Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have special events scheduled for the month of February, as well as a number of ongoing events and a few outdoor activities that can be enjoyed for as long as the weather remains decent.


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

February 2015

Red Letter Dates

Saturday and Sunday, February 1st, 7th, 8th

The Underground Railroad in Philadelphia

Between the War of Independence and the Civil War, the city of Philadelphia, almost surrounded at times by slave states, was an important stop on the Underground Railroad. Learn more about it as the Second Bank commemorates African-American History Month during these half-hour slide presentations.

Independence Visitor Center Theater
Market Street, between 5th and 6th
3 p.m.
Underground Railroad

Monday, February 9th

Guano Happens!

The monthly "Science on Tap," sponsored in part by the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, presents an environmental history discussion focusing on the utilization of chemical fertilizers in the United States. Timothy Johnson will explore topics as diverse as guano islands, explosives production, and comic books to show how fertilizers became an indispensable tool for farmers in spite of the considerable costs they have incurred.

National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant
22 South Third Street
6 - 7 p.m.
Guano Happens

Opening Friday, February 13th

Camelot Captured on Camera

The National Constitution Center opens a new photographic exhibit, which runs through September 7th, featuring over 70 photos of President John F. Kennedy, his wife, Jacqueline, and their children, Caroline and John Jr. – photos that helped create the legend of the Kennedy presidency known as "Camelot."

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
JFK/Camelot Photo Exhibit

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.

Whenever Weather Permits ...

Tours of The Christ Church Burial Ground

Christ Church, "The Nation's Church," offers guided tours of its burial ground, which is the final resting place for over 4,000 individuals – including Benjamin Franklin and four signers of the Declaration of Independence, not to mention a number of our country's early medical pioneers and Revolutionary War heroes. For more information, refer to the listing on our Historic Houses of Worship page.

Christ Church Burial Ground
5th & Arch Streets
Christ Church Calendar


Free-Ranging FREE Ranger-Guided Tours

The Independence National Historical Park offers about a half-dozen special tours every day. All are guided by one of the many park rangers. Best of all, all of the tours are FREE. Check them out.

Independence National Historical Park
Various locations
Various times
Independence National Historical Park Tours

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