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Upcoming Events

Philadelphia as a Safe Haven for Refugees

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm


City in a Park Book Talk

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us in partnership with Temple University Press for a public lecture by author James McClelland and Lynn Miller and special guest Kathryn Ott Lovell, Commissioner of Parks and Recreation, to discuss the history of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System and how national urban parks connect citizens to nature atop  the Museum's walkable map of Philadelphia!

Walk Around Philadelphia Story Sharing

Friday, May 6, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Four local artists spent five and half days walking around the entire border of Philadelphia.This 102.7 mile journey explored incorporating community into art-making, borders and the contrasts around them, and the sensation of walking great distances to become familiar with different places. It proved a fascinating and inspiring adventure full of surprises, and they want to share it with you!

Walk Around Philadelphia Story Sharing

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Four local artists spent five and half days walking around the entire border of Philadelphia.This 102.7 mile journey explored incorporating community into art-making, borders and the contrasts around them, and the sensation of walking great distances to become familiar with different places. It proved a fascinating and inspiring adventure full of surprises, and they want to share it with you!

Diverse Reads in partnership with AL DIA

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Young Friend's Tavern Talks

Thursday, March 31, 2016 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

Join us for the inaugural Tavern Talks discussion and tasting in partnership with the Museum of the American Revolution. This revolution era themed soiree held in the Philadelphia History Museum’s Main Gallery begins at 5:30p.m. and features live jazz music by The Hot Club Philadelphia, local fare and local sips, whiskey and rum tasting, and a history-themed raffle. A program on 18th century tavern culture and an exclusive look at items from the Philadelphia History Museum’s American Revolution collection complete the evening.

Power Couples: 1682-1873

Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

What did William Penn, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Ross, Richard Allen, and Stephen Smith have incommon? They each had wife who brought a range of skills to the marriage that enabled the couple to create critical support networks, sustain the family economy, educate a younger generation, run complex households and businesses, sustain family life through war and peace, and confront or support slavery. Together they built a city and a nation.

Philadelphia Television: Past, Present & Future

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

The history of Philadelphia television is the history of television in America. Join us for an evening of "remember when..." as we explore Philadelphia's robust television legacy with a panel discussion featuring author of Images of America: Philadelphia Television, Bill Shull, and local legends Mike Strug, Trudy Haynes, and Gene London.

Museum Historian Dr. Cynthia Little will also present additional material from the Museum's Neil Benson Photographic Collection. Lite refreshments will be provided.

Diverse Reads in partnership with AL DIA

Thursday, February 18, 2016 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Quest for Freedom Public Program

Friday, February 12, 2016 - 2:00pm

Founding Friendships Book Talk & Signing

Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us on December 3 in partnership with Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks  (PhilaLandmarks) at the Powel House. Cassandra Good, author of Founding Friendships, will discuss the nature of friendships in late 18th and early 19th Century America, including the relationship between George Washington and prominent Philadelphian Elizabeth Powel.

Happy 70th Birthday Slinky!

Saturday, November 21, 2015 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Join us for a day of celebrating Philadelphia's own Slinky! The first 50 visitors will receive birthday cupcakes and refreshments. Slinkys will be available for purchase. 

Schoenhut Collectors Conversation

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Exclusive Members Only Bus Tour

Saturday, October 3, 2015 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm

UPDATE: THE TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELED.
For further information or ticket refunds please call 215.685.4808.

Pay What You Wish Admission!

Saturday, July 4, 2015 - 10:30am - 4:30pm

The Philadelphia History Museum will be open and "pay what you wish" on Saturday, July 4, 2015. Specially created Revolutionary War Gallery Guides will be available at the admissions desk. The Museum will also live stream the Independence Day parade in the Main Gallery.

Free Admission & Go 4th and Learn as part of Wawa Welcome America 2015

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 10:30am - 4:30pm

Go 4th & Learn about Philadelphia at the Philadelphia History Museum!

Enjoy free admission, special readings, book giveaways and educational fun! The first 300 children will receive a free book courtesy of Duffy Books in Homes USA between 10:30a.m.-12:30p.m. in the Museum's Garden.

In partnership with PECO.

Learn more aboit Wawa Welcome America! here.

