Old City historic sites, museums, and attractions are currently open online. See the list below for virtual options, including tours, classes, video series. Please be sure to visit the website of each location for the latest information and updates.
Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street: Grounds are opened Tuesdays to Saturdays, 9:00AM to 4:00PM. West Room tours available: Fridays & Saturdays: 10:00AM to 3:00PM. We are asking all visitors to practice social distancing and to wear a face mask while onsite.
Arch Street Meeting House is open Friday and Saturday 10am-4pm! Like most museums and cultural institutions across the country, Arch Street closed in mid-March due to Covid-19. Over the past few months the staff has been working hard to develop a safe way to reopen. We are ready to welcome our friends back to visit as soon as you feel ready. New guidelines and restrictions are in place to keep staff and visitors safe, including mandatory masks, social distancing, occupancy limitations for each room and rigorous cleaning. We hope you will stop by to say hello as soon as you are ready.
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street: The Betsy Ross House is open 10:00am-4:00pm Tuesday-Sunday. For contact-free admission, advance tickets may be purchased at historicphiladelphia.org. For more information, call (215) 629-4026 or visit historicphiladelphia.org
Carpenters' Hall, 320 Chestnut Street: Carpenters' Hall will reopen to the public on Tuesday, August 18th. It is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Christ Church Neighborhood House, 20 N. American Street: Beginning July 8, Christ Church Neighborhood House will be re-opening with some limitations to keep our visitors and staff safe.
Franklin Square, 6th & Race Streets: Opens Monday, July 6th at 12pm.
Monday, July 6: Noon - 9 p.m.
July 7-September 7: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
September 8 - 30: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
October 1–31: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Mon-Wed); 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Thu-Sun)
November 1-11: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
November 12-December 31: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. (Thu-Sun); 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.(Fri–Sat)
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas Day
Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard: The Museum will reopen its doors to visitors on July 18, with a special member preview on July 15.
The Museum will operate on a weekend only schedule, from 10:00AM-5:00PM both days. A capacity limit has been activated to ensure a socially distant, but still enjoyable experience. Independence Seaport Museum has also implemented additional safety procedures inside the building as well as onboard National Historic Landmark ship Cruiser Olympia which include, but are not limited to, increased daily cleaning schedule, plastic partitions at all points of sale, staff requirement to wear masks, additional installation of hand sanitizer devices in high trafficked areas, and adjustment or removal of certain exhibit components based on levels of interactivity.
The Museum is highly encouraging visitors to purchase tickets in advance on our website. Admission tickets are timed and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visitors should check our website, www.phillyseaport.org, to learn about what new procedures have been put in place for guests. Examples include the wearing of face masks at all times and using hand sanitizer after interacting with exhibits, among others.
Please note that National Historic Landmark ship Submarine Becuna will remain closed until further notice for visitors and staff’s safety. While Paddle Penn’s Landing also remains closed, limited kayak excursions will begin on July 25.
Visitors are asked to wear a face mask for entry into the Visitor Center in accordance with orders from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia.
All are invited to enjoy the final weeks of summer in Historic Philadelphia at attractions and museums open near the Visitor Center, including Franklin Square, the Betsy Ross House, and the National Constitution Center. Visitors can also explore the outdoors and historic streets of America’s Most Historic Square Mile on Franklin’s Footsteps Walking Tours, which depart daily from the Visitor Center.
Some services and locations managed by the IVCC remain closed, including City Hall Visitor Center, Love Park Visitor Center, and Philly PHLASH® Downtown Loop. To sign up to receive updates regarding the re-opening status of these locations, visit PHLvisitorcenter.com/COVID19.
Kick Axe Philadelphia, 232 Market Street: Kick Axe is temporarily closed. Join Us on @kickaxethrowing for Kick Axe Throwing® Find the Axe Emoji: Every week we will post a kick axe cabin image with a hidden axe emoji. The first person to find the emoji and DM us with the answer will receive two complimentary drink tickets to use for when Kick Axe Throwing® is open. Follow us @kickaxethrowing! You can now get all experience gift cards 30% off with code TOGETHER30. For every $150 worth of gift cards purchased, you will receive a den rental!
** please email the venue for available Den rental dates/times to schedule
Beginning Thursday, August 20, the Museum will be open to Museum Members from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. from Thursday – Sunday. Beginning Thursday, Sept. 3, the Museum will open to the public with a revised operating schedule of 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. from Thursday – Sunday, until further notice. The Museum will be open on holiday Mondays, including Labor Day, Sept. 7. Please check the Museum’s website for the most up-to-date hours and information.
National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street: The National Constitution Center announced it will reopen to the public on August 5, 2020, with free admission for all visitors through September 5, 2020, made possible in part thanks to support from PECO. The Center has developed a multi-phased approach that prioritizes the health and safety of staff and visitors and takes into account state and city guidelines, close coordination with city officials and partners in Historic Philadelphia, and ongoing discussions with its own staff and museum peers around the country.
The Center’s plans emphasize the safety of museum guests and staff in compliance with local and state health agencies as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These protocols include increased sanitation, required mask wearing by staff and visitors, contactless ticketing, limited gallery capacities, one-way visitor flow, as well as modifications to encourage social distancing and use of hand sanitizer throughout the building. Visitors will be required to reserve timed tickets in advance, available online at constitutioncenter.org/tickets. A full list of protocols and a guide for what visitors can expect can be found at constitutioncenter.org/safely-reopening.
The National Constitution Center will begin operations on a modified schedule. During this phase, the Center will be open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum experience will include the Center’s newest exhibit, Civil War and Reconstruction: The Battle for Freedom and Equality; the multimedia theatrical production of Freedom Rising, streamed live on the Grand Hall Overlook; and the iconic Signers’ Hall.
The National Constitution Center’s exhibit commemorating the centennial anniversary of voting rights for women, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote, will open on August 26, the 100th anniversary of the amendment’s certification. The exhibit will trace the triumphs and struggles that led to the ratification of the 19th Amendment, and will feature some of the many women who transformed constitutional history—including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells—and will allow visitors to better understand the long fight for women’s suffrage. Additional information about the exhibit is available here.
The National Constitution Center will continue to offer a robust schedule of live online classes throughout the upcoming school year, as well as online America’s Town Hall programs on timely topics. Information about upcoming programs is available at constitutioncenter.org/calendar.
"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: Opens Wednesday, September 16th.
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.