International Day for Monuments and Sites in Philadelphia

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 9:00am - 9:00pm

Celebrate International Day for Monuments and Sites in Philadelphia by checking out these different sites and resources about Philadelphia’s heritage.

Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States were signed, is Philadelphia’s UNESCO site. Independence Hall tickets are free, and tours run every 15 to 30 minutes.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts has two special exhibitions currently running. “American Revolution American Memory” shows paintings from the time period of the conclusion of the American Revolution up to the early days of the Republic in 1822. “First Academies” shows the role of Benjamin West in found art academies across the United States and England.

The Laurel Hill Cemetery and West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home are offering free, self-guided tours of their cemeteries to the public. These tours offer a glimpse into the fascinating history of these cemeteries and some of their most famous residents. On April 18th, receive a 10% discount on all Laurel Hill Cemetery gift shop items.

Philadelphia is full of public art throughout the city. The Office of Arts Culture and the Creative Economy have produced “A Guide to Philadelphia’s Public Art.” Access the Guide here:


Each year, April 18th marks International Council on Monuments and Sites' (ICOMOS) International Day for Monuments and Sites, which celebrates different places of cultural heritage around the world, and focuses on preserving and conserving these historical and archaeological sites.

This year, the 2018 theme for the ICOMOS International Day for Monuments and Sites is Heritage for Generations. This theme highlights the importance of intergenerational discussion about cultural heritage to inspire conservation and protection. Additionally, it aims to foster youth leadership with events that reach younger members of international communities.

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Arts & Culture
Arts and Culture