Your Guide to Wawa Welcome America's Free Museum Days

As part of Wawa Welcome America, 22 of Philadelphia's most prestigious museums will welcome guests with no admission fee. Check out everything you need to know regarding this year's various free museum days.

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Tom Bernard
June 29th: Christ Church of Philadelphia will provide free sanctuary tours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.n
nJuly 4th BONUS: Christ Church is offering a free \"Patriotic Pipes\" concert of traditional and contemporary organ tunes starting at 7 p.m.n
n20 N American St., Philadelphian
nKnown as “our finest Early American church”, this historical site’s earliest members included many of America’s most famous leaders such as Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. In addition, their membership extended to signers of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, including Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush and Francis Hopkinson. Explore the rich history of one of Philadelphia’s most frequently visited sites. Visit the Christ Church of Philadelphia for more information.
Courtesy of the Free Library of Philadelphia
June 29th: the Free Library of Philadelphia's Rare Book Department will be open free to visitors from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Due to limited capacity, guests must pre-register. FREE tickets are available for download.n
n1901 Vine St., Philadelphian
nFounded in 1891, the Free Library of Philadelphia served as the city’s first public library system. The Rare Book Department is one of the largest public libraries in the nation, offering free access to manuscripts, letters, first editions, and many other forms of literary artwork dating back to 3000 BCE. For more information visit the Free Library of Philadelphia's Rare Book Department.
Courtesy of Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
June 29th: the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will have their brilliant collections open for no admission cost.
n118-128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphian
nAs the very first museum and school of arts in the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts set the standard for all other art institutions to follow. Not only does the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts contain about 14,000 world-class collections ranging from the 18th and 19th century artistic geniuses to modern and contemporary artists but they are also dedicated to creating a community of some of the most promising artists from around the globe. Explore America’s artistic achievements of some of the greatest artists in history. For more information visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Courtesy of One Liberty Observation Deck
June 30th: the One Liberty Observation deck will be open free for guests from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Due to limited capacity, guests are encouraged to pre-register for tickets, but it is not required for entry. Guests who RSVP and arrive prior to 12 p.m. but are not able to enter prior to 12 p.m., will be granted access after 12 p.m. Free Entrance will be on a first come, first serve basis.
n1650 Market St., Philadelphian
nThe One Liberty Observation Deck guarantees a one-of-a-kind experience of the city of Brotherly Love. It offers an incredible view of the skyline with a panoramic view from the highest public access level and the tallest standing building attraction the city has to offer. Located throughout the observation deck, there are six touch-screen monitors that give a closer look at many historical sites around the city. Now, tourists can instantly discover information about the historical impact of Philadelphia’s most famous landmarks from an incredible angle. For more information visit the One Liberty Observation Deck.
June 30th: From 10AM – 4PM the American Swedish Historical Museum will have free admission for guests that reserve a ticket.n
n1900 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145n
nFounded in 1926 and modeled after a seventeenth-century Swedish manor house, the American Swedish Historical Museum is the oldest Swedish Museum in the United States. This historical site was built on land given to Swedish colonist, Sven Skute, from Queen Christina of Sweden. The 20,000 square foot interior is dedicated to preserving and displaying the history, culture, and architecture of the rich Swedish identity. For more information visit the American Swedish Historical Museum.
"Freedom Blast Musket Drill" - Scott Anderson
June 30th: Fort Mifflin's Freedom Blast will be offering free admission and parking from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Events are rain or shine. Well-behaved dogs on leash are also welcome.n
n6400 Hog Island Rd., Philadelphian
nAs the only fort in the city, Philadelphia is the home of one of the last intact Revolutionary War battlefields, Fort Mifflin. Not only did Fort Mifflin play a crucial role in the American Revolutionary War, but it remained active throughout the Civil War, World War I, and World War II. Today, Fort Mifflin provides tourists with guided tours, hands-on historical activities, and weapon and cannon demonstrations, all while they enjoy the view and breeze of the beautiful riverfront. For more information visit Fort Mifflin's Freedom Blast.
Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2019
June 30th: the Rodin Museum is participating in Wawa Welcome America's Free Museum Day. It will be allow visitors to \"pay what you wish.\"n
n2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphian
nLocated on the beautiful Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the world-famous Rodin Museum remains the only institution outside Paris dedicated entirely to the master sculptor, Augste Rodin. The building was designed by French architect Paul Cret (1876–1945) and French landscape designer Jacques Gréber (1882–1962); therefore, it combines a gorgeous blending of Beaux-Arts architecture and a formal French garden. The garden—a lush retreat in the heart of the city—provides an ideal setting in which to experience some of the world’s most celebrated works of art. Take a tour of our newest installation, Rethinking the Modern Monument, grab a drink, and relax outside. For more information visit the Rodin Museum.
