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


October 2014

Through November 15th

Celebrating 200 Years

The Athenaeum was founded in 1814 to collect materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America ..." That was two hundred years ago. Now, as a way of celebrating, many of the finest items collected over that period are on display in a special bicentennial exhibition.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
Mondays - Fridays: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m..
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Saturdays: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Treasures of the Athenaeum

Thursdays Through November 6th

Tippler's Tour: Ghosts and Toasts

The Tippler's Tour takes you tip-toeing through Philadelphia's most famous graveyard, the Christ Church Burial Ground, telling tales of the Founding Fathers and tavern owners buried there. Of course, it visits the remains of some of the taverns, too. You'll find them quite lively!

Tippler's Tour
6th & Chestnut Streets
5:30 p.m.
Ghosts and Toasts

Fridays in October

Yellow Fever Tours

Learn about the dark days of the yellow fever epidemic, which killed approximately 5,000 people 221 years ago, by taking this tour and focusing on the infected and affected victims who ultimately ended buried in the Christ Church Burial Ground.

Christ Church Burial Ground
5th & Arch Streets
5:30 p.m.
Yellow Fever Tours

Thursday, October 23rd

The Search For A Yellow Fever Cure

Dr. Robert D. Hicks, director of the Mütter Museum and Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, presents a lecture on Philadelphia's Search for a Yellow Fever Cure. In 1793, yellow fever claimed the lives of almost ten percent of the population of Philadelphia. In 1797, it was back, as was the great debate as to its cause, treatment, and cure. The doctors, Benjamin Rush and Philip Syng Physick, were on one side of the debate. What better place to hear Physick's ideas, and those of his contemporaries on both sides of the issue, than in Physick's own house?

Physick House Museum & Garden
321 South 4th Street
6 - 8 p.m.
Yellow Fever

Oct. 23rd - 25th, Oct. 30th - Nov. 1st

Poe At Powel House

If hearing Poe's works being read aloud at Poe's old home (on the 17th) merely whetted your appetite for more, then you're in luck! Philadelphia's Mechanical Theater presents dramatizations of Edgar Allen's major works at the Powel House, a site most suitable to making these macabre masterpieces come to life.

The Powel House
244 S. 3rd Street
7 p.m.
Masque of Poe

November 2014

Saturday and Sunday, November 8th and 9th

Semper Fi! The Corps' 239th Birthday

Park Rangers lead a slide program celebrating the formation of our nation's smallest fighting force, the Marine Corps, whose actual birthday is on November 10th (one day before the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the "war to end all wars").

Second Bank of the United States (Portrait Gallery)
Chestnut Street, between 4th & 5th
3 p.m.
Independence National Historical Park Events

Tuesday, November 11th

Veteran's Day Ceremony

The ceremony is free, and, in addition, veterans and active duty military get free admission to the Museum and to the Historic Ships all day (from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd & Walnut St.
11 a.m.
Veteran's Day

Saturday, November 15th

Irena Sendler Project

Irena Sendler was a Polish Catholic social worker who rescued over 2,500 Jewish children from death in the Warsaw Ghetto during the Holocaust. This is her story and the story of three high school students from Kansas, who made it their mission to tell the world about her.

Congregation B'Nai Abraham
527 Lombard Street
8 p.m.
Irena Sendler Project

December 2014

Monday, December 15th

Bill of Rights Day Book Festival

The Constitution Center commemorates the anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights with a book festival — its first-ever book festival — featuring a selection of books addressing the issues surrounding our most fundamental and valuable rights and freedoms.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
BoRD Books

Ongoing Events and Activities


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