Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000.
. Hadrosaurus Foulkii: The Dinosaur That Changed the World. Closes 4/19. $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; . Closes 12/31. Donations accepted. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.
American Swedish Historical Museum
1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776.
. Lucia Celebration & Julmarknad (Christmas Bazaar). Performance of Swedish dances & songs. Procession of Lucia. $7; $2 children 7-12; free for children 6 with adult. 12/6 noon-4:30 pm. $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.
. Philadelphia at Your Feet - Historical film footage screening. Every Wed., Thu. & Sun. Quest for Freedom - Fri. 2 pm. How Philly Works: Streets as Barometers of Urban Life. Closes 12/28. $5; $3 seniors & children 13-17; free for children under 12. Wed.-Sun. 1-5 pm.
54th St.; 215-729-5281.
. Holiday Greens Sale - Sale of poinsettias, loose greens, wreaths, pine roping & similar. 12/6 10 am-2 pm. Mark Dion: Travels of William Bartram Reconsidered. Closes 1/14. $5; $4 students & seniors; free for children 12 & under. Grounds: Daily 10 am-5 pm. Tours: noon-4 pm.
Betsy Ross House
239 Arch St.; 215-686-1252.
Circa 1740 Georgian-style home of flagmaker. Colonial Holiday Celebration. 12/6-12/7 10 am-5 pm. Story Time With Betsy - Colonial-themed stories for kids. 12/7 11-11:30 am. $3; $2 children under 13; $4 audio guide. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.
Blue Cross RiverRink Penn's Landing
Columbus Blvd.; 215-925-7465.
. Army/Navy Salute. Watch the Army/Navy game on a big screen. 12/6-12/7 noon-4 pm. $7-$8; $3 skate rental. Regular skating sessions: Mon.-Thu. 6-9 pm; Fri. 6 pm-1 am; Sat. 12:30 pm-1 am; Sun. 12:30 pm-9 pm (rink closes occassionally for 1/2 hour for resurfacing).
20 N. American St.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30.
Georgian architectural treasure attended by founding fathers. Donations accepted. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.
Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum
1805 Pine St.; 215-735-8196.
. Features the Abraham Lincoln Collection & more. $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.
. Historic tours include restored cells & Al Capone's Cell. $7.50; $7 students; $6.50 seniors; $4 children over 7. Daily 10 am-5 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.
Second St.; 215-574-0560.
. Deck the Alley Open House - Annual holiday event . $25-$30; $15 seniors; $10-$20 children 6-18; free for children under 5. 12/6 5-8 pm. $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.
Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.
Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
100 N. 6th St.; 866-574-3727.
. Money in Motion. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Closed bank holidays.
Fort Mifflin Rd.; 215-685-4167.
231st Anniversary of Siege & Bombardment of Fort Mifflin - 2 days of activities. $6; $5 seniors; $3 kids 5-12 & veterans; free for kids under 5. Wed.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.
The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200.
. Exhibits include Amazing Machine!, The Franklin Air Show, Franklin. Narnia Family Fun Days - Holiday/Narnia-themed performances, stories, crafts, music & more. 12/6 noon-3 pm. Chronicles of Narnia: The Exhibition - Detailed scenes incorporating actual props & set elements from the movies. Closes 4/19. $22.25, $18.50 seniors, students & military, $17.50 children 4-11 daytime; $10.50, $9.50 children 4-11 evenings. A Sci-Pass (basic admission) is $13.75, $11 for children & seniors; Sci-Pass plus IMAX is $18.75, $16.00 children & seniors. IMAX & other permanent exhibits open daily 9:30 am-5 pm.
6th & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026.
. Holiday in the Square - Visit with Santa Claus, hear stories & ride the carousel. 12/6-12/7 11 am-2 pm. Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. $3; $2 children 3-12; free for children under 2. Fri.-Sun. 11 am-8 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 - 3-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. $30; $25 seniors, military & students.
Independence National Historical Park
6th & Markets Sts.; 215-965-2305.
. Most sites free. Daily 8:30 am-5 pm.
Independence Seaport Museum
211 S. Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St.; 215-413-8655.
. PCMS Concert: Philharmonic Wind Quintet of New York - From the New York Philharmonic. $23. 12/7 3 pm.$10; $7 seniors, children 3-12, college students; $5 military; free for children under 3. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
Independence Visitor Center
N. 6th St. & Market St.; 800-537-7676.
. Breakfast With Ben. Sat. 9 am thru 12/27. $25; $20 children 3-12. Open daily 8:30 am-6 pm.
Laurel Hill Cemetery: The Underground Museum
3822 Ridge Ave.; 215-228-8200.
. The Language of the Dead - Walking tour guided by Dr. Michael Brooks. 12/6 2 pm. $15; $8 students; free for children. Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 am-5 pm.
