Top regional attractions

Posted: February 08, 2008

Top Regional Attractions

Academy of Natural Sciences 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000. www.ansp.org. Ends of the Earth: From Polar Bears to Penguins - Exhibit on the polar regions, featuring artifacts, multimedia displays & interactive elements. Opening weekend 2/9-2/10. Closes 4/27. $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 Philosophical Society Museum 104 S. 5th St.; 215-440-3427. www.apsmuseum.org. Second Sundays - Family-oriented program featuring hands-on natural science, history & art activities. 2/10 11 am-3 pm. Donations accepted. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-4 pm.

American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. www.americanswedish.org. Semlor & Movie - Coffee, semlor & Swedish movie screening. $8. 2/9 1 pm. Closes 3/31. $6; $5 seniors, students & children; 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. Quest for Freedom - Display featuring the Norris dish & other artifacts related to African-American history in Pennsylvania. Fri. 2 pm. Philadelphia's Caribbean Roots, 1790-1800 - Discussion exploring the origins of Philadelphia's Caribbean connections. 2/10 1-5 pm. Philadelphia Abolitionists & the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade - Discussion of city's emerging anti-slave trade in the 1790's. 2/13 6-7:30 pm. $5; $3 seniors & children 13-17; free for children under 12. Wed.-Sun. 1-5 pm.

*FREE* Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. www.bartramsgarden.org. Winter Pruning Workshop - Outdoor plant pruning workshop. 2/9 10 am-noon. Seed Cleaning - Help prepare & package seeds to be sold. Participants will get to take some home as well. 2/10 1-4 pm. RSVP requested for both events. Grounds: Daily 10 am-5 pm.

Betsy Ross House 239 Arch St.; 215-627-5343. www.betsyrosshouse.org. Circa 1740 Georgian-style home of flagmaker. $3; $2 children under 13. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Blue Cross RiverRink Penn's Landing Columbus Blvd.; 215-925-7465. www.riverrink.com. Now open for its 14th anniversary season. Open 7 days a week thru 3/2. Call for info on closings due to inclement weather or private rentals. $6; $3 skate rental.

*FREE* Christ Church 2nd & Market Sts.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30. www.oldchristchurch.org. Georgian architectural treasure attended by founding fathers. Wed.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. 1-5 pm. Donations accepted. Closed Mon. & Tue. in Jan. & Feb.

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. Closed in Jan. & Feb.

Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum 1805 Pine St.; 215-735-8196. www.cwurmuseum.org. Saturday Story Hour - Hear exciting stories of the Underground Railroad & Civil War. 2/9 11 am. $5; $4 seniors; $3 students & ages 3-12; free under 3. Thu.-Sat. 11 am-4:30 pm

*FREE* Eastern State Penitentiary 2124 Fairmount Ave.; 215-236-3300. www.easternstate.org. Winter Adventure Tours - One-hour guided walk through the empty penitentiary complex & includes a cup of hot chocolate in the center surveillance hub. Daily at 11 am, 1 & 3 pm. Closes 3/31. $9; $7 seniors & students; $4 children 7-12. Open daily, 10 am-5 pm.

*FREE* Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site Spring Garden St.; 215-597-8780. www.nps.gov/edal. Home of the noted author from 1843-44. Guided tours available. 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.

The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. www.fi.edu. Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination - Artifacts & exhibits exploring the fantastic technology depicted in the George Lucas films. Closes 5/4. $20.50; $16.50 seniors; $15.50 children 4-11 (includes reg. Sci-Pass adm.). A Sci-Pass (basic admission) is $13.75 for adults, $11.00 for children & seniors; Sci-Pass plus IMAX is $18.75 for adults/$16.00 for children & seniors. IMAX & other permanent exhibits open daily 9:30 am-5 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 National Historical Park 6th & Markets Sts.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde.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. www.phillyseaport.org. Philadelphia Chamber Music Society: Johannes Quartet - Works by Bartok, Beethoven, Salonen & Mendelssohn. $22.50; $10 students. 2/13 8 pm. $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. www.theundergroundmuseum.org. The Love Stories of Laurel Hill. $25. 2/9 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. www.fairmountpark.org/LaurelHill.asp. Georgian-style mansion built in 1767 by Rebecca Rawle. Closed to tours for the winter. Will re-open on 4/1.

