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Philadelphia

Academy of Natural Sciences

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

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. A Pennsylvania Fishery: Fish Portraits by Flick Ford. $12; $10 seniors, students, military, children 3-12; free under 3 & active duty military families 5/30-9/5. 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. Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia (1776-1876). Free to Be. $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. Donations accepted. 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.-2nd 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. Revolutionary Americans Burial Ground Tour. Regular admission. Brew 'n' History Tour. $5. $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. $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.

The 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.

The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. www.fi.edu. Changing Earth. Electricity. TFI After Dark. $15. 6/3. 6-10 pm. Night Skies!. $5. Closes 6/9. 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. Independence After Hours. $75; $70 seniors, students and military; $50 children 12 and under.

Independence Hall Chestnut St.; 800-537-7676. www.nps.gov/inde/independence-hall-1.htm. Guided Tour - Explore this historic example of Georgian architecture. Independence Hall Tour. 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.; 1-800-537-7676. 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. From Able-Bodied to Disembodied: The Athletes at Rest in Laurel Hill. $15. 6/4. 5 pm. A Tour and Toast to Our Famous Fishtowners. $15-$20. 6/8. 6 pm. 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. Free. 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.

The 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. Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War Panel Show. 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. Liberty Hall. 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.

The Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard Ave.; 215-243-1100. www.philadelphiazoo.org. Big Cat Falls. Children's Zoo. 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. Year of Water 2010-2011. Fang! The Killing Tooth. Secrets of the Silk Road. Closes 6/5. Self-Guided Tour: Silk Road Highlights. Closes 6/5. Archaeologists & Travelers in Ottoman Lands. Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan. 40 Winks With the Sphinx. $50. 6/3. 5:30 pm. Mummies: Through Time, Across Continents. Closes 6/5. Explore the Silk Road. Closes 6/5. 2d Wednesday Quizzo. Donation suggested: $10; $7 seniors; $6 students & children 6-17; free under 6 & active duty military families 5/30-9/5. 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. 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 the John Chads House. Barns-Brinton House & Tavern. $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/. Chilling Reality: Chester County's Arctic Explorers. $5; $4 seniors & students; $2.50 children; free under 6 & active duty military families 5/30-9/5. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm.

Elmwood Park Zoo 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825. www.elmwoodparkzoo.org. The 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. Tree & Tile Youth Program. $8. 6/4. 2-3:30 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.

1st Fri Mercer Museum 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210. www.mercermuseum.org. Animals on the Loose!: A Mercer Menagerie. $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. $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. The Seed of a Nation: Honoring William Penn's Vision. Historic Trades. 6/5. 1-4 pm. April- November: Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.