Museums and attractions are reopening in Old City. See the list below for days and hours of operation, as well as virtual options - including tours, classes, video series, and gift shop offerings. Please be sure to visit the website of each location for the latest information and updates.
In response to an increase in new COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Philadelphia, the City announced new policies designed to slow the spread of the dangerous Delta variant.
Beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, August 12, 2021, masks will be required at all Philadelphia businesses and institutions that do not require vaccination for employees and patrons.
Masks will also be required at all outdoor, unseated gatherings of more than 1,000 people.
Indoor dining will be allowed to continue in the following cases:
- In restaurants that require proof of vaccination, and
- In restaurants that do not require proof of vaccination, provided that masks are worn by patrons and staff the entire time while not seated and eating or drinking.
Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street: Arch Street Meeting House is open Monday - Friday, 10:00am-4:00pm.
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street: The Betsy Ross House is open to visitors Thursday through Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pricing is $7 for adults and $6 for students, military, seniors, children.
Guests will be admitted to the courtyard in reduced numbers to allow for social distancing. While in the courtyard, visitors will meet Betsy Ross, who will be wearing a mask, of course. Betsy will tell her fascinating life story twice each hour.
For those guests who choose to tour the House, limited numbers of people will be admitted at intervals designed to allow at least one room of space between groups. Interactive exhibits have been temporarily removed and surfaces will be sanitized throughout the day. Only self-guided tours will be offered at this time. The Museum Shop will also be open.
Carpenters' Hall, 320 Chestnut Street: As of January 6, Carpenters' Hall will be open Wednesday- Sunday from 10am-4pm. We will resume our typical Tuesday- Sunday schedule in March. If you are unable to make it into the Hall, be sure to check out our website where you can find our online Museum Shop, access to our collections, a virtual tour of Carpenters' Hall, and more exciting educational opportunities.
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street
Elfreth's Alley, 124-126 Elfreth's Alley
Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets: The Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO will illuminate the Square nightly with free shows every 30 minutes nightly through January 10. From January 11 – February 28, 2021, the magical 100,000 lights will continually sparkle in the Square, but without the shows.
The extension of Winter in Franklin Square presented by Citizens allows families to continue safely celebrating the magic of the winter season through February 28, 2021. Meander through 18 holes of wintery wonder at Chilly Philly Mini Golf presented by IBEW Local 98, spin on the Parx Liberty Carousel, get active and move your feet along the Snowy Silly Stroll, and slide, swing, and run in the playgrounds. The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO will continue nightly shows from 5 pm – 9 pm through January 10, 2021. From January 11 – February 28, 2021, Square hours will change to 10 am – 6 pm, daily.
Franklin Square is open daily until February 28, 2021. Hours through January 10 are 10 am - 9 pm. From January 11 – February 28, hours are 10 am – 6 pm daily. Hours subject to change and are dependent on weather. More information: www.historicphiladelphia.org.
Independence National Historical Park: Beginning Monday, January 4, Independence National Historical Park will reopen access to the following buildings:
- Independence Visitor Center (6th and Market Streets): Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 59-person capacity
- Independence Hall (Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets): Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors (up to 9 at a time) will be admitted every 15 minutes. No tickets necessary.
- Liberty Bell Center (6th and Market Streets): Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a 20-person capacity
- Museum Store, Old City Hall (5th and Chestnut Streets): Open Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Congress Hall (6th and Chestnut Streets): Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a nine-person capacity
- Old City Hall, The Second Bank, and Free Quaker Meeting House will reopen as staffing permits.
The following outdoor spaces continue to be available daily:
- Independence Mall
- Washington Square at Walnut Street between 6th and 7th Streets
- Rose Garden between Walnut and Locust Streets and 4th and 5th streets
- Magnolia Garden on Locust Street between 4th and 5th Streets
- 18th Century Garden on Walnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
With public health in mind, the following facilities remain closed at this time:
- Great Essentials Exhibit in the West Wing of Independence Hall
- Benjamin Franklin Museum and print shop
- Thaddeus Kosciuzko National Memorial
- Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard: The Independence Seaport Museum (ISM) will reopen its doors and welcome the public on March 20. The museum has been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic since November 17, 2020, and the reopening will give a much-needed tourism boost to the Delaware Riverfront. Visitors can look forward to learning about national maritime history and further their knowledge of Pennsylvania’s expansive waterways through the museum’s incredible exhibitions.
