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Artifacts and items from a mysterious ancient culture on display at the Penn Museum
Through November 1, 2015View More
Dig into the history of a lost Panamanian society during Beneath the Surface: Life, Death and Gold in Ancient Panama at the Penn Museum. Explore the art and artifacts of the Coclé, a sophisticated ancient culture that laid undiscovered until the 20th century.
Philadelphia Museum of Art is the only place in the U.S. stop to view this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition
Through September 13, 2015View More
This groundbreaking special exhibition will showcase more than 80 works by Monet, Pissarro, Renoir, Sisley, Degas, Manet and others to trace Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel’s role in the development of impressionism.
Unprecedented collection of Japanese artwork only on view in Philadelphia
Open through May 10View More
Explore the beautiful works and artistry of Japan’s most influential and enduring school of painters during an exclusive exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Acclaimed art exhibition created entirely from LEGO®
Through October 4, 2015View More
An art exhibition unlike any you’ve ever seen, The Art of the Brick at The Franklin Institute features the world’s largest collection of art created entirely from the popular toy.
Comprehensive exhibition of influential painter and friend to Dr. Barnes
Open through February 16View More
The Barnes Foundation is hosting the first comprehensive survey of painter William Glackens in nearly half a century. William Glackens, brings together more than 90 works from public and private collections throughout the U.S., including paintings and works on paper never before shown in public.
Never-before-seen sketches on view for a limited time
April 10 – May 18View More
Two unfinished sketches by Paul Cézanne, discovered on the reverse sides of two existing Cézanne watercolors, will be on display at The Barnes Foundation from April 10 to May 18.
Intimate images of the Kennedy family
Open through September 7View More
This February, one of American history’s most compelling figures will be explored in the exhibition Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe, a collection of rarely seen photographs of President Kennedy, his wife and their children.
The only U.S. stop for this traveling exhibition highlighting science, storytelling and art
May 30 – June 6View More
Take a sensory journey into the future at The Oval this spring during the never-before-seen traveling exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies.
The first major Pippin exhibition in the U.S. in two decades
April 25-July 19View More
Horace Pippin: The Way I See It at the Brandywine River Museum of Art will be the first major exhibition of the artist’s works in the country in more than 20 years. It will feature more than 60 works reflecting life in the African-American community.
Check out a dozen models of America’s first motorcycle engineered by a Swedish-American immigrant
April 12 – August 23View More
Learn about how a Swedish immigrant engineered the first American motorcycle — and check out 12 authentic models from 1901 to 1953 — at Indian Nation at the American Swedish Historical Museum.
An immersive garden-wide after-dark installation
Through October 31, 2015View More
The chance to see stunning sights at Longwood Gardens will continue after dark in the summer and fall of 2015 with the launch of the immersive after-dark-only installation Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience.
Celebration of compelling works from innovative African American artists
Open through April 5View More
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is highlighting its exceptional collection of works by renowned African American artists during Represent: 200 Years of African American Art.
A first-of-its-kind exhibit on gay rights
Through January 3, 2016View More
Speaking Out for Equality: The Supreme Court, Gay Rights, and the Constitution at the National Constitution Center explores the gay-rights movement through the constitutional “conversations” that have framed the struggle for equality.
American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920
Open through May 24View More
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host The Artist’s Garden: American Impressionism and the Garden Movement, 1887-1920, a new exhibition examining when the world of art and the world of gardening met at the turn of the 20th century.
Celebrate the holidays with your favorite Sesame Street friends
A Very Furry Christmas at Sesame Place is a festive, family-friendly celebration with everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends. The park is transformed into a one-of-a-kind Christmas wonderland with twinkling lights, festive decorations and rides.View More
Center of attention
More neighborhoods need a pace like the A-Space, an anarchist “infoshop” that focuses on the enrichment of its community. Come for the free books, art shows and vegan potlucks, stay for the anti-war think tanks and NORML meetings.View More
The largest collegiate regatta in the United States
May 8-9View More
The Aberdeen Dad Vail Regatta is a two-day race held on the Schuylkill River in beautiful Fairmount Park, one of the most famous and scenic rowing routes in the world.
27 acres of amazing art in Montgomery County
When there isn’t a festival, concert or film series at the 27-acre Abington Art Center, visitors can claim a quiet bench under the Katasura trees to contemplate the 24 environmentally themed semi-permanent and temporary sculptures by artists such as Ursula von Rydingsvard, Knox Cummin, Christopher Manzione, Alison Stigora and Jay Walker.View More
1871 by Randolph Rogers
It may seem an unadventurous pose — sitting in a chair, holding a quill pen — but sculptor Randolph Rogers caught Lincoln in a heroic moment, signing the Emancipation Proclamation.View More
One of the world’s foremost natural history museums
The discoveries that rocked the world then and now share four floors of exhibit space in this family-friendly museum that showcases the Academy’s remarkable collections. Learn about scientific discoveries, fossils and come face-to-face with a fully constructed Tyrannosaurus rex at Dinosaur Hall.View More
This is one of the many galleries where students and faculty of Penn’s finearts and architecture programs exhibit their work. Located in Addams Hall, it hosts approximately four openings per semester.View More
The ocean’s secrets revealed at Camden’s riverfront aquarium
The fifth largest aquarium in the country, Adventure Aquarium features nearly 200,000 square feet of marine and wild life, including hippos, a hammerhead shark and more.View More
Feel the magic of the holiday season at Adventure Aquarium in Camden
November 28 – January 1View More
Enjoy the magic of the holiday season during Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Celebration. Get into the yuletide spirit with Scuba Santa and his elves, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer — and, of course, plenty of sharks, fish and sea turtles.
1948 by Paul Manship
To commemorate aviators who died in World War I, sculptor Paul Manship created an open bronze sphere that suggests the heavens and the earth, with intricate intertwined forms evoking the signs of the zodiac.View More
A fun, sophisticated store selling architecture books, unique designer gifts, and creative children’s toys
The AIA Bookstore & Design Center is a recognized leader in architecture books, unique designer gifts, and creative children’s toys. The bookstore is operated by the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, one of the oldest Chapters of the AIA.View More
1934 by J. Otto Schweizer
Finely detailed sculptures of African American military men cluster about an allegorical figure representing Justice, who holds symbols of Honor and Reward. Above, American eagles surround a torch of life. First placed in West Fairmount Park, this work was moved to a prominent position on the Parkway in 1994.View More
Independent, art and foreign films screened in an iconic building
Ambler’s landmark movie theater has been recently renovated — and has more to offer film fans than everView More
The history of rotorcraft flight from the ground up
The 20,000-square-foot hangar full of 70 years’ worth of vintage helicopters is a rotorwing historian’s dream; here, vintage and modern aircraft demonstrate the copter’s roles in war and rescue missions, agriculture and police surveillance. You’ll see the only V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey in the world that’s on public display, and have the chance to climb into some of the helicopters to fiddle with the dials, switches and pedals.View More
Views of science and humanistic thought at Ben Franklin’s intellectual club
Snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall is Philosophical Hall, a brick building erected in the late 1780s that was our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Inside, changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of science, history and art. Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Lewis and Clark journals are among the important documents, scientific specimens, patent models, portraits, maps, rare books and manuscripts that comprise this remarkable collection.View More
Paying tribute to the Delaware Valley’s first settlers
The American Swedish Historical Museum, modeled after a 17th-century Swedish manor, uses a timeline, tapestry and artifacts to tell the story of the New Sweden colonists, who settled the Delaware Valley in the mid-1600s before William Penn.View More