Free Museum Days

National Museum of American Jewish History

December 1, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm
101 S. Independence Mall East | Philadelphia

Located on historic Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the more than 360-year history of Jews in America. The Museum invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories and reflect on how their histories and identities shape and are shaped by the American experience.

Penn Museum

December 3, 2017
11:00am – 4:00pm
3260 South St. | Philadelphia

Smile and get into the holiday spirit—international style—at Celebrations around the World, a FREE holiday event Sunday, December 3, 2017, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at the Penn Museum! Gather with family and friends to discover festive holiday traditions from around the world including Diwali, Eid-al-Fitr, Ramadan, and the Mid-Autumn Festival. Grab a Museum “passport” and take off, exploring holiday traditions of multiple countries, including, China, Kenya, the Netherlands, and India. Enjoy a Middle Eastern drum workshop, face painting by the Peanutbutter troupe, a holiday craft station, and treats for the kids!  Indian dance, the colorful art of rangoli, storytelling, and joyous musical performances from the Penn Flutes ensemble and from Daria, offering her World Music for Children, are all part of the celebration, the Museum’s annual holiday gift to the community.

Eastern State Penitentiary

December 7, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm
2027 Fairmount Ave. | Philadelphia

Explore America’s most historic prison! Free Museum Day admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State” Audio Tour narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, Hands-On History interactive experiences, history exhibits, and artist installations.

Capacity is limited. Admittance on a first come first served basis. More info here.

National Liberty Museum

December 9, 2017
10:00am – 5:00pm
321 Chestnut St. | Philadelphia

Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving America’s heritage of freedom by encouraging people to find their own place in the story of liberty. Visitors to the Museum enjoy an inspiring and entertaining experience, as they interact with incredible stories of heroes and a collection of contemporary art.  The National Liberty Museum’s core themes for young people and adults include leadership and good character; diversity and inclusion; peaceful conflict resolution; and civic engagement. Their primary art form is glass art, as it makes the point that freedom is as fragile as glass.