Philadelphia’s museums, attractions and historic sites are now open with new health and safety measures in place to keep guests and employees safe. Make sure to consult each museum or attraction’s website and social media for their respective policies to plan for your visit. Each of the museums listed below is operating under special hours and conditions, so be sure to consult their respective website for up-to-date information. The Independence Visitor Center is open along Independence Mall, offering attraction tickets and guidance for exploring Philadelphia, with health and safety measures in place throughout the building.
Many of the museums listed below are also still offering compelling digital experiences that can be accessed anytime, anywhere, such as virtual tours, behind-the-scenes videos, and more, as highlighted in our Philadelphia From Home guide.
Hours: Varies per location, click here for more details
A collection of Philadelphia’s most historic sites and attractions, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, and Old City Hall are open to the public with new guidelines in place in the interest of health and safety of all guests and park staff. Independence Hall is open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily and requires a timed ticket for entry. There is a $1.00 handling fee per reserved ticket. To learn more about acquiring tickets for Independence Hall, click here. The Liberty Bell Center is also open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. daily, accommodating up to 20 people at a time with no tickets required. Social distancing is encouraged while inside all buildings and protective barriers have been installed at public contact stations. Other sites include Old City Hall, the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Merchants’ Exchange Building, and Free Quaker Meeting House. To learn more about Independence National Historical Park and to plan your visit, click here.
Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Dedicated to exploring the life and legacy of Benjamin Franklin, the National Park Service’s Benjamin Franklin Museum is open in Franklin Court, just steps from Independence Hall and the shops and restaurants of Old City. Inside, visitors can interact with exhibits and view rare artifacts throughout the museum, which is divided into five “rooms” representing the Founding Father’s traits. Tickets are available at the door and must be purchased on the day of your visit. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Friday, 10 a.m. – 8:45 p.m. (pay what you wish admission 5-8:45 p.m.); Saturday-Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is welcoming visitors, allowing them to safely explore the collections in nearly 200 galleries of the museum’s iconic Main Building. New spaces await visitors to the museum, including two new galleries, a reimagined Lenfest Hall and multilevel Forum space as part of the museum’s Core Project. Advanced ticket purchase is still strongly encouraged. The museum has also introduced new hours, including pay what you wish admission from 5-8:45 p.m. each Friday (pay what you wish admission is also available on the first Sunday of each month). To learn more about the new health and safety measures and plan your visit to one of Philadelphia’s most cherished cultural institutions, click here.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Once home to Betsy Ross, the seamstress who had reportedly sewn the first American flag, the Betsy Ross House is open in Philadelphia’s historic district, allowing visitors to navigate the 18th-century home and workshop. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Hours vary, click here.
Home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, Adventure Aquarium on the Camden waterfront is welcoming the public into its underwater world. The Aquarium also offers an “underwater” virtual reality experience, where guests are invited “under the sea” to get close to sharks, whales, squids, and even mermaids. Advance ticket purchases or member reservations to the aquarium are strongly recommended. For a full overview of the aquarium’s new procedures and to plan your visit, click here.
TIP: For a limited time, Adventure Aquarium is offering children ages 2-5 free, unlimited admission for an entire year with Adventure Aquarium’s Pre-K Kid’s Adventure Pass. Register your child here and activate the pass by visiting the aquarium by October 30, 2022. Parents will be required to present their child/children’s proof of age.
Hours: Open daily 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
NOTE: The Franklin Institute will be closed September 19-23, 2022 in preparation for seasonal programming.
Philadelphia’s popular, all-ages science museum is now open seven days a week with new hours and protocols in place. Guests are strongly encouraged to purchase timed tickets online in advance. Click here to learn more and plan your visit.
Hours: Temporarily closed for preservation project (April 17 through December 2022)
The site of the First Continental Congress and once home to the First and Second Banks of the United States, historic Carpenters’ Hall is open with policies in place to ensure the safety of guests and employees. Inside Carpenters’ Hall, high-touch surfaces are regularly disinfected, and a foot pedal installed on the front door aids in hands-free entry into the building, among other health and safety measures. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Academy of Natural Sciences — the first natural sciences institution in the Americas — is open to the public with health and safety guidelines enforced throughout the museum. Advance reservations by timed ticketing are strongly encouraged. Greeting visitors in the museum will be the Invisible World of Water exhibit — offering guests a chance to learn more about the vital element of water through artistic and scientific inquiry, on view through May 1, 2022. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Home to over 10,000 square feet of recently reimagined galleries and the largest sphinx in the Western Hemisphere, the Penn Museum is open with health and safety guidelines in place. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
One of the gems of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and home to one of the most impressive collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modernist Paintings, the Barnes Foundation is open once again and welcoming visitors with safety guidelines in place, including new contactless payment solutions. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Dedicated to sharing the story of the American Revolution by way of interactive exhibits and stunning artifacts, the Museum of the American Revolution in Old City is once again open with health and safety guidelines in place, such as the enforcement of social distancing throughout the museum, one-way traffic flow through the galleries, and more. The museum is also encouraging guests to reserve tickets in advance online due to limited capacity. To learn more about how the museum is keeping guests and staff safe, click here.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Found in South Philadelphia’s FDR Park, the American Swedish Historical Museum — the oldest Swedish museum in the United States — is open with protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of visitors and staff. To learn more and plan your visit to the 20,000-square-foot museum, click here.
