Top Regional Attractions
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000.
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. Fore! The Planet: A Putt-to-Learn Adventure. A Pennsylvania Fishery: Fish Portraits by Flick Ford. Butterflies! $2 fee in addition to admission. Dinosaur Hall. The Florence R. Foerderer Live Animal Center. Outside-In. Egyptian Mummies. Living Downstream. Marveling at Mollusks. Science at the Academy. Naturalist Shows. $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. RAAMP It Up! Wednesdays. Voices of Freedom. $20. 6/14. 6-8 pm. $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. Second Saturdays: Designer Plates. 6/11. Noon-3 pm. Donations accepted. 10 am-4 pm Fri.-Sun..
American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. www.americanswedish.org. Featuring exhibits dedicated to Swedish American history, Swedish arts & culture. Elsebeth Lavold: Knitting Along the Viking Trail. Sven Gunnarsson and Jonas Nilsson New Sweden Gallery. Closes 6/12. $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 & the prerevolutionary home of naturalist, botanist & explorer John Bartram. 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. 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; heritage is well documented by artifacts as well as archival & library materials. 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. Final resting place of Benjamin Franklin & 4 other signers of the Declaration of Independence. 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. The vaulted, skylit cells of this prison once held many of America's most notorious criminals, including bank robber Willie Sutton & Al Capone. 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, free for active duty military families 5/30-9/5. 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. Giant Heart. Space Command. Sports Challenge. The Franklin Air Show. The Train Factory. Sir Isaac's Loft. Franklin National Memorial. Changing Earth. 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. 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. 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. It Sprang From the River: Everyday Objects With Maritime Secrets. What Floats Your Boat? Home Port Philadelphia. Coming to America. Philadelphia & the China Trade. Divers of the Deep. On the Rivers, On the Shores. 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 featuring over 75 acres of art & history. Of Planets, Paper & Pendulums: The Life and Times of David Rittenhouse. $50-$60. 6/11. 5-8:30 pm. Buried in the Land of Strangers: The Confederates of Laurel Hill Cemetery. $10-$15. 6/12. 2 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. 22nd 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. 1787 copy on display plus more than 100 interactive exhibits, Signer's Hall, The Story of We the People (Multimedia presentation featuring live actor, film & video projection, family-oriented exhibits) & more. Lincoln: The Constitution & the Civil War Panel Show. Flag Day. 6/14. 10 am-3 pm. 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. Voyage to Liberty Through Faith. Heroes From Around the World. 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. The History of Name-Changing in the U.S.. $15. 6/12. 7 pm. Challenges to American Jewish Leaders Today. $15. 6/14. 7 pm. $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. Rare Animal Conservation Center. Reptile and Amphibian House. Peco Primate Reserve. African Plains. Bear Country. Bird Valley. Carnivore Kingdom. 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. Petapalossa. 6/12. 11 am-2 pm. 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. 3 gallery floors with art & artifacts from ancient Egypt, Asia, the Americas, Africa, and the ancient Mediterranean world. Year of Water 2010-2011. Archaeologists & Travelers in Ottoman Lands. Battleground: War Rugs from Afghanistan. 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. 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 & carriage house of 1789 & the continuously active Woodlands Cemetery founded on the remains of Hamilton's estate in 1840.
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. Wood, Woods & Wood Workers. Tours of the John Chads House. Barns-Brinton House & Tavern. Craft a Wooden Tape Loom at the Visitors Center. 6/11. 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 & 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. 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. $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. Mercer Legacy Lawn Party. $100. 6/12. 4-6 pm. $9; $8 seniors 65 & over; $4 children 5-17; free under 5 & active duty military families 5/30-9/5. 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. Re-created country home of William Penn. Provides a peaceful contrast to the hurry of modern American life. The Seed of a Nation: Honoring William Penn's Vision. Living History Theater: Voyage of the Submission. 6/12. 1-4 pm. April- November: Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.
Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. historicsites.montcopa.org/pennypackermills. Turn-of-the-century mansion & farm of Pa's 25th governor Samuel W. Pennypacker (1903-07). Free. 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. Vinegar: When Good Alcohol Goes Bad. $2 (suggested donation). 6/12. 1 pm. 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. The American Flag: A Work in Progress. Sun. 1-4 pm.
Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134. www.tylerarboretum.org. $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. Free. 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.
1 Aquarium Dr., Camden; 866-451-2782.
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. The Creature Feature. Penguin Island. West African River Experience. Jules Verne Gallery. Shark Realm. Irazu Falls. 4D Theater. $22.95; $19.95 children 2-12. Seal Shores. Ocean Realm. Caribbean Currents. Touch-a-Shark. Rainforest Rendezvous. Feather Ridge. Stingray Beach Club. Aquarium Adventure: Positively Penguins. $125; $115 passport holders. Aquarium Adventure: Swim With the Sharks. $165; $150 passport holders. Aquarium Adventure: Seals Up-Close. $145; $130 passport holders. Aquarium Adventure: Secrets of Africa. $145. Aquarium Adventure: Feeding Fury. $150. Aquarium Adventure: Sea Turtles Up-Close. $125. $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. Experience what life was like aboard our nation's most decorated battleship. 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, from the Lenni Lenape people through the industrial age. 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, open to the public, that preserves & interprets farming life & processes from the era of 1890-1910. Saturday Farm Programs. On the Road with Elsie the Cow. $3. 6/11. 7:30 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, antique hand tools, glass & comprehensive political history exhibit. Student Art Show. $4; $3 children. Thu.-Sun. 1-5 pm.
Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 609-737-0623. www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/washcros.html. Includes 18th Century Johnson Ferry House (historic farmhouse & tavern site) & Visitor Center Museum featuring exhibits on the Continental Army's crossing of the Delaware River & the Battles of Trenton & Princeton. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover; 302-734-1618.
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. Blacksmith Demonstration. $5; $3 seniors & students; free for members & children under 6.
Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike, Greenville; 302-658-9111. www.delmnh.org. Life-Size Model of a Giant Squid. Coral Reef Exhibit. $7; $6 seniors 60 and over; $5 children 3-17; free 2 and under. Mon.-Sat. 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Sun. noon-4:30 pm.
Hagley Museum & Library 298 Buck Rd. East, Greenville; 302-658-2400. www.hagley.org. Wedding Traditions of the du Pont Family, 1813-1915. DuPont Science & Discovery. DuPont: The Explosives Era. Hagley Powder Yard. Workers' Hill. Eleutherian Mills. An Oath of Allegiance to the Republic: The du Ponts & the Civil War. Easy Does It! How Machines Make Life Easier. Creek Kids. $11; $9 seniors, students; $4 ages 6-14; free under 6. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
Museum of Small Town Life 316 S Governors Ave., Dover; 302-739-4266. Donations accepted. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-4:30 pm; Sun. 1:30-4:30 pm.
Rockwood Museum 610 Shipley Rd., Wilmington; 302-761-4340. www.rockwood.org. Guided Tours. $5; $2 children 2-12; free under 2. Wed.-Sun. 10 am-3 pm.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library Rte. 52, Winterthur; 800-448-3883. www.winterthur.org. Made for the Trade: Native American Objects in the Winterthur Collection. Paint, Pattern & People: Furniture of Southeastern Pennsylvania, 1725-1850. In Wood. Textiles & Needlework. Painting & Prints. Metalworks. Ceramics & Glass. The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens. Dominy Shops. $18; $16 seniors and students; $5 children 2-11; free under 2. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.