Calendar

Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! Summer's here -- Flag Day, Independence Day, etc. -- and we have them all covered. There are also a number of ongoing events. While it's warm (and even when it's not), you can enjoy the various outdoor activities.

 

June 2016

Thursday, June 30th - Tuesday, July 5th

An All-American Celebration

The National Constitution Center offers an extremely long weekend of patriotic festivities around this year's Independence Day. Visitors can create Colonial-era arts and crafts and stop by the museum's Revolutionary War encampment on the museum's front lawn. Colonial musical performances will take place throughout the week as well as appearances by some other famous historical figures (in the form of reenactors). The museum will offer extended hours (9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.) from June 30 to July 2, 2016, with free admission on the 30th of June and, again, on the 4th of July 4.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
An Extended Fourth of July

Thursday, June 30th

George and Martha

Listen and learn as historical re-enactors deliver George and Martha Washington's own advice on love and marriage, sharing the story of their courtship, former loves, and the trials of war and the Presidency upon their 40-year marriage.

American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
6 - 7 p.m.
The Washingtons on Love and Marriage

July 2016

Wednesday, July 6th

"Views of Independence" Gallery Talk

The Athenaeum's Curator of Architecture, Gladys Brooks, and Bruce Laverty continue the Independence Day weekend celebration by offering a gallery talk about their latest exhibition, entitled "Views of Independence: 250 Years of Images Depicting Independence Hall and its Surroundings." (Details on the exhibition are given below.) Registration is required.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
12 p.m. (noon)
250 Years of Images of Independence Hall

Wednesday, July 6th

Franklin in London

For more than one-fifth of his life, Benjamin Franklin lived in London. He dined with prime ministers, members of parliament, even kings, as well as with Britain's most esteemed intellectuals. Having spent eighteen formative months in England as a young man, Franklin returned in 1757 as a colonial representative during the Seven Years' War, and left abruptly just prior to the outbreak of America's War of Independence, barely escaping his impending arrest. Author George Goodwin gives a colorful account of these nearly two decades in the life of one of our most interesting Founding Fathers.

American Philosophical Society
Benjamin Franklin Hall
427 Chestnut Street
6 - 7 p.m.
Franklin in London

Wednesday, July 27th

The Presidency of G. Washington

Top presidential scholars explore George Washington's conception of the presidency during the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, moderates. Guests will have a rare opportunity to view Washington's annotated copy of the Constitution.

National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
6:30 p.m.
George Washington

August 2016

Wednesday, August 3rd

"Views of Independence" Gallery Talk

Bruce Laverty, the Athenaeum's Curator of Architecture, presents the third, and last, gallery talk about their latest exhibition, entitled "Views of Independence: 250 Years of Images Depicting Independence Hall and its Surroundings." (Details on the exhibition are given below.) Registration is required.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
5:30 p.m.
250 Years of Images of Independence Hall

Ongoing Events and Outdoor Activities

Friday, June 10th - Friday, September 2nd

Views of Independence

A new exhibition, subtitled: 250 Years of Images Depicting Independence Hall and its Surroundings. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum will exhibit rare prints, manuscripts, architectural drawings and photographs that document the birthplace of America. These materials include rarely seen items such as the first drawing of Independence Hall by a professional architect, an 1870 proposal to build Philadelphia's new city hall on Independence Square, and design proposals for Independence Mall that span eight decades.

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S. 6th Street
250 Years of Images of Independence Hall

Starting Saturday, January 30th

Women, Work and the Revolution

A new interactive experience at the Betsy Ross House highlights the process of doing the daily domestic chores in the 18th century, a long time before any of our modern labor-saving appliances were even imagined, let alone invented.

Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
Women's Work

Now Through Sunday, June 12th

Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival

The Chinese Lantern Festival is a celebration of light and culture that features artisans from China and the Philadelphia region. For seven weeks, Franklin Square will glow with more than 25 larger-than-life illuminated displays of giant flowers, a three-story pagoda, a huge Chinese dragon and much more, created using traditional Chinese methods with thousands of LED lights in brilliant colors.

Franklin Square
6th & Race Streets
Chinese Lanterns

Now thru September 2nd, 2016

Science at Play

Ignite your imagination with chemistry sets and science toys! This free exhibition at the Chemical Heritage Foundation lifts the lid on these miniature laboratories to reveal stories of inspiration, discovery, creativity, magic, and mayhem.

Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Science at Play

Now thru December 2017

Constituting Liberty

Opening on Bill of Rights Day (December 15th), 2014 and continuing through almost to 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.

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
CLOSED!
Second Bank Closed For Renovations