Hours: Thursday-Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The National Liberty Museum, whose mission is to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity, is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased online or in-person at the museum. Visitors can enjoy the museum’s new exhibition, Strength and Fragility, which explores the history of the museum and its founder, businessman and philanthropist Irvin J. Borowsky. For more information on their health and safety procedures, click here.
Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The free-to-visit museum at the Science History Institute in Old City is open to the public, complete with recently refreshed permanent galleries featuring new objects, stories, and discoveries. Take a watery journey through history and science with the Institute’s Downstream exhibition, which explores more than 200 years of water analysis and protection in the United States. Visitors can also learn about key figures throughout the history of science and discover the interesting history of common objects with the museum’s interactive Object Explorer. No advanced tickets are required to visit. Museum visitors five years of age and older must provide proof of full vaccination for entry. Photos are acceptable. Masks are also required for all visitors. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum, located across from the Pennsylvania Convention Center and just steps from the historic Reading Terminal Market, is open and encouraging, but no longer requiring timed tickets be reserved online in advance (admission to the museum remains free, though a $5 donation is encouraged). To learn more, click here.
Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday Library Gallery open 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Home to a collection of over 25,000 medical specimens and instruments, the iconic Mütter Museum is open to the public daily. For the first time in more than 200 years, weekend visitors to the Mütter can now explore the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia – the oldest independent medical library in the U.S. Until summer 2022, the Library was only open to researchers and by appointment. Now on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. ticket holders will have access to the centuries-old medical library filled with historic treasures, including rare books from the 14th century, first editions, scrolls, stone tablets, artwork, and so much more. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Home to what is considered the number one car collection in the world by the National Headquarters of the Automobile Club of France, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is once again welcoming visitors to explore and admire their over 75 historically significant vehicles, including makes from Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche, Ford, Alfa Romeo, and others. The museum encourages guests to reserve tickets online in advance of their visit. To learn more about the museum’s reopening procedures and for more updates, click here.
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The first and oldest art museum and art school in the nation has reopened, allowing visitors to explore its impressive collection of 19th and 20th-century American art. New health and safety procedures are in place to keep visitors and employees in both of its North Broad Street buildings safe. Greeting visitors to the museum will be the world-premiere exhibition Women in Motion: 150 Years of Women’s Artistic Networks at PAFA. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Affiliated with the Free Library of Philadelphia and found along a charming residential block in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse neighborhood, The Rosenbach is home to one of the world’s greatest collections of literature and rare books. The Rosenbach’s historic house and library can be viewed by scheduling a guided tour, which are available at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. To learn more and plan your visit to The Rosenbach, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Found inside the Fashion District Philadelphia, Wonderspaces is once again welcoming visitors to explore their collection of interactive and immersive art exhibitions. Tickets will be available online only, or available for purchase on-site via a cashless ticket kiosk outside of the entrance. Inside, visitors will find three brand new exhibitions, including an all-new VR experience. To learn more about the modern museum’s health and safety measures and to plan a visit, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Found within America’s most historic square mile, the National Constitution Center is open for visitors looking to learn more about the U.S. Constitution via interactive exhibits and conversations. The museum is strongly encouraging the purchase of advanced, timed tickets online, but will also be available to be purchased on the day of via your mobile device or by dialing 215-409-6700. Visitors will be able to explore the museum’s latest permanent exhibit, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote, which opened in 2020 in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment. To learn more, about the center’s health and safety measures click here.
Hours: Hours vary, click here.
The nation’s first zoo is open, allowing families to admire and learn about the collection of nearly 1,300 animals safely. The Philadelphia Zoo is requiring all guests to reserve advanced, timed tickets online. To learn more about the Philadelphia Zoo’s health and safety measures, click here. To connect with the zoo (and its animals) from home, click here.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Housed in a renovated 1902 firehouse, the Fireman’s Hall Museum highlights Philadelphia’s firefighting history with exhibits and artifacts such as old fire engines, an interactive fire boat experience, and more. The museum is open to the public with free, hourly timed tickets available online only. TIP: Tickets are free, but don’t forget to leave a donation if you can!
Hours: Hours vary, click here.
