Road Scholar : Home
An Art-Lover’s Dream: Become a Student of the Barnes Foundation

Program Number: 21591RJ
Start and End Dates:
12/7/2014 - 12/11/2014; 5/1/2016 - 5/5/2016; 6/26/2016 - 6/30/2016; 9/18/2016 - 9/22/2016; 10/9/2016 - 10/13/2016;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $1,249.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Art History/Criticism; History & Culture; Arts, Misc. Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 4 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Henri Matisse once said, “The Barnes Foundation is the only sane place to see art in America.” Established by scientist, entrepreneur, and educator Dr. Albert C. Barnes in 1922, this legendary collection includes one of the world’s largest and finest groups of post-Impressionist and early modern paintings as well as other works of art -- all meticulously arranged by Dr. Barnes himself according to complex aesthetic principles. With privileged, exclusive access for Road Scholar participants, learn new ways of seeing and thinking about art as you debate and exchange ideas under the leadership of expert instructors. Founded as an educational art institution, the Barnes Foundation offers a progressive approach to learning in which an inquiry-based method encourages students to develop their visual and analytical skills under the direction of dedicated instructors. This is your chance to become a student of this revered institution with ample time to examine its collection of more than 2,500 objects, primarily the works of Impressionist and Modernist masters. The program price also includes a one-year membership to the Barnes Foundation for each participant, plus on some dates, privileged access to the Barnes when it is closed to the public.


• Engage in the educational tradition of the Barnes Foundation on a program of discovery focusing on four giants of modern art: Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse and Picasso.
• Led by a mural artist, enjoy an exploration of Philadelphia’s transformative public art.
• Enjoy a one-year membership to the Barnes Foundation – free – as part of your program price.

Activity Particulars

Walking at a slow pace for several hours inside galleries; public transportation used throughout program.

Date Specific Information


This program date will be lodged at the Club Quarters Hotel and will include private daily bus transfers from the hotel to the Barnes Foundation and back, in lieu of public bus. This program date also features a visit to the special exhibit on William Glackens at the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, which runs from November 2014 through February, 2015. Should you decide to sign up for this program date, you might also consider enrolling in either program #20707 or #9068, both commencing when this program ends on December 11. Should you choose to do so, we will replace your visit to the Barnes Foundation with a visit to the University of Pennsylvania Archaeological Museum.

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.
Meals and Lodgings
   Club Quarters Hotel
  Philadelphia, PA 4 nights
 Club Quarters Hotel
Type: Boutique Hotel
  Description: Club Quarters is a private hotel available to members only. It is housed in an architecturally significant building constructed in the 1920s in the then-popular Georgian Revival style, for Provident National Bank. Our meals are in Davios restaurant (one of Philadelphia's finest). This stylish, upscale restaurant offers a variety of Northern Italian specialties. Philadelphia Magazine "Best of Philly" Award 2000, 2004, 2005. Wine Spectator Magazine "Award of Excellence" 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006. The hotel is ideally located in the Rittenhouse Square District and close to, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and centered around world-class dining restaurants and shopping, and all the unique historical sites that make Philadelphia a national treasure. With easy access to I-95, Philadelphia International Airport is only 20 minutes from our hotel. Located in the heart of the city's Business District at 1628 Chestnut Street and within walking distance of most cultural, historical, and family oriented attractions including Rittenhouse Square, Antique Row and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Adjacent to Liberty Place with over 70 unique boutiques and restaurants and easily accessible to the convention Center, 30th Street train station, and major universities. It’s restaurant/bar, Davio's, is a famous Northern Italian style restaurant.
  Contact info: 1628 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103 USA
phone: 215-282-5010
  Room amenities: Free wireless Internet access, 2 line speaker phone, voicemail, HDTV cable television, hair dryer, tea/coffee/maker, iron, room service, AC , Mini refrigerator and microwave available in some rooms. Please contact Road Scholar Customer Service if you will need a mini refrigerator.
  Facility amenities: Instant check-in/fast check-out, 24-hour Member Service Desk, free purified chilled bottle water on all floors, fitness room and delivery of exercise equipment to room free of charge, automatic Gold Status on your first stay, complimentary coffee and snack station, restaurant, bar, and meeting rooms.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 2014 $119 + 15.5%tax Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: 2014 $119 + 15.5%tax Additional nights- pre and post cost for 2014 $119 + 15.5% tax. Advance reservations required.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 PM You will be staying at Club Quarters Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM You will be staying at Club Quarters Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is available at The Park garage Corporation in the Weston Hotel at $24 per 24 hrs. Please bring ticket to CQ hotel to validate for discount
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