Liberty Bell Center
501 Market St.; 215-965-2305.
. Home of the Liberty Bell. Daily 9 am-5 pm.
One North Broad St.; 215-988-1900.
. Built in 1873, this National Historic Landmark is a magnificent example of architecture, art & history. Tours: Tue.-Fri. 11 am, 2 & 3 pm; Sat. 10 am & 11 am. $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.
. Winter Wellness Walks - Arboretum guide leads participants down paved paths throughout the Arboretum. Appropriate for all fitness levels. 12/6 10:30 am. Holiday Garden Railway Display - Grand opening 11/29 1-3 pm. Twinkling lights & holiday decor adorn the Garden Railway. Closes 12/31. $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.
. Extraordinary Bodies: Mutter Museum Photographs. 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.
. How Would You Address America? - Conversation with presidential speechwriters about the ideas, themes & values the American public wishes to hear. $15; $7 students & teachers. 12/8 6:30 pm. Headed to the White House - Highlight is a signed copy of the historic race speech given by president-elect Barack Obama. Closes 12/14. $15; $14 seniors; $9 children 4-12; free for active military personnel & children 3 & under (incl. reg. adm.). $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.
. Featured exhibits include Coming to America; Award-winning Dale Chihuly glass sculptures; and From Conflict to Harmony. 12/6-12/7 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. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.
PECO Energy Liberty Center
6th & Chestnut Sts.; 215-542-3789.
. Ben Franklin's Ghost - Dr. Franklin answers questions about his life in this interactive "synthetic interview" exhibit. Daily 10 am-6 pm. Note: Lights of Liberty show closed for the season.
The Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W. Girard Ave.; 215-243-1100.
Ongoing exhibits & attractions. Holidoze Pajama Prowl - Visit a heated, indoor animal house, meet animals up-close-and-personal & make a winter-themed craft to take home. $25. 12/6 6:30-8:30 pm. Santa's Animal Surprises - Santa will give treats & toys to the zoo's penguins, tiger cubs, polar bears & other animals. 12/6-12/7 11 am-3 pm. Winter Wonderland - Discover animals that blend in with the winter landscape. $26 child/adult pair. 12/6-12/7 10-10:45 am, 11-11:45 am. $17.95; $14.95 children; 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. Andrea Baldeck: Himalaya, Land of the Snow Lion - 50 black & white images culled from more than 10,000 images shot by artist during 4 separate journeys to region between 2003-2007. Closes 3/8. $8; $5 students, seniors; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun. 1-5 pm.
Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W. Montgomery Ave.; 215-763-6529.
. Founded 1855. Houses Wagner's natural history collection of skeletons & more. Donation suggested: $8. Tue.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm.
33rd & Dauphin St., East Fairmount Park; 215-229-6115.
. Elegant 18th century summer house. 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 air vehicles. $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. 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.
Elmwood Park Zoo
1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown; 610-277-3825.
. Zooper Holiday Party - Holiday-themed children's craft projects, animal presentations & more. 12/6-12/7 1:30-3:30 pm. Brunch With Santa - Crafts, face painting & photo opportunities. $10; $15 children. 12/9 10-11:15 am. 12/11 10-11:15 am. $9.75; $6.75 seniors & children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-348-9461.
. Graham Cracker Castles - Candy castle-making workshop. $10. 12/6 10:30 am-noon, 1-2:30 pm. Tower Tour for Families - 1st Sat. 10:30 am. Reservations required. 12/6 10:30-11:45 am. $9; $8 seniors; $4 ages 5-17; free for ages under 5. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm. Reservations recommended.
1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2993.
. Glad Tidings: A Celebration of Christmas - International crafts, Christmas stories, performances by Never B's, tour & more. 12/7 1-5 pm. $7; $6 seniors; $4 students; free for children 5 & under. Sat. 11 am-2:30 pm. Mon.-Fri. by appt. only.
Rte. 1, Kennett Square; 610-388-1000.
Ice Skating Shows - National, world & Olympic skaters put on brief outdoor shows. Regular admission plus $5. 12/5 5,6:30 pm & 8 pm. 12/6-12/7 3:30, 5 pm, 6:30 & 8 pm. 12/8-12/11 5 & 6:30 pm. Christmas Celebrations. Closes 1/9. $16; $14 seniors (ages 62 & over); $6 students (5-22); free for children 4 & under. Mon.-Wed. & Sun. 9 am-6 pm; Thu.-Sat. 9 am-10 pm.
The Mercer Museum
84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210.
. Holiday Open House - Caroling & visits with Santa. 12/9 7-9 pm.. $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.
Morgan Log House
850 Weikel Rd., Towamencin; 215-368-2480.
. Listed on National Registry of Historic Places. Colonial Bookbinding Workshop - Learn basic bookbinding techniques. Make a journal with decorative paper & two notebooks. Registration required. $12 includes cost of materials. 12/6 11 am. $3; $2 seniors & children 6-17; free for children under 6.