The German Society of Pennsylvania: Celebrating 250 Years, Opening Reception

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Join us for an evening at the Philadelphia History Museum to celebrate the opening of The German Society of Pennsylvania: Celebrating 250 Years!

Thursday, May 6, 2015
6:00 to 8:00 p.m., (Doors open at 5:30 p.m.)
Community History Gallery
15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia

The reception will include traditional fare, refreshments and a special presentation by the Franklinville-Schwarzwald Männerchor, a local German all-male choir.

Free Film Screening & Discussion feat. Created Equal? The Abolitionists: Radicals. Agitators. Troublemakers. Liberators.

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Arrive early to view Museum Galleries.
  • Following the film, Dr. Lawrence Little, Associate Professor of History at Villanova, will discuss how the issues and themes raised in the film relate to current events.
  • Objects from the Museum's collection will be on display during the program, including a "free labor" girl's dress circa 1840.
  • The program is FREE. Pre-registration is requested. Please email events@philadelphiahistory.org. 

Philadelphia Power Couples 1682-1873

Saturday, March 21, 2015 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm

What did William Penn, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Ross, Richard Allen, and Stephen Smith have in common? They each had wife who brought a range of skills to the marriage that enabled the couple to create critical support networks, sustain the family economy, educate a younger generation, run complex households and businesses, sustain family life through war and peace, and confront or support slavery. Together they built a city and a nation.

The program is free with admission to the Museum. Museum Members receive free admission.

Historic Play Sights: A Guided Trolley Tour with Dr. Deborah Shine Valentine

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 9:30am - 12:00pm

Join us for a guided trolley tour of historic play sites with Dr. Deborah Shine Valentine, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education at Saint Joseph’s University.

The morning will begin with coffee and muffins at the Museum where How Philly Plays: 115 Years at Smith Memorial Playground, an exhibition of Smith’s history, is on display in the Community History Gallery.

Quest for Freedom Public Program

Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

In honor of Black History Month the Museum is offering Quest for Freedom, a program exploring Philadelphia’s anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements through the stories behind eight objects and documents in the Museum’s collection. The program, held on the world’s largest walkable map of Philadelphia, is suggested for families with children eight and older.

Pay What You Wish Holiday Weekend 12/26-12/27

Friday, December 26, 2014 - 10:30am - Saturday, December 27, 2014 - 4:30pm

Bring friends, family and visiting holiday guests to the Museum to celebrate the season on Friday, December 26 and Saturday, December 27 during regular Museum hours and pay what you wish!

Stick-lets Family-Friendly Hands on Workshop

Saturday, December 6, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

By using eco-friendly and hands-on renewable resources, sticks and dowels, in conjunction with the reusable and safe silicone joints Stick-lets children can stretch their imaginations through the simple act of lashing together sticks and dowels with the colorful Stick-let building tool. The flexible nature of these six unique shapes gives children the freedom to build forts, tunnels, toys, animal kingdoms, and much more.

Smith Playground Conversation with Dr. Deborah Shine Valentine

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount Park is an often-hidden Philadelphia treasure. Home to a huge mansion built as a playhouse, six acres of natural play space and unique play equipment, it is a place that has consistently served all of Philadelphia’s residents, regardless or race, religion or class since its opening in 1899. Using photographs and stories from the playground’s archives, Dr.

Conversations: Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia and Live Painting with Pop Artist Perry Milou

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for an evening with author Thom Nickels as he reveals the intriguing characters and everyday citizens who have made Center City Philadelphia’s history legendary. Legendary Locals of Center City Philadelphia shares the stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history. Accompanying the discussion will be a live painting by Philadelphia artist Perry Milou.

About Perry Milou Perry

Scribe Muslim Voices, Film Screening

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for a Film Screening of Muslim Voices of Philadelphia in partnership with Scribe Video Center.

Films include The Mosque is the Heart of Fellowship, A Place to Call Home, and Get to Know Us: Keeping Islam Simple and Serving the Common People.

Following the screening, film participants will host a question and answer session.

The program is FREE. Pre-registration is required.

Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn, Conversation with Jean R. Soderlund

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for an evening at the Philadelphia History Museum for Conversations: Lenape Country: Delaware Valley Society Before William Penn, with Jean R. Soderlund and Film Screening by History Making Productions in partnership with The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

About the book:

How Philly Plays: 115 Years at Smith Memorial Playground, Opening Reception

Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for the opening of How Philly Plays: 115 Years of Smith Memorial Playground!
Thursday, October 9, 2014
5:30-7:30 p.m.

This event is FREE. Registration is required. Click here.
Light refreshments will be served.

About the Exhibition

Smithsonian Magazine's Tenth Annual Museum Day Live! & Museum Book Sale

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 10:30am - 4:30pm

The Philadelphia History Museum will be FREE to all Smithsonian Museum Day Live! ticket holders on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Museum will also host its bi-annual Book Sale, in the Main Gallery, from 11:00-4:00 p.m. All publications will be priced at $1.00.

Making Philadelphia Home, Newcomer Neighborhoods Past and Present in partnership with MOIMA and xCultural Passport to PHL Week

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 10:30am - 4:30pm

Join the Philadelphia History Museum and the Philadelphia Mayor's Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs (MOIMA) to celebrate immigrant heritage and cultural diversity during xCultural Passport to PHL week! The program "Making Philadelphia Home, Newcomer Neighborhoods Past and Present" will explore waves of immigration and settlement patterns in Philadelphia. Using the Museum's large walkable map of Philadelphia attendees will be able to locate various neighborhoods and share experiences.

The program will run at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Exclusive Members Tour of Philadelphia 1864: The Year of Decision, at The Heritage Center of the Union League

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Tours will be given of the Exhibition and the League Art Collection by Foundations of the Union League Director John Meko and Director of Education and Programs Jim Mundy.The exhibition features 24 rare objects from the History Museum's collection and focuses on Philadelphia's essential role in the Civil War.

A wine reception will follow.

Please RSVP by Friday, August 22 to events@philadelphiahistory.org or call 215.685.4827. We look forward to seeing you there!

Made to be Played, Opening Celebration

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for an evening at the Philadelphia History Museum, in celebration of the exhibition Made to be Played, showcasing radios Philadelphia made and the world played!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Philadelphia History Museum, Main Gallery
15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia

$10 General Admission; Museum Members FREE.

Pay What You Wish Admission!

Friday, July 4, 2014 - 10:30am - 4:30pm

The Philadelphia History Museum will be open and "pay what you wish" on Friday, July 4, 2014. Specially created "Rebels & Loyalists" Gallery Guides will be available at the admissions desk. Guides will also be available on the Museum's Blog.

Members Opening: Made to be Played

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join us for a special Members Preview of Made to be Played, an exhibition showcasing radios Philadelphia made and the world played. Presented in recognition of a generous gift of vintage radios from collector Roy Shapiro.

Light refreshments will be served. 

RSVP required. Click here.  

Semi-Annual Book Sale

Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

During this one-day-only event, held in the Museum's Garden, browse through dozens of titles ranging in scope from children's books to publications perfect for Philadelphia fans and history buffs alike. Museum members receive an extra 10% off already reduced merchandise.

Not a member? Join today! For more information call 215.685.4827 or visit www.philadelphiahistory.org

An American Story: South Asian Americans in Philadelphia

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

An American Story: South Asian Americans in Philadelphia

Hear our stories and share your own!

Join us on May 29th for our second SAADA Community Forum in Philadelphia! All are welcome!

2014 Fredric M. Miller Lecture

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

UPDATE: The lecture has reached seating capacity. Please check back for future Museum programming.

A Hunger for Memory and Thirst for Justice:
Nourishing Consciousness and Awakening Imagination

Members Tour of the exhibition Philadelphia 1864: The Year of Decision

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

UPDATE: *This tour has reached capacity. Please check back for future member events*

Join us for an exclusive Members Tour of the exhibition Philadelphia 1864: The Year of Decision

Wednesday, April 30, 2014
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Heritage Center at the Union League
140 South Broad Street

Tours will be given by Heritage Center Director John Meko and Director of Education and Programs Jim Mundy. The exhibition features 24 rare objects from the History Museum's collection.

