Philadelphia for the Weekend: Cultural Highlights

Set out on a cultural tour de force through Philadelphia, learning about Colonial history, exploring world-renowned museums and gaining deeper insight into the iconic Barnes Foundation.
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Program No. 9068RJ
4 days
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At a Glance

Spend a jam-packed long weekend discovering the renowned cultural treasures of Philadelphia, one of America’s top cities for the arts. Dive into fascinating expert-led and self-directed field trips to important historic locales like the National Constitution Center, Independence Hall and Liberty Bell and iconic arts institutions like the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Barnes Foundation. Deepen your understanding of the city and its institutions through scholarly lectures, and round out your cultural immersion with a ticketed performance one evening and seasonal narrated excursions of local interest.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to a few blocks; some uneven brick sidewalks. Walking and standing in museums. Some use of public transportation, including getting on and off city buses.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the extraordinary Barnes Foundation at its new Philadelphia campus, explore the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and see bronze casts of Rodin’s greatest works at the Rodin Museum.
  • Examine architecture from three centuries and visit acclaimed landmarks of American history at Independence National Historical Park.
  • Enjoy a performance of opera, theater, ballet or another cultural event from current offerings.
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Elizabeth Anderson
Elizabeth earned a master’s in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she served as curator, for 40 years. She presented lectures on art history and gallery talks at the museum and has taught at LaSalle, Drexel and Princeton Universities. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia. She also serves as trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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