When it comes to learning about art, science, and culture, Philadelphia is one of the best classrooms around. Philadelphia’s museums, institutions, and innovative residents bring endless opportunities to learn and appreciate a side of our city you don’t always see.
This is a weekly roundup of events that can help you add a little culture to your schedule.
National Liberty Museum
Enjoy perusing the National Liberty Museum and its exhibits that work to sustain America’s rich heritage and roots of freedom without paying a cent today.
Sullivan Hall at Temple University
Visit the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, one of America’s most advanced research facilities for the study of African American history, which was donated to Temple University in 1983.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Pay What You Wish
Help the Art Museum oppose the federal budget proposal to cut funding to the arts and humanities in its #SaveThArts event by writing postcards, grabbing free buttons and posters, posing for photos, and visiting the many exhibits of the museum.
Join Mayor Kenney in honoring Philadelphia hero, Ralph Galati, at the Celebration of Freedom Ceremony for his years of service, along with a performance by the Philly POPS Big Band and an excerpt reading of the Declaration of Independence by members of Boyz II Men.
March through the streets of Philadelphia with thousands of other citizens, floats, members of the military, and bands as the city celebrates its Independence Day Parade.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free (but download your tickets for the best spot)
With performances by Mary J. Blige, the Philly POPS, Mandy Gonzalez, and Tony DeSare, the Wawa Welcome America July 4th Concert promises lots of music and fun. There will also be food trucks, beer gardens, and patriotic activities.
The National Museum of American Jewish History
See how American leaders have affected the American Jewish community, paint an American flag, and listen to talks and stories about America, all for free at this museum.
Philadelphia History Museum
Learn more about your city and how deeply rooted Philadelphia is in American history at the Philadelphia History Museum.
Gain some knowledge about unnatural history and solar power from speakers who work at Bartram’s Garden.
Creese Commuter Lounge
Step out of your comfort zone and sign up for a slot at the Late Night Series Open Mic Night sponsored by Westphal’s Music Industry Entertainment Arts and Management students. Each slot is 5 minutes and you can perform anything from poetry to dramatic monologues.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Buyepongo, a Latino fusion band from Los Angeles, will be performing at the Art Museum this Friday, combining hip-hop, funk, punk, and jazzy beats.
Look for inspiration around Rodin’s works of art and sketch whatever you would like at the Second Saturday Sketch. Materials will be provided.
Delight in Hispanic culture with traditional food, dance, and music at the PECO Multicultural Series Hispanic Fiesta.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
Enjoy a Sunday summer night outside, while watching an episode of Bewitched and the movie Sabrina, starring Audrey Hepburn.