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Please Touch Museum

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park 4231 Avenue of the Republic (formerly North Concourse Drive) Philadelphia, PA 19131. 215/963-0667. E-Mail.
Monday thru Saturday 9am–5pm, Sunday 11am–5pm CLOSED: New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Children and Adults: $15; Under the age of one: Free, Members: Free; Groups of 15 or more: please call (215) 581-3168 or (215) 581-3170 for reservations and discount group rates.
Please Touch Museum is designed for children one to seven years old. It’s a place where Learning is Childs’ Play!

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

26th & Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215/763-8100 or 684-7500.
Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm. Fri until 8:45pm. Closed Mondays and legal holidays. Adults $20. Seniors (65+) $18, students with ID & youth ages 13-18 $14. Children 12 and under FREE. First Sundays of the month are Pay What You Wish all day. Some special exhibits require an additional ticket and reservations.
pmacolor_250This museum houses over 200 galleries filled with treasures spanning continents and cultures, drawn from a collection of more than 225,000 works of art. Over 200 works on view.
In addition to the art collection, there is a concert series and other special events.

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Philadelphia History Museum

15 S 7th St. 215/685-4830 Philadelphiahistory.org Reopened to the public in September of 2012 with the completion of a total interior renovation, the Philadelphia History Museum unveiled redesigned galleries to showcase its outstanding collection of historical objects, art and artifacts. The Museum, founded by city ordinance in 1938 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia, is housed in an historic 1826 building, designed by John Haviland as the original home of the Franklin Institute. The Museum provides historical context for issues of contemporary urban life using its premiere collection of over 100,000 objects, paintings, and photographs in exhibitions, programs and interactive media.

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Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

118 N Broad St. 215/972-7600.
Hours: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10AM-5PM; Wednesday 10AM-9PM, Sunday 11AM-5PM. Adults $15, Seniors (60+) $12, Students (with ID)$12, Youth (13-18) $8, Children under 12 free.
T UMAX PL-II X1.3 XFounded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America’s first school and museum of fine arts. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education with a world-class permanent collection of American art. In addition to the permanent collection, there are special exhibits and lectures year-round. See their calendar for details at www.pafa.org/events.

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The Noyes Museum of Art

Lily Lake Road, Oceanville, NJ 08231. 609/652-8848. E-Mail.
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 4:30pm; Sunday: noon to 5pm. Members free, General Admission $4, Seniors and Students $3.
The Noyes Museum’s permanent collection currently includes approximately 1,313 pieces of American art, ranging from painting and sculpture from the 19th to 21st century to an impressive variety of over 350 waterfowl decoys. Many of the paintings are non- representational images by artists active in the latter part of the twentieth century, donated by the Alternative Museum and Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper.. A substantial number of paintings in the collection are by Museum founder, Fred W. Noyes, Jr. Sculpture in the collection encompasses abstract works to outsider and folk art.

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National Museum of American Jewish History

101 South Independence Mall East. 215/923-3811.
Tues-Fri 10 am – 5 pm; Sat & Sun 10 am – 5:30 pm. Closed Mondays and on federal and major Jewish holidays. Adults (22-64) $12; Seniors (65+), Active Militaryand Youth (13-21) $11; Children (12 & under) Free.
The only museum in the nation dedicated solely to telling the story of Jews in America. Through artifacts, immersive environments and cutting- edge interactive technology, the familyfriendly exhibition shows how an immigrant population flourished under freedom. This is a story of universal interest that resonates for visitors of all backgrounds. A signature attraction is a multimedia exhibition that showcases the challenges and opportunities of 18 extraordinary Jewish Americans. The “It’s Your Story” video recording booth invites visitors to share family histories and personal memories, which the museum will archive for public viewing and sharing through online links.

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National Liberty Museum

321 Chestnut St. 215/925-2800.
Open 10am-5pm daily in the summer. Closed Mondays during the school year. Call for schedule on holidays. Adults $7; Seniors $6; Students $5 or $15 for your family.
This unique tribute to freedom includes a breathtaking collection of glass art, stories of 2,000 heroes of all backgrounds and nationalities, and the most imaginative exhibits you’ll see anywhere, including two life-size children made entirely of jellybeans.

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Mütter Museum

19 S 22nd St. 215/563-3737 ext. 242. E-Mail.
Mon-Sun, 10am-5pm. All Group tours must be scheduled in advanced at 215/563-3737 ext.293. Adults, $12. Children 6-18, Senior Citizens, and Students, $8.
Someone thought it a good idea to preserve 19th and 20th century medical equipment and anatomical specimens for forensic research, not realizing that having 20,000 of these specimens in one place spells fun for the not-faint of heart. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Florence Nightengale’s sewing kit or President Grover Cleveland’s jaw tumor, look no further. Possibly the most requested museum among young tourists out to test their date’s capacity for the unusual. The collection is in fact a useful archive of medical information, despite the popular conception.

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The Marian Anderson Residence Museum and Birthplace

762 Marian Anderson Way (Martin St) between 19th and 20th Sts. Philadelphia 19146. 215/732-9505.

This understated two-story row home was the residence of Marian Anderson, widely considered the greatest contralto singer of the twentieth century. Anderson’s most famous legacy was her performance in front of 75,000 people at the Lincoln Memorial, after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her sing at Washington DCs Constitutional Hall. Founder and President, Blanche Burton-Lyles. Curator, Phyllis Sims.

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The James A. Michener Art Museum

138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901. 215/340-9800. E-Mail.
Winter Hours (November 1 – March 31) Tuesday through Friday: 10 am to 4:30 pm Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm Sunday: 12 pm to 5 pm Summer Hours (April 1 – October 31) Tuesday through Friday: 10am to 4:30pm Wednesday: Open on select evenings (call the main number for dates) Saturday: 10am to 5pm Sunday: 12pm to 5pm Art reference library available by appointment only.
The Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden and Terrace close one-half hour before galleries. The Museum is closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Presidents’ Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day

Adult: $6.50. Senior: $6.00. Students/Children age 6-18: $4.00. Members and Children under 6: Free. Some exhibitions may require an additional $6.00 special exhibition fee. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. The Museum is handicapped accessible.
The James A. Michener Art Museum, located in Doylestown and New Hope, Pennsylvania, is an independent, non-profit cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Bucks County region. The Museum is named for Doylestown’s most famous son, the Pulitzer-Prize winning writer and supporter of the arts. Home to a world class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings, the Museum also hosts nationally touring exhibitions and showcases important regional artists.

 

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