Philadelphia Arts & Culture
Catch exciting theatre, dance, and music productions by national, local, and student performing arts groups at the Annenberg Center.
3680 Walnut St, Tickets are available by phone at 215-898-6791 or at the box office.
Arthur Ross Gallery
Housed in a National Historic Landmark building designed by Philadelphia architect Frank Furness, the Arthur Ross Gallery exhibits shows year 'round, from major public and private collections, as well as from the University's collections.
Free and open to the public Tues.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun., Noon-5 p.m. Closed Mondays.
220 South 34th Street, For more information, call 215-898-2083.
Flower and Cook Observatory
Founded in 1895, this is one of the nation's oldest astronomical research institutions.
For viewing conditions and schedules, call 215-898-5995. 209 S. 33rd St.
Institute of Contemporary Art
At the hub of arts on campus, presenting a stimulating schedule of changing exhibitions, performances of new music, dance, lectures, film, symposia, and tours. Come explore this dramatic, two-story gallery environment.
Open Noon-8 p.m., Wed.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. Free on Sundays from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
36th & Sansom Streets, For more information, call 215-898-7108.
Come explore ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Mesoamerica, Asia, Africa, Polynesia, as well as North and South American native and Greco-Roman civilizations. The Museum also hosts a popular summer world music concert series and Chinese New Year celebration, World Culture Days, and symposia. Free to PennCard holders and children under six.
Open 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Tues.-Sat.
33rd & Spruce Streets, For more information, call 215-898-4000.
Penn's noncommercial public radio station is the premier showcase for contemporary music that spans the progressive edges of rock, folk, rhythm and blues and American roots. WXPN also produces nationally syndicated programming, most notably "World Cafe" which broadcasts daily on more than 160 public radio stations nationwide. Music fans get to see their favorite bands in concert at the independently-owned and operated World Cafe Live, a new live music performance space containing two separate venues and restaurants.
3025 Walnut Street, For more information, call 215-898-6677 or visit www.xpn.org
Philadelphia Museum of Art
A Philadelphia icon, housing a remarkable collection of artworks from the 3rd century BC to present-day. Behold medieval sculpture, stained glass, masterpieces of the Renaissance and furnishings from numerous periods. The Museum's 20th century collections encompass Picasso, Braque, Matisse, Duchamp, and Eakins. Pop Art, Color Field paintings, and contemporary works in many media.
Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed. 10 a.m.-8:45 p.m. 26th & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Call 215-763-8100 for more information.
Franklin Institute Science Museum
Hundreds of exhibits that show how the world we live in really works. See movies in the Tuttleman IMA Theatre - projected onto a four-story, domed screen with 56 speakers. The Fels Planetarium shows explain the night sky and delve deep into the exciting world of astronomy.
Open daily from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
20th & Ben Franklin Parkway, Call 215-448-1200 for more information.
National Liberty Museum
The museum invites visitors to celebrate the diversity of the American experience and reminds us that we each have the “Power of One” to make a difference.
Glass art is a key component of the Museum because it represents both the beauty and fragility of freedom. The Museum houses one of the largest and most important collections of contemporary glass sculptures in the world. The centerpiece of the Museum is a 21-foot “Flame of Liberty” by the world’s most renowned glass artist, Dale Chihuly.
Another important theme of the Museum is the universality of heroism – the idea that anyone can be a hero. The Museum honors 2,000 people of all backgrounds and walks of life to promote pride in oneself and respect for others. We also teach ways to resolve conflicts peacefully and stress the necessity of civic involvement as a means of preserving America’s heritage of freedom.
All of these messages are presented in visually stunning exhibits and through interactives that are both challenging and fun.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Four floors filled with fascinating exhibits about our environment and the species that dwell within it. From dinosaurs to butterflies, it's a natural.
1900 Ben Franklin Parkway
Call 215-299-1000 for more information.
America's first zoo is home to nearly 1,800 different animals from all over the world.
Open daily from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
34th & Girard Avenue, Call 215-243-5705 for more information.
Explore America's history in the nation's most historic square mile, between 5th & 6th and Arch and Chestnut Streets
- The Liberty Bell at 5th & Market
- Independence Hall at 6th & Chestnut
- Betsy Ross House at 239 Arch Street.
- Franklin Museum, Franklin Print Shop and U.S. Postal Services Museum at 3rd & Market - Learn about one of Philadelphia's and our nation's most extraordinary founding fathers.
- Lights of Liberty, 6th & Chestnut. A fascinating look at our nation's history through light and sound. Call 877-Go-2-1776.
- National Constitution Center at Independence Mall. A new museum that brings the Constitution to life through dozens of interactive exhibits.
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