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A World of Art: Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum, PAFA, Rodin and More

Program Number: 20707RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/30/2014 - 11/3/2014; 4/8/2015 - 4/12/2015; 4/22/2015 - 4/26/2015; 5/4/2015 - 5/8/2015; 5/20/2015 - 5/24/2015; 6/24/2015 - 6/28/2015; 9/10/2015 - 9/14/2015; 9/23/2015 - 9/27/2015; 10/11/2015 - 10/15/2015; 10/23/2015 - 10/27/2015; 11/18/2015 - 11/22/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,099.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Art History/Criticism Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 10; 4 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Philadelphia is home to some of America’s finest art museums, with exceptional collections spanning the breadth of artistic history including a wealth of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Get an in-depth view of this extraordinary world of art as you learn from experts and go behind the scenes for perspectives not available to tourists. As an added delight, enjoy a cultural event from current offerings.


• During two visits to the Barnes Foundation’s splendid new building, view Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, as well as American decorative arts, treasures from antiquity and more.
• Experience the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s renowned collections in some of its 200 captivating galleries.
• During field trips to the Rodin Museum and public sculptures around the city, a renowned sculptor takes you inside his craft.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on city streets.

Some dates of this program have fewer included meals. See Date Notes for more information.

Date Specific Information


In order to offer you more flexibility and meal options and to keep costs down, we are offering lunches on your own on this date, with the exception of the last day of the program when there is a farewell lunch.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.

5-4-2015, 9-23-2015, 10-23-2015

In order to offer you more flexibility and meal options and to keep costs down, we are offering lunches on your own on this date, with the exception of the last day of the program when there is a farewell lunch.

10-11-2015, 11-18-2015

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

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.

Lodging varies by date. Please call or visit 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.
John Giannotti

John Giannotti received a BFA degree magna cum laude from SUNY Buffalo, NY, and an MFA degree from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. He is presently Professor Emeritus at Rutgers where he was a faculty member at the Camden & New Brunswick branches for over 30 years. His paintings and sculptures have been exhibited worldwide including solo shows in London, England and Florence, Italy. Locally, his works are on exhibit at the New Jersey State Aquarium, as well as in Mt. Holly, Camden, Willingboro and Atlantic City New Jersey.
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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia
  Philadelphia, PA 4 nights
 Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia
Type: Five-Star Hotel
  Description: A remarkable hotel experience awaits you at Hyatt at The Bellevue. A member of Historic Hotels of America and perfectly situated in the heart of the city – on the famous Avenue of the Arts – our Philadelphia luxury hotel offers the ideal combination of a premier location with world-class amenities. Allow our experienced Concierge staff to assist you in planning your stay, whether you require tickets to a show, reservations at one of the city’s renowned restaurants or a limousine to transport you around town. Stay connected to the home office with the services of our executive business center. Whether joining us for work or a relaxing getaway, you’ll find our sumptuous accommodations set the standard for downtown Philadelphia luxury hotels. Free use of the Sports Club located in the hotel Swimming Pool
  Contact info: 200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-893-1234
  Room amenities: Iron/ironing board, hairdryer, refrigerator, coffee maker, and free wifi for Road Scholar guests.
  Facility amenities: •172 Spacious Guestrooms •Grand Bed with Pillow-Top Mattress •Luxurious Bath Products •Valet and Self-Parking •PDA Check-In/Web Check-In •Massage and Spa Services •93,000 sq. ft Sporting Club •Indoor Jogging Track / Racquetball Court / Basketball Court •Shops at the Bellevue •30,000 Square Feet of Versatile Function Space •Dedicated Meeting Concierge •State-of-the-Art Equipment / In-House Audio Visual Expert •On-Site Catering Accessibility The staff at Hyatt at The Bellevue is committed to ensuring that we meet and exceed all of the requirements for the Americans with Disabilities Act. The staff at our luxurious downtown Philadelphia lodging is trained to accommodate guests with special needs, so that all of our guests, including those with disabilities, are able to have an enjoyable and safe stay. At Hyatt at The Bellevue, we want to make sure all our guests are able to take advantage of every activity the hotel has to offer. Facilities for disabled persons include: •Audio/visual smoke detectors •Braille symbols in elevators •Bathtub bench and grab rails •Closed caption television •Vibratory alarm clocks •Telecommunications for the deaf •Wheelchair accessible: doors, peepholes, towel racks, sink/vanity, and health club
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $170 + 15.5% tax Full American breakfast is included in this rate for 1 or two persons. If a triple is sharing the room then an additional cost of $26 will be added. Contact Margaret Biddle, Site Coordinator 215 205 4480 to book the stay. There is no guarantee that space or Road Scholar special rate will be available due to sell out dates by the hotel during that time frame
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $170 + 15.5% tax Full American breakfast is included in this rate for 1 or two persons. If a triple is sharing the room then an additional cost of $26 will be added. Contact Margaret Biddle, Site Coordinator 215 205 4480 to book the stay. There is no guarantee that space or Road Scholar special rate will be available due to sell out dates by the hotel during that time frame
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
4:00 PM Road Scholar Program registration and orientation at hotel. You will be staying at Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:30. You will be staying at Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking garage is adjacent to the hotel off of Chancellor court. Self Park $28 for 24 hrs. Valet $38 for 24 hrs.
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:


