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.

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!

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.

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.

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