APT Lecture Series: Philadelphia, Today & Tomorrow

Monday, March 31, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Philadelphia, Today & Tomorrow
Meryl Levitz, President and CEO of Visit Philadelphia
Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Planning

APT Lecture Series: The Parkway & the Modern City

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Parkway & the Modern City
David Brownlee, Professor, University of Pennsylvania

Tell Your Northern Liberties Story!

Monday, March 24, 2014 - 6:00pm - 7:45pm

Location: Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Neighborhood Library, 600 W. Girard Avenue · Philadelphia, PA 19123-1311  

Add your voice to the “Stories of Northern Liberties” book that is part of the exhibit Northern Liberties: From Word’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between located in the Museum's Community History Gallery.

Young Friends History Happy Hour at Dock Street

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Calling all Young Friends of the Philadelphia History Museum! Join us at the Dock Street Brewing Company- first round of drinks is on us!

The evening will feature a tour of the brewery, the opportunity to connect with other young professionals with a passion for history, and information on the Museum's annual Cocktails in the Courtyard garden party.  

Not a Young Friend? Join today!

APT Lecture Series: The Civil War & the Great Centennial

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Civil War & the Great Centennial
Anthony Waskie, Professor, Temple University

APT Lecture Series: The Industrial City

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Industrial City
Jeffrey Cohen, Senior Lecturer at Bryn Mawr College

Conversations: Northern Liberties in Words and Film

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 2:00pm

Readings about Northern Liberties by Matt Ruben, Nathaniel Popkin, Stephan Salisbury, Elaine Krasnow Ellison, and Harry Kyriakodis. Film Screening: Northern Liberties: Destitute Urban Carnival Reborn! By John Thornton, a 30- minute film made in 2011 about Northern Liberties.

Registration is required. Click here to register. Ticket includes access to all Museum galleries.

APT Lecture Series: Slavery, Freedom & Leadership

Monday, March 3, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

LECTURE POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER

Slavery, Freedom & Leadership
Diana D. Turner, Curator, Charles L. Blockson Collection

APT Lecture Series: Early Capital to Athens of America

Monday, February 24, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Early Capital to Athens of America
Charlene Mires, Professor of History at Rutgers University and co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

Quest for Freedom Public Program, Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday, February 22, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

In honor of Black History Month the Museum is offering Quest for Freedom, a program exploring Philadelphia’s anti-slavery and Underground Railroad movements through the stories behind eight objects and documents in the Museum’s collection. The program, held on the world’s largest walkable map of Philadelphia, is suggested for families with children eight and older.

Northern Liberties: From World’s Workshop to Hipster Mecca and the People in Between, Exhibition Opening

Thursday, February 20, 2014 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
  • View the Exhibition
  • See additional artifacts shared by neighborhood residents and hear the Northern Liberties stories they tell
  • Remarks by Matt Ruben, President, Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, Artist and Exhibition Curator Jennifer Baker, and Museum Executive Director and CEO Charles Croce
  • Pizza and refreshments provided by Rustica and Philadelphia Brewing Company

APT Lecture Series: Franklin's Philadelphia

Monday, February 17, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Franklin's Philadelphia
George Boudreau, Associate Professor of History and Humanities, Penn State, author Independence: A Guide to Historic Philadelphia

Pay What You Wish Holiday Weekend 12/26-12/28

Thursday, December 26, 2013 - 10:30am - Saturday, December 28, 2013 - 4:30pm

Bring friends, family and visiting holiday guests to the Museum to celebrate the season between Thursday, December 26 and Saturday, December 28 during regular Museum hours and pay what you wish!

Annual Holiday Book Sale!

Saturday, December 21, 2013 - 1:00am - 4:30pm

Join us for a day of city history, great gifts and holiday treats!

During this one-day-only event browse through dozens of titles ranging in scope from children's books to publications perfect for Philadelphia fans and history buffs alike.

Museum members receive an extra 10% off already reduced merchandise. Not a member? Join today! For more information call 215.685.4827 or visit www.philadelphiahistory.org

Stories in Silver: Gifts that Gleam Opening Reception and Curator Discussion

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Philadelphia History Museum 15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tickets $10, Museum Members FREE
RSVP by December 10 here.

Toddler Days Story Hour

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 9:30am - 10:30am

Other dates, Tuesdays, 10, and 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

Join us for a reading of The Nutcracker story in the Museum's Main Gallery on our map of Philadelphia. 

