After being closed to visitors for several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of Philadelphia’s museums are beginning to reopen with new health and safety measures in place to keep guests and employees safe. Each of the museums listed below are operating under special hours and conditions, so be sure to consult their respective website for up-to-date information.
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: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Philadelphia’s popular, all-ages science museum reopened in early July, operating on reduced hours and with new protocols in place including mask requirements and temperature scans for guests 3 years or older, timed tickets that must be purchased in advance, and more. Joining the museum’s array of interactive exhibits is the new The Presidents by Madame Tussauds special exhibit. Click here to learn more and plan your visit.
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
One of the many outdoor experiences that await in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the historic Shofuso Japanese House and Garden has reopened to allow visitors to once again navigate a replica of a traditional 17th century Japanese home and accompanying pond garden, tea house and tea garden. Visitors ages 3 and up are required to wear a mask and admission is first come, first served with limited capacity. 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, is once again open for visitors to explore. The property spans three full city lots and includes an indoor gallery space as well as a shimmering, multi-level maze outside. New protocols include the requirement for tickets to be purchased in advance and for masks to be worn by guests ages 5 and up, with hand washing and sanitizing stations placed throughout the property. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
The nation’s first zoo has reopened, allowing families to admire and learn about the collection of nearly 1,300 animals. Advanced reservations are required, as are masks for guests ages 5 and up, and all indoor exhibits, attractions, and rides remain closed. To learn more about their health and safety measures and to reserve tickets, click here.
Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Home to the largest collection of sharks on the East Coast, Adventure Aquarium on the Camden waterfront is once again welcoming the public into its underwater world, complete with new health and safety measures to keep visitors and employees safe such as temperature screenings, social distancing markers, mask requirements, and more. For a full overview of the aquarium’s new procedures and to plan your visit, click here.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. daily
The nation’s most decorated battleship, Battleship New Jersey, is docked along the Camden waterfront, just a short walk from the Adventure Aquarium. The historic vessel’s self-guided Fire Power tour is now open, providing visitors with a comprehensive overview of the ship that includes up-close looks at anchor chains, M2 50-caliber machine guns, and more. All visitors are required to wear masks, practice social distancing, and complete a health screening. To learn more and purchase tickets in advance, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m., last entry at 7:30 p.m.
Survey Philadelphia while immersed in its skyline at One Liberty Observation Deck. The 360-degree deck now features suggested walking routes throughout the 57th floor to encourage physical distancing and has also added easily sanitized handheld guidebooks to help you learn more about the city below your feet. Face masks are also required for all visitors over the age of 2. To learn more and purchase tickets online (and save 10% on admission), click here.
Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Home to a collection of over 25,000 medical specimens and instruments, the Mutter Museum is once again welcoming visitors with a reduced capacity, advanced tickets required, and other safety measures in place. The museum’s current special exhibit, Infection Through the Ages, examines how diseases move from person to person and the impact the environment has on spreading them. To learn about the museum’s health and safety protocols, click here.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Engage with and learn more about the waterways throughout the Philadelphia region at the Independence Seaport Museum, once again open with face masks required for visitors and employees and hand sanitizer stations added to high trafficked areas, among other procedures. Also open is the historic Cruiser Olympia as well as several water-based activities, such as Boatin’ on the Basin (Wednesdays at 4 and 6 p.m.) and Kayak Excursions along the Delaware River. Click here to learn more about the museum’s safety protocols and plan your visit.
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 its over 75 historically significant vehicles, including makes from Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche, Ford, Alfa Romeo, and others. All guests are required to wear masks and reserve tickets online in advance of their visit. To learn more about the museum’s reopening procedures and to purchase tickets, click here.
Hours: Friday-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 once again welcoming visitors with new safety guidelines in place including mask requirements and new contactless payment solutions. On view through August 23, the special exhibit Marie Cutolli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray highlights Cuttoli’s influential career and many collaborations with iconic artists of her time. 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 has officially reopened to the public with new health and safety guidelines in place including one-way routes through the galleries, face mask requirements, and more. To plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12 – 8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.
With overall capacity and number of touchpoints reduced, as well as mask and advanced ticketing requirements, temperature checks, and more, the immersive, interactive art exhibits at Wonderspaces at the Fashion District Philadelphia are once again open for visitors to explore. To learn more about the modern museum’s health and safety measures, click here.
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The first natural sciences institute in the Americas has reopened with new health and safety measures in place, such as reduced museum capacity and advanced ticket reservations strongly encouraged. Their Survival of the Slowest exhibit (featuring adorable baby two-toed sloth, Lulu) is open until October 25. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Found within America’s most historic square mile, the National Constitution Center has reopened its doors to visitors with free admission through September 5. New health and safety measures are also in place, including the requirement of advance timed tickets, masks, and the completion of a health questionnaire. On August 26, the museum will open their new permanent exhibit, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the certification of the 19th Amendment. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., last tickets sold at 3:30 p.m.
Once home to seamstress Betsy Ross who had reportedly sewn the first American flag, the Betsy Ross House has reopened in Philadelphia’s historic district, allowing visitors to safely navigate the 18th-century house and workshop. New health and safety measures include the requirement of masks for staff, visitors, and Betsy Ross herself, as well as the need to purchase tickets to access the courtyard or museum store. To plan your visit, click here.
Museums Reopening Soon
Public reopening date: August 14
Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The nation’s most historic prison will reopen to the public on August 14, allowing guests to navigate the once abandoned national historical landmark. To keep employees and guests safe, advanced tickets will be required and everyone ages 2 and up will be required to wear a face mask, among other policies. To learn more, click here.
Public reopening date: September 3
Hours: Thursday, Sept. 3 – Monday, Sept. 7 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; then Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and holiday Mondays
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 will reopen to the public on September 3. To learn more about how the museum is keeping guests and staff safe, click here. While you wait to return, enjoy their online tour.
Public reopening date: September 6
Hours: Closed Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday, 12 – 7:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Friday, 12 p.m.– 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
After being closed for nearly six months, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will reopen to the public on September 6 (with pay what you wish admission), allowing visitors to safely explore the collections in nearly 200 galleries in the museum’s iconic Main Building. New health and safety measures include timed admission, temperature checks, the requirement of masks for guests ages 2 and up, and more, with advanced ticket purchase strongly encouraged. Opening September 16, the museum will introduce a new exhibition, Art of Care, which examines how medical care has been presented in art over the last 100 years. The museum will also showcase additional work by women, Black artists, and other artists of color via new installations in its modern and contemporary galleries. To learn more about the new health and safety measures and begin planning your return to one of Philadelphia’s most significant cultural institutions, click here.
Public reopening date: September 6
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 will reopen its doors to the public beginning on September 6, joining the return of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on the same day. The artistic gem of a museum located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will introduce new health and safety measures to keep guests safe while they navigate its galleries, including the requirement of masks for those over the age of 2, capacity limits, timed entry, and more. To learn more and plan your visit, click here.
Public reopening date: September 12
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 – 5 p.m. (11 a.m. access for immunocompromised guests)
Closed since mid-March, the first and oldest art museum and art school in the nation will reopen on September 12 with new health and safety procedures in place to keep visitors and employees in both of its North Broad Street buildings safe. Such measures include temperature scans, mask requirements, a dedicated entrance for all visitors, reduced capacity, and more. To learn more, click here.
Cover photo courtesy of the Museum of the American Revolution.