AMTRAK 30th Street-Philadelphia


From Train Station






Per Person/One Way:


$7.00 + $1.00 fuel surcharge + tip
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


10 minutes 




1 mile


Pick up any cab at 30th Street Station. The hotel is 10 minutes from the station. If you wish to walk ,then it is 14 blocks from the hotel. From 29th & Market Sts. and walk 17th & Chestnut Sts. Hotel is adjacent to The Rite-aid Drugstore.




From Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


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


Travel Time:


25 minutes 




Hotel is 8 blocks


Club Quarters exit at 17th & JFK Boulevard and walk East crossing Market- Chestnut- Left onto Chestnut St. The hotel is adjacent to the Rite Aid Drugstore. Enter into the street lobby and take the elevator to the Lobby Floor for check in.




From Airport




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 




8 miles


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




From Airport




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


Per Person/One Way:


Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes- dependant on traffic 




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 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.

Driving Directions
  From the North Follow I-95 South to I-676 West. Follow signs for I-676 west and take the exit for PA 611, (Broad Street/Central Philadelphia). This ramp will exit onto 15th Street. Follow 15th Street to John F. Kennedy Boulevard and make a right. Take the JFK Boulevard to 17th Street and make a left. Continue for two blocks to Chestnut Street and make a left. Club Quarters will be on the right side, next to the Rite Aid Pharmacy. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  From the South (Philadelphia Airport/Baltimore/Washington) Follow I-95 North to I-76 West and take the 30th Street Station exit (exit # 345). At the light turn left onto Chestnut and follow to 1628 Chestnut Street. Club Quarters will be on your right hand side, next to Rite Aid Pharmacy. Look for the large blue clock and blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  From the West (Harrisburg/Allentown) Follow the Pennsylvania Turnpike to exit 24, Valley Forge/Central Philadelphia, (76 West-Schuylkill Expressway exit). Continue on I-76 East and take exit 38 from the left lane to I-676 East to the Broad Street Exit. This ramp will exit onto 15th Street. Follow above from North "Follow 15th Street to JFK Boulevard and make a right.” Take the JFK Boulevard to 17th Street and make a left. Continue for two blocks to Chestnut Street and make a left. Club Quarters will be on the right side, next to the Rite Aid Pharmacy. Look for a blue awning with the CQ logo in gold.
  Via 95 N/S 76 E and 476 S to 676 E/W From east: I-95 south to 676 west to Broad Street... From north/west: PA 476 south to 76 east to 676 east to Broad Street... From south: Take I-95 north to 676 west to Broad Street exit which feeds into 15th Street, Turn right onto JFK Blvd., then left onto 17th Street and left onto Chestnut Street. Hotel Club Quarters is next door to Rite Aid on corner OF 17th Street and Chestnut.
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 and Check-in, Registration and Orientation, Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, December 7)
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00 pm- ROAD SCHOLAR PROGRAM REGISTRATION from 3:30 to 4:30 PM: in Club Quarters Hotel lobby where you will meet your Group Leader and pick up your Arrival packet that will contain your name tag, updated schedule. ORIENTATION 4:30 (immediately following registration) at which time, we will review the schedule and any changes, and answer any questions you may have. Should you arrive after 8:00 PM your Arrival Packet will be at the front desk
 Dinner: Dinner this evening is at Davios Restaurant located off the hotel lobby. Davios is an award winning Northern Italian Cuisine restaurant and can accommodate all diet requests. If you arrive late due to travel delays, Davios will give you dinner up till 10:00 PM
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Full day at The Barnes Foundation/Dinner
(Monday, December 8)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30 am and weekends from 7:00 am. Enjoy a Continental breakfast buffet with a variety of cereals, hard boiled eggs, fruits, breads and pastries, juice, coffee and tea and 1 hot item that varies each morning
 Morning: Following breakfast we will take our private bus to the Barnes Foundation. Upon arrival, we will proceed to a classroom to be educated by a professor from The Barnes Foundation who teaches courses to the full time student. The theme of the course study is "The Four Giants of Modern Art: Cezanne, Renoir, Picasso and Matisse." Our lesson this morning will be on Cezanne, the father of Post Impressionism. you will also have time to visit the Glackens Exhibit with an educator
 Lunch: Lunch will be provided today at the Barnes Foundation, as part of your program cost.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a self-directed introduction to the Barnes galleries with audio cassette. A highlight at the Barnes is an exhibit of works by William Glackens in their exhibition gallery which will enhance your knowledge of this fascinating modernist painter who was the personal friend and art adviser to Dr. Barnes. Explore the galleries at your leisure and return to the hotel via our private bus.
 Dinner: Dinner will be provided at a local restaurant
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Full day of course instruction at The Barnes Foundation/Free Evening
(Tuesday, December 9)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30 am and weekends from 7:00 am.
