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


(Note: There are so many things going on at the National Constitution Center that it is impossible to list them all here! Interested readers are encouraged to check out their calendar of events.)

April 2014

Friday, April 25th

Stargazing Returns to the Seaport

The Philadelphia spring science thing kicks off with an "Astronomy Night" again. Sites throughout the city will be training their telescopes on the celestial sights, and the public is invited to join in. Like last year, the Independence Seaport Museum will be participating. Unlike last year, when the full moon dominated and Saturn delighted, this year's best planets to observe will be Jupiter and Mars. Come on down and see if you can see the latter's infamous "canals" from Philly's fabulous river front.

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd & Walnut St.
Astronomy: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Astronomy Night

Saturday, April 26th

160th Anniversary of Bible House

bible house

One hundred sixty years ago, in 1854, the building now known as Bible House was built. It has been the home of the nation's first bible society ever since. To celebrate 160 years of history, a historical marker has been commissioned and will be unveiled. All are welcome to attend.

Pennsylvania Bible Society
701 Walnut Street
12:30 p.m.
Bible House

May 2014

Saturday, May 24th

Maritime Day Celebration

The national nautical tradition takes center stage on the Delaware River waterfront all day on Saturday, May 24th, when Penn's Landing hosts Maritime Day, offers tours of the SUNY Maritime College's training ship and lets visitors visit real local working tugboats. There will also be boat races, exhibitions, demonstrations, and fun for all ages.

Penn's Landing
Columbus Blvd & Chestnut Street
10 a.m - 6 p.m.
Maritime Day

Ongoing Events and Activities


Outdoor Tours

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