Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have special events scheduled for the month of July, 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.)

Now Open

Pope John Paul II Exhibit

In honor of his recent canonization, the Polish American Cultural Center Museum has opened a new exhibition dedicated to Pope John Paul II (born Karol Jozef Wojtyla). Admission is free.

Polish American Cultural Center Museum
308 Walnut Street
Monday through Saturday, 12 - 4 p.m.
Pope John Paul II

July 2014

Coming in July

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 1930s and 1940s 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

Friday, July 4th

Independence Day!

Nearly everybody in Philadelphia, America's "Cradle of Independence," will be doing something to celebrate. Head down to Independence Hall and go from there.

Independence Hall
NE corner 6th & Market Streets

Saturday, July 5th

8th Annual Philly Phyzz Phest

Come celebrate the birthday of Dr. Philip Syng Physick, who comes down through history to us as the "Father of American Surgery" and "Soda's Pop." The celebration features Dr. Physick's Soda Pop and ice cream from the Franklin Fountain.

Physick House Museum & Garden
321 South 4th Street
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Phyzz Phest

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.