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March 2017

Wednesday, March 1st

Franklin Square Has Reopened

The hours are limited for the time being, because the days are still short, but Franklin Square has reopened and is entering its 11th season of offering fun family entertainment featuring Philly Mini Golf, the Franklin Square fountain, playgrounds, and the Parx Liberty Carousel. (SquareBurger reopens on March 18th, when two more hours are added to the daily schedule.)

Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (to 7 p.m. beginning March 18th)
Franklin Square Reopens

Friday, March 3rd

Women in Science

In honor of Women's History Month, the Chemical Heritage Foundation toasts women scientists everywhere and puts the spotlight on a number of extraordinary women scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs, may of whom have never received the attention or the credit for which they are due (and, in many cases, long overdue).

Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Women in Science

Thursday, March 9th

NextFab and Art in Wood

The Center for Art in Wood works together with NextFab to present "Machine, Maker, Member", a joint gallery talk focused on technology and the creative process. Artists from both organizations will be participating in this moderated discussion that is not only free but also open to the public.

Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
6 - 8 p.m.
Machine, Maker, Member

Monday, March 13th

The Basalt of the Earth (and Mars)

This month's "Science on Tap" looks at lava flows on Earth and contemplates their similarities and dissimilarities with those seen on the smaller, lower gravity-ed, micro-atmosphered planet Mars. ("Science on Tap" is sponsored in part by the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation).

National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant
22 South Third Street
6 - 7 p.m.
Earth and Mars

Thursday, March 16th

The Genius of Birds

It's time to re-evaluate what we mean when we talks about 'bird brains.' In recent years, science has discovered that birds are much, much more intelligent than we ever supposed, capable of abstract thinking, problem-solving, remembering, learning by example (as children do), recognizing faces, even conversing in a meaningful way — all with a packet of brain so tiny it would fit inside a walnut. Science writer Jennifer Ackerman explores the new view of birds as ‘thinkers’ — cunning, playful, witty, greedy, cranky, joyful, competitive.

American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
5:30 - 7 p.m. (reception at 5:30, lecture at 6)
Genius of Birds

Ongoing Events and Outdoor Activities

Now thru December 2017

Constituting Liberty

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.

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.