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Where to Experience Living History in Philadelphia’s Historic District

Spots to meet, mingle and grab a selfie with our nation’s celebrated history-makers

Want to mingle with Thomas Jefferson? Snap a selfie with Benjamin Franklin?

Philadelphia's Historic District is filled with fun opportunities to meet some of our nation's most prominent history-makers and hear their stories firsthand – or at least as close to firsthand as can be.

Discover how to experience the Historic District yourself using our guide to ongoing living history happenings. From beer-filled Colonial Tippler's Tours for the 21-plus crowd to witty puppet shows for the kiddos at Carpenters' Hall, there are plenty of hands-on experiences for all ages to enjoy.

Read on to learn about them all!

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Check out 18th-century-inspired activities with George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and others at Colonial Stations.

Spend a hands-on afternoon in the 18th century in the Historic District

May 27 through September 4, 2017 (select dates)
At multiple locations in the Historic District (including Christ Church and Independence Square), visitors can spend the afternoon captivated by characters and activities from the 18th century. Participate in crafting, listen to Colonial-style music and meet Founding Fathers and Mothers such as Benjamin Franklin, Deborah Franklin and George Washington. Other popular free activities include listening to political debates between John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.
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Chat with history-makers at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Costumed historical interpreters on the plaza

A paradise for any American history buff, the Museum of the American Revolution offers an extra special treat for visitors this summer. Every day in July and every weekend in August of 2017, all are invited to come out and engage with costumed historical interpreters on the museum’s outdoor plaza from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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Meet Secretary of War Henry Knox and others at Carpenters' Hall.

The meeting place of the First Continental Congress invites you to join celebrated figures from history indoors

May 27 - September 4, 2017 (select dates)
Before the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, there was the First Continental Congress. In 1774, delegates from 12 colonies gathered at Carpenters’ Hall and voted to support a trade embargo against England, one of the first unified acts of defiance against the King. The building still stands tall and welcomes you inside every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday for a special meet-and-greet with figures from our nation’s history, including Secretary of War Henry Knox.
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