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Philadelphia

Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000.

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. Butterflies! $2 fee in addition to admission. Naturalist Shows. Closes 5/29. Fore! The Planet: A Putt-to-Learn Adventure. A Pennsylvania Fishery: Fish Portraits by Flick Ford. $12; $10 seniors, students, military, children 3-12; free under 3. 10 am-4:30 pm Mon.-Fri., 10 am-5 pm Sat.-Sun.

African American Museum 701 Arch St.; 215-574-0380. www.aampmuseum.org. Albert M. Greenfield African American Iconic Images Trolley Tour. $27; $23 seniors; $17 students with ID; $15 children under 12. $10; $8 seniors, students and children. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

American Philosophical Society Museum 104 S. 5th St.; 215-440-3400. www.apsmuseum.org. Of Elephants & Roses: Encounters With French Natural History, 1790-1830. Donation suggested: $1. 10 am-4 pm Fri.-Sun.

American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. www.americanswedish.org. Elsebeth Lavold: Knitting Along the Viking Trail. $6; $5 seniors & students; free under 12. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm, Sat.-Sun. noon-4 pm.

American Women's Heritage Society Underground Railroad Museum 2000 Belmont Mansion Dr.; 215-878-8844. www.belmontmansion.org. Summer: Tue.-Sun. 11 am-5 pm:.

Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. www.bartramsgarden.org. America's oldest living botanical garden. Grounds: Daily 10 am-5 pm. Tours: Mar.-2d week of Dec.: noon-4 pm.

Betsy Ross House 239 Arch St.; 215-686-1252. www.betsyrosshouse.org. Rally 'Round the Flag: Civil War Color Bearers & the Flags They Carried. $3; $2 seniors, military & children under 13. Apr.-Sept.: Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Christ Church 2nd & Market Sts.; 215-922-1695. www.christchurchphila.org. Georgian architectural treasure attended by founding fathers. Storytellers From "Once Upon a Nation." Donations accepted. Donation suggested: $3; $2 students. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.

Christ Church Burial Ground 5th & Arch Sts.; 215-922-1695. www.christchurchphila.org. Names Without Stones Tour. $5. Closes 5/27. Revolutionary Americans Burial Ground Tour. Regular admission. $2; $1 students; $10 groups up to 25. Mon-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.

Eastern State Penitentiary 22d St. & Fairmount Ave.; 215-236-3300. www.easternstate.org. TowerCam! Greg Cowper: Specimen. Michelle Handelman: Beware the Lily Law. The William Portner Memorial Exhibit on Jewish Life at ESP. $12; $10 seniors; $8 students & children 7-12. Children under 7 cannot be admitted to the site. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site Spring Garden St.; 215-597-8780. www.nps.gov/edal. Home of the author 1843-44. Free. 9 am-5 pm Wed.-Sun.

Elfreth's Alley Second St.; 215-574-0560. www.elfrethsalley.org. $2; $1 children 6-18. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center 640 Waterworks Dr.; 215-685-0723. www.fairmountwaterworks.com. Water in Our World. Sunday Movie Matinee. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.

Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 100 N. 6th St.; 866-574-3727. www.philadelphiafed.org. Money in Motion. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Open weekends Jun.-Aug. Closed bank holidays.

Fort Mifflin Fort Mifflin Rd.; 215-685-4167. www.fortmifflin.us. $6; $5 seniors; $3 kids 5-12 & veterans; free under 5. Wed.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. www.fi.edu. Electricity. Sci-Pass: $14.75; $13.75 seniors, students & military; $12 children. Imax show times vary. Permanent exhibits open daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Franklin Square 6th & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026. www.historicphiladelphia.org. Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. $2.50; free under 2. Daily 10 am-9 pm thru Labor Day.

Historic Philadelphia Center 6th and Chestnut Sts.; 215-629-4026. historicphiladelphia.org. Liberty 360. $7; $6 seniors, students, military and children under 12. Independence After Hours. $75; $70 seniors, students and military; $50 children 12 and under. Meet a History Maker. 5/28. 11 am-4 pm.