 Morning: Following breakfast our private motor-coach will transfer us to the Barnes Foundation. Today, the Barnes is closed to the public, but we will have privileged access for another presentation by our expert lecturer who will provide further insights into “The Four Giants of Modern Art. Our course of study this morning is on Picasso's art from the Blue and Rose period and his contemporary peer Matisse.
 Lunch: Lunch today is on your own (and has been excluded from the program cost) to suit your personal preferences and tastes. There are several nearby restaurants to select from with great food offerings. As the Barnes Foundation is closed to the public on Tuesday their restaurant is also closed.
 Afternoon: While the Barnes is closed to the public today, our expert instructor will lead us through the galleries to explain the arrangement of the art works. As the Barnes Foundation puts it, “Dr. Barnes recognized that art is as universal as human nature, that art of all periods and places share broad human values and aesthetic qualities. These principles are the basis for the objective method of understanding art as developed by Dr. Barnes, John Dewey, and others. The paintings in the art gallery of the Barnes Foundation are hung to illustrate aesthetic principles, and not, for example, according to historical periods or by schools of painting. Hung in groups, basically pyramidal, the paintings allow the viewer to compare the balanced units as to qualities, traditions, meanings.” Our private motor-coach will transfer us back to the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to enjoy the cuisine of your choice. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
 Evening: Free Evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration, perhaps to enjoy a cultural event from current offerings, or simply relax with new Road Scholar friends. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 4: Full day of course instruction at The Barnes Foundation/Mural Art Tour/Evening(optional) at Philadelphia Museum of Art/
(Wednesday, December 10)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30 am and weekends from 7:00 am.
 Morning: Following breakfast we will take our private bus to the Barnes Foundation. We will have privileged access for another presentation by our expert lecturer who will provide further insights into “The Four Giants of Modern Art. Our course of study this morning is on Renoir (the Barnes collections has 181 Renoir pieces on view).
 Lunch: Lunch will be provided today at the Barnes Foundation, as part of your program cost.
 Afternoon: After lunch you will return to the classroom for the afternoon with our expert professor to continue our study on Dr. Barnes' art analysis of the wall ensembles FIELD TRIP: Our Mural Arts tour will begin at 3:30 from the Barnes Foundation. MURAL ARTS TOUR: What is now America’s largest public art program began in 1984 as part of an anti-graffiti campaign. The city hired muralist Jane Golden to reach out to graffiti writers and redirect their creative energies from destructive graffiti writing to constructive mural painting. It has been a huge success. Led by a mural artist, we will explore the city’s public art via coach to see some of the murals that have united artists and communities and transformed public spaces and individual lives. When the tour ends we will drop those off at the hotel and those who wish to visit the Rodin and continue onto to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we will provide bus and admission for this optional evening.
 Dinner: After our mural tour, If you wish to take advantage of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s program on Wednesday evenings, you are welcome to visit the museum and dine in their museum cafeteria. Otherwise, you are free to go off and explore the city's fabulous dining options and nightlife on your own.
 Evening: OPTIONAL: Feel free to take advantage of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Pay-What-You-Wish” program that takes place on Wednesday evenings. This is an optional excursion. The Group Leader will lead any participants who wish to the PMA to enjoy dinner on your own at the museum followed by time to view the art galleries and savor the entertainment offerings. “Pay-What-You-Wish” Wednesday Nights are casual, exciting, and illuminating. You can explore the Museum and its remarkable collections in inventive, interactive, and dynamic new ways with changing activities and events such as “Happenings” that offer creative and surprising gallery experiences by regional artists, musicians, and local cultural organizations and even mini-film festivals. Stay as long as you like and return to the hotel on your own. As this is optional you may return to the hotel via taxi (cost of $10) or bus #38 to 16 & Market or the Phlash Trolley public bus (if you are 65 and older, please bring your Medicare card as bus fare is free with proof of Medicare) to 16th & Market. You may then walk the 2.5 blocks back to the hotel. The museum closes at 9:00 PM.
Accommodations: Club Quarters Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Barnes Foundation closing lecture/Program ends at 10:00 No Lunch
(Thursday, December 11)
 Breakfast: Breakfast is in the hotel restaurant, open weekdays from 6:30 am and weekends from 7:00 am.
 Morning: Our course of study this morning will be an overview of all that was taught. The class will end at 10:00 for those who need to depart early. Lunch is not included today so that you may make early travel plans. Check-out of the hotel is 12:00 noon. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!
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
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. 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.

