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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.
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
Through December 31, 2015View More
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.
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 13-14, 2016View 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
Through December 31, 2015View 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
Premier performance space at the University of Pennsylvania
As one of the nation’s premier urban performing arts centers on a university campus, Annenberg puts on all genres of cultural performance. Jazz, world music, dramatic touring theater and local Philadelphia artists make the venue a place toexplore “adventuresome perspectives on contemporary issues and timeless ideas.”View More
Philadelphia’s largest outdoor celebration of Puerto Rican and Latino heritage
Sunday, October 4, 2015View More
Join hundreds of spectators on the streets of Philadelphia for a day of music, dancing and fabulous floats during the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade.
Weekend celebration of the orchard harvest in Bucks County
November 7-8, 2015View More
Apple pies, apple butter, apple cider, apple fritters, caramel apples – find these treats and more during the annual Apple Festival at Peddler’s Village.
1804 Quaker meeting house is the largest of its kind in the world
In 1701, William Penn gave the land for the Arch Street Friends Meeting House to the Religious Society of Friends as a burial ground. In 1804, the meetinghouse was constructed, and today it remains the largest building of its kind in the United States.View More
Majestic Methodist church, the oldest structure on Center Square, in the shadow of City Hall
Arch Street United Methodist was organized in 1862 and built on a former coal yard between 1864 and 1870. During most of the 20th century, Arch Street UMC was the resident bishop’s home church and the site of 40 Methodist conferences. Now an active and diverse Center City congregation, it hosts many community and social groups, including regular workshops about Native American heritage.View More
The greatest stories from the greatest storytellers
With a mission to tell “the greatest stories by the greatest storytellers of all times,” the Arden Theatre Company presents an annual season of five mainstage productions and two children’s works.View More
Local artwork takes flight at the Philadelphia International Airport
In 1998, Philadelphia International Airport established an Exhibitions Program — a visual arts initiative to humanize the Airport environment, provide visibility for Philadelphia’s unique cultural life, and to enrich the experience of the traveling public.View More
Annual affordable artwork sale and festival from InLiquid
June 3-5, 2016View More
Enhance your personal art collection without breaking the bank at InLiquid’s annual Art for the Cash Poor, a block party-style art show and sale.
Experience the creation of art along the Schuylkill River
Artists from around the country will showcase their creative process along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill Banks during Art in the Open.View More
Art makers at work
A shop, studio, gallery and tattoo parlor rolled into one, this 2,700-square-foot space provides plenty of working room for its six featured artists. Buyers and browsers get a taste of new gallery work, plus snacks and drinks, every First Friday of every month.View More