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The Franklin Institute Science Museum

20th St & Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215/448-1200.
Science Center 9:30am-5pm Sun-Sat. Mandell Center 9:30am-5pm. The Tuttleman IMAX Theater is open Sun-Thu 9:30-5pm, Fri-Sat. 9:30am-9pm Fri, Sat. Adults $14.75. Children 4-11 $11.50, Seniors/Military/Students $11. (Additional for IMAX and Franklin Theater tickets.)

Visitors to the Franklin will find hundreds of hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, high-tech theaters and special programs designed to open the world of science. Visit the Fels Planetarium for a deep-space view of life, the unverse, and everything.

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Science History Institute


315 Chestnut Street

315 Chestnut Street. 215-925-2222


Science is all around us: it’s in the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the earth beneath our feet. Visit and explore the amazing successes, astonishing failures, and strange surprises behind discoveries that have changed our world. Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5pm, and until 8pm the first Friday of each month. Free admission.





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Brandywine River Museum

US Rt. 1, Chadds Ford. 610/388-2700.
We are open every day except Christmas Day 9:30 – 4:30. We are free Sunday mornings until November 20. We will resume Free Sunday Mornings January 15. Admission: Adults $10; Seniors and students $6; children under 6 are free.
The Wyeth family has lived in Chadds Ford since the last century. Take a twenty minute drive south to view a magnificent collection of the work of Andrew Wyeth, his son Jamie, his father, the illustrator N.C. Wyeth, and others connected to this unusually talented family.

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Barnes Foundation

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215/278-7200
The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive holdings of works by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Rousseau and Modigliani as well as American and Old masters, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, and more. Open Wednesday-Monday 9:30am-6pm and until 10pm on Fridays.

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Arthur Ross Gallery

220 S. 34th St. 215/898-2083.
Tues-Fri 10-5; Sat & Sun 12-5
Housed in a National Landmark Building, the Arthur Ross Gallery, now in its 25th year, presents exhibitions in all media from antiquity to contemporary times from public and private collections around the world.

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American Swedish Historical Museum

1900 Pattison Ave. South Phila. 215/389-1776.
Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm. Weekends 12noon-4pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Adults $6. Seniors, students with ID & youth ages 12-18 $5. Children under 12 Free.
ASHM is a place where people of all nationalities who enjoy Swedish architecture, art, history and tradition come together. Three of the museums twelve permanent galleries tell the story of the Delaware Valley’s earliest European settlers and their New Sweden Colony(1638-1655). Other rooms highlight contributions of 19th century Swedes and Swedish Americans including soprano Jenny Lind, feminist Fredericka Bremer, engineer John Ericsson and inventor Alfred Nobel. The fine arts collection includes works by Carl Milles, Carl Larsson, Anders Zorn, and special exhibitions feature contemporary artists.

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The African-American Museum in Philadelphia

701 Arch St. 215/574-0380.
Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm. Sun, noon-5pm. Open Dr. Martin Luther King Day with related programs. Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Adults $8, Students and Seniors $6.
This museum houses one of the most significant collections of African-American history and culture in Pennsylvania.

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The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215-299-1066.
Mon-Fri, 10am – 4:30pm. Weekends and holidays, 10am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day. Adults $10. Children (3-12) $8. $2/person for Live Butterflies exhibit.
Experience dinosaurs, butterflies, and live animals–all under one roof! Visit the Academy today.

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Mummers Museum


1100 South 2nd Street (2nd and Washington)

1100 South 2nd Street (2nd and Washington). 215/336-3050. E-Mail.

Museum hours: October through April: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday noon-4:30pm; May through September: Tuesday 9:30am-9:30pm, Wednesday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm, Sunday noon-4:30pm. Closed Mondays, all Holidays, and Sundays in July and August. Adults $3.50, Child (under 12), Students, and Seniors (aarp) $2.50. Group rates and tour packages available. Parking is free (handicap accessible).
The Mummers Museum opened in 1976 and is dedicated to the Philadelphia celebration of New Years. If you’ve never seen a Mummers Parade, you’ll be fascinated. If you have seen the Mummers, this is a chance to see memorabilia from the long history of these amateur strutters. There are also lectures, children’s programs, and, of course, concerts. Consult their website for the schedule of programs throughout the year.

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We The People

800/822-8487, ext.437

a musical at The National Liberty Museum 321 Chestnut St

A musical at The National Liberty Museum 321 Chestnut St. 800/822-8487, ext.437.

The Liberty Museum is open 10am-5pm daily. Adults: $18, Seniors: $15, $6 for children under 6. Group rates available.
Two Great Attractions, One Great Price! We The People is a rousing musical tribute to the spirit that has defined America. Exhilarating and inspiring, the award-wining production spotlights our nations heroes and heritage. Admission includes full access to the acclaimed National Liberty Museum.

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