Independence Hall Chestnut St.; 800-537-7676. www.nps.gov/inde/independence-hall-1.htm. Guided Tour - Explore this historic example of Georgian architecture. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Independence National Historical Park 6th & Market Sts.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde/. Once Upon a Nation: Storytelling Benches. Most sites free. Daily 8:30 am-5 pm.

Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-925-5439. www.phillyseaport.org. Olympia: Launching the American Century. Drawn to the Water. $12; $10 seniors; $7 children/students/military; free under 2. 10 am-5 pm daily.

Independence Visitor Center N. 6th St. & Market St.; 800-537-7676. www.independencevisitorcenter.com/. Open daily 8:30 am-6 pm.

Laurel Hill Cemetery - The Underground Museum 3822 Ridge Ave.; 215-228-8200. www.thelaurelhillcemetery.org. Outdoor sculptural garden, horticultural gem & historical landmark. Free. Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 am-5 pm.

Laurel Hill Mansion East Fairmount Park; 215-235-1776. www.fairmountpark.org/LaurelHill.asp/. Georgian-style mansion built in 1767 by Rebecca Rawle. $5.

Liberty Bell Center 501 Market St.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. Home of the Liberty Bell & exhibits on its origins & role as symbol of freedom. Mon.-Fri .9 am-5 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9 am-6 pm.

Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania 100 E. Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777. www.morrisarboretum.org. Garden Railway. $16; $14 seniors; $7 students & youth 3-17; free under 3. Hours vary throughout year.

Mutter Museum 19 S. 22d St.; 215-563-3737. www.collphyphil.org. Over 200 wet & dry specimens, lantern slides, x-rays & more. TODT: Still Life. $12; $8 seniors, students, children 6-17; free under 6. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

National Constitution Center 525 Arch St.; 215-409-6600. www.constitutioncenter.org. Spies, Traitors & Saboteurs: Fear & Freedom in America. $15; $14 seniors and students; $11 children 4-12; free for active military personnel and children 3 and under. Closes 5/30. Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War Panel Show. Memorial Day Weekend Celebration. Closes 5/30. Regular admission: $12; $11 seniors; $8 children 4-12; free under 4 & military (audio tour $3). Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-5 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

National Liberty Museum 321 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2800. www.libertymuseum.org. Independence Starts Here: Exceptional People. Heroes of 9/11. Education Center / Chihuly Gallery. Let Freedom Ring. Heroes of Character. $7; $6 seniors; $5 students; $2 youth 5-17; free for members & children under 5. Open 7 days a week (closed Mon. fall, winter, spring).

National Museum of American Jewish History 101 S. Independence Mall East; 215-923-3811. www.nmajh.org. Only in America. $12; $11 seniors & youth 13-21; free 12 & under. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-5 pm; Sat.-Sun 10 am-5:30 pm.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent 15 S. 7th St.; 215-685-4830. www.philadelphiahistory.org. Open for special programming only. Reopening September.

Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard Ave.; 215-243-1100. www.philadelphiazoo.org. Big Cat Falls. Monkey Junction. McNeil Avian Center. Prairie Dogs. Small Mammal House. $18; $15 children; free for members & children under 2. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Polish American Cultural Center & Museum 308 Walnut St.; 215-922-1700. www.polishamericancenter.org. Free. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Ryerss Museum & Library 7370 Central Ave.; 215-685-0544. ryerssmuseum.org. Asian art & artifacts as well as generations of family heirlooms & paintings. Tours. Donations accepted. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology) 3260 South St.; 215-898-4000. www.penn.museum. Pablo Helguera: What in the World. Fulfilling a Prophecy: The Past & Present of the Lenape in Pennsylvania. From Venice to Xanadu: Marco Polo's Silk Road Adventure. $5 advance; $10 day of event. 6/1. 6 pm. Donation suggested: $10; $7 seniors; $6 students & children 6-17; free under 6. Tue., Thur.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm; Wed. 10 am-8 pm.