Pearl S. Buck House
520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie; 215-249-0100.
. Pearl S. Buck Holiday Craft Show - Holiday juried craft show & sale. $2. 12/5-12/7 10 am-4 pm. 30th Annual Festival of Trees Holiday House Tour & Exhibit. Closes 12/31. $8; $7 seniors & students. Tue.-Sat. 11 am, 1 & 2 pm; Sun. 1 & 2 pm. $7; $6 seniors; free for children under 6.
400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville; 215-946-0400.
. Recreated country home of William Penn.$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). Holiday Tour - Experience the Victorian Christmas. Exhibit on vintage decorations. Closes 1/4. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm. 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. 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. Donations accepted. 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. Call for group tours or appointments.
515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134.
. $7; $6 seniors; $4 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). Weather permitting. Daily 11:50 am & 1:50 pm. 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. $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." $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. 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 & more. Fishmas - Christmas decorations, games, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Scuba-Diving Santa & more. Ends 1/4. $17.95; $14.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.
Atlantic City Aquarium
800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City; 609-348-2880.
. Ongoing events include: Dive & Dine - Divers feed some of the resident animals; Tropical Rainforest Exhibit. Open daily 10 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. $19.95; $15 seniors, veterans & children 6-11; free for active military & children under 6. $15-$19; $10.50-$13 veterans, seniors, ages 6-11; free active military in uniform, ages 5 & under. Daily 9 am-5 pm.
1605 Daniel Bray Hwy. (Rte. 29), Lambertville; 609-397-2752.
. Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Hunterdon County's agricultural heritage. Donation suggested: $5; $3 seniors & students. Sun. 1-4 pm; Wed. 9 am-noon.
Howell Living History Farm
70 Wooden's La., Lambertville; 609-737-3299.
130-acre farm is an educational facility. Christmas on the Farm - Featuring St. Nick, his elves & a jingling sleigh loaded with cookies, coal & holiday cheer. $2 for children's craft program. 12/6 12:30-3 pm. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.
300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; 732-899-1212.
. Waddlin' Wonders - Learn about African penguins. $20; $13 children. 12/6 10-11:30 am. Toddler Make & Take - Stories, crafts & interesting animal information. $18 parent-child pair; $8 for each additional participant. 12/9 9:30-10:30 am. $10; $6 seniors & children 3-12; free for children 2 & under. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-5 pm; Sat. & Sun. 10 am-5 pm.
New Jersey State Museum
205 W. State St., Trenton; 609-292-6464.
. Archaeology/Ethnology, Cultural History, Fine Art & Natural History exhibits on extended view in galleries. Culture in Context: A Tapestry of Expression - Features traditional art forms & the folk artists who create them.Closes 1/31. Museum: Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm; Auditorium Galleries: Mon.-Fri. 9 am-4:45 pm. Donations accepted.
Old Barracks Museum
101 Barrack St., Trenton; 609-396-1776.
. State & National Landmark built in 1758 by the Colony of New Jersey during the French & Indian War. $8; $6 seniors, students & children over 5; free for children 5 & under. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
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-3 pm.
120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868.
. Working seaport invites you to learn about commercial fishing, lifesaving, lighthouses, pirates, & Barnegat Bay or take a ride on the Melody II. Family Wednesdays - Learn about the daily life of the baymen & their families. Birding/nature trail walks, walking tour of Seaport, ice cream making & more. 12/10 11 am. Christmas Through the Decades - Seaport decorated for holidays. Closes 1/6. $8; $6 seniors; $3 children 6-12; free for children 5 & under. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
Delaware Archaeology Museum
316 S. Governors Ave., Dover; 302-739-4266. history.delaware.gov/museums/dam/dam_main.shtml.
History Takes a Holiday: Journey Through Advertising - Museum Square presents a festive look at the holiday season through advertisements & wintery settings. 12/6 11 am-3 pm.
Delaware Agricultural Museum & Village
866 N. DuPont Hwy., Dover; 302-734-1618.
. $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.
. Kevin Fleming: Wild Delaware - Photographs by award-winning nature photographer. Closes 12/21. $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. W. Barksdale Maynard: Buildings of Delaware - Maynard discusses his book. 12/10 7 pm. Christmas at Hagley - Display of holiday decorations throughout the museum. Closes 12/31. $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. History Takes a Holiday: Journey Through Advertising - Museum Square presents a festive look at the holiday season through advertisements & wintery settings. 12/6 11 am-3 pm. Wreath-Making Workshop - Learn how to use natural products to create a wreath. Reg. Req.: 302-739-3261. 12/7 2 pm. Donations accepted. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-4:30 pm; Sun. 1:30 pm-4:30 pm.
Winterthur Museum & Country Estate
Rte. 52, Winterthur; 800-448-3883.