Top regional attractions

Posted: September 07, 2007

Top Regional Attractions

Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000. Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes & Other Riches - Exhibit on biodiversity, field research, resource management & Amazon culture. Closes 12/31. $10; $8 seniors, students, military, children 3-12; free for children under 3. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sat.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. Ongoing: New Sweden Colony - Swedish American History from 1638-1655. $6; $5 seniors, students; free for children under 12. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm, Sat.-Sun. noon-4 pm.

Atwater Kent Museum 15 S. Seventh St.; 215-685-4830. Quest for Freedom - Display featuring the Norris dish & other artifacts related to African-American history in PA. Closes 9/12. The Wonderful World of Radio - Vintage radios from museum, Philco & RCA Collections. Closes 9/16. A Great Company in a Great City - Lithographs & paintings from the Cigna Corp. (formerly Ins. Co. of N. America). Closes 12/31. $5; $3 seniors & children 13-17; free for children under 12. Wed.-Sun. 1 pm-5 pm.

Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. Ed Bronstein: Looking Out, Looking In - Landscape paintings of local scenes. Opening reception 9/7. Closes 9/23. Grounds: Daily 10 am-5 pm. Tours: noon-4 pm.

Betsy Ross House 239 Arch St.; 215-627-5343. Circa 1740 Georgian-style home of flagmaker. Joke & Dagger - Staged sword fight & presentation on stage fighting. Sat.-Sun. 1 & 2 pm. Ongoing: Guided & Self-Guided Tours; Colonial Crafters - Spinning & lacemaking demonstrations; Girl Wonder - Find out about the important contributions colonial women made; A Soldier's Story - Hear tales of the Revolutionary war era & see replicas; Optional 25-min audio tour ($4). $3; $2 children under 13. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Christ Church 2nd & Market Sts.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30. Georgian architectural treasure attended by founding fathers. Talks daily. Donations accepted. Mon.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm.

Christ Church Burial Ground 5th & Arch Sts.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30. Final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, other founding fathers, Revolutionary War heroes & famous Philadelphians. Through 12/31 - Revolutionary Women Tour; walking tour of the burial ground. Tours on the hour, last tour at 3 pm. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm, weather permitting.

Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum 1805 Pine St.; 215-735-8196. Saturday Story Hour - Hear exciting stories of the Underground Railroad & Civil War. 9/8 11 am. Ongoing: Abraham Lincoln Collection; The Armory Room; George Gordon Meade Collection; Medical & Surgical Collection; Military Escutcheons; Music & Other Leisure Pastimes; Portraits & Other Art Works; Ulysses S. Grant Collection; $5; $4 seniors; $3 students & ages 3-12; free under 3. Thu.-Sat. 11 am-4:30 pm.

Eastern State Penitentiary 2124 Fairmount Ave.; 215-236-3300. Historic Tour of Eastern State Penitentary - Tours begin on the hour. Alexa Hoyer: I Always Wanted To Go To Paris France. Ann Messner: Penitentiary. Dayton Castleman: The End of the Tunnel. Judy Taylor: My Glass House. Linda Brenner: Ghost Cats. Matthew & Jonathan Stemler: Juxtaposition. Michael Grothusen: Midway of Another Day. Susan Hagen: Untitled. William Cromar: GTMO. Daily 10 am-5 pm, last entry for most tours at 4 pm.

*FREE* Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site Spring Garden St.; 215-597-8780. Guided Tours - Home of the author, 1843-44. Wed.-Sun. 9 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 100 N. 6th St.; 866-574-3727. Money in Motion - History of banking, money & Federal Reserve; interactive displays on currency circulation, counterfeit detection. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm.

Fort Mifflin Fort Mifflin Rd.; 215-685-4167. Civil War Garrison Days - Learn about the lives & routines of Civil War soldiers. 9/8-9/9 10 am-4 pm. $6; $5 seniors; $3 kids 5-12 & veterans; free for kids under 5. Wed.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. Grandparents Heart Health Day - Programs, contests, crafts & activities designed to bring generations together. 9/9 9:30 am-5 pm. View the Night Sky From Franklin Institute's Rooftop Observatory - Watch the moon & stars rise above the Philadelphia skyline. $5. 9/13 7:30-11 pm. Tutankhamun & the Golden Age of the Pharaohs - More than 130 artifacts from tombs including burial objects, royal diadem, coffinettes. Open 9 am-9 pm. Timed tickets. Closes 9/30. $27.50 weekdays, $32.50 weekends. Discounts for seniors, students, military & children. IMAX & other permanent exhibits open daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Franklin Square Sixth & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026. Ongoing: Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel - 30-horse carousel is a great compliment to the rich history of Philadelphia's carousel making. Philly Mini Golf - Features a miniature version of Philadelphia & some of the city's most beloved sites. Daily 10 am-9 pm.