Activity and coloring worksheets will be provided. 

Behind the Scenes of The Nutcracker Exhibition Opening Reception

Thursday, November 14, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Experience the magic of the holidays!

Join us for a family friendly opening reception of the exhibition Behind the Scenes of The Nutcracker!

  • View the exhibition
  • Meet dancers from The Nutcracker Ballet and learn about their experiences on and behind the stage
  • Enjoy Nutcracker nibbles

Thursday, November 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Young Friends History Happy Hour: Exhibition First Look AUTHentic Philly: Tony Auth's Cartoons of Philadelphia

Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Calling all Young Friends!

Click here to RSVP. Not a Young Friend? Bring this flyer to the event and receive $5 off of a new Young Friend Membership or renewal!

Preservation Alliance and History Museum Host Designation Celebration

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

The Philadelphia History Museum and The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia invite you to attend a reception to celebrate the recent addition of 15 properties to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, nine of which were submitted or funded by the Preservation Alliance. The new additions to the Philadelphia Register represent a cross section of Philadelphia, both historically and culturally, ranging from Shofuso Japanese House and Garden to Joe Frazier’s Gym.

The Designated Properties include:

Exhibition Opening: AUTHentic Philly: Tony Auth's Cartoons of Philadelphia

Friday, October 11, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm


The Philadelphia History Museum invites you to the opening of
AUTHentic Philly: Tony Auth's Cartoons of Philadelphia
 

Friday, October 11, 2013
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Philadelphia History Museum
15 South 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Tickets $10, Museum Members FREE
RSVP by October 10 here

Smithsonian Museum Day Live

Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 10:30am - 4:30pm

The Philadelphia History Museum will participate in Smithsonian Museum Day Live! 2013, on Saturday, September 28. Join us for the national cultural celebration! The Philadelphia Freedom Band will be on hand to provide musical entertainment throughout the afternoon. Museum Day Live! ticket holders will also receive a 10% discount on Museum merchandise. To print your Museum Day Live! ticket, click here.

Member Appreciation Day 2013, Thursday, September 26

Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 11:00am - 7:30pm

The Philadelphia History Museum invites you to a day-long celebration in your honor!

Join us for Member Appreciation Day 2013 as we celebrate and thank Museum Members who have supported the Philadelphia History Museum during our renovation and grand re-opening year.

Philadelphia's Gayborhood Walking Tour

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:30pm

Join the History Museum and the William Way LGBT Community Center for a tour of Philadelphia's Gayborhood, in conjunction with the exhibition, Private Lives in Public Spaces, in the Museum's Community History Gallery.

Walking Encyclopedia Tours: Living in the Industrial Neighborhood: Philadelphia’s Harrowgate Section

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Visit Philadelphia's industrial past and explore the changing landscape and communities of an industrial neighborhood on this walking tour presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Meet at the Philadelphia History Museum to join the Encyclopedia's tour project manager, Jacob Downs (M.A., Rutgers-Camden), for a short trip on the Market-Frankford El to the Tioga Street Station and the Harrowgate neighborhood, once a center for dye works, carpet mills, and other textile mills, and one of the most densely populated working-class areas of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia's Gayborhood Walking Tour

Saturday, September 14, 2013 - 11:00am - 1:30pm

*pre-registration will end on Friday, September 13, at 5:00 p.m.

Join the History Museum and the William Way LGBT Community Center for a tour of Philadelphia's Gayborhood, in conjunction with the exhibition, Private Lives in Public Spaces, in the Museum's Community History Gallery.

The Chinese Storytelling Project in Partnership with the National Archives at Philadelphia

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Join the Museum and the National Archives at Philadelphia as we present The Chinese Storytelling Project, a free program. Arrive early to view the Museum's galleries from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Program to follow. The event is free. Please register here.

Surveyor's Historical Society Rendevous 2013 Discounted Admission, August 31, 2013

Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 10:30am - 4:30pm

In town for the Surveyors Rendevous 2013? Don't miss the Philadelphia History Museum. In support of this years conference the Museum will provide a reduced admission of $5 per person to Rendevous group members. Present your Rendevous brochure or other 2013 materials to the front desk upon entry.

