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.

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.

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 

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.