Courtesy of the Rosenbach Museum
June 30th: the Rosenbach Museum will provide guests with free admission. Due to limited capacity, guests must pre-register. n
n2008-2010 Delancey Place, Philadelphian
nOnce an elegant 19th-century townhouse, the Rosenbach contains a collection of over 400,000 some the world’s rarest and best-known historical objects, including the only surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin’s first Poor Richard Almanac. The legacy of the Rosenbach brothers has, ultimately, placed this site on the list of the National Register of Historic Places and an official marker placed by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. For more information visit the Rosenbach Museum.
Photographer Allison Gates: Independence Seaport Museum
July 1st: The Independence Seaport Museum will open free to visitors Monday, July 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Register in advance for free admission.n
n211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphian
nExperience the wonders of the Delaware River with one of the largest maritime art and artifact collections in North America. Attributed by the American Alliance of Museums, the Independence Seaport Museum is a family-friendly institution that, not only brings appreciation to the regions waterways through history, science and art, but it allows its 110,000 annual visitors to experience the majestic wildlife up close with its new exhibit, River Alive! For more information visit the Independence Seaport Museum.
Photo courtesy of Museum of the American Revolution.
July 1st: The Museum of the American Revolution will be free with registration on Monday, July 1st from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
n101 S. 3rd St., Philadelphian
nTravel down the road to independence and visit the Museum of the American Revolution! Gain viewpoints of those who lived through the Revolutionary War, climb aboard a replica of a privateer ship, or even visit the Battlefield Theater, and experience the sounds and sights of the Battle of Brandywine on the front lines of the American Army. From the earliest signs of colonial unrest to the birth of a new nation, this museum is committed to exploring the legacies of America’s revolutionary beginnings to give visitors a new perspective on the establishment of the United States of America. For more information visit the Museum of the American Revolution.
Jul 1st: Free 24/7! Explore Philadelphia’s outdoor sculpture with Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO, the Association for Public Art’s award-winning audio program for public art.n
nLocated along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, around City Hall, and throughout Fairmount Parkn
Dedicated to integrating public art and urban design, the Association for Public Art is the nation’s first private, nonprofit civic organization to create a “museum without walls.” There’s no surprise that Philadelphia has some of the finest public art in the world, so this museum is the premier destination to assess what makes this city great. For additional information visit the Museum Without Walls.
The Grand Hall Overlook, Courtesy of the National Constitution Center.
July 2nd: the National Constitution Center will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. for Free Museum Day.n
n525 Arch St., Philadelphian
nSigned into establishment in the Constitution Heritage Act of 1988 by President Ronald Reagan, the National Constitution Center has stood as a permanent reminder of the greatest vision of human freedom in history. Today, it serves as the nation’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate. Visitors can expect to engage with interactive displays, remarkable theatrical performances, and hands-on, multimedia exhibits that have a collection of fascinating artifacts that bring to life America’s constitutional history. For more information visit the National Constitution Center.
Courtesy of Visit Philadelphia
From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2nd, the African American Museum in Philadelphia will allow free admission for guests.n
n701 Arch St., Philadelphian
nFounded in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first institution to be funded and built by a major municipality to bring greater appreciation to people of African descent through expressing the lasting impact of Black lives through their experiences and stories of their lives while preserving and displaying the heritage of African Americans’ art, history and culture. With four galleries and an auditorium, the AAMP presents the achievements, art, history, and culture of African Americans from pre-colonial times to present day. For more information visit the African American Museum in Philadelphia.
Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®.
July 3rd: Fireman's Hall Museum will be participating in Wawa Welcome America's Free Museum Day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 3rd.n
n147 N. 2nd St., Philadelphian
nHoused in a renovated 1902 firehouse, the Fireman’s Hall Museum is focused on preserving Philadelphia’s firefighting history through its various collections of artifacts and archives. In addition, this museum is committed on promoting fire safety. This historical site offers more than just Philadelphia’s history. In fact, it contains the country’s first 9/11 exhibit commemorating the firefighters who gave their lives. For additional information visit the Fireman's Hall Museum.
