Top regional attractions

Posted: September 21, 2007

Top Regional Attractions

Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000. www.ansp.org. 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. www.americanswedish.org. 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. www.philadelphiahistory.org. 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. www.bartramsgarden.org. Ed Bronstein: Looking Out, Looking In - Landscape paintings of local scenes. Closes 9/23. Grounds: Daily 10 am-5 pm. Tours: noon-4 pm.

Betsy Ross House 239 Arch St.; 215-627-5343. www.betsyrosshouse.org. Circa 1740 Georgian-style home of flagmaker. Joke & Dagger - Staged sword fight & presentation on stage fighting. Sat.-Sun. 1 & 2 pm.$3; $2 children under 13. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Christ Church 2nd & Market Sts.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30. www.oldchristchurch.org. 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. www.oldchristchurch.org. Final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, other founding fathers, Revolutionary War heroes & famous Philadelphians.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. www.cwurmuseum.org. 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. www.easternstate.org. Terror Behind the Walls - Elaborate haunted house setup staged within a real prison. Closes 11/3. $30. 9/22 7 pm. 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. www.nps.gov/edal. 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. www.philadelphiafed.org. 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. www.fortmifflin.com. Civil War Garrison Days - Learn about the lives & routines of Civil War soldiers. 9/22 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. www.fi.edu. Tutankhamun & the Golden Age of the Pharaohs - More than 130 artifacts from tombs including burial objects, royal diadem, coffinettes. Open 8:30 a.m.-midnight 9/21 and 9/22. Open 9 am-9 pm. weekdays. Open 8:30 a.m. 9/28 continuously until 11 p.m. 9/30. 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 6th & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026. www.onceuponanation.org. Ongoing: Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel. Fri. noon-8 pm; Sat.-Sun. 10 am-6 pm.

Independence Hall Chestnut St.; 215-597-8974. www.nps.gov/inde/independence-hall-1.htm. 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. www.onceuponanation.org. Once Upon a Nation: Independence After Hours - Three-course meal at historic City Tavern, evening tour of Independence Hall & Lights of Liberty Show. Fri. & Sat. 5:30 pm. $76; $70 seniors, military & students; $50 children 12 & under. 9/21-9/22 5:30 pm.

Independence National Historical Park 6th & Markets Sts.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. 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. Most sites free. Daily 8:30 am-5 pm.

Independence Seaport Museum 211 S. Columbus Blvd.; 215-925-5439. www.phillyseaport.org. Ongoing: Coming to America - Exhibition about immigration. $9; $8 seniors; $6 children 3-12; free for children under 3; free Sun. 10 am-noon. Open daily 10 am-5 pm.

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

*FREE* Liberty Bell Center 501 Market St.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. 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. www.lightsofliberty.org. 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. www.pagrandlodge.org. 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. 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. www.amphilsoc.org. 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. www.collphyphil.org. 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. www.constitutioncenter.org. 1787 copy on display plus more than 100 interactive exhibits, Signer's Hall, American Natl Tree, theater. 2007 Liberty Medal - Awarded jointly to U2 singer & activist Bono & DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa). Free, but tickets required. 9/27 7 pm. $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. www.libertymuseum.org. 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. www.nmajh.org. 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. www.philadelphiazoo.org. Senior Wellness Day - Group walk, nutrition information, health screenings, fitness demonstrations & more. $5. 9/25 9 am-1 pm.$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. www.polishamericancenter.org. Poland at Arms - Pictorial display of World War II photographs. 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. www.morrisarboretum.org. 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. www.museum.upenn.edu. Three gallery floors with art & artifacts from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Asia, the Americas, Africa, Polynesia & the ancient Mediterranean world. Adventures in Photography - Photographs of the more than 400 field projects in the Museum's 120-year history. Closes 9/23. River of Gold: Precolumbian Treasures From Sitio Conte - Precolumbian gold objects, photographs, drawings, film footage, ceramic & more. Opening reception 9/23. Closes 12/16. Confronting Slavery & Freedom Through Archaeology - Talk exploring recent archaeological insights into a Philadelphia home once dwelt in by George Washington. 9/27 6 pm. $8; $5 students, seniors; free for children under 6. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sun. 1-5 pm.

