Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000.
. Includes Dinosaur Hall, Egyptian mummies, interactive, live animals, educational exhibits for children & more. North by Degree - Featuring presentations by established & emerging scholars. $35, $20 students advance; $50, $30 students day of event. 5/23 9 am-noon. North by Degree Film Festival - Footage of various Arctic expeditions. Free. 5/24 10 am. Gregor Mendel: Planting the Seeds of Genetics - Exhibit on the life & work of the genetics pioneer. Closes 9/28. $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 Philosophical Society Museum
104 S. 5th St.; 215-440-3427.
. Roderick Coover: Outside/Inside - Videotaped segments of Brett Keyser's park expeditions; UNDAUNTED: Five American Explorers, 1760-2006 - Explorers with Philly connections who were part of the American Philosophical Society; Winifred Lutz - Mason-Dixon Lines: Past to Present - Parallel bands trace three different ways of looking at the PA/MD boundary line. All close 12/31. Donations accepted. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776.
. Charles Allmond: Second Nature - Sculpture inspired by the natural world. Closes 7/31. $6; $5 seniors, students & children; 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.
. A Great Company in a Great City - Lithographs & paintings from the Cigna Corp. (formerly Ins. Co. of N. America). Closes 8/31. Partnership for Peace Gallery - Exhibit on the issue of violence in Philadelphia. Closes 9/15. The following all close 12/31: How Philly Works: Streets as Barometers of Urban Life - Historical objects incl. street light, city charter parchment, wampum belt & more; The Wonderful World of Radio - Vintage radios from museum, Philco & RCA Collections. $5; $3 seniors & children 13-17; free for children under 12. Wed.-Sun. 1-5 pm.
Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.; 215-627-5343.
Circa 1740 Georgian-style home of flagmaker. Joke & Dagger - Staged sword fight & presentation on stage fighting. Sat.-Sun. 1 & 2 pm. $3; $2 children under 13. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
20 N. American St.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30.
Georgian architectural treasure attended by founding fathers. Talks throughout the day. Declaring Freedom: Slavery in Philadelphia - Stories about slavery & slave owners in colonial Philadelphia & its ties with Christ Church. Closes 12/31. Donations accepted. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.
Christ Church Burial Ground
5th & Arch Sts.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30.
Final resting place of Benjamin Franklin & 4 other signers of the Declaration of Independence. Guided tours on the hr., last tour at 3 pm. Artists, Writers & Composers - Tour focuses on the lives & stories of Francis Hopkinson, William Tuckey, Matthew Pratt & others. Closes 12/18. Declaring Freedom: Slavery in Philadelphia - Guided tour of burial ground focusing on slavery & slave owners in colonial Philadelphia with stops at the graves of the 5 signers. Closes 12/31. $2; $1 students; $10 groups up to 25. Mon-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.
Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum
1805 Pine St.; 215-735-8196.
. Features the Abraham Lincoln Collection, George Gordon Meade Collection, Ulysses S. Grant Collection & more. $5; $4 seniors; $3 students & ages 3-12; free under 3. Thu.-Sat. 11 am-4:30 pm.
Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site
Spring Garden St.; 215-597-8780.
. Home of the noted author from 1843-44. Guided tours available. Wed.-Sun. 9 am-5 pm.
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
100 N. 6th St.; 866-574-3727.
. Money in Motion - History of banking, money & Federal Reserve; interactive displays on currency circulation, counterfeit detection. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200.
. Amazing Machine! - See the inner workings of everyday machines as well as some rare machines from the collections in this new ongoing exhibit. A Sci-Pass (basic admission) is $13.75 for adults, $11.00 for children & seniors; Sci-Pass plus IMAX is $18.75 for adults/$16.00 for children & seniors. IMAX & other permanent exhibits open daily 9:30 am-5 pm.
Sixth & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026.
. Memorial Day Festivities - Games, jugglers, face painting & more. 5/23-5/26 11 am-2 pm. Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel - This 30-horse carousel is a great compliment to the rich history of Philadelphia's carousel making. $3; $2 children 3-12; free for children under 2. Philly Mini Golf - Features a miniature version of Philadelphia & some of the city's most beloved sites. $8; $6 children. Thru 9/1: Daily 10 am-9 pm.
Chestnut St.; 215-597-8974.
Guided Tour - Explore this historic example of Georgian architecture. Daily 9 am-5 pm.
Independence Living History Center
115 S. Third St.; 215-629-4026.
. 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. $76; $70 seniors, military & students; $50 children 12 & under. Once Upon a Nation: Tippler's Tour - Guide shares stories of tavern life in Colonial Philadelphia. Sample drinks at colonial & modern day taverns in Old City. Thu. 5:30 pm. $30; $25 seniors, military & students.