Wagner Free Institute of Science 1700 W. Montgomery Ave.; 215-763-6529. www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org. Founded 1855. Houses Wagner's natural history collection of skeletons, mounted animals, fossils. Guided Tour. $15; $10 seniors and students; $5 children. Donation suggested: $8. Office: Mon.-Fri. 9 am-5 pm.

Woodford Mansion 33d & Dauphin St.; 215-229-6115. www.woodfordmansion.org. 18th-century summer house furnished with period antiques. Guided Tours $5; $3 seniors; $2 children 6-12.

The Woodlands 4000 Woodland Ave.; 215-386-2181. www.woodlandsphila.org. National Historic Landmark District featuring the William Hamilton mansion.

Pennsylvania suburbs

American Helicopter Museum & Learning Center

1220 American Blvd., West Chester; 610-436-9600.

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. Helicopter Exhibit. $6; $5 seniors; $4 students; free under 2. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

Beth Sholom Synagogue 8231 Old York Rd., Jenkintown; 215-887-1342. www.bethsholompreservation.org. Sun. 10 am-4 pm; Wed.-Thu. 10 am-2 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610-459-3342. www.brandywinebattlefield.org. 52 acres of woodlands, meadows, Washington's headquarters, artifacts, weapons, uniforms. House tours: $5; $3.50 seniors; $2.50 children 6-17; free under 6. Park free. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

Chadds Ford Historical Society 1736 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford; 610-388-7376. www.chaddsfordhistory.org. Tours of John Chads House. Barns-Brinton House & Tavern. Colonial Games and House Tours at the Barns-Brinton House. 5/28. 1-4 pm. $5 for 2 houses; $3 students 12-17; free 12 and under.

Chester County Historical Society 225 N. High St., West Chester; 610-692-4800. www.cchs-pa.org/. Chester County: A View of the Past. Chester County Craftsmanship. Chilling Reality: Chester County's Arctic Explorers. $5; $4 seniors & students; $2.50 children; free under 6. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm.

Elmwood Park Zoo 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825. www.elmwoodparkzoo.org. Norristown Zoological Society operates the Zoo, an educational adventure in a fun, clean & family-oriented environment. $12; $9 seniors and children; free under 2. Mar.-Nov.: daily 10 am-4 pm.

Fonthill Museum E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-348-9461. www.fonthillmuseum.org. Fonthill Park Walk. $10; $4 children 5-17. 5/28. 1 pm. $10; $9 seniors 65 & over; $4 children 5-17; free under 5. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm. Reservations recommended.

Hopewell Furnace 2 Mark Bird Ln., Elverson; 610-582-8773. www.nps.gov/hofu. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Longwood Gardens Rte. 1, Kennett Square; 610-388-1000. www.longwoodgardens.org. Notes From the Forest. $16; $14 seniors (ages 62 & over); $6 students (5-22); free 4 & under. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Mercer Museum 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210. www.mercermuseum.org. Animals on the Loose! A Mercer Menagerie. Civil War Encampment. Closes 5/29. $9; $8 seniors 65 & over; $4 children 5-17; free under 5. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

Pearl S. Buck International (Pearl S. Buck House) 520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie; 215-249-0100. www.psbi.org. The Silver Screen at Green Hills Farm. $8; $7 seniors; $6 students. Writers Group for Critiquing and Sharing. $10-$60. $7; $6 seniors; free under 6. Tue.-Sat. at 11 am, 1 & 2 pm; Sun. at 1 & 2 pm.

Pennsbury Manor 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville; 215-946-0400. www.pennsburymanor.org. Re-created country home of William Penn. The Seed of a Nation: Honoring William Penn's Vision. Animals at Pennsbury: Meet the Animals. 5/29. 1-4 pm. April- November: Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. Turn-of-the-century mansion & farm of Pa's 25th governor Samuel W. Pennypacker (1903-07). Wind It Up & Hear It Play. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.

