Yearning to expand your mind a bit? Explore a temple of art? Get up close and personal with your favorite author? Enjoy a fabulous brunch with a stunning fountain view? Yes, we’ve got all that - and so much more.
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
Science On Tap is a free monthly informal science café series in partnership with the American Philosophical Society, Science History Institute, Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Science on Tap takes place at National Mechanics Bar & Restaurant, 22 South 3rd Street in Old City.
The Academy's Town Square Series is designed to engage and provide relevant educational content to the public on environmental issues through leading thinkers and their work in biodiversity, freshwater issues, climate change, and evolution.
Door 19: Join us for an evening soirêe that gives adults a chance to look at science differently. Curated for the curious, each Door 19 is themed with corresponding music, drinks. meals and behind the scenes access.
Dinos After Dark: Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission, family activities, and a beer garden in our famous Dinosaur Hall.
Association for Public Art
Membership: Members of the Association for Public Art support Philadelphia’s growing collection of exceptional outdoor sculpture, our role in conserving long-held treasures, and our efforts to bring the best contemporary public art to the city. Membership supports aPA’s mission to promote Art for Everyone, Anytime.
Explore and Learn: Explore Philly’s exceptional collection of public art through our interactive website, tours, publications, and more! Through classic print and signage as well as online and digital tools, get the most up-to-date information on a wide selection of artworks in the city.
Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO: Discover fascinating stories behind Philly’s outdoor sculpture with aPA’s free interpretive audio program for Philadelphia’s public art. Learn about artworks by phone, mobile app, or streaming online.
Tours: Follow one of our self-guided public art tours to uncover an array of sculptures around Philadelphia. Tours are grouped by location, and highlight whether they are bicycle friendly, walking friendly, or both.
Click here for a full list of upcoming programs.
Center City District
Center City District plans events and special promotions throughout the year for adults and families, from Restaurant Week and Center City District Sips to children's activities in its parks, and also maintains an events calendar. Sign up for CCD's e-mail newsletter, and stay on top of the many activities.
Fairmount Water Works
Click here for a list of upcoming tours.
All exhibitions are adult-friendly, plus, see a movie in our Tuttleman IMAX® Theater! Visit our site for the full schedule of evening programming including night time observatory opportunities and lectures.
Exhibitions: The Franklin Institute is home to three floors of interactive exhibitions and plays host to some of the most popular traveling exhibitions in the world! Watch for the latest exhibition schedule on http://www.fi.edu/.
Lectures: The Franklin Institute hosts lectures and panel discussions on hot topics in science including medicine and astronomy.
Public events: The Franklin Institute’s popular Night Skies in the Observatory is hosted by Chief Astronomer at The Franklin Institute, Derrick Pitts. On the second Thursday of each month, the rooftop Joel N. Bloom Observatory remains open late and offers 5 different telescopes for you to view celestial objects in the sky, including stars, planets, nebulae, and if conditions are right, a galaxy or two.
Facility Rental/Weddings: With its breathtaking spaces and stimulating environment, The Franklin Institute is the key to an event that is truly electrifying
Free Library of Philadelphia
Lectures Throughout the year, the Free Library’s Author Events Series brings world-renowned authors and local favorites to the Parkway Central Library. Past appearances include then-Senator Barack Obama, Barbara Walters, Marjane Satrapi, Ken Burns, and Lidia Bastianich. Visit freelibrary.org/authorevents.
Public Events The Free Library hosts many free events, workshops, classes, meeting groups, and more every day at locations across the city. For details, visit freelibrary.org/calendar.
Clubs, Membership Organizations The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation offers many ways to get involved, support the Library, and meet new people. From our 20- and 30-somethings membership group to our exclusive generous donor societies, find the fit for you at freelibrary.org/support.
Facility Rental/Weddings The Parkway Central Library offers several beautiful spaces in our stunning Beaux-Arts building for weddings and other special events. For more information, visit freelibrary.org/about/spacerental or contact Victoria Gilbert at email@example.com or 215-567-7710.
Moore College of Art & Design
The Galleries at Moore offers a wide range of FREE contemporary art exhibitions featuring international and Philadelphia artists, as well as public programs including artists’ talks, film screenings and special events. Changing installations in The Sculpture Park across from the college include large-scale sculptures by international artists.
The Art Shop at Moore showcases a unique collection of artwork created by Moore’s alumni and current students.
Public Events are offered throughout the year and include free panels, lectures and film screenings, as well as two annual fashion shows. View Moore’s online calendar to see the exciting line-up online calendar
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The museum stays open after hours on Friday nights for the attraction’s Friday Nights programming. From 5-8:45 p.m., the Great Stair Hall features live music, cocktails and light bites.
Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple
The Colonial-style meetinghouse is for weekly worship services on Sundays starting at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, and 1:00 pm – visitors are welcomed. Activities for members and the public are held throughout the week. For more information about the Church, its teachings and programs, visit www.mormon.org.