The historic Battleship New Jersey — the U.S. Navy’s most decorated battleship — is open for tours, allowing visitors to enjoy the comprehensive, self-guided “Fire Power Tour,” with an opportunity to extend their tour with guided tours of the Engine Room and Turret II. For tickets, click here.
Hours: Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The nation’s most historic prison, Eastern State Penitentiary, is inviting visitors to navigate the haunting halls and crumbling cell blocks of the national historical landmark once again. Advance tickets are strongly recommended due to limited capacity and a one-way, linear route must be followed for the main audio tour. For more health and safety information and to plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Standing tall across the street from iconic City Hall in Center City, the beautiful and historic Masonic Temple in Philadelphia is welcoming visitors for tours Tuesday through Saturday, with tours beginning at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tours for groups of 15 or more must be scheduled in advance by dialing 215-988-1900. Social distancing is encouraged and touch-free hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the museum. Inside, visitors will survey a rich collection of artifacts of Freemasonry while also admiring the many stunning Lodge rooms representing global art and architecture styles. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Guests can once again learn more about the waterways throughout the Philadelphia region at the Independence Seaport Museum. Visitors to the museum can enjoy a series of virtual and in-person events and experiences throughout the year commemorating the Centennial Anniversary of the Return of the Unknown Soldier aboard Cruiser Olympia. The National Historic Landmark ship, which is docked along the Delaware River just outside of the museum, has reopened for tours, as has the neighboring World War II-era Submarine Becuna. The museum’s on-water programming has also returned, including the family-friendly Paddle Penn’s Landing and more adventurous kayak excursions along the Delaware River. Hand sanitizer stations have been added to high trafficked areas. Click here to learn more about the museum’s safety protocols.
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (through October 30, 2022); Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (November 5 – December 11, 2022)
One of the many outdoor experiences that await in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the historic Shofuso Japanese House and Garden with on-site ticketing and admission on a first-come, first-served basis. Once inside, visitors can explore a replica of a traditional 17th-century Japanese home and accompanying pond garden, tea house and tea garden. Also greeting visitors will be an all-new Pebble Beach alongside the central pond, which was created based on newly-discovered 1957 drawings made by Shofuso’s original garden designer. To learn more, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The largest work to date by South Philadelphia mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, has reopened with health and safety protocols in place, including the requirement for tickets to be purchased in advance online, with hand washing and sanitizing stations placed throughout the property. Capacity will also be reduced for the indoor gallery space and all visitors must enter and exit via the Garden’s main gate on South Street. To learn more, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Please Touch Museum is operating from Wednesday to Sunday each week. Health and safety measures include hand sanitizer stations that have been placed throughout the museum and online reservations to allow for capacity control. Guests will be greeted by new experiences at the museum, including a new permanent exhibit, Centennial Innovations, which reimagines how the 1876 Centennial World’s Fair is celebrated and understood and challenges visitors to create, innovate, and invent. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Friday, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Neon Museum of Philadelphia, located in Olde Kensington, is home to over 120 vintage neon signs and artwork from some of Philadelphia’s most iconic businesses, including McGillin’s Olde Ale House and Pat’s King of Steaks, which help visitors learn more about Philadelphia and American history. The museum admits a limited number of visitors at a time, so advance reservations are strongly suggested. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Faith and Liberty Discovery Center is located along Independence Mall, just steps from the Independence Visitor Center, Independence Hall, Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History, and other attractions throughout Old City. The museum is dedicated to examining how faith helped foster some of the nation’s core values through six immersive galleries that visitors can navigate on an interactive, self-guided tour. Tickets can be reserved in advance online.
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dedicated to sharing the history and culture of African American people and those of the African Diaspora, the African American Museum in Philadelphia has reopened to the public with health and safety measures in place. The museum has a limited number of tickets available for four different timeslots (10-11:30 a.m., 12-1:15 p.m., 1:45-3 p.m., and 3:30-4:45 p.m., Friday-Sunday each week). The museum features a new permanent exhibition, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1176-1876. To plan your visit to the African American Museum in Philadelphia and for more information on health and safety guidelines, click here.
Hours: Friday-Monday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Home to one of the largest collections of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s works outside of Paris, the Rodin Museum has reopened, joining the unveiling of new public spaces at the nearby Philadelphia Museum of Art. Admission to the museum is pay what you wish, however suggested donations are listed online. Advanced tickets are not available and entry is managed by “one in, one out” once capacity is reached. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Located in Philadelphia’s Chestnut Hill neighborhood, Woodmere Art Museum’s collection highlights Philadelphia art and artists with a collection of over 8,000 works on view in nine galleries. The museum is once again open and welcoming guests with new health and safety guidelines in place. Advance, timed tickets are strongly encouraged and are available online. To learn more about Woodmere’s health and safety guidelines and to plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Just 45 minutes southwest of the city, the Brandywine River Museum of Art is an art treasure known internationally for its collections of works by three generations of the Wyeth family — N.C., Andrew and Jamie. The museum has a fine collection of American illustration, still life and landscapes. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Learn about the history of the annual Mummers Parade in Philadelphia – the oldest continuous folk parade in the United States – and the many different divisions of Mummers at the New Year’s Shooters and Mummers Museum. Inside of the Mummers Museum, visitors can learn more about the five different divisions of Mummers, as well as some of the Mummers’ unique customs, including the right way to walk or “strut” and the importance of “dem golden slippers.” Colorful costumes worn during past parades will also be on display inside of the Mummers Museum.
Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Tucked away in North Philadelphia just off Temple University’s Main Campus, the Wagner Institute is home to “an extraordinary collection of natural history specimens.” Guests will get an up-close look at animals, insects, fossils, even dinosaur bones (all preserved in glass cases arranged for study), as well as William Wagner’s personal mineral collection – one of the oldest in the U.S. The exhibit is one of the largest systematically arranged collections on display in the country. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Hours vary, click here.
Guests are encouraged to “engage and connect with the art of our time” at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania. Founded on a desire to showcase what’s “new and happening” in art and culture, ICA brings modern-day creativity to life. ICA is also one of America’s few kunsthalles – facilities that mount temporary art exhibitions, like an art gallery but without a permanent collection. To learn more about the institute’s health and safety measures, click here.
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
You won’t believe your eyes at Museum of Illusions Philadelphia in Old City. Guests will be immersed in a world where nothing is quite as it seems. Combining entertainment with education, the museum allows guests to explore and interact with the exhibits while learning the mechanics behind each illusion. Photo spots are also stationed throughout the museum guiding guests to snap the perfect mind-bending shot. Click here to plan your visit.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Showcasing one of the most diverse living arthropod collections in the U.S., the Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion is a delight for science lovers of all ages. Learn more about insects, including tarantulas, scorpions and praying mantises through various educational exhibits throughout the Insectarium. Surround yourself with butterflies as the colorful creatures fly around you inside of the Butterfly Pavilion. To plan your visit, click here.
TIP: If you plan on going inside of the Butterfly Pavilion, wear bright colors so the butterflies land on you!
Hours: Friday – Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Learn about the 300-year history of Elfreth’s Alley – the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the nation – at the Elfreth’s Alley Museum in Old City. Surround yourself with history and take a stroll past the 32 18th-century homes that line the famous block, with houses 124 and 126 now serving as the museum and gift shop. Inside of the museum, visitors will learn about the alley’s early beginnings as a cart path for merchants through photos dating back to the early 1900s. The museum also offers ways to learn about Elfreth’s Alley from home, including a podcast and virtual access to the alley’s archives. To plan your visit to the Elfreth’s Alley Museum, click here.
Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Colored Girls Museum honors the stories, experiences, and history of ordinary Colored Girls. Located in historic Germantown, the museum is the first of its kind, preserving the “herstory” of Colored Girls that has gone uncelebrated for far too long. In honor of Women’s History Month, The Colored Girls Museum reopened on March 19, 2022 with The One Room Schoolhouse. Guests must purchase their tickets in advance. To learn more about the museum and to plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Renamed in honor of benefactor Stuart Weitzman, the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History is in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District. Upon The Weitzman’s reopening on May 13, 2022, visitors will be greeted by a special exhibition called The Future Will Follow the Past: An Exhibition by Jonathan Horowitz. The exhibit will explore the transformative changes that America has experienced since 2020, as well as the issues the country has grappled with for decades. The exhibit addresses antisemitism, racial violence, immigration, women’s rights, LGBTQ+ rights and more. The Weitzman is also currently offering an online exhibition about the historic Statue of Religious Liberty, the 24-foot tall statue standing in front of the museum, as well as a self-guided walking tour. Visitors can also enjoy live programming online, as well as learn about artifacts and read stories shared daily across the museum’s social media channels. To learn more, click here.
TIP: The Weitzman is offering free admission through the rest of 2022.
Hours: Most Saturdays, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The Mario Lanza Institute & Museum is located at 1214 Reed Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 on Mario Lanza Way and just a few blocks from the Mario Lanza Mural. The location is in the heart of South Philadelphia and houses a large collection devoted to the South Philadelphia-born tenor who rose to great heights in the 1940’s and 50’s in the movies and on the concert stages of the world. The collection features film memorabilia, photos, paintings, sculptures and personal items associated with Lanza’s life and career. Admission is $10 per person. Street parking is available. The Lanza Institute regularly has events at the museum including lectures on various musical personalities and luncheons which feature a complete showing of one of Lanza’s films. The space is also available for rental for corporate and organizational events and meetings as well as birthday parties. For more information, click here.
Cover photo: Barnes Foundation. Photo by M. Moran.