*FREE* Liberty Bell Center 501 Market St.; 215-965-2305. www.nps.gov/inde. Home of the Liberty Bell & exhibits on its origins & role as symbol of freedom. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Masonic Temple One North Broad St.; 215-988-1900. www.pagrandlodge.org. Tue.-Fri. 11 am, 2 & 3 pm; Sat. 10 am & 11 am. Masonic Temple Library - Esteemed collection for the study of American History & Freemasonry. $8, with individual & group discounts available. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-5 pm; Sat. 10 am-noon.

The Mutter Museum 19 S. 22nd St.; 215-563-3737. www.collphyphil.org. Over 200 wet & dry specimens, lantern slides, x-rays & more. $12; $8 seniors, students, children 6-17; free for children under 6. Open daily 10 am-5 pm; until 9 pm Fri.

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, The Story of We the People (Multimedia presentation featuring live actor, film & video projection, family-oriented exhibits) & more. The Legacy of 1808: A Historical Perspective - Prestigious scholars of American history place the legacy of slavery into legal & historical context. 2/11 6:30 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. Only museum in the U.S. that celebrates the concept of freedom $7; $6 seniors; $5 students; $2 children 5-7; free for children under 5 & for all on Sun. & after 5 pm on Fri. Self guided tours only. Open Tue.-Sun 10 am-5 pm; Fri. evenings 5-8 pm.

*FREE* National Museum of American Jewish History 55 N. Fifth St.; 215-923-3811. www.nmajh.org. Shaping Space, Making Meaning. Features design sketches, computer-generated images, video & text. Closes 8/31. Mon.-Thu. 10 am-5 pm; Fri. 10 am-3 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

*FREE* PECO Energy Liberty Center 6th & Chestnut Sts.; 215-542-3789. www.lightsofliberty.org. Ben Franklin's Ghost - The beloved scientist/inventor appears as a dramatic, life-size holographic image. Daily 10 am-6 pm. Madcap Show: History...Done Funny - Madcap Theater Company presents the lighter side of serious historic moments through vaudeville, comedy & live theater. $10. 2/8-2/9 7 pm. 2/10 3 pm.

The Philadelphia Zoo 3400 W. Girard Ave.; 215-243-1100. www.philadelphiazoo.org. Ongoing exhibits & attractions include the popular PECO Primate Reserve, Dodge Rare Animal Conservation Center, Monkey Junction, Pachyderm House & more. Critter Couples - Valentine's Day card craft session, Critter Couples scavenger hunt & other surprises. $5. 2/9 2-3 pm. Lovin' on the Wild Side - Learn about mating behaviors of various animals, enjoy brunch & champagne toast. $75. 2/10 10 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. Features exhibits on Polish history & culture, including Great Men & Women of Poland; History: A Tradition of Service; Polish Folk Art. Mon.-Fri. 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 E. Northwestern Ave.; 215-247-5777. www.morrisarboretum.org. Winter Lecture Series - Lecture series on a variety of topics from ancient trees to the evolution of its world-class Rose Garden. Reservations required. 2/10 2-4:30 pm. 10; $8 seniors; $5 youth 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. Gri Gri Charm: Discover African Art & Culture - Families may bring their good luck charms to the workshop to make a pouch for them, or create a special charm of their own. $10 per person includes materials fee & admission. 2/9 10 am-2 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. Houses Wagner's natural history collection of skeletons, mounted animals, fossils, minerals. Donation suggested: $8. Tue.-Fri. 9 am-4 pm.

*FREE* 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. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm, Sun. noon-5 pm.

*FREE* Glencairn Museum 1001 Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn; 267-502-2993. www.glencairnmuseum.org. Saturday Highlights Tour - Tour exhibits & collections focusing on religion & its history. Sat. 11 am- 1 pm. $7; $6 seniors; $4 students; free for children 5 & under. Sat. 11 am-2:30 pm. Mon.-Fri. by appt. only.

Longwood Gardens Rte. 1, Kennett Square; 610-388-1000. www.longwoodgardens.org. Sweetheart Week - Piano & violin performances, cooking demos for two & more. 2/9-2/14 9 am-5 pm. Orchid Extravaganza. $16; $14 seniors (ages 62 & over); $6 students (5-22); free for children 4 & under. Open daily 9 am-5 pm.

The Mercer Museum 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown; 215-345-0210. www.mercermuseum.org. Make a Victorian Valentine - Card-making workshop for kids & adults. $3. 2/12 3-4:30 pm. $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.

