Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have special events scheduled for the months of March and April. We even look ahead to May and June, when the weather warms up and we can enjoy the great outdoors a little more. Of course, there are a number of ongoing events and a few outdoor activities that can be enjoyed for as long as the remaining winter weather remains decent.


Until March 31st ...

Constitution Center's Winter Sale

The National Constitution Center announces a price reduction for all tickets sold between now and the end of March. During this period, which they are calling their "Winter Sale," adults get in for $10 and children (aged 4 - 12) are only $5.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Winter Sale Details

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!

Second Bank of the United States
Chestnut Street, between 4th & 5th
Second Bank Closed For Renovations

March 2015

Sunday, March 1st

Last Chance to Skate

Despite Winter's best efforts lately to hold on for as long as possible, the RiverRink will be holding its last skating sessions of the season on Sunday, March 1st.

Blue Cross RiverRink
Columbus Blvd & Market Street

Sunday, March 1st

Franklin Square Re-Opens

After you've taken your last laps around the Riverrink, why not take your first taps on the Mini Golf course in nearby Franklin Square? The square opens for 2015 with Mini Golf, the Liberty Carousel, and, of course, your favorite square burgers.

Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Franklin Square

Friday, March 6th

Hands-On Books

Have you ever marveled at the art and artistry that went into the making of medieval period or Renaissance books and manuscripts? You can learn more about it and even try your hand at recreating some of the artistic and bookbinding elements at this month's First Friday event.

Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. (Presentations at 5:30 and 6:45)
First Friday at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Friday, March 6th

First Friday Wood Art

The Center for Art in Wood, in conjunction with "First Friday" celebrations in the neighborhood, opens its doors to allow the public in for free for three hours. Check out their ongoing exhibit of the sculptures of Stoney Lamar.

Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
5 - 8 p.m.
First Friday at the Center for Art in Wood

Friday, March 6th

First Friday Liberty

The National Liberty Museum opens its doors to allow First Friday revelers to sneak a peek behind the scenes, taking them to and through areas that are normally off-limits to the general public.

National Liberty Museum
321 Chestnut Street 6 - 8 p.m.
Liberty Museum Behind the Scenes

Wednesday, March 11th

The Magna Carta and America

Eight hundred years ago, the Magna Carta redefined government in England. Two hundred thirty or so years ago, it served as an inspiration to the Founding Fathers in both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Rhodes Scholar, A. E. Dick Howard will be the featured speaker.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
6:30 p.m. (for the round-table discussion)
Magna Carta

Friday, March 20th

To Your Brain Health!

Dr. Andrew Newberg discusses what it takes to keep your brain healthy. His research projects have run the gamut from the conventional on one side, through alternative therapies on the other, and even included studies of mystical and religious experiences. The doctor is the author of several books and has been featured on television as well as in a number of media articles.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
2:30 p.m.
Brain Health

Wednesday, March 25th

Shenandoah! Conservation and Betrayal

Sue Eisenfeld talks about Shenandoah National Park in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, where she hiked for fifteen years before learning the history behind the park's creation. The park wasn't uninhabited when it was created and it took the government, with the use (or abuse?) of its power of eminent domain, to remove thousands of people living there, before we could have what we have today.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
5:30 p.m.

April 2015

Wednesday, April 1st

How Paris Became Paris

Within a single century, Paris went from being a fortified village to being a well-planned urban space with public parks, wide boulevards, streets laid out on a grid, street lights, public transportation, and modern bridges, becaming one of Europe's first great walking cities. The arts, entertainment, commerce, and government combined. Athenaeum member Joan DeJean describes how this miraculous transformation took place.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, April 22nd

Lincoln's Last Visit to Philadelphia

It will have been 150 years since Abraham Lincoln's funeral train rolled through Philadelphia after the president's assassination following the cessation of the Civil War. Join accomplished actor, Fritz Klein, who has has portrayed Abraham Lincoln in 38 states and internationally, for a special presentation touching on the events surrounding Lincoln's assassination, his funeral, his vision for America as he expressed it during his life, and his hopes of moving the nation from civil war to civil rights.

Congress Hall
Independence Square (enter at 5th and Chestnut Street)
1 p.m.
Lincoln in Philadelphia

May 2015

Saturday, May 2nd

The Philadelphia Map Publishing Industry

An archivist with the National Archives in Philadelphia gives the results of his extensive and in-depth research on Philadelphia maps, street names, and history, giving the audience a preview of a manuscript in preparation which will focus on map publishing in Philadelphia in the 19th century.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
1:30 p.m.

June 2015

Thursday - Sunday, June 25th - 28th

Tall Ships in the Harbor

Some of the great sailing ships of the world pay a visit to the Philadelphia and Camden waterfronts for the weekend. Featured vessels include France's L'Hermione, a replica of the 145-foot-long Concorde-class frigate that carried General Lafayette to the United States in 1780, and the Coast Guard's Barque Eagle, a three-masted tall ship boasting 21,350 square feet of sail and a full 295 feet of length from bowsprit to stern.

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd & Walnut St.
Tall Ships

Ongoing Events and Outdoor Activities

Now thru December 2017

Constituting Liberty

Opening on Bill of Rights Day (December 15th), 2014 and continuing through to almost 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.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights


Outdoor History and After Hours Tours

Historic Philadelphia offers outdoor history tours, after hours events, and pub crawls. All of the details are on our Shows and Tours page.

Now Open

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.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 S. 7th Street
Made to be Played