Independence National Historical Park
6th & Markets Sts.; 215-965-2305.
. Winifred Lutz: Dock Creek - Grass "river" replicating the old route of Dock Creek. Closes 9/27. Most sites free. Daily 8:30 am-5 pm.
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-925-5439.
. Olympia: Launching the American Century - Ongoing exhibit about historical naval life. What Floats Your Boat? - Ongoing interactive science exhibit. $9; $8 seniors; $6 children 3-12; free for children under 3; free on Sun. between 10 am-noon. Open daily 10 am-5 pm.
Laurel Hill Cemetery: The Underground Museum
3822 Ridge Ave.; 215-228-8200.
. Memorial Day Observance - Re-creation of Philly's first Decoration Day observance in 1868. 5/25 noon. Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 am-5 pm.
Laurel Hill Mansion
East Fairmount Park; 215-235-1776.
. Georgian-style mansion built in 1767 by Rebecca Rawle. $5 per person. Open 10 am-4 pm weekends thru 6/30.
Liberty Bell Center
501 Market St.; 215-965-2305.
. Home of the Liberty Bell & exhibits on its origins & role as symbol of freedom. Daily 9 am-5 pm.
Lights of Liberty Show
6th & Chestnut Sts.; 215-542-3789.
. 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.
One North Broad St.; 215-988-1900.
. 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. 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.
Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E. Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777.
. 92-acre public garden with an ever-changing display of rare & beautiful plants & trees. Victorian-Era Ride-On-Train - Trackless, electric environmentally friendly ride-on train will loop around the Morris Arboretum Garden every 15 minutes. 5/24-5/26 10 am-5 pm. Papaver Rubrum Giganteum - Sculptural installation consisting of 300 giant red poppies made of aluminum. Closes 6/29. The Garden Railway: Architectural Wonders of the World - Miniature replicas of The Great Wall of China, Hagia Sophia, The Giza Pyramid, The Eiffel Tower & more. Closes 10/13. $10; $8 seniors; $5 youth 3-18; free for children under 3. Daily 10 am-4 pm.
The Mutter Museum
19 S. 22nd St.; 215-563-3737.
. Over 200 wet & dry specimens, lantern slides, x-rays & more. Extraordinary Bodies: Mutter Museum Photographs - Photographs of the human body by 16 contemporary artists & historical photos. Closes 2/28. $12; $8 seniors, students, children 6-17; free for children under 6. Open daily 10 am-5 pm; until 9 pm Fri.
National Constitution Center
525 Arch St.; 215-409-6600.
. 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. Memorial Day Celebration - Make poppy memorial wreaths & see special program, 'Memorials: The Way America Remembers.' Free, but museum adm. not included; some activities may require museum entry. 5/24 9:30 am-6 pm. 5/25 noon-5 pm. 5/26 9:30 am-6 pm. What's Your Voting Story? - Celebrity contributors & general public alike describe a memorable time in the voting booth & what it meant to them. Reservations required. $15; $7 students & teachers. 5/27 6:30 pm. $12; $11 seniors; $8 children 4-12; free for children under 4 & military. 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.
. Only museum in the U.S. that celebrates the concept of freedom by honoring people of vision, creativity & innovation. Memorial Day: Honoring Our Greatest Generation Heroes - Exhibit of military Awards of Valor & the Congressional Medal of Honor. Included in adm.; free for active duty, reservists, retired military members, police, firefighters & their families. 5/24-5/26 10 am-5 pm. $7; $6 seniors; $5 students; $2 children 5-7; free for children under 5 & for all on Sun. Self guided tours only. Open Tue.-Sun 10 am-5 pm.
National Museum of American Jewish History
55 N. Fifth St.; 215-923-3811.
Jewish Peoplehood in the 21st Century & Beyond - Topics to explored will be the ethnic diversity of Jews in America today & its implications for Jewish identity. Donation suggested: kosher canned/non-perishable items. 5/22 6 pm. Shaping Space, Making Meaning - Visitors assist design team through three interactive experiences. Features design sketches, computer-generated images, video & text. Closes 8/31. Mon.-Thu. 10 am-5 pm; Fri. 10 am-3 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.
The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.; 215-243-1100.
Ongoing exhibits & attractions include the popular PECO Primate Reserve, Dodge Rare Animal Conservation Center, Monkey Junction, Pachyderm House & more. Children's Zoo Kick-Off - Up-close look at various bugs, sheep shearing demo, animal talks, crafts, animal encounters & more. 5/24-5/25 9 am-5 pm. $12.95-$16.95; free for children under 2. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.
Polish American Cultural Center & Museum
308 Walnut St.; 215-922-1700.
. Features exhibits on Polish history & culture, including Great Men & Women of Poland; History: A Tradition of Service; Polish Folk Art. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm.