$5.00 for Seniors
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


25 minutes 


Rail service from the airport to Suburban Station at 16th & JFK Blvd is operated by SEPTA transit company at Suburban Rail Station is 10 blocks from the hotel. Exit onto 16th Street and continue on 16th. Cross JFK, Market, Chestnut, Sansom, Walnut. Turn left onto Walnut St and at South Broad St (14th St) turn right into hotel. Hyatt Bellevue




From Airport




Any taxi


Per Person/One Way:


$28.50 flat rate for cab- a gasoline surchage maybe added during the time of your travel.
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes- not during rush hour 


Many public taxis transport to Center City hotels at a flat fee of $28.50 + fuel surcharge for 1 to 4 persons in the cab




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.

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 left and proceed immediately into the center lane. Make a left into the garage for self-parking, or into Chancellor Court for valet parking and unloading luggage and / or passengers.
  From Points North Via New Jersey Turnpike (New York And Northern New Jersey) Follow the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 4, Route 73 North. Route 73 North (1.4 miles) will take you to Route 38 West (5.8 miles), which will lead you to Route 30 West. Follow Route 30 West (2.5 miles) to the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. After the bridge, stay to your left and follow the signs for 8th Street, Chinatown. At 8th Street, turn left and proceed for seven blocks to Walnut Street. Make a right onto Walnut Street, go six blocks to Broad Street, and turn left. Proceed immediately into your right hand lane for the hotel entrance. You may enter into the garage for self-parking, or into Chancellor Court for valet parking and unloading of 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. Go nine lights to Locust Street, and turn left onto Locust Street. Go one block to Broad Street. Make a left onto Broad Street. Proceed immediately into the center lane to make a left into garage entrance for self-parking or into Chancellor Court for valet parking and unloading luggage and / or passengers.
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, Orientation, Introductory Dinner at Hyatt
(Thursday, October 30)

Note: Nothing extraordinary, as the restaurant is located in the hotel.

 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 pick up your arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation.

ORIENTATION at 4:30 P.M.: 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 in our private dining room at The Hyatt Bellevue. The plated meal is gluten free serving a Green Salad,roast chicken, rice, asparagus and desert.Special dietary requests (vegetarian) can be accommodated with advance notice via your personal information form.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: The evening is free for you to enjoy making new friends or just have a good night's rest to prepare for the full day ahead.
Accommodations: Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Visit Barnes on the Parkway/Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts/Curtis Recital
(Friday, October 31)

Note: Busing to and from locations. Walking: 1 block between museums. Normal amount of standing and walking in museums. Wheelchairs are available. We will walk 4 blocks to The Curtis Institute of Music and walk back. Taxi's are easily available, if needed

 Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant XIX (Nineteen) Center City's highest restaurant with incredible views.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. PAFA as it is known today 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 opened in 1876 and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. The collection is installed in a chronological and thematic format, exploring the history of American art from the 1760s to the present. We will have a docent-led exploration of this magnificent collection..
 Lunch: Lunch is included - there are local restaurants to choose from in the area
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Our bus takes us to The Barnes on the Parkway to visit the Barnes collection with our private educator who will take us through the galleries in small groups to better understand and appreciate the “wall ensembles” created by Albert Barnes.
 Dinner: Enjoy a memorable dining experience at The Prime Rib restaurant on Locust Street The Prime Rib can accommodate all diet requests.
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Enjoy a student recital at The Curtis Institute of Music performed by gifted students. The Curtis Institute of Music educates and trains exceptionally gifted young musicians for careers as performing artists on the highest professional level. It provides full-tuition scholarships to all of its students, ensuring that admissions are based solely on artistic promise. Curtis provides complete and diversified musical training, plus liberal arts courses. Curtis accepts just enough students to maintain a full symphony orchestra and an opera program, plus select departments in piano, guitar, composition, conducting, organ, and harpsichord.
Accommodations: Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit to Rodin and Public Sculpture/ Barnes Foundation/Dinner/Orchestra Concert
(Saturday, November 1)

