Welcome to the "Beyond the Bell" calendar page! We currently have special events scheduled for the months of July and August, 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

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


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

Tuesday, July 29th

Made to be Played, Opening Celebration

Enjoy informative remarks and a light reception at this grand opening celebration for the Philadelphia History Museum's "Made To Be Played" exhibition of historic radios — all made and played here in the City of Brotherly Love.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
15 S. 7th Street
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Grand Opening

August 2014

Friday, August 1st

Game Night

This month's "First Friday" brings Game Night back to the Chemical Heritage Foundation for a second run. Drop in for an evening of fun-filled chemistry-themed games and try ChemCrafter, their new chemistry set app for the iPad. The app's developers will even be available, if you have any questions.

Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
5 p.m. - 8 p.m.
CHF First Friday

Friday, August 1st

Another "First Friday" allTURNative

The residents of the Center for Art in Wood's Windgate ITE International Residency program have been working together for two months to collaborate and focus on new directions in their work. The culmination of their efforts is unveiled tonight in the opening of the allTURNatives exhibit. Before and after objects, photos, essays, films, and more document the artists' summer experience.

Center for Art in Wood
141 N. 3rd Street
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wood Art allTURNatives

Saturday, August 2nd

Dragon Boat Racing on the Delaware

They'll be racing Dragon Boats on the Delaware River as Penn's Landing hosts the Southeast Asian Dragon Boat Festival. Expect a lot of action on the water as these oversized human-powered canoes paddle it out for aquatic dominance. Southeast Asian-inspired traditional entertainment, as well as contemporary and non-traditional performances, will keep you entertained throughout the day.

Penn's Landing
Columbus Blvd & Chestnut Street
12 noon - 8 p.m.
Dragon Boats

Saturday, August 2nd

Special Historic Ship Tours

The first Saturday of every month, from April through December, the Independence Seaport Museum offers special tours of the historic ships tied up its harbor during which visitors get to explore areas of the ships that are normally off-limits to the public. This is your one chance to see the cruiser Olympia's triple expansion steam engines, boiler room, and working ash hoist, along with the submarine Becuna's conning tower. Take a peek through the periscope while you're in there.

Independence Seaport Museum
Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd & Walnut St.
12 noon - 4 p.m.
Behind the Scenes Tours

Friday - Sunday, August 15th - 17th/22nd - 24th

Women's Suffrage Celebrated

The National Park Service offers a pair of special tours each day to celebrate the 94th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment on August 18th of 1920.

The first tour takes place at the Liberty Bell. Each day of the weekend it features a different story of an inspiring crusader for women's rights. Learn about Susan B. Anthony on Fridays, August 15th and 22nd, Katherine Wentworth Ruschenberger on Saturdays, August 16th and 23th, and Lucretia Mott on Sundays, August 17th and 24th.

The second tour is a block away in the Second Bank of the United States. It lasts a little longer, but does not vary from day to day, and it highlights events which took place almost next door in Independence Hall, showing how they inspired the women's rights movement. Both tours are FREE.

The Liberty Bell Center
NE Corner 6th & Chestnut Streets
11:30 a.m.
Second Bank of the United States (Portrait Gallery)
Chestnut Street, between 4th & 5th
1:30 p.m.
Voting Rights

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.