Independence Hall Chestnut St.; 215-597-8974. Guided Tour - Explore this historic example of Georgian architecture. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Independence Living History Center 115 S. Third St.; 215-629-4026. Once Upon a Nation: Storytelling Benches - 13 one-of-a-kind storytelling benches scattered all over the historic district (Map & info available at History Center). Daily 10:30 am-4:30 pm. Once Upon a Nation: Independence After Hours - Fri. & Sat. 5:30 pm. Three-course meal at historic City Tavern, evening tour of Independence Hall & Lights of Liberty Show. Once Upon a Nation - 1776: The Movie-Musical - Fri. 7 pm. Interactive movie-going experience complete with sing-a-longs & props. Once Upon a Nation: Colonial Kids' Quest - Sat. 10 am. Search for clues to solve the mystery of a missing copy of the Declaration of Independence. Once Upon a Nation: Tippler's Tour - Thu. 5:30 pm. Guide shares stories of tavern life in Colonial Philadelphia. Sample drinks at colonial & modern day taverns in Old City.

Independence National Historical Park 6th & Markets Sts.; 215-965-2305. How Did 18th-Century Americans Capture Their Image? - This talk explores how individuals could have their silhouettes made on a physiognotrace. $10. 9/7 7-8 pm. Carpenters' Hall - (Tue.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm). Congress Hall - (Daily 9 am-5 pm). Looking Through Franklin's Eyes - Celebrates Franklin's 300 birthday. Old City Hall - (Daily 11 am-5 pm). Visitor Center - Information on programs, activities, tours. (Daily 8:30 am-5 pm). Most sites free. Daily 8:30 am-5 pm.

Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-925-5439. Music & Motion Dance: Red - Fringe box office: 215-413-1318. Portion of ticket sales donated to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria. $10. 9/8 2 & 8 pm. Regular museum admission: $9; $8 seniors; $6 children 3-12; free for children under 3; free Sun. 10 am-noon. Daily 10 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Laurel Hill Cemetery: The Underground Museum 3822 Ridge Ave.; 215-228-8200. People, Politics & Power: Laurel Hill & The Union League - Learn more about the Union League members who have been long at rest in historic Laurel Hill Cemetery. $15. 9/9 2 pm. Mon.-Fri. 8 am-4:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 am-5 pm.

Laurel Hill Mansion East Fairmount Park; 215-235-1776. Georgian-style mansion built in 1767 by Rebecca Rawle. Tours available. $5.

*FREE* Liberty Bell Center 501 Market St.; 215-965-2305. Home of the Liberty Bell - Exhibits on bell's origins & role as symbol of freedom. Twilight Walking Tour - Meet on Chestnut Street between 5th & 6th Streets; Call for info: 877-444-6777. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Lights of Liberty Show 6th & Chestnut Sts.; 215-542-3789. Outdoor, nighttime sound & light spectacular with surround sound & images projected on historic buildings telling the story of struggle for independence. $19.50; $16.50 seniors & students; $13 children 12 & under. Ben Franklin's Ghost appears as a dramatic, life-size holographic image who answers questions about his life in this interactive exhibit. Exhibit free, open daily 10 am-6 pm.

Masonic Temple One North Broad St.; 215-988-1900. Open for Tours - Built in 1873, this National Historic Landmark is a magnificent example of architecture, art & history. Tue.-Fri. 11 am, 2 & 3 pm; Sat. 10 am & 11 am. Ongoing. Masonic Temple Egyptian Tour - Learn about the splendor of the Masonic Temple's Egyptian Hall & the building's other treasures. Fri. at noon. Closes 9/28. Masonic Temple Library - Esteemed collection for the study of American History & Freemasonry, featuring over 75,000 volumes & 30,000 documents, prints, photos & manuscripts. $8, with individual & group discounts available. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-5 pm; Sat. 10 am-noon.