Pottsgrove Manor 100 W. King St., Pottstown; 610-326-4014. www.historicsites.montcopa.org. Guided Tours. Spirituous Liquors & Healthful Distillations: Alcohol in Colonial America. Donation suggested: $2. Donations accepted. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.

Richard Wall House Museum 1 Wall Park Dr., Elkins Park; 215-887-9159. Features 4 floors of exhibits, visitors' orientation center, springhouse, "Flapper" room, Victorian & Edwardian fashions & more. Sun. 1-4 pm.

Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134. www.tylerarboretum.org. Mini Camps. $50 members; $55 nonmembers. 5/27. 9 am-3 pm. $9; $8 seniors; $5 children 3-15. Daily 8 am-dusk.

Valley Forge National Historical Park 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia; 610-783-1099. www.nps.gov/vafo. Memorial Day Commemoration. 5/31. 9 am-3 pm. Daily 6 am-10 pm.

Washington Crossing Historic Park/Memorial Building Auditorium 1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-4076. www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing. $5; $4 seniors; $2 children 6-17. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

Wharton Esherick Museum 1520 Horseshoe Trl., Malvern; 610-644-5822. Guided Tours of the handcrafted home & studio of the "Dean of American Craftsmen." Mon.-Fri. (groups only) 10 am-4 pm, Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.

New Jersey

Adventure Aquarium

1 Aquarium Dr., Camden; 866-451-2782.

. Aquarium Adventure: Secrets of Africa. $145. Closes 5/29. Aquarium Adventure: Swim With the Sharks. $165; $150 passport holders. Closes 5/29. Aquarium Adventure: Seals Up-Close. $145; $130 passport holders. Closes 5/29. Aquarium Adventure: Positively Penguins. $125; $115 passport holders. Closes 5/29. Aquarium Adventure: Feeding Fury. $150. Closes 5/28. Aquarium Adventure: Sea Turtles Up-Close. $125. Closes 5/29. $17.95; $14.95 children 2-11; free under 2. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Air Victory Museum 68 Stacy Haines Rd., Lumberton; 609-267-4488. www.airvictorymuseum.org. Museum Displays. $4; $3 seniors; $2 students 4-13. Apr.-Oct.: Wed.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

Atlantic City Aquarium 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City; 609-348-2880. www.atlanticcityaquarium.com/. Dive & Dine. Storytime. Tropical Rainforest Exhibit. Shark & Stingray Touch Tank. $7; $5 seniors; $4 children 4-12; free under 3. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Battleship New Jersey Museum 62 Battleship Pl., Camden; 866-877-6262. www.battleshipnewjersey.org. City at Sea Guided Tour. $19.95; $15 seniors, veterans and children 6-11; free under 6 and active military. Fire Power Tour. $19.95; $15 seniors, veterans and children 6-11; free under 6 and active military. 4D Flight Simulator Ride. Tour admission. General Quarters Tour. $18.50; $14 seniors, veterans and children 6-11; free for active military and children under 6. $15-$19; $10.50-$13 veterans, seniors, ages 6-11; free active military in uniform, ages 5 & under.

Camden County Historical Society 1900 Park Blvd., Camden; 856-964-3333. www.cchsnj.com. Features exhibits on Camden County history. Pomona Hall - 18th-century mansion once home to the Cooper Family. Tours available. Tours of the Camden County Historical Museum. $5-$8; $4-$6 seniors and students. $5; $4 students & seniors. Sun. noon-5 pm; Wed.-Fri. 12:30-4:30 pm.

Howell Living History Farm 70 Wooden's La., Titusville; 609-737-3299. www.howellfarm.org. 130-acre farm is an educational facility. Saturday Farm Programs. Horsedrawn Hayrides. 5/28. 11 am-3 pm. Children's Craft Program. $2. 5/28. 11 am-3 pm. Free. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.

South Jersey Museum of American History 123 High St. E., Glassboro; 856-442-0688. southjerseymuseum.org/default.aspx. Includes artifacts from the Pre-Columbian through the Colonial era. Student Art Show. $4; $3 children. Thu.-Sun. 1-5 pm.

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