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.
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!
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.
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.
Friday, March 6th
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Now thru December 2017
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.
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.
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.