Wagner Free Institute of Science 1700 W. Montgomery Ave.; 215-763-6529. www.wagnerfreeinstitute.org. 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. www.ushistory.org/brandywine. 52 acres of woodlands, meadows, Washington's headquarters, artifacts, weapons, uniforms. 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.

Glencairn Museum 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2993. www.glencairnmuseum.org. Saturday Highlights Tour - Tour exhibits & collections focusing on religious history. Sat. 11 am-2:30 pm.

Longwood Gardens Rte. 1, Kennett Square; 610-388-1000. www.longwoodgardens.org. Biennial Flower Show: Motion - Highlights flower design, horticulture, crafts & displays. Includes a youth division. 9/22-9/23 9 am-6 pm. 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. www.mercermuseum.org. Are We Dressed Yet: Accessories & the Stories They Tell - Exhibit on accessories worn by Bucks County residents of the past. Includes try-on activities & games. Closes 5/31. 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. www.newhopehistoricalsociety.org. 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. www.pennsburymanor.org. Recreated country home of William Penn; provides a peaceful contrast to the hurry of modern American life. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

*FREE* Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. historicsites.montcopa.org. 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. www.historicsites.montcopa.org. 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. www.swedishcabin.org. 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. Call for group tours or appointments.

Thomas Massey House Intersection of Lawrence & Springhouse Rd., Broomall; 610-353-3644. www.thomasmasseyhouse.org. 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.

Valley Forge National Historical Park Route 23, Valley Forge; 610-783-1077. www.nps.gov/vafo. Campfire Program. Dusk. 9/21. Soldier Program. 9/21 12:30 & 2:30 pm. Delaware Valley Amateur Astronomers: View the Heavens - View the Moon, the planets, double stars, star clusters & more through telescopes set up by the DVAA. 610-731-5408. 9/22 7 pm. $15; $9 students, seniors, military; $6 children 11 & under. 9/22-9/23 11 am, 1 & 3 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. www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing. 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. www.dvhaa.org. See some of the world's rarest aircraft among this collection of over 15 restored jets & helicopters. 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. www.adventureaquarium.com. 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. $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. www.battleshipnewjersey.org. 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. www.holcombe-jimison.org. 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. 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. www.howellfarm.org. Children's Program - Hands-on animal activities & craft project. $3. 9/22 10:30 am. Historic District Tours - Tour historic area properties. Pleasant Valley School, 18th-century farmsteads, family burial ground & more. 9/22 10:15 am-3:30 pm. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.

New Jersey State Museum 205 W. State Rd., Trenton; 609-292-6464. www.newjerseystatemuseum.org. Fancy Rockingham Pottery: The Modeller & Ceramics in 19th Century America - Features relief-molded ceramics largely from NJ, MD, OH & New England. Closes 4/30. 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.

Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville; 800-998-4552. www.wheatonarts.org. Paul Stankard & Stankard Studio Exhibition & Sale - Glass art & sculpture. Closes 10/21. Celebrating Connections: Contemporary Glass by Mid Atlantic Artists - Works by over 60 artists on display in the Museum of American Glass. Closes 12/30. Ongoing: Folklore & Folklife Traditions in Down Jersey - Explores some of the many folk traditions one might encounter in South Jersey; $10; $9 seniors; $7 students; free for children 5 & under. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington; 302-658-9111. www.delmnh.org. Ongoing: Coral Reef Exhibit; Life-Size Model of Giant Squid. $6; $5 children 3-17; $4 seniors; free for children under 3. Mon.-Sat. 9:30 am-4:30 pm; Sun. noon-4:30 pm.

Hagley Museum & Library Rte. 100 & Buck Rd., Wilmington; 302-658-2400. www.hagley.org. 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. www.winterthur.org. Wednesdays at Winterthur - Garden walks, talks & demonstrations. Call for information on specific programs. 9/26 11:30 am. Touch-It Room - Children can immerse themselves in early American life by trying out objects commonly found in kitchens, stores & parlors of long ago. Closes 9/30. K is for Kids - Family-friendly exhibition explores intriguing objects in the Winterthur collection & studies early methods of reading education. Closes 7/13. Ongoing: The Campbell Collection of Soup Tureens - Treasure trove of artfully crafted tureens. $15; $13 students & seniors; $5 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

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