Note: Busing to museum. Normal amount of standing and walking in museums. Wheelchairs are available at the museum only.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant XIX (Nineteen) Center City's highest restaurant with incredible views.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP – Rodin Museum and Public Art with a noted sculptor. Learn about Rodin and the “lost wax” method dating back to the Greeks to understand the process of casting from clay to bronze. We will also see and learn about public art sculptures in the area and the “one percent clause.” In the late 1950s, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority included a clause in its development contracts requiring that at least one percent of construction budgets be allocated to fine art. The program has thus far funded more than 200 pieces of public art.
 Lunch: Lunch is included at a local Philadelphia eatery
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Barnes Foundation. We return for a second time for a self guide visit with audio provided through the galleries.
 Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at a local restaurant
 Evening: PERFORMANCE: Attend a concert at The Kimmel Performance Hall " Mahler's Resurrection" performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra: 'A symphony must be like the world,' Mahler said. 'It must embrace everything.' The composer had a close association with The Philadelphia Orchestra: Leopold Stokowski and the Orchestra gave the U.S. premiere of Mahler's Eighth Symphony ('Symphony of a Thousand'). Mahler's Second, the 'Resurrection' Symphony, is another major choral work, popular in his lifetime, grandly exploring the themes of life and death. Yannick conducts the ensemble along with the Westminster Symphonic Choir, British mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly, and Philadelphia's Academy of Vocal Arts alumna soprano Angela Meade in this gripping and all-encompassing tour de force.
Accommodations: Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Philadelphia Museum of Art/Free Afternoon & Evening
(Sunday, November 2)

Note: Busing to and from locations. Normal amount of standing and walking in museums. Wheelchairs are available at the museum only. Walk 4 short blocks to The Curtis at 17th & Locust St

 Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant XIX (Nineteen) Center City's highest restaurant with incredible views.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: we board our bus for our field trip to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and meet Betsy Anderson our educator who will take us through the important galleries of the museum
 Lunch: Lunch is included at the musuem. Choose from the Cafeteria or Granite Hill, the museum’s fine eatery, both operated by acclaimed restaurateur Stephen Starr’s catering group. The Cafeteria offers a variety of options from omelets to soups, salads, sandwiches, daily changing seasonal entrées, and a pastry table. Granite Hill’s French bistro menu also features seasonal appetizers, entrée salads, omelets, the freshest fish, and specialty cocktails and wines.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP:Explore the incomparable galleries of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, among the largest museums in the U.S., with 200 galleries and a collection of more than 227,000 works of art 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 American collections are among the finest in the country. If there is a major exhibit on display, timed tickets will be provided for our group.

You may remain at the museum and explore as you wish, returning to the hotel on your own via readily available taxis or convenient public bus. Seniors with a Medicare card ride our public buses for free! (this may change for 2014 and apply on to Pennsylvnia residents - the possible fare could be $2.50 exact change each way)The cost of a taxi to the hotel should be approximately $10 for up to 4 persons.

 Dinner: Dinner is not included this evening included this evening as it is your free evening.
 Evening: Take this evening to explore more of the city on your own, spend time with friends, or perhaps take in a performance of theater or music. The Avenue of the Arts, Walnut Street, and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts are all nearby.
Accommodations: Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Field Trip to Fairmount Park/program ends at 11:30
(Monday, November 3)

Note: Busing to museum. Normal amount of standing and walking in museums. Wheelchairs are available at the museum only.

 Breakfast: Enjoy a full American Breakfast in the hotel's restaurant XIX (Nineteen) Center City's highest restaurant with incredible views.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: There is art in Fairmount Park, the largest city park in the U.S.A. Our motor coach will take you through the park with our educator who will explain the sculptures and architectural landmarks. We will return to the hotel by 11:15
 Lunch: Lunch is not scheduled on this last day. The hotel -check out is at Noon. Bags can be checked with the Front Desk. We thank you for choosing this program and in the back of our Welcome Booklet is a list of other programs that we offer in Philadelphia.
Meals Included: Breakfast

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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