Museum of the American Philosophical Society 104 S. 5th St.; 215-440-3400. UNDAUNTED: Five American Explorers, 1760-2006 - Five notable explorers with Philly connections who were also part of the American Philosophical Society. Closes 12/28. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

The Mutter Museum 19 S. 22nd St.; 215-563-3737. Ongoing: Gretchen Worden Gallery - Over 200 wet & dry specimens, lantern slides, x-rays. $12; $8 seniors, students, children 6-17; free for children under 6. Daily 10 am-5 pm, Fri. until 9 pm.

National Constitution Center 525 Arch St.; 215-409-6600. 1787 copy on display plus more than 100 interactive exhibits, Signer's Hall, American Natl Tree, theater. Voices for Liberty - Discussion about fighting disease & poverty on the African continent. 9/10 6:30 pm. 9/11 - A Day in the Life of a People - Play reading followed by discussion. Reservations recommended. 9/11 noon. Artifact Cart - Learn more about the behind-the-scenes work that goes on at the museum (Call for program times & locations). $12; $11 seniors; $8 children 4-12; free for children under 4 & military. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-5 pm, Sat. 9:30 am-6 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

National Liberty Museum 321 Chestnut St.; 215-925-2800. We the People - Musical tribute to the spirit, ideas & energy that have defined America. Call for specific performance times & reservations: 800-822-8487 x441. $7; $6 seniors; $5 students; $2 children 5-7; free for children under 5. Free admission every Sun. Open 7 days a week. Self-guided tours only.

*FREE* National Museum of American Jewish History 55 N. Fifth St.; 215-923-3811. Forshpeis - Menus, cookbooks, recipes & other artifacts explore themes of identity, immigration & cultural expression. Closes 10/21. Mon.-Thu. 10 am-5 pm; Fri. 10 am-3 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

The Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard Ave.; 215-243-1100. Grandparent's Day - Celebrate Grandparent's Day with a guided tour of the zoo's animal grandparents & grandkids. Registration required. $10. 9/8 11 am-3 pm. Ongoing: Free-Flight Bird Show - Fast-paced show features massive birds of prey, colorful macaws & more as well as interactive demonstrations. Call for days & times. $12.95-$16.95; free for children under 2. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Polish American Cultural Center & Museum 308 Walnut St.; 215-922-1700. Poland at Arms - Pictorial display of World War II photographs. Closes 11/30. Treasured Customs Celebrated by the Polish People - Closes 11/30. Ongoing: Great Men & Women of Poland - Paintings & Displays. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm.

Ryerss Museum & Library 7370 Central Ave.; 215-685-0544. Asian art & artifacts as well as generations of family heirlooms & paintings. Donations accepted. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

University of Pennsylvania - Morris Arboretum 100 Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777. Wellness Walks - Sat. 10:30 am. Yoga in the Garden - Thu. 7 pm. Please bring a mat or blanket & wear comfortable clothes. Choose 4 or 8 sessions. Garden Railway: Great American Train Stations - Miniature world of model trains features historic buildings created entirely of natural materials. Closes 10/8. $10; $8 seniors; $5 students, children 3-18; free for children under 3. Daily 10 am-4 pm.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology 3260 South St.; 215-898-4000. Select Egyptian galleries will be open Sun.; otherwise, Penn Museum is closed summer Sundays. Adventures in Photography - Photographs of the more than 400 field projects in the Museum's 120-year history. Closes 9/23. Amarna: Ancient Egypt's Place in the Sun - More than 100 artifacts, incl. statuary of gods, goddesses, royalty, jewelry, personal items from royal family. Closes 10/7. $8; $5 students, seniors; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4:30 pm.

Wagner Free Institute of Science 1700 W. Montgomery Ave.; 215-763-6529. Founded 1855, Institute houses Wagner's natural history collection of skeletons, mounted animals, fossils, minerals. $8 donation. Guided tours: $15; $10 seniors; $5 children. Tue.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm.

Brandywine Battlefield Historic Site Route 1, Chadds Ford; 610-459-3342. 52 acres of woodlands, meadows, Washington's headquarters, artifacts, weapons, uniforms. 230th Battle of the Brandywine Reenactment - Historical battle reenactment featuring military clashes, camp life displays, demonstrations, merchants & more. $8; $5 seniors; $4 children 5-17. 9/8-9/9 10 am-5 pm. House tours: $5; $3.50 seniors; $2.50 children 6-17; free for children under 6. Park free. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

Fonthill Museum E. Court St., Doylestown; 215-348-9461. Fonthill Park Walk - Park tour with information on the history of the area. 9/8 10:30 am. $9; $8 seniors; $4 ages 5-17; free for ages under 5. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm. Reservations recommended.