Suggested Reading List

Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway & the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Author: Brownlee, David B.

Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, The Annenberg Collection

Author: Susa Stein (Editor)

Description: Covering some of the most striking and extraordinary art to come out of the nineteenth and early-twentieth century, this handsome book presents more than fifty masterpieces by such luminaries as Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, each work accompanied by clarifying texts and comparative illustrations.

Matisse on Art.

Author: Jack Flam

The Barnes Foundation: Masterworks,

Author: Judith Dolkart and Martha Lucy,

The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy

Author: Neil L. Rudenstine

Description: The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy provides the first scholarly study on the historical, art history, and political context during which Dr. Barnes purchased masterpieces and attempted to redefine aesthetics with groundbreaking new terminology.

The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cezanne,

Author: Benedict Leca, editor

• Matisse The Master: A Life of Henri Matisse, Volume Two, The Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954.

Author: Hilary Spurling

• The Art in Painting, Third Edition, Fifth Printing,• The Art of Cezanne, Fifth Printing, 1939, • The Art of Henri Matisse, Fourth Printing, 1978 , • The Art of Renoir, Sixth Printing, 1986

Author: Albert C. Barnes and Violette de Mazia:

Description: These are the text books that the Barnes Students use during their course instruction. they will be available to purchase in the Barnes Book/Gift store at a special rate for our participants, if you wish to purchase.

• The Unkown Matisse: A Life of Henri Matisse: The Early Years, 1869-1908.

Author: Hilary Spurling

You can't find a better value than Road Scholar.

As a not-for-profit organization, we are dedicated to providing all-inclusive educational programs at great value. From lectures to gratuities to field trips to accommodations - the tuition you pay up front is all that you pay.

Specifically, this program includes:

Plus these special experiences...

View the Daily Schedule to see more

And included with all Road Scholar programs:

© Road Scholar 2016 | Call toll-free: 1-800-454-5768