Ryerss Museum & Library
7370 Central Ave.; 215-685-0544. Asian art & artifacts as well as generations of family heirlooms & paintings. Donations accepted. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
3260 South St.; 215-898-4000.
. Three gallery floors with art & artifacts from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Polynesia & the ancient Mediterranean world. Counterpoint: Anthrolpology & Photography in New Guinea - Color photography of New Guinea natives & written insights on the island's various cultures. Closes 9/14. Surviving: The Body of Evidence - Interactive exhibition explores the process of evolution & its profound impact on humans. Closes 5/3/09. $8; $5 students, seniors; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun. 1-5 pm. (Closed Sun., 5/25)
Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W. Montgomery Ave.; 215-763-6529.
. Founded 1855. Houses Wagner's natural history collection of skeletons, mounted animals, fossils, Donation suggested: $8. Tue.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm.
33rd & Dauphin St., East Fairmount Park; 215-229-6115.
. Elegant 18th century summer house furnished with an exquisite collection of period antiques. Tours $5; $3 seniors. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm. Closed major holidays.
American Helicopter Museum & Learning Center
1220 American Blvd., West Chester; 610-436-9600.
. Features over 35 civilian & military helicopters, autogiros & convertaplanes. $7; $6 seniors; $5 students; free under 2. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.
Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site
Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610-459-3342.
. 52 acres of woodlands, meadows, Washington's headquarters, artifacts, weapons, uniforms. Call for Board Members - Members of the public interested in history are invited to join Brandywine Battlefield Park Associates Board. Call for info. House tours: $5; $3.50 seniors; $2.50 children 6-17; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.
1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2993.
. Saturday Highlights Tour - Tour exhibits & collections focusing on religion & its history. Sat. 11 am-1 pm. $7; $6 seniors; $4 students; free for children 5 & under. Hinduism in Pennsylvania - Adapted from Indiana University of Pennsylvania's 'Eastern Religions Come to Western Pennsylvania.' Closes 5/31. Sat. 11 am-2:30 pm. Mon.-Fri. by appt. only.
2 Mark Bird Ln., Elverson; 610-582-8773.
. Features many miles of blazed trails & historic roadways. Open daily 9 am-5 pm.
Rte. 1, Kennett Square; 610-388-1000.
Fireworks & Fountains - Fireworks & colored fountain show set to music. $32, $16 children 15 & under. 5/25 9:15 pm. Old School Freight Train - String band. 5/29 7:30 pm. Nature's Castles - Features specially-designed, spectacular treehouses visitors can explore.
. Closes 9/1. $16; $14 seniors (ages 62 & over); $6 students (5-22); free for children 4 & under. Open daily 9 am-5 pm.
The Mercer Museum
84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210.
. Accessorize It: Civil War Haversack - Sack-making workshop. 5/24 10:30 am-noon, 2-3:30 pm. Civil War Encampment - Re-enactors from the McClellan Rangers & other outfits interpret the daily drills & camp life of the Union Civil War soldier. 5/24 10 am-5 pm. 5/25 1-5 pm. Are We Dressed Yet - Accessories worn by Bucks County residents of the past. Includes try-on activities & games. Closes 5/31. $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.
Pearl S. Buck House
520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie; 215-249-0100.
. Walk-In Tours available - Great opportunity to become acquainted with the museum. Personal Pearl - Dresses, gowns, suits, hats, gloves & shoes worn by the author. Closes 6/30. $7; $6 seniors; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. at 11 am, 1 & 2 pm; Sun. at 1 & 2 pm.
400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville; 215-946-0400.
. Recreated country home of William Penn; provides a peaceful contrast to the hurry of modern American life. Garden Highlights - Help prepare garden beds with colonial tools, watch & listen as gardeners tend to spring crops. 5/25 1-4 pm. $5; $4.50 seniors; $3 children 6-17; free for children 5 & under. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.
5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. historicsites.montcopa.org. Turn-of-the-century mansion & farm of PA's 25th Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker (1903-1907). Treasured Memories: Scrapbooks, Keepsakes & Souvenirs - Highlights personal keepsakes & memorabilia from the early 1900s. Closes 10/31. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.
100 W. King St., Pottstown; 610-326-4014.
. Built in 1752 for John Potts, ironmaster & founder of Pottstown; reflects lifestyle & times of the Potts family. The Ironmaster's Craft - Learn how iron was produced & used by the Potts family. Closes 7/27. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.
9 Creek Rd., Drexel Hill; 610-237-8064.
. This piece of America's past, located along the banks of Darby Creek, was over 100 years old at the time of the American Revolution & is believed to have been built (sometime between 1638 & 1655) by early Swedish settlers as part of the New Sweden colony. Call for group tours or appointments.
