Top Regional Attractions
Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000.
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. The Scoop on Poop - Exhibit on what it is & how animals & people use it. Closes 5/13. Ongoing: Alien Invaders - Exhibit on the nature & hazards of invasive plant & animal species; Butterflies! ($2 additional); Dinosaur Hall - Exhibit of dinosaur-related fossils; Egyptian Mummies - Two genuine mummies in a reconstructed tomb. $10; $8 seniors, students, military, children 3-12; free for children under 3. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sat.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.
American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. www.americanswedish.org. Come Into a New World: Linnaeus & America - Over 100 specimens, drawings, books, art. Closes 7/1. $6; $5 seniors, students; free for children under 12. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm, Sat.-Sun. noon-4 pm.
Atwater Kent Museum 15 S. Seventh St.; 215-685-4830. www.philadelphiahistory.org. How the American Department Store Fashioned the Middle Class - Jan Whitaker, a writer & free-lance editor, focuses on the pioneering role played by John Wanamaker in Philadelphia. 4/28 2 pm. $5; $3 seniors & children 13-17; free for children under 12. Wed.-Sun. 1 pm-5 pm.
Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. www.bartramsgarden.org. Native Plant Sale - Plants, shrubs, vines & trees for purchase. 5/5 10 am-3 pm. Garden & River - Multimedia exhibition features artwork inspired by Bartram's Garden & the Schuylkill River. Daily 10 am-5 pm (Grounds daily dawn-dusk).
Christ Church Burial Ground 5th & Arch Sts.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30. www.oldchristchurch.org. Final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, other founding fathers, Revolutionary War heroes & famous Philadelphians. $2; $1 students; $10 group of up to 25 people. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.
Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum 1805 Pine St.; 215-735-8196. www.cwurmuseum.org. Ongoing: Abraham Lincoln Collection; The Armory Room; George Gordon Meade Collection. $5; $4 seniors; $3 students & ages 3-12; free under 3. Thu.-Sat. 11 am-4:30 pm.
Eastern State Penitentiary 2124 Fairmount Ave.; 215-236-3300. www.easternstate.org. Historic Tour of Eastern State Penitentary - Tours begin on the hour. Alexa Hoyer: I Always Wanted To Go To Paris France. Ann Messner: Penitentiary. Daily 10 am-5 pm, last entry for most tours at 4 pm.
*FREE* Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site Spring Garden St.; 215-597-8780. www.nps.gov/edal. Guided Tours - Home of the author, 1843-44. Wed.-Sun. 9 am-5 pm.
Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center 640 Waterworks Dr.; 215-685-0723. www.fairmountwaterworks.com. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 1-5 pm.
*FREE* Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 100 N. 6th St.; 215-574-6000. www.philadelphiafed.org. Money in Motion - Exhibit on history of banking, money & Federal Reserve; interactive displays on currency circulation, counterfeit detection. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-2 pm.
The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. www.fi.edu. Tutankhamun & the Golden Age of the Pharaohs - More than 130 artifacts from tombs of King Tut, burial objects, royal diadem, coffinettes. Timed tickets 9 am-8 pm. Closes 9/30. $18.75; $16 seniors, children 4-11 (incl. Imax); $9, Imax only. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.
Franklin Square Sixth & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026. www.onceuponanation.org. Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel - This 30-horse carousel is a compliment to the rich history of Philadelphia's carousel making. Sun.-Thu. 10 am-6 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-7 pm.
Independence Living History Center 115 S. Third St.; 215-629-4026. www.onceuponanation.org. Once Upon a Nation: Independence After Hours - Three-course meal at historic City Tavern, evening tour of Independence Hall & Lights of Liberty Show. Fri. & Sat. 5:30 pm. Once Upon a Nation: Tippler's Tour - Guide shares stories of tavern life in Colonial Philadelphia while guests sample drinks at colonial & modern day taverns in Old City. Thu. 5:30 pm.
Independence National Historical Park 6th & Markets Sts.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. Carpenters' Hall - (Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm). Congress Hall - (Daily 9 am-5 pm). Looking Through Franklin's Eyes - Celebrates Franklin's 300 birthday. Old City Hall - (Daily 11 am-5 pm). Visitor Center - Information on programs, activities, tours. (Daily 8:30 am-5 pm). Most sites free. Daily 8:30 am-5 pm.
Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-925-5439. www.phillyseaport.org. Women & the Sea - Exhibit on contributions of women mariners during war & peace times. Closes 9/3. Ongoing: Coming to America - Exhibition about immigration; Divers of the Deep - Exhibit about undersea technology; Home Port Philadelphia - Exhibit about navigating Philadelphia's waterways; Olympia: Launching the American Century - Exhibit about historical naval life. $9; $8 seniors; $6 children 3-12; free for children under 3; free Sun. 10 am-noon. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
Laurel Hill Mansion East Fairmount Park; 215-235-1776. www.fairmountpark.org/LaurelHill.asp. Tours of the Mansion - Georgian-style mansion built in 1767 by Rebecca Rawle. $5.
*FREE* Liberty Bell Center 501 Market St.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. Home of the Liberty Bell - Exhibits on bell's origins & role as symbol of freedom. Daily 9 am-5 pm.
Lights of Liberty Show 6th & Chestnut Sts.; 215-542-3789. www.lightsofliberty.org. Outdoor, nighttime sound & light spectacular with surround sound & images projected on historic buildings telling the story of struggle for independence. $19.50; $16.50 seniors & students; $13 children 12 & under. Ben Franklin's Ghost appears as a dramatic, life-size holographic image who answers questions about his life in this interactive exhibit. Exhibit free, open daily 10 am-6 pm.
Masonic Temple One North Broad St.; 215-988-1900. www.pagrandlodge.org. Open for Tours - Built in 1873, this National Historic Landmark is a magnificent example of architecture, art & history. Tue.-Fri. 11 am, 2 & 3 pm; Sat. 10 am & 11 am. Ongoing. Masonic Temple Egyptian Tour - Learn about the splendor of the Masonic Temple's Egyptian Hall & the building's other treasures. Fri. at noon. Closes 9/28. Masonic Temple Library - Esteemed collection for the study of American History & Freemasonry, featuring over 75,000 volumes & 30,000 documents, prints, photos & manuscripts. $8, with individual & group discounts available. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-5 pm; Sat. 10 am-noon.
The Mutter Museum 19 S. 22nd St.; 215-563-3737. www.collphyphil.org. The Medical World of Benjamin Franklin - Closes Fall '07. Gretchen Worden Gallery - $12; $8 seniors, students, children 6-17; free for children under 6. Daily 10 am-5 pm, Fri. until 9 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, American Natl Tree, theater. $9; $7 seniors, children 4-12, active military; free for children under 4. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm, Sat. until 6 pm.
National Liberty Museum 321 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2800. www.libertymuseum.org. Call for Nominations: 7th Annual Commerce Bank Young Heroes Award - Nominations accepted through 6/1. Call museum for information. Ongoing: Coming to America - Pilgrims & slaves exhibit; Education Center/Chihuly Gallery - Award-winning Dale Chihuly glass sculptures; From Conflict to Harmony - Causes of violence & tribute to heroic young people; Let Freedom Ring - Exhibit on outstanding Americans of the past two centuries & American rights; Liberty Hall - Presidental china, film on the Liberty Medal Award & large-scale 'Signing of the Constitution'; Voyage to Liberty Through Faith - Biblical figures who inspired pilgrims. $7; $6 seniors; $5 students; $2 children 5-7; free for members & children under 5. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.
Polish American Cultural Center & Museum 308 Walnut St.; 215-922-1700. www.polishamericancenter.org. Ongoing: Great Men & Women of Poland - Paintings & Displays. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm.
University of Pennsylvania - Morris Arboretum 100 Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777. www.morrisarboretum.org. Winter Wildness Walks - Every Sat. 10:30 am. Great Gardens of the Philadelphia Region - Photographs by Rob Cardillo. Closes 5/13. $10; $8 seniors; $5 students, children 3-18; free for children under 3. Daily 10 am-4 pm.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology 3260 South St.; 215-898-4000. www.museum.upenn.edu. Mummy Day - Tours, games, performances & more. 5/5 11 am-4 pm. Piranesi: The Grandeur of Ancient Rome - 18th century Italian etchings. Closes 6/16. Vanishing Worlds: Art & Ritual of Amazonia - Colorful headdresses, masks, body ornaments, full body costumes, basketry, weapons, pottery & textile. Closes 6/30. $8; $5 students, seniors; free for children under 6 & for all on Sun. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4:30 pm.; Sun. 1-5 pm.
Wagner Free Institute of Science 1700 W. Montgomery Ave.; 215-763-6529. www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org. Founded 1855, Institute houses Wagner's natural history collection of skeletons, mounted animals, fossils, minerals. $8 donation. Guided tours: $15; $10 seniors; $5 children. Tue.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm.
Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site
Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610-459-3342.
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. Tours of Brandywine - 52 acres of woodlands, meadows, Washington's headquarters, artifacts, weapons, uniforms. House tours: $5; $3.50 seniors; $2.50 children 6-17; free for children under 6. Park free. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.
Fonthill Museum E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-348-9461. www.fonthillmuseum.org. $9; $8 seniors; $4 ages 5-17; free for ages under 5. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm. Reservations recommended.
Glencairn Museum 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2993. www.glencairnmuseum.org. Tiffany Windows Exhibit: In Company with Angels - Closes 6/9. Sat. 11 am-2:30 pm.
Hopewell Furnace 2 Mark Bird Ln., Elverson; 610-582-8773. www.nps.gov/hofu. Hiking - Walk the many miles of blazed trails & historic roadways. Wed.-Sun. Watch Wildlife - Enjoy bird & deer watching. Wed.-Sun. Self-Guided Tours - Walking tour of the historic furnace community. Daily 9 am-5 pm.
The Mercer Museum 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210. www.mercermuseum.org. Animals on the Loose! Ongoing. $8; $7 seniors; $4 children 5-17; free for children under 5. Mon., Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Tue. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.
Pennsbury Manor 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville; 215-946-0400. www.pennsburymanor.org. Pennsbury Manor Tour - Recreated country home of William Penn; provides a peaceful contrast to the hurry of modern American life. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.
Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. www.montcopa.org/historicsites. Guided Tour of Pennypacker Mills. Rural Life in the 1900s. 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 of Pottsgrove Manor - Built in 1752 for John Potts, ironmaster & founder of Pottstown; reflects lifestyle & times of the Potts family. Last tour begins 3:30 pm. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.
Washington Crossing Historical 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.
1 Aquarium Dr., Camden; 866-451-2782.
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. Aquarium Adventures: Sea Life Up-Close, Sea Turtles Up-Close, Seals Up-Close, Sharks Up-Close, Secrets of Africa, Swim With the Sharks - Call for times & prices. $17.95; $14.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 9:30 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. 4 $15-$19; $10.50-$13 veterans, seniors, ages 6-11; free active military in uniform, ages 5 & under. Daily 9 am-5 pm.
Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 609-737-0623. 18th Century Johnson Ferry House - 140-acre natural area. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.
Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville; 800-998-4552. www.wheatonarts.org. 2007 Creative Glass Center of America Fellowship Recipient Exhibition - Selection of work created by the 12 artists selected as Fellows in 2007. Closes 5/20. Folk Art Collections: Ukranian Riches - Ukrainian folk arts plus the collection & creations of Vera Nakonechny. Closes 8/31. Ongoing: Celebrating Connections: Contemporary Glass by Mid Atlantic Artists - Works by over 60 artists on display in the Museum of American Glass; Folklore & Folklife Traditions in Down Jersey - Explores some of the many folk traditions one might encounter in South Jersey. $10; $9 seniors; $7 students; free for children 5 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington; 302-658-9111.
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. Ongoing: Coral Reef Exhibit - Coral reef canteen & coral reef walkover; Life-Size Model of Giant Squid. $6; $5 children 3-17; $4 seniors; free for children under 3. Mon.-Sat. 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Sun. noon-4:30 pm.
Hagley Museum & Library Rte. 100 & Buck Rd., Wilmington; 302-658-2400. www.hagley.org. Surprising Artistry: Francis B. Crowninshield Watercolors - Images of the three homes where Frank & Louise du Pont Crowninshield dwelt. Closes 12/31. Ongoing: Guided Tours of the Hagley - Original duPont powder mills, family home & gardens; DuPont Science & Discovery - This exhibit chronicles 200 years of DuPont Company history; DuPont: The Explosives Era - This exhibit focuses on the DuPont family's decision to come to America; Hagley Powder Yard - Massive stone mills, storehouses & a waterwheel recall a time when waterpower was the source of energy. $11; $9 seniors, students; $4 ages 6-14; free under 6. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate Route 52, Winterthur; 800-448-3883. www.winterthur.org. Ancient Egypt & the Egyptian Revival, 1725-1825 - Features books from the Winterthur Library's collections. Closes 5/13. Quilts in a Material World - Exhibit highlights over 40 quilts from the collection. Closes 9/16. Ongoing: The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens - Treasure trove of artfully crafted tureens captivates young & old alike; Ceramics & Glass - Showcases the remarkable survivors of these fragile art forms. $15; $13 students & seniors; $5 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.