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Philadelphia Attractions Welcoming Group Tours

July 19, 2021

Philadelphia’s museums have reopened and many are once again offering special experiences for groups.

NOTE: Beginning August 12, 2021, the City of Philadelphia will require masks to be worn inside all Philadelphia businesses and institutions, including restaurants, that do not require vaccination for employees and patrons. Businesses and institutions that require vaccination for all employees and patrons are exempted from having a mask requirement.

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Visitors who are not fully vaccinated are still strongly recommended to wear masks while inside the National Constitution Center. Photo courtesy of the National Constitution Center by Rich Myers.

Having recently unveiled a new exhibit highlighting the women’s suffrage movement in honor of the centennial of the ratification of the 19th Amendment, the National Constitution Center is fully prepared to welcome groups back to the museum. Groups will be required to contact the museum’s Director of Group Sales to make a reservation and coordinate their visit logistics. Visitors who are not fully vaccinated are still strongly recommended to wear masks. Full payment and final count will need to be received one week prior to visiting. For more information, including the great discounts offered to groups, click here.

Penn Museum

Ancient Alcohol: A Taste of Bygone Booze group tour at the Penn Museum. Photo courtesy of Penn Museum.

The Penn Museum, which recently renovated its main entrance as well as its Middle East, Mexico and Central America, and Africa galleries, will allow groups to book their visit with no restrictions beginning September 1. Adult group tours are also available in a virtual format, including online gallery tours and a digital version of the museum’s popular Ancient Alcohol experience. For more information on Penn Museum’s group tour experience, click here, and to inquire about scheduling a group visit, email the museum’s Group Sales Manager. To book a virtual group tour program, click here.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Photo courtesy of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Eastern State Penitentiary allows visitors to explore what was once the most famous and most expensive prison in the world. Discounted rates are available for groups of 15 or more. The nation’s most historic prison has introduced a new summer Night Tours experience, allowing visitors to explore the once-abandoned cell blocks and admire the stunning architecture by moonlight. In addition to this new evening tour option, a Fair Chance Beer Garden has opened on the penitentiary’s baseball diamond, allowing visitors to reflect on their journey through the historic site while enjoying beer from Triple Bottom Brewing and other beverages. To learn more about Eastern State’s group offerings, click here, and to book a visit, email the Group Sales Manager.

Museum of the American Revolution

safety museum of american revolution
Photo courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution.

The Museum of the American Revolution is prepared to accommodate groups up to 60 people. The museum — which documents the American Revolution via immersive, interactive galleries — is offering free downloadable audio tours and audio devices are available for preorder at a reduced rate for groups. On view from June 12 through September 6, 2021, the museum’s Flags and Founding Documents, 1776-Today exhibition will showcase dozens of rare American flags alongside early state constitutions and the first printing of the proposed U.S. Constitution of 1787. For more information, contact the museum’s group sales team at 267-579-3623.

Independence Seaport Museum

Photo courtesy of Independence Seaport Museum.

The Independence Seaport Museum, which is found along the Delaware River Waterfront and nearby popular public spaces such as Spruce Street Harbor Park, allows groups to browse the galleries and award-winning exhibits inside the museum and also explore the historic Cruiser Olympia, the oldest floating steel warship in the world, moored nearby. The Museum recently reopened Submarine Becuna and guided tours can be added on during your visit.  ISM is able to accommodate a wide range of group sizes and is working with larger groups to create smaller segments, allowing for the most enjoyable experience possible. For more information and to inquire about group tours, email groupsales@phillyseaport.org.

Barnes Foundation

Groups with an interest in the arts can plan a visit to the Barnes Foundation along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Home to one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early-modernist paintings, the Barnes Foundation is once again welcoming groups, with onsite group dining options available as well. The museum supports contactless payment and ticketing. For more information on the Barnes Foundation’s group offerings, click here. Groups of 10 or more interested in visiting the Barnes Foundation can email groups@barnesfoundation.org to book their visit. TIP: Private, virtual group tours of the collection are also available and utilize a “Deep Zoom” technology to offer an in-depth look at specific pieces and entire ensembles.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in the spring. Photo by Sean Marshall Lin.

A terrific example of 17th-century Japanese architecture and culture, as well as one of the most picturesque settings in Philadelphia’s 2,000+ acre Fairmount Park, Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is welcoming groups of 8-25 people for in-person tours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, from March through October. The tour will take guests through each of Shofuso’s rooms while also highlighting the purpose and significance of the main areas of the site. As per Japanese tradition, shoes must be removed prior to entering the house and certain closed-in sections of the site are currently available to view, but not enter, such as the tea house and bath house. To learn more about Shofuso’s in-person group offerings, click here. To inquire about group availability, email cschank@japanphilly.org. Corporate virtual tours of Shofuso is also available.

Faith and Liberty Discovery Center

Visitors to the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center use a handheld lamp to interact with exhibits throughout the galleries. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Philadelphia’s newest attraction, the Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, is located along Independence Mall and is dedicated to exploring the relationship between faith and liberty in America from its founding to today. Once inside the museum, visitors will enjoy a personalized journey by using a handheld lamp to interact with exhibits and collect inspirational content through six immersive galleries. The Center can accommodate groups and is offering discounted pricing for groups of 15 or more. The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center is also conveniently located just steps from the Independence Transportation Center (Race Street between 5th & 6th streets), where groups can easily load and unload. To learn more and inquire about a group visit, click here.

Cover image: Ancient Alcohol: A Taste of Bygone Booze tour, photo courtesy of Penn Museum.

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