Academy of Natural Sciences
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000.
. Geckos: Tails to Toepads Opening Weekend - Gecko-themed activities. Meet geckos, have your face painted & make a gecko craft. 5/30-5/31 10 am-4:30 pm. Geckos: Tails to Toepads - Educational exhibit featuring live geckos & interactive displays. Closes 9/7. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.
American Philosophical Society Museum 104 S. 5th St.; 215-440-3400. www.apsmuseum.org. Dialogues With Darwin. Closes 10/17/10. Donations accepted. 10 am-4 pm Fri.-Sun.
American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. www.americanswedish.org. Material Matters: Samples from the Textile Collection - Small assortment of Swedish textiles from the museum's collection. Closes 5/31. $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. Museum closed for renovation until 3/1/10. For info on continuing programs, see website.
Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. www.bartramsgarden.org. Grounds: Daily 10 am-5 pm. Tours: noon-4 pm. Little Explorers - Hands-on experiences regarding gardening, traditional farming, birds & insects. $5. 6/3 10-11:30 am.
Eastern State Penitentiary 22d St. & Fairmount Ave.; 215-236-3300. www.easternstate.org. The vaulted, sky-lit cells of this prison once held many of America's most notorious criminals. $12; $10 seniors; $8 students & children 7-12. Children under 7 cannot be admitted to the site. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
*FREE* Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site Spring Garden St.; 215-597-8780. www.nps.gov/edal. Home of the noted author from 1843-44. Wed.-Sun. 9 am-5 pm. 9 am-5 pm Wed.-Sun.
*FREE* Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 100 N. 6th St.; 866-574-3727. www.philadelphiafed.org. Money in Motion - History of banking. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Closed bank holidays.
The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. www.fi.edu. Galileo: The Medici & the Age of Astronomy - Exhibit on how Galileo & contemporaries impacted science & the world. Includes a number of instruments used by the astronomer. Closes 9/7. $20.75; $19.75 seniors; $14 children. Star Trek: The Exhibition - Featuring sets, props & costumes from the Star Trek television series & feature films. Closes 9/20. $12-$23.75; $11-$22.75 seniors; $9.50-$15.50 children 4-11. Sci-Pass: $14.25; $13.25 seniors, students & military; $11.50 children. Imax & other permanent exhibits open daily 9:30 am-5 pm.
Franklin Square 6th & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026. www.onceuponanation.org. Philly Mini Golf. $8; $6 children. Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. $3; $2 children 3-12; free for children under 2. Daily 10 am-9 pm.
Independence Living History Center 115 S. Third St.; 215-629-4026. www.onceuponanation.org. Colonial Kids' Quest - Search for clues to solve the mystery of a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence. Sat. thru 9/5. $16. Turmoil & Treason: The Path to Independence - Guided tour where you'll encounter 18th-century townspeople with strong feelings on both sides of the Declaration debate. Sat. thru 9/5. $20; $18 seniors, students & military; $15 children 12 & under.
Independence National Historical Park 6th & Markets Sts.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. Once Upon a Nation: Storytelling Benches - 13 one-of-a-kind storytelling benches scattered all over the historic district. Ends 9/7. Most sites free. Daily 8:30 am-5 pm.
Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd. & Walnut St.; 215-413-8655. www.phillyseaport.org. Ongoing exhibits include What Floats Your Boat?, Coming to America, & more. Skin & Bones: Tattoos in the Life of the American Sailor - Uses & significance of tattoos in American sailors' lives & how the art has spread through society. Closes 1/3. $12; $10 seniors; $7 children/students/military; free for children under 2. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
Independence Visitor Center N. 6th St. & Market St.; 800-537-7676. www.independencevisitorcenter.com. Mural Arts Program Public Trolley Tours - Guided tour to experience some of the area artwork. Closes 11/09. Open daily 8:30 am-6 pm.
*FREE* Laurel Hill Cemetery: The Underground Museum 3822 Ridge Ave.; 215-228-8200. www.theundergroundmuseum.org. Outdoor sculptural garden, horticultural gem & unique historical landmark featuring over 75 acres of art & history. 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; $3 seniors; $2 children 6-12. Open 10 am-4 pm weekends.
*FREE* 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. 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. Fri.-Sat. beginning at 8 pm. $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. Sun.-Mon. 10 am-7 pm; Tue.-Sat. 10 am-11 pm.