Community History Gallery, Private Lives in Public Spaces: Bringing Philadelphia’s LGBT History Out in the Open, Opening Reception

Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

In partnership with the William Way LGBT Community Center, the Philadelphia History Museum will host an opening reception for the exhibition, Private Lives in Public Spaces: Bringing Philadelphia's LGBT History Out in the Open, Wednesday June, 19, 2013.

Conversations: Breweriana, Collecting Beer Memorabilia and Colonial Beer Demonstration

Saturday, June 8, 2013 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Beer drinkers have long enjoyed collecting just about everything with a brewery name or brand on it — what we call breweriana today. Held in conjunction with Philly Beer Week 2013, the Museum presents Conversations: Breweriana, Collecting Beer Memorabilia.

Noted local collectors, Larry Handy and Dale Van Wieren will talk about this fascinating hobby, how it started, why they do it and how you can too. Learn about the history of beer-related objects and what makes certain items rare and valuable.

Conversations: Fading Ads of Philadelphia

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Philadelphianative, designer and author Lawrence O’Toole will discuss his publication Fading Ads of Philadelphia; a beautifully illustrated book which explores Philadelphia’s hidden history through fading advertisements within the city’s landscape. The discussion will explore how ads, divided by neighborhoods, are artifacts of businesses and pieces of Philadelphia’s past, specifically from the late 1800s to the 1960s.

View the Museum galleries from 5:00-6:00 p.m. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m.

History Museum, ECA, and EnergyWorks host Energy Efficient Workshop

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

In conjunction with the History Museum's current Community History Gallery exhibition, Reinventing the Row Home for Energy Efficient Living, by the Energy Coordinating Agency, the Museum, ECA, and EnergyWorks will host the "Energy Efficient Workshop."

During the program, attendees can Learn about low-rate financing for energy efficient home improvements that can help lower your utility bills and make your home more enjoyable. Attendees are eligible to win a FREE home energy assessment valued at $150.00.

Conversations: Capital of the World: Philadelphia's Race to Host the United Nations

Wednesday, April 3, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us for another installment of the Museum's popular Conversations series. Conversations: Capital of the World will explore the newly published book, Capital of the World:The Race to Host the United Nations, written by Charlene Mires, Associate Professor of History at Rutgers-Camden, and a co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. The discussion will be held in conjunction with the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia.

200 Years of Latino History Panel and Discussion

Thursday, March 14, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

The Philadelphia History Museum,  Temple Press, Temple University Libraries, and  AL DIA Newspaper, the leading Hispanic news media in the Philadelphia region, present a program featuring 200 Years of Latino History.

Young Friends History Happy Hour

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Due to the inclement weather forecasted for the Philadelphia region, the Young Friends History Happy Hour has been MOVED TO NEXT WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. 

Community History Gallery Exhibition Members Preview

Thursday, February 21, 2013 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm

February 21, 5:00p.m.-7:00p.m.
Philadelphia History Museum, Community History Gallery

Reinventing the Row Home for Energy Efficient Living

Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, Episode 3, Promise for a Better City, 6ABC Premiere

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 7:30pm

History Making Productions will debut its third episode (of 12) of the documentary series, Philadelphia: The Great Experiment, January 24th beginning at 7:30p.m., on 6ABC.

Lost Philadelphia Book Talk

LOST PHILADELPHIA
Book Talk, FREE
Philadelphia History Museum, Main Gallery

RSVP here.

A nostalgic journey back in time to visit some of the lost treasures that the city let slip through its grasp. 
 

In Honor of African American History Month Explore the African American Experience in Philadelphia

In honor of African American History Month, the Museum invites you to explore the complex history of African Americans in Philadelphia by visiting our online exhibition, "African American Experience in Philadelphia." This compilation of 200 diverse objects from the Museum's collection spans five centuries and illustrates the broad experience of African Americans in Philadelphia, at work and at play, dealing with struggles and celebrating successes.

1st Annual City Social

Join us Tuesday, October 14, 2014 for a fun and festive evening celebrating Philadelphia's rich and diverse history and our city's recently renovated, re-branded and reopened museum!

Tickets will be on sale after August 15, 2014.
For more information click here.