Glencairn Museum 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2993. Saturday Highlights Tour - Tour exhibits & collections focusing on religious history. 9/8 11, 11:30 am, 12:30 & 1 pm.

Longwood Gardens Rte. 1, Kennett Square; 610-388-1000. Everything Autumn - Season-long display of model trains, colorful autumn decor, tractor display, gardening demonstrations & more. Closes 11/18. $16; $14 seniors (ages 62 & over); $6 students (5-22); free for children 4 & under. Sun.-Mon., Wed.-Thu. 9 am-5 pm; Tue., Fri.-Sat. 9 am-10 pm.

The Mercer Museum 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210. Ongoing: Animals on the Loose!: A Mercer Menagerie - Join Mercer's dog, Rollo, in an interactive adventure to find missing artifacts from the collection. $8; $7 seniors; $4 children 5-17; free for children under 5. Mon., Wed.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm; Tue. 10 am-9 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

Parry Mansion Museum S. Main & Ferry Sts., New Hope; 215-862-5652. Guided Tours - Historical home of Parry family from 1784 to 1966. Tours feature rooms decorated with period furnishings & art from 1775-1899. $6; $5 seniors & students 12 & over; $1 students under 12. Open Sat. & Sun. until last weekend in Oct.

Pennsbury Manor 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville; 215-946-0400. Recreated country home of William Penn; provides a peaceful contrast to the hurry of modern American life. Colonial Crossroads Festival - Multicultural festival showcases Pennsylvania's diverse population. $9; $8 seniors, $6 children; $25 families (living in same household). 9/8-9/9 noon-6 pm. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

*FREE* Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. Guided Tour of Pennypacker Mills - Turn-of-the-century mansion & farm of PA's 25th Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker (1903-1907). I Lived Here Too: Hired Help at a Country Gentleman's Estate - Learn what the servants did here long ago. Closes 1/31. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.

Pottsgrove Manor 100 W. King St., Pottstown; 610-326-4014. Guided Tours of Pottsgrove Manor - Built in 1752 for John Potts, ironmaster & founder of Pottstown; reflects lifestyle & times of the Potts family. Cures That Kill - Exhibit on the treatment of illness/injury pre-modern medicine. Closes 10/7. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.

Swedish Cabin 9 Creek Rd., Drexel Hill; 610-237-8064. This piece of America's past, located along the banks of Darby Creek, was over 100 years old at the time of the American Revolution & is believed to have been built (sometime between 1638 & 1655) by early Swedish settlers as part of the New Sweden colony. Call for group tours or appointments.

Thomas Massey House Intersection of Lawrence & Springhouse Rd., Broomall; 610-353-3644. One of the oldest English Quaker homes in PA, built in 1696 by an indentured servant turned landowner. Donations accepted. Open for tours Apr.-Oct., Sun. 1-4 pm or by appointment.

Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134. $5; $3 children 3-15; free for children under 3. Daily 8 am-dusk.

Valley Forge National Historical Park Route 23, Valley Forge; 610-783-1077. Ongoing: Once Upon a Nation: Storytelling Benches at Valley Forge - Located at Welcome Center, National Memorial Arch & Washington's Headquarters. 215-629-4026; Living History Interpreters at Washington's Headquarters & Muhlenberg Brigade; Once Upon a Story: The Story of Valley Forge Tour - 90-minute, open-air trolley tour. Soldier Program. Sat. 12:30 & 2:30 pm. Once Upon a Nation: Valley Forge After Hours - See what nights were like for the Continental Army under the leadership of General George Washington. Reservations: 215-629-4026. Sat. 5:30 pm. Washington's Headquarters: $3. Daily 6 am-10 pm.