The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
July 3rd: The museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in celebration of Wawa Welcome America's Free Museum Day.n
n19 S 22nd St., Philadelphian
nOne of America’s leading museums of medical history, with an annual attendance of over 130,000 visitors, the Mütter Museum displays the most mysterious, beautiful, and unbelievable collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments. Some of their remarkable collections include: the tallest skeleton on display in North America, a plaster cast and conjoined liver of “Siamese twins” Chang & Eng, the jaw tumor of President Grover Cleveland, and even Einstein’s brain. For more information visit the Mutter Museum.
Warden Garden Summer 2019: Raffi Berberani
July 3rd: In participation for Wawa Welcome America's Free Museum Day, the Penn Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd.
n3260 S. Street, Philadelphian
nUnlock the wonders of the human story! With a vast collection of more than one million objects from across the globe, the Penn Museum offers a wide variety of mysteries to discover. From Egypt, Greece, and Rome to China, Japan, and the Middle East, visitors will now have the opportunity to walk in the shoes of an archaeologist. For more information visit the Penn Museum.
Courtesy of the National Liberty Museun
July 3rd: The National Liberty Museum invites you to explore their exhibits for free.n
n321 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106n
nThe National Liberty Museum brings to light the stories of radical individuals who have brought impactful ideologies to, ultimately, improve the well-being of society. With its stunning works of art, fascinating stories of courageous heroes, and many interactive exhibits, the museum’s experiences inspire visitors with the understanding that liberty is not just a goal, but it should be the quest that all humans should share. For more information visit the National Liberty Museum.
Aimee Gilmore, Pushed, 2016, chrome-plated breast pump.
July 3rd: The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design will be open for free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd.n
n1916 Race St., Philadelphian
nSince its first art venue was founded in 1968, the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design has gone beyond the appreciation of visual arts and the exploration of contemporary art and ideas. It has been a leader in shaping the artistic culture of the Philadelphian communities. The Galleries have been committed to broadening the awareness to artists who are not widely known around the United States. In addition, this institution serves the only art and design college for women in the country. For additional information visit the Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design.
Tom Bernard: Nighttime Facade
July 3rd: The world's most famous prison will be open from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 3rd in celebration of Wawa Welcome America's Free Museum Day. To guarantee entry, guests must reserve a free ticket in advance. On the day of the event, there will be a standby line for those without tickets. These guests will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis and they are not guaranteed entry.n
n2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphian
nEastern State Penitentiary, known as the world’s first true “penitentiary” and was once recognized as the most famous and expensive prison on Earth, held some of America’s most infamous criminals. Now, this grand architectural wonder, serves as a historical site that portrays and deepens the understanding of the legacy of the American criminal system. For additional information visit the Eastern State Penitentiary.
West Entrance and Fairmount Water Works. Photo: Graydon Wood, Philadelphia Museum of Art.
July 3rd: Open from 5 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers \"Pay What You Wish\" admission on Wednesday July, 3rd. The museum offers this every Wednesday between 5:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.n
n2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphian
nWith a world-famous collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philly’s premier art museum. It’s not just an architectural wonder, but it completes the majestic beauty of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Its collection includes: the world’s largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp, the greatest collection of sculpture by Constantin Brancusi outside Europe, the finest public collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures in the United States, and astonishing “period rooms” and architectural ensembles from around the world. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the superb and distinguished destination to observe world-class art. For more information visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Image courtesy of Bartram’s Garden
July 4th: The historic Bartram's family house will be open to the public for free entry from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.n
n5400 Lindbergh Blvd., Philadelphian
nWelcoming over 95,000 visitors annually, the National Historic Landmark, Bartram’s Garden covers 45-acres of Philadelphia’s parkland and wildlife habitats. There are not many places with the wide range of exotic plants that this Garden House can provide. Although the Bartram’s, the landmark’s founding family, is gone, the institution remains committed to their legacy for gardening, art, and the inspiration to care for the natural world. For additional information visit the Bartram's Garden House.
National Museum of American Jewish History Photo: Barry Halkin / Halkin Photography
July 4th: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the National Museum of American Jewish History will be open on Independence Day for free.n
n101 S. Independence Mall, E. Philadelphian
nBeautifully complementing Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) is dedicated to preserving and celebrating the culture, art, experiences, and impact of American-Jewish heritage. As a Smithsonian affiliate with over 30,000 objects, the NMAJH can borrow artifacts from Smithsonian’s massive 142-million-piece collection; consequently, they have the largest collection of Jewish Americana in the world. For more information visit the National Museum of American Jewish History.
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