Activities and programs for all ages await families at these locations.
Carpenters' Hall hosted the First Continental Congress in 1774 and was home to Franklin's Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States. Kids can have a treasure hunt to find out how many Carpenter’s Company emblems are included in the building’s interior.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
The site of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War and now home to the preservation and education of that period. White over a thousand acres to explore, there's plenty of activity at Valley Forge, including encampment tours, natural trails, children activities, and historic programs.
Old Barracks Museum
The Old Barracks Museum serves as a cultural center for New Jersey's historic ties to the American Revolution period. Exhibitions and various educational programs within the historic Barracks themselves are a window to the past for visitors.
African American Museum in Philadelphia
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. Rotating exhibits join the permanent “Audacious Freedom” exhibit that retraces African American life and contributions from 1776 to 1876. Videos of actors in character describing their experiences as African Americans in early Philadelphia make it easy for kids to interpret this important history.
Historic New Castle
The oldest continually occupied town in Delaware Valley with its tree lined brick streets is just ten minutes away from downtown Wilmington by car. With historically preserved houses from the Colonial Era, the New Castle Court House Museum, and its local businesses, Historic New Castle has much to offer for both passionate and casual history fans.
Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in the Americas. The excitement and wonder of the natural world come to life for visitors of all ages through hands-on exhibits, live-animal shows, video presentations, dynamic speakers, special workshops and classes and evening programs with environmental themes.
Known as the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, the 45-acre National Historic Landmark is free to the public with tours running from April-October. The garden also boasts a ball field, picnic areas, boat docks, and a playground.
A science museum founded in 1824 in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Visitors can explore the passion of science and its development through the numerous exhibitions, programs, and live demonstrations the museum run daily.
The Ben Franklin Museum
Dedicated to the life and multifaceted career of Benjamin Franklin, the exhibits contain artifacts and displays that appeal to visitors of all ages.
Independence Seaport Museum
The Independence Seaport Museum dedicates itself to educating visitors on the maritime history of the Delaware River. The story of the Delaware River covers a variety of topics for museum-goers, including the conflict between American sailors and pirates as well as the founding of the U.S. Navy in their current exhibition Patriots and Pirates.
National Liberty Museum
At the National Liberty Museums, audiences can learn about real life heroes through eight galleries and 179 works of contemporary art. Powerful stories are told in every floor of the museum, inspiring visitors to engage with their own community.
This restaurant is a replica of an 18th century historic building, complete with original recipes and drinks from the 1800s, all served in seven colonial period rooms by staff in historic costume.
Fireman's Hall Museum
This museum focuses on sharing the story behind the history of firefighting and demonstrating the science behind it. Ten antique firetrucks are featured in the museum along with recreated fireman's rooms and displays of original early firefighting equipment.
William Penn laid out five public squares when first planning Philadelphia and Franklin Square stands today as one of them. Within this green space visitors can past the time playing miniature golf, riding the carousel, or enjoy the picnic areas.
National Constitution Center
The only institution in the U.S. that was established by Congress to educate the public on the Constitution sits opposite of Independence Hall in the center of Old City. The National Constitution Center offers a variety of interactives that invites families to engage with the subject of civil liberties and the impact these founding documents have today.
Betsy Ross House
Visit the purported house of Betsy Ross on a self-guided tour that takes you through various rooms of the Colonial Era. Various artifacts from the Ross family are on display throughout the house, and some visits may even encounter Betsy Ross herself.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of art hosts a collection of Colonial-era paintings, artifacts and furniture gathered from Philadelphia and the surrounding region. Many of the paintings are the works of America’s first artistic dynasty, the Peale family.