Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have events scheduled for the months of August and September. September is the month of the papal visit to Philadelphia, so look for some of our organizations to be holding extra-special events and some to simply be closing shop so their employees can attend the festivities. There are also a number of ongoing events. You can even look to take advantage of the warm weather by enjoying the various outdoor activities.
Thursday, August 6th
Movers and Shakers
The Philadelphia History Museum will be holding an opening celebration for its new "Movers + Shakers" exhibition. This exhibition focuses on the '60's and '70's as seen through the lens of photojournalist Neil Benson. Photos run the gamut from the MOVE movement to home run hitting third baseman Mike Schmidt to the Mayor posing with Queen Elizabeth II.
Friday, August 7th
Your Brain on Music
For the intellectually curious, the Chemical Heritage Foundation explores what happens to your brain when it is exposed to music in this free and open to the public "First Friday" event.
Friday, September 4th
Extreme Art Makeover
The Chemical Heritage Foundation takes on the topic of restoring centuries-old artwork this month in this free and open to the public "First Friday" event.
Saturday/Sunday, September 26th/27th
The Pope Visits Philadelphia
Sunday's mass on the boulevard is expected to draw millions. Be prepared!
Ranger Guided Tours
The Independence National Historical Park offers a host of walking tours, many daily, some only on weekends. Check out the details at their "Ongoing Tours and Programs" page.
Outdoor History and After Hours Tours
Now thru December 2017
Opening on Bill of Rights Day (December 15th), 2014 and continuing through almost to the end of 2017, the National Constitution Center will be featuring the founding documents of our great republic. Starting with a first edition stone engraving of the Declaration of Independence, the exhibit includes a rare copy of the first public printing of the U.S. Constitution, and rounds it out with a special display of one of the 12 surviving copies of the Bill of Rights.
Radios Made in Philadelphia
Roy Shapiro, who was the general manager of KYW 1060 AM when it went to an all-news format, was more than a maker of radio history. He also collected it. His collection took the form of vintage radios, specifically those made in and around the Philadelphia area. Thirteen of these radios, made in the 1930's and 1940's make up the collection, which shows the city's leading role in the rise of, and the "Golden Age" of, radio in America.
Until Further Notice ...
Second Bank Closed for Renovations
There's a note on the Independence National Historical Park website stating that the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank of the United States "will remain closed to visitors through the winter while curators and conservators clean the paintings, and work to preserve this building." Sorry, folks!