Pennsbury Manor 400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville; 215-946-0400. www.pennsburymanor.org. Recreated country home of William Penn. $5; $4.50 seniors; $3 children 6-17; free for children 5 & under. Tue.-Sat. 9 am-5 pm; Sun. noon-5 pm.

*FREE* Pennypacker Mills 5 Haldeman Rd., Schwenksville; 610-287-9349. historicsites.montcopa.org.Valentine's Day Craft - Learn the history of Valentine's Day & make a craft to share with a favorite Valentine. Registration required. $5. 2/10 10 am-1 pm. Treasured Memories: Scrapbooks, Keepsakes & Souvenirs - Highlights personal keepsakes & memorabilia from the early 1900s. Closes 10/31. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. 1-4 pm.

*FREE* Pottsgrove Manor 100 W. King St., Pottstown; 610-326-4014. www.historicsites.montcopa.org. Built in 1752 for John Potts, ironmaster & founder of Pottstown; reflects lifestyle & times of the Potts family. 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. Call for group tours or appointments.

Tyler Arboretum 515 Painter Rd., Media; 610-566-9134. www.tylerarboretum.org. Valentine Flower Bouquet Workshop - Children's bouquet-making workshop utilizing winter greens, berries & long-lasting flowers. $10. 2/9 2:30-3:30 pm. Kids' Backyard Bird Investigation - Information on bird identification & on participating in the NAS's annual bird count. $10. 2/10 1:30-2:30 pm. $8. 2/11 10-11 am. $5; $3 children 3-15; free for children under 3. Daily 8 am-dusk.

*FREE* Valley Forge National Historical Park 1400 N. Outer Line Dr., King of Prussia; 610-783-1099. www.nps.gov/vafo. Living History Demonstration: Washington's Headquarters - Learn about soldier life & the Valley Forge Winter Encampment. Weather permitting. 2/9-2/10 10 am-4 pm.

Washington Crossing Historical Park/ Memorial Building Auditorium 1112 River Rd., Washington Crossing; 215-493-4076. www.ushistory.org/washingtoncrossing. 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. Features a number of interactive attractions. $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. $15-$19; $10.50-$13 veterans, seniors, ages 6-11; free active military in uniform, ages 5 & under. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

New Jersey State Museum 205 W. State Rd., Trenton; 609-292-6464. www.newjerseystatemuseum.org. Ssuuna: Eda Ne Kakati (From the Past to the Present). 2/9 1 pm. Dr. T. Daeschler - Family-friendly lecture on fossil exploration. 2/10 5 pm. Art by African-Americans - Selected works from the museum's collection. Closes 3/20. 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.

*FREE* Washington Crossing State Park 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; 609-737-0623. Includes 18th Century Johnson Ferry House (historic farmhouse & tavern site) & Visitor Center Museum featuring exhibits on the Continental Army's crossing of the Delaware River & the Battles of Trenton & Princeton. Daily 9 am-4 pm.

Wheaton Arts & Cultural Center 1501 Glasstown Rd., Millville; 800-998-4552. www.wheatonarts.org. Curator's Choice - Glass sculpture exhibition. Closes 3/9. Mysteries & Histories: Quilts From The Collection of Merry May - Selection of unique & historic quilts. Closes 3/31. $9; $8 seniors; $6 students; free for children 5 & under. Fri.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

Delaware Museum of Natural History 4840 Kennett Pike, Wilmington; 302-658-9111. www.delmnh.org. Bizarre Beasts: Past & Present - Focuses on unusual creatures that dwell or once dwelt on Earth. Closes 4/27. $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. Black History Month Film Festival - Featuring 5 films based on interviews with some of Delaware's leading African American residents. 2/9 10 am-4 pm. Victorian Valentine's Day - Gingerbread tasting, Valentine-making & 19th-century craft activity. 2/10 12:30-4 pm. $11; $9 seniors, students; $4 ages 6-14; free under 6. Thru 3/14: Mon.-Fri. 1:30 pm; Sat.-Sun. 9:30 am-4:30 pm.

Winterthur Museum & Country Estate Route 52, Winterthur; 800-448-3883. www.winterthur.org. K is for Kids - Family-friendly exhibition explores intriguing objects in the Winterthur. Closes 7/13. $15; $13 students & seniors; $5 children 2-11; free for children under 2. Tue.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

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