Masonic Temple One North Broad St.; 215-988-1900. www.pagrandlodge.org. 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. 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. www.morrisarboretum.org. Train Enthusiast's Night - Learn about train history & garden railways, meet & view work of local train artsist & more. Held rain or shine. 6/4 6-8 pm. The Summer Palace - Newly created, original sculpture by Patrick Dougherty, now on display in the Madeleine K. Butcher Sculpture Garden. On display for approx. one year, or as long as it lasts in the natural elements. Andrea Baldeck: The Texture of Trees - Photo exhibit shows how trees provide vital richness & texture in our lives. Closes 9/30. Garden Railway: Great American Lighthouses - Extensive model train layout w/a lighthouse theme. Closes 10/13. $14; $12 seniors; $7 students & youth 3-17; free for children under 3. Daily 10 am-4 pm.
The Mutter Museum 19 S. 22nd St.; 215-563-3737. www.collphyphil.org. Over 200 wet & dry specimens, lantern slides, x-rays & more. $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. 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. Vive la Revolution - Learn about the Founding Fathers' experiences in France & how they affected the birth of the nation. 5/30-5/31 11 am-3:30 pm. $17.50; $16.50 seniors; $13.50 children 4-12; free for active military & children under 4. $12; $11 seniors; $8 children 4-12; free for children 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. Sergey Bunkov - Israeli artist's figurative works explore the dynamic tensions of opposites. Closes 6/1. $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.
*FREE* Polish American Cultural Center & Museum 308 Walnut St.; 215-922-1700. www.polishamericancenter.org. Features exhibits on Polish history & culture, including Great Men & Women of Poland, History: A Tradition of Service & Polish Folk Art. Mon.-Sat. 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. www.museum.upenn.edu. Three gallery floors with art & artifacts from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Polynesia & the ancient Mediterranean world. 40 Winks With the Sphinx - Journey through time & across continents with hands-on opportunities, games & crafts while you explore Egypt, mummies & hieroglyphics. $50 per person. 5/29 5:30 pm overnight to 9:30 am. Tikal: Changing Views of Ancient Maya Urbanism - Lecture on the contributions of Penn Museum's Tikal Project & the current scholarly understandings of this Mayan city. $5. 6/3 6 pm. Suggested donation: $10; $7 seniors; $6 students & children 6-17; 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. www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org. Founded 1855. Houses Wagner's natural history collection of skeletons, mounted animals, fossils. Donation suggested: $8. Tue.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm.
Woodford Mansion 33rd & Dauphin St., East Fairmount Park; 215-229-6115. www.woodfordmansion.org. 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.
*FREE* Woodlands Cemetery at 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. $3-$5. Open daily from dawn to dusk.
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.
*FREE* Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610-459-3342. www.ushistory.org/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. 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. Moo to You - Exhibit of items within the dairy industry donated from local farmers & members of the Chadds Ford Historical Society. Closes 9/6. Tours of the John Chads House - Guided historic house tour. Beehive oven baking most weekends. Closes 9/6. $5; $3 children 12-17; free for children 12 & under.
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. White Alligator - Check out a rare white alligator that will be living at the zoo temporarily. $10.75; $7.75 seniors & children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
Fonthill Museum E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-348-9461. www.fonthillmuseum.org. $9.50; $8.50 seniors; $4 ages 5-17; free for ages under 5. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm. Reservations recommended.
*FREE* Glencairn Museum 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2993. www.glencairnmuseum.org. Saturday Highlights Tour - Tour exhibits & collections focusing on religion & its history. Sat. 11 am-1 pm. Painting With Light - Exhibition on the artists & craftspeople who created Bryn Athyn Cathedral & Glencairn's stained glass. Closes 7/25. $7; $6 seniors; $4 students; free for children 5 & under. Sat. 11 am-2:30 pm. Mon.-Fri. by appt. only.
The Historic Grange Estate 143 Myrtle Ave., Havertown; 610-446-4958. www.thegrangeestate.org. Original Penn land grant settled by Welshman Henry Lewis in 1682. Mansion established in 1700. Grounds: dawn to dusk. Mansion: Sat. & Sun. 1-4 pm.
*FREE* Hopewell Furnace 2 Mark Bird Ln., Elverson; 610-582-8773. www.nps.gov/hofu. Voices of Hopewell - Hear the voices of nine characters at audio stations throughout the village. Ongoing. $4; free for children under 16. Wed.-Sun. 9 am-5 pm. Grounds open daily.
The Mercer Museum 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210. www.mercermuseum.org. Everyday Rhythms - Exhibit on instruments & their histories. Closes 8/31. $9; $8 seniors; $4 children 5-17; free for children under 5. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Tue. till 9 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.
Morgan Log House 850 Weikel Rd., Towamencin; 215-368-2480. www.morganloghouse.org. Listed on National Registry of Historic Places. $3; $2 seniors & children 6-17; free for children under 6.