Washington Crossing Historical Park/Memorial Building Auditorium 1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-4076. George Washington Contest - Submit one-page letter why you feel you should portray General Washington at park events. Closes 9/16. Ongoing: Tour of Washington Crossing Historical Park - Tours begin on the hour. $5; $4 seniors; $2 children 6-17. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

*FREE* Wings of Freedom Museum 1155 Easton Rd., Willow Grove; 215-672-2277. See some of the world's rarest aircraft among this collection of over 15 restored jets & helicopters. Highlights include North America's only Messerschmitt Me262B jet trainer, an experimental Navy YF-2Y jet seaplane, world class collections of aircraft models & flight gear, exhibits on women in aviation, 100 years of flight, interactive exhibits for kids. Guided tours available. Wed. 10:30 am-3 pm; Sat.-Sun. 10:30 am-4 pm.

Adventure Aquarium 1 Aquarium Dr., Camden; 866-451-2782. Ongoing: 4D Theater - Call for film titles & screening times; Aquarium Adventures - Call for times & prices; Caribbean Currents; Creature Feature; Interactive Inlet; Irazu Falls; Jules Verne Gallery; Ocean Realm; Rainforest Rendezvous; Seal Shores; Shark Realm; Touch-a-Shark; West African River Experience (featuring the Aquarium's hippos, Button & Genny). $17.95; $14.95 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Battleship New Jersey Museum 62 Battleship Pl., Camden; 866-877-6262. Experience what life was like aboard our nation's most decorated battleship. 4D Flight Simulator Ride. Firepower Tour. Guided & Self-Guided Tours Available. Ongoing: Stars Over New Jersey - Historical exhibit about William F. Halsey. $15-$19; $10.50-$13 veterans, seniors, ages 6-11; free active military in uniform, ages 5 & under. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead 1605 Daniel Bray Hwy. (Rte. 29), north of Lambertville (first exit off Rte. 202 toll bridge); 609-397-2752. Agricultural museum in old barn displays 19th-early 20th century artifacts. Exhibits include weaving, kitchen/household, dairy, poultry, garden & woodworking. Other buildings include general store, post office, barbershop & more. Also features vintage tractors, farming equipment & a restored 1850s hearse. Celebration of Farming - Petting zoo, antique vehicles, horse & craft demonstrations, hay rides & more. 9/8-9/9 10 am-5 pm. Donation suggested: $5; $3 seniors & students. May-Oct.: Sun. 1-4 pm; Wed. 9 am-noon. Call on Wed. for info & to arrange group/class tours.

*FREE* Howell Living History Farm 70 Wooden's La., Lambertville; 609-737-3299. Children's Craft Program: Potato Bug - While participating in this craft workshop, children will learn about farming & farm life during the 1890-1910 period. Materials fee: $2. 9/8 11 am-3 pm. Potato Harvest - Public is invited to celebrate the coming harvest season by unearthing a special crop of potatoes. 9/8 11 am-3 pm. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.

New Jersey State Museum 205 W. State Rd., Trenton; 609-292-6464. Fancy Rockingham Pottery: The Modeller & Ceramics in 19th Century America - Features relief-molded ceramics largely from NJ, MD, OH & New England. Closes Spring '08. On extended view in Auditorium Galleries: Fossil Mysteries, the CSI of Paleontology; Cultures in Competition - Indians & Europeans in Colonial America. Alcove Gallery exhibit: Trenton - Crucial Crossroads. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-4:45 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm. Donations accepted.

South Jersey Museum of American History 123 E. High St., Glassboro; 856-442-0688. Includes artifacts from the Pre-Columbian through the Colonial era, antique hand tools, glass & comprehensive Political History exhibit. $4; $3 children. Wed.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm; Sat. 10 am-3pm.

Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 609-737-0623. Features 18th Century Johnson Ferry House, 140-acre natural area & Washington Crossing Visitor Center Museum - Historic exhibits on the Continental Army's crossing of the Delaware River & the Battles of Trenton & Princeton. Wed.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm, Sun. 1-4 pm.

Hagley Museum & Library Rte. 100 & Buck Rd., Wilmington; 302-658-2400. Hagley at Fifty: Exploding With History - Retrospective exhibit. Closes 12/31. Surprising Artistry: Francis B. Crowninshield Watercolors - Images of the three homes where Frank & Louise du Pont Crowninshield dwelt. Closes 12/31. $11; $9 seniors, students; $4 ages 6-14; free under 6. Daily 9:30 am-4:30 pm.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate Route 52, Winterthur; 800-448-3883. Quilts in a Material World - Highlights over 40 quilts from the collection. Closes 9/16. $15; $13 students & seniors; $5 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

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