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Fun Near the Ben Franklin Parkway

Things to Do: Near the Ben Franklin Parkway

Don’t miss the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, located in the rotunda of The Franklin Institute.

Modeled after Paris’s Champs Élysées, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is also known as “Parkway Museums District” for the many cultural institutions that call it home. Learn more at

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art: Discover works of art at one of the largest and most renowned museums in the country. During the NFL Draft Experience, the west entrance of the museum will be open and visitors may obtain access via pathways north and south of this entrance. Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive will be open at 25th Street with access to the museum’s parking garage for museum visitors throughout the week. The south entrance to Ann d’Harnoncourt Drive will remain accessible from the Spring Garden Bridge for museum visitors onlyAlong with its world famous standing collection, the museum offers two special exhibits this season, “American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent” and “Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab” from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection.

  • Rodin Museum: Home to the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris, this museum includes over one hundred sculptures and bronze casts form the great artist Auguste Rodin. This delightful institution at 22nd and the Parkway is open normal hours during the NFL Draft, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and features a new installation, “The Kiss,” which explores what passion looks like in the hands of a master sculptor.

  • The Franklin Institute is offering a $2 discount on adult general admission for adult visitors wearing NFL team gear during draft days (April 27-29).

  • Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University: The Academy of Natural Sciences, the oldest natural history the Americas, features fun, informative family exhibitions inspired by the Academy’s rich history of exploration and environmental research.  During the NFL Draft Experience, the Academy offers free general admission and an $8 Super Saver Ticket for special exhibits. Visitors who wear an NFL jersey get $1 off the Super Saver Ticket. Through May 14, “Frogs: A Chorus of Colors” is the Academy’s special exhibit.

  • The Barnes Foundation: Stunning collection of post-impressionist and early modern art. The Barnes is closed on April 27 for a special event but opens April 28 and 29 for its normal operating hours, 10 a.m. through 5 p.m., at 20th and the Parkway. The collection’s special exhibition through May 22 is “Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie,” which features over 50 international artists who have taken to the street to speak to issues as diverse as gentrification, gender politics, globalization, racism and homelessness

  • Eastern State Penitentiary: A prison-turned-museum that was once the most famous prison in the world. The historic site remains open with regular hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

  • Free Library of Philadelphia — Parkway Central: The library’s flagship location welcomes NFL fans to experience guided tours of its 90-year-old beaux arts building and its world-renowned Rare Book Department. Daily tours are at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. daily with tours starting at 11 a.m. of the Rare Book Department. While in the Rare Book Department, be sure to check out the latest exhibition, “Becoming the Detective,” which explores the development of fictional detective stories and the genre’s relationship with readers.

  • Moore College of Art and Design: The Art Shop at Moore will be open April 27-29, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the Galleries at Moore open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. the same days.

  • Greater Art Museum Business Alliance: This network of local shops reminds you that neighborhood businesses reinvest about 65 percent of their revenue back into the communities they serve!


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