Pearl S. Buck House 520 Dublin Rd., Perkasie; 215-249-0100. www.psbi.org. The Art & Sculpture of Green Hills Farm - Selections from Pearl S. Buck's personal collection of art w/ a display of the recently recovered 'The Good Earth' manuscript. Closes 11/15. Tue.-Sat. 11 am, 1 & 2 pm; Sun. 1 & 2 pm. $7; $6 seniors; free for children under 6.
Pennsbury Manor 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville; 215-946-0400. www.pennsburymanor.org. Animals at Pennsbury: Then & Now - Meet some of the animals at Penn's plantation, & learn about the lives & contributions of their 17th-century predecessors. 5/31 1-4 pm. Guided tour: $5; $4.50 seniors; $3 children 6-17; free for children 5 & under. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.
*FREE* Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. historicsites.montcopa.org. Civil War Reunion: Lest We Forget Our Past - See a glimpse of the past in the present. Donation suggested: $2 adults. 5/30 10 am-5 pm. 5/31 10 am-4 pm. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.
*FREE* Pottsgrove Manor 100 W. King St., Pottstown; 610-326-4014. www.historicsites.montcopa.org. Domestick Beings: Keeping a House, Making a Home. Closes 2/7. Suggested donation: $2. 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.
Swedish Cabin 9 Creek Rd., Drexel Hill; 610-237-8064. www.swedishcabin.org. 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. Call for group tours or appointments.
Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134. www.tylerarboretum.org. $7; $6 seniors; $4 children 3-15; free for children under 3. Daily 8 am-dusk.
Washington Crossing Historical Park/Memorial Building Auditorium 1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-4076. www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing. 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. The Artist, The Poet & The Centaur - Commemorates the 85th anniversary of the Centaur Press' edition of Walt Whitman's 'Song of the Broad-Axe' with illustrations by Esherick. Closes 8/31. Mon.-Fri. (groups only) 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.
*FREE* Wings of Freedom Museum 1155 Easton Rd., Willow Grove; 215-672-2277. www.dvhaa.org. 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. $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. www.atlanticcityaquarium.com.Tropical Rainforest Exhibit - Frogs, iguanas, stingrays, snakes & more; Super Saturday - Shark & stingray feeding, exotic animal show & diver feeding. Open daily 10 am -5 pm.
Battleship New Jersey Museum 62 Battleship Pl., Camden; 866-877-6262. www.battleshipnewjersey.org. City at Sea Guided Tour - New tour focusing on little-seen parts of the ship. Ongoing. $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.
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. Tours available. $5; $4 students & seniors. Sun. noon-5 pm; Wed.-Fri. 12:30-4:30 pm.
Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead 1605 Daniel Bray Hwy. (Rte. 29), Lambertville; 609-397-2752. www.holcombe-jimison.org. Museum is dedicated to the preservation of Hunterdon County's agricultural heritage. Donation suggested: $5; $3 seniors & students. Reopens in May.
Jenkinson's Aquarium 300 Ocean Ave., Point Pleasant Beach; 732-899-1659. www.jenkinsons.com/aquarium. Gyotaku: Fish Painting - Learn about types of fish & create fish art. $15; $11 children. 5/31 9:30-11 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. www.newjerseystatemuseum.org. Archaeology/Ethnology, Cultural History, Fine Art & Natural History exhibits on extended view in galleries. Legacy of Land & Sea - Exhibit on how New Jersey's diverse resources helped native & colonial New World populations survive. Closes 7/12. 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. www.barracks.org. State & National Landmark built in 1758 by the Colony of New Jersey. $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. Art Work of Students from Camden County College - This exhibit features work from the students at Camden County College. Reception 5/30. Closes 6/28. $4; $3 children. Wed.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 10 am-3 pm.
Tuckerton Seaport 120 W. Main St., Tuckerton; 609-296-8868. www.tuckertonseaport.org. Patriot Pirates - Tales of Plunder & Privateers of Coastal NJ - Exhibit based on the Revolutionary War Privateers of the Jersey Shore. Ongoing. $8; $6 seniors; $3 children 6-12; free for children 5 & under. Daily 10 am-5 pm.
*FREE* Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 609-737-0623. Includes 18th century Johnson Ferry House (historic farmhouse & tavern site). Open 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 12/31. $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. www.delmnh.org.The Horseshoe Crab & Shorebird Connection - Kids can learn about the connection between Delaware's shorebirds & horseshoe crabs, then work on related crafts. $10. 5/30 1 pm. $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. From the Orient - Decorative & fine arts, furnishings & souvenirs from China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka & India. Closes 12/31. $11; $9 seniors, students; $4 ages 6-14; free under 6. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
Masonic Temple 1 N. Broad St.; 215-988-1900. www.pagrandlodge.org. Tours: 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.
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.