515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134.
. Native Woodland Walk & Blue Trail Ramble - Guided walk through two areas of the arboretum. 5/27 9:15-10:30 am. Spring Bird Walk. 5/28 8:15-10:15 am. Wednesday Wildflower Walks - Head out to the trails with experts Richard Brenner & Dick Cloud. 610-566-9834. 5/28 11 am-1 pm. Cocktails Al Fresco - An evening of wine & food in beautiful surroundings. $20. 5/29 6-8 pm. $5; $3 children 3-15; free for children under 3. Daily 8 am-dusk.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia; 610-783-1099.
Ranger-Led Walking Tours - Learn more about the critical years of the American Revolution (1777-1778) during this 40-minute guided walk. Weather permitting. Daily 11:50 am & 1:50 pm. Living History Demonstrations also offered. Daily 6 am-10 pm.
Washington Crossing Historical Park/ Memorial Building Auditorium
1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-4076.
. Tours begin on the hour. Memorial Day Service - Ceremony honoring military personnel. Major General Wesley Craig will be the keynote speaker. 5/26 10 am. $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." Special exhibition of Esherick's woodblock prints in the Visitor Center Gallery. $10; $5 children under 12. Reservations required prior to visit. Mon.-Fri. (groups only) 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.
Wings of Freedom Museum
1155 Easton Rd., Willow Grove; 215-672-2277.
. See some of the world's rarest aircraft among this collection of over 15 restored jets & helicopters. Highlights include North America's only Messerschmitt Me262B jet trainer, an experimental Navy YF-2Y jet seaplane, world class collections of aircraft models & flight gear, exhibits on women in aviation, 100 years of flight, interactive exhibits for kids. Guided tours available. Wed. 10:30 am-3 pm; Sat.-Sun. 10:30 am-4 pm.
1 Aquarium Dr., Camden; 866-451-2782.
. Features a number of interactive attractions including Touch-a-Shark, Creature Feature, Feather Ridge, Rainforest Rendezvous & Interactive Inlet, as well as 4D Theater, West African River Experience (featuring the Aquarium's hippos, Button & Genny) & more. $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.
. Experience what life was like aboard our nation's most decorated battleship. Explore the "Big J" at your own pace. Check out newly-opened areas such as the brig & barber shop. Family Encampment - Spend a night on the legendary Battleship New Jersey. Reservations required: 866-877-6262 ext. 203. $50.95 inlcudes dinner, tour & breakfast. Fri. 5 pm-Sat. noon; Sat. 5 pm-Sun. noon. The Holocaust & Genocide: The Betrayal of Humanity - History of the Holocaust & its continuing legacy. Closes 6/15. $15-$19; $10.50-$13 veterans, seniors, ages 6-11; free active military in uniform, ages 5 & under. Daily 9 am-5 pm.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden's La., Lambertville; 609-737-3299.
Hayrides - Horse-drawn hayrides. Other activities will include games & crafts. 5/24 11 am-3 pm. Spring Hatchery Program - Activities include feeding & watering animals, collecting eggs, storytelling, crafts & more. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State Rd., Trenton; 609-292-6464.
. On extended view in Auditorium Galleries: Fossil Mysteries, the CSI of Paleontology; Cultures in Competition - Indians & Europeans in Colonial America. Alcove Gallery exhibit: Trenton - Crucial Crossroads. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-4:45 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm. Donations accepted.
South Jersey Museum of American History
123 E. High St., Glassboro; 856-442-0688. Includes artifacts from the Pre-Columbian through the Colonial era, antique hand tools, glass & comprehensive Political History exhibit. $4; $3 children. Wed.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 10 am-3pm.
Washington Crossing State Park
355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 609-737-0623. 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. Daily 9 am-4 pm.
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover; 302-734-1618.
. Eye to the Sky: Climate & Crops - Discover how farmers, past & present, anticipate weather changes. Closes 10/31. $5; $3 seniors & students; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.
Delaware Museum of Natural History
4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington; 302-658-9111.
. Animal Secrets - Exhibit on the hidden lives & habitats of animals like chipmunks, eagles & bats. Closes 9/1. $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.
. Features a number of exhibits that chronicle 200 years of DuPont Company history. Give It Your Best: Workplace Posters in the United States - Over 70 posters from the Hagley's collections. Closes 1/4. $11; $9 seniors, students; $4 ages 6-14; free under 6. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
Museum of Small Town Life
316 South Governors Ave., Dover; 302-739-4266. Sealed in Glass, Stone & Tin - 19th-20th century Delaware-made & used containers from the state's canning industry will be showcased. Closes 12/31. Donations accepted. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-4:30 pm; Sun. 1:30 pm-4:30 pm.
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Route 52, Winterthur; 800-448-3883.