To ensure visitor safety, the museum will operate at a 25% capacity on a weekend-only schedule, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. The new safety precautions will ensure visitors can remain socially distant as they view multiple attractions at ISM. While the museum and National Historic Landmark ship Cruiser Olympia will reopen, Submarine Becuna will remain closed until further notice.
The museum highly recommends visitors purchase timed tickets in advance on the official website, where they can also find admission prices and additional information. Admission tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Kick Axe Philadelphia, 232 Market Street: Kick Axe is temporarily closed through January 1, 2021. Gift cards are available for purchase online here for future use.
Beginning Friday, Jan. 8, the Museum will be open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Fridays – Sundays, until further notice. The Museum will be open on select holiday Mondays, including Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 and Presidents Day, Monday, Feb, 15, 2021. Please check the Museum’s website for the most up-to-date hours and information.
Advance reservations are strongly recommended for all visitors, including Members, to limit capacity and comply with social distancing requirements. Tickets are timed and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members can reserve tickets online here or by phone (267.579.3565), and the general public can purchase tickets online here or by phone (215.253.6731).
Hour-long private tours of the Museum are available for up to five people. For more information or to book a tour, visit here, call 267.579.3623, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or for a once-in-a-lifetime experience, you and your pod can have the galleries to yourselves for two hours to explore in safety and solitude. Call 267.579.3623 for pricing and to make a reservation.
Beginning Jan. 8, the Museum’s Shop will be open during the Museum’s operating hours. The Museum’s online shop is always available and offers a wide range of books, gifts, and apparel for all ages. Cross Keys Café will remain closed until further notice.
Please note: The Museum’s Revolution Place discovery center and Battlefield Theater will remain closed to the public until circumstances allow them to safely reopen. Interactive touchscreen displays in the galleries will remain available with additional cleaning throughout the day and nearby sanitation stations available for guest use.
Full details regarding new health and safety protocols can be found on the Museum’s website, which includes Frequently Asked Questions for additional information to prepare for your upcoming visit.
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street: The National Constitution Center will reopen to the public Presidents Day Weekend, Friday, February 12, 2021. The Center will continue to implement increased health and safety protocols in compliance with local and state health agencies as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over Presidents Day Weekend, the National Constitution Center will be open Friday through Monday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. and will host special presidential themed programming. Programming details are available at constitutioncenter.org/calendar/presidents-day-weekend-2021.
The National Constitution Center will resume operations on a modified schedule, and will be open Fridays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in addition to being open Presidents Day, Monday, February 15. The museum experience will include the Center’s newest exhibit, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote; the Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality exhibit; the multimedia theatrical production of Freedom Rising, streamed on the Grand Hall Overlook; and the iconic Signers’ Hall.
A full schedule of virtual events is still available here: https://constitutioncenter.org/calendar.
National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street: The National Liberty Museum reopens to the public on January 8, 2021. Temporary new hours for the Museum will be Friday - Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm. Timed tickets are required for all guests, including members. To purchase a timed ticket, click here.
"Once Upon a Nation" Virtual Programming by Historic Philadelphia: Bring our nation’s history home with our new Once Upon a Nation Storytelling video series! Learn about Philadelphia’s past from our award-winning storytellers and get to know famous history makers like Dr. Benjamin Franklin and Susan B. Anthony. Youtube link to the video series. Instagram: @historicphilly. Facebook: @historicphilly
Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street
Science History Institute, 315 Chestnut Street: The Science History Institute's
building is closed to the public until further notice. Our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) offer scavenger hunts through our digital collections to Twitter takeovers from various staff members. We are also presenting our weekly Lunchtime Lecture series online for the first time. Curious about the history of science? Explore our articles, podcast episodes, historical biographies, and digital collections easily from our Learn section on our website.
The Tour Guy: Interactive Virtual Tours and Cooking Classes available online.