and unloading luggage and / or passengers.
  From Points West via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Northeast Extension From Points West via the Pennsylvania Turnpike and Northeast Extension Follow the PA Turnpike to Exit 326 (former Exit 24) / Valley Forge Interchange and follow to Route 76 East. From Northeast Extension, follow Route 476 South to Route 76 East. Take Route 76 East to Exit 345 (former Exit 38) / Route 676 East (This exit is from the left lane ). Go approximately ½ mile to the Broad Street / Central Philadelphia exit. At the top of the Broad Street exit ramp make an immediate right onto 15th Street. This will automatically put you onto 15th Street, heading South. Go ten lights to Locust Street and turn left. Go one block to Broad Street, turn right on to South Broad Street and proceed immediately into the center lane. Make a left into the garage for self-parking,for valet parking and unloading luggage and / or passengers.
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: Day Highlights: Arrival, Check-In, Orientation, Introductory Dinner
(Sunday, May 25)
   
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:30 pm- BREAKFAST COUPONS: will be given to you at hotel room registration 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. 4:30 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 answer any questions you may have.
 Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 18th C. History Lecture/Independence Hall & Liberty Bell/Dinner
(Monday, May 26)
   
 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: Hear from a local historian on 18th Century Philadelphia history and the story of our Founding Fathers.
 Lunch: Lunch today will be provided at a local eatery.
 Afternoon: After lunch we board the bus and travel ten blocks to the Colonial City, America's most historic square mile, for a visit to The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, both of which are national treasures and icons of American democracy. The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' Declaration that "all men are created equal."
 Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.
 Evening: This evening we will take a stroll around the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, where your group leader will point out its outstanding architecture and upscale landmarks for shopping and dining.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: 19th C. Landmarks- City Hall & Masonic Temple/Free Afternoon & Evening
(Tuesday, May 27)
   
 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: A morning walk to City Hall and the Masonic Temple (just a short walk from our hotel) will highlight the outstanding 19th Century architecture for which Philadelphia is famous. Philadelphia City Hall, in the French Second Renaissance style, is the largest municipal building in the world. The interior of the nearby Masonic Temple is beyond description - each of its seven ceremonial rooms is decorated in a different architectural style, reflecting Greek, Renaissance, Egyptian and Moorish decor.
 Lunch: Lunch is not included today as it is the start of your free afternoon
 Afternoon: You are free to enjoy the rest of the afternoon on your own in the city. At your convenience, prior to going off on your own for lunch, your group leader will provide suggestions on how to spend the rest of your day, as well as restaurant ideas for tonight’s dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own – dine with new friends, and perhaps explore a new neighborhood or cuisine.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Old City (Christ Church, Betsy Ross House) Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts
(Wednesday, May 28)
   
 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: Travel with an educator to Olde City to visit Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley, the Betsy Ross House and the 4th Street Quaker Meeting House.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at a local restaurant
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Charles Wilson Peale, one of America's most famous 18th Century artists, founded the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1805. The first art school in the United States, it is also a museum that houses art by American painters from the 17th Century to the present. An art historian will show you works by Peale, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Eakins and Andrew Wyeth as well as pieces on display by Philadelphia native Mary Cassatt.
 Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Physick & Powel Houses in Society Hill/Theater Performance
(Thursday, May 29)
   
 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 and FIELD TRIP: Morning lecture on 300 years of Philadelphia architecture followed by a visit to The National Constitution Center. The Center's permanent exhibition, The Story of We the People, tells the story of the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance through more than 100 multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, sculpture, and artifacts. It also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, "Freedom Rising", and Signers' Hall. Learn more about the three branches of government as you explore giant models of the Capitol, White House and Supreme Court. Public Program demonstrators lead you through an entertaining look at the buildings, the people who work in them, and the checks and balances of our government.
 Lunch: Lunch today will be provided at a local eatery.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: A visit to the Society Hill neighborhood. Visit two historic houses with an educator, the first being the Physick House. Dating to 1789, this was the home of Doctor Phillip Syng Physick, known as “The Father of American Surgery.” On view are instruments that he invented to remove gall stones which are still in use today. The Powel House, the second home we will visit, was the home to Samuel Powel, who was both the last mayor of Philadelphia (prior to the American Revolution) and the first after the war. It was constructed in 1748 and hosted both the 25th wedding anniversary of George and Martha Washington and the marriage of Benjamin Franklin's daughter, Sarah, to Benjamin Bache.
 Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel or at a nearby restaurant.
 Evening: CULTURAL EVENT: This evening we will attend a theater performance produced by 1812 Productions which closes its season with the comedy sensation (and audience favorite) This Is The Week That Is, written (and rewritten nightly) by the This Is The Week That Is ensemble and directed by Jennifer Childs. Now in its seventh year, This Is The Week That Is takes on local and national politics with satire, a song or two, and an ever-changing script to bring the people the truth behind the headlines. The theater Plays & Players opened in 1913. The first President, Maud Durbin Skinner, was the wife of the famed American actor Otis Skinner. The theatre was founded by Beulah E. Jay and her husband Edward G. Jay, Jr. with acquaintance F.H. Shelton in an effort to produce "American plays of ideas," an underrepresented genre at the time. During its 100 years of performing, Plays & Players theater company has produced innumerable notable performances -- some of the most noteworthy being the world premiere of the acclaimed Broadway play "Stalag 17" in 1949, and a childhood performance by actor Kevin Bacon in "Member of the Wedding" in 1974. The first season of Plays & Players included "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde and "The Learned Ladies" by Moliere, both still popular plays today. On March 14, 1973, Plays & Players Theatre was entered in the National Register of Historic Places.
   
Accommodations: Doubletree Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Morning history lecture/Farewell Lunch/Program ends at 12:30 after lunch.
(Friday, May 30)
   
 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: Historic/scientific lecture relating to Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Rush, David Rittenhouse and other 18th Century savants.
 Lunch: We will have a farewell lunch at the hotel at 11:30 a.m. following our lecture. Lunch and the program both end at 12:30 p.m.
   
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 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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