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We’re celebrating the International Day for Monuments and Sites on April 18th by welcoming visitors back to the region’s National Historic Landmarks. Over 20 participating historic sites will offer tours for visitors, virtual programs, special events, discounts & prizes, and much more!

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 •  You can also purchase a beautifully illustrated map of the Landmarks by visiting globalphiladelphia.org/heritage-map.

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Discover the events planned for the 2021 edition of the International Day for Monuments and Sites

 


PARTICIPATING HISTORIC SITES

Listing is updated with new participating sites as they are confirmed. Check back after April 14th for final details.

Reopen House Day participating sites are offering a mix of in-person and virtual programming on April 18th. Not all sites are open for in-person visitation. Check each site listing for details. 

 

SPECIAL VIRTUAL EVENT - Reopen House Day Lecture. Check the details below.

 

 

Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 12PM - 4PM (tours begin on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3)
  • 4601 N. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19140 (Onsite parking is available. Follow signs to the tour entrance)
  • Tickets are free for all visitors
  • The garden and grounds are open to all, but reservations are required for house tours. Please call 215-329-7312 or email [email protected]ton.org to schedule a tour. Tours are limited to single family groups of 6 people or less. Tours are offered on the hour. All guests must wear masks and practice social-distancing at all times on site.

Virtual programming

  • Visit Stenton's website to view our past virtual programs. Existing programs include virtual themed tours and a variety of webinars and lectures.
  • www.stenton.org/programs 

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative 

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 9am - 7pm
  • 4000 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19104
  • No tickets required (self-guided outdoors only)
  • Digital Self Guided walking tours. The Woodlands Digital Tours take visitors through different parts of The Woodlands Cemetery history through self-guided digital tours exploring different themes and individuals. Tours include notable burials, notable trees, and site history. 
  • Parking is available onsite near the Hamilton Mansion. Enter the cemetery gates, turn right, and follow the road to the second building. Visitors are welcome to park along the roads in the cemetery near the mansion.

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Scientific explorations – science, medicine, health

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (Last entry is at 4:00 pm)
  • 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
  • Tickets are discounted for registered Reopen House Day visitors
  • Timed tickets must be purchased online in advance at www.EasternState.org. Use promo code NHL2021 for $1 off daytime admission on April 18, 2021. Cannot be combined with other discounts. Not valid for special events like Night Tours.
  • For information on health & safety, visit www.EasternState.org/safety. For more on accessibility, visit www.EasternState.org/access

Virtual programming

  • Peruse our extensive collection of past online programs to learn more about Eastern State’s history and the criminal justice system today, all from home. Visit www.EasternState.org/facebook and click on the video tab to explore virtual tours, revisit our Hidden Lives Illuminated films series, and learn more about the impact of COVID-19 in prisons today with ongoing weekly series Prisons and the Pandemic. Available for free. Watch at any time. No registration required.

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce

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Mother Bethel AME Church

Virtual programming

  • A live Virtual Tour of Mother Bethel Museum will be presented at 7:00 PM. Registration is required. Email [email protected] to reserve your spot! 

For visitors interested in…

  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy, political ideology

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 10 AM - 5 PM
  • 320 Chestnut Street
  • Admission is free for all visitors (Walk up visitors allowed with restrictions)
  • Special Event (4-5 PM): Live drawing event with artist John Hopkins for our "Measure Twice, Cut Once" Exhibit featuring art inspired by Benjamin Franklin.

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 10 am - 4 pm
  • 320 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (There is free parking at our site. Our parking lot is at the back of our building. To enter our parking lot, come down 4th street and turn left into the lot. The entrance is across from the Wyndham Hotel. There are two yellow bollards at the entrance of the parking lot.)
  • Phone: (215) 413-1804
  • Admission is free for all visitors. We ask a suggested donation on-site.
  • Jocko MacNelly will play live music on the grounds at Arch Street Meeting House from 11 am - 3 pm.
  • Inside the Building, our "Ask a Quaker" program will be available to visitors interested in learning more about the continued relevance of Quakers and Quaker history. The "Ask a Quaker" program will be available from 10 am to 4 pm. No registration is needed.

Virtual programming

  • Learn about Arch Street Meeting House's amazing history by virtually exploring the burial ground and Historic West and East Room. Great for virtual field trips and virtual visitors to Philadelphia. No registration required.
    https://www.historicasmh.org/virtual-tour

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy, political ideology

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 12 pm - 4 pm
  • 219 S. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 (Our wheelchair accessible entrance is behind the building and can be accessed via our small parking lot off of St. James Court. There is an intercom at the top of the entrance ramp; please buzz for us to open the door for you. We have one accessible parking spot; please call the week before and we will try to reserve the spot for you during your visit.)
  • Walk up visitors allowed; registration not required but encouraged to keep groups socially distanced.
  • Celebrate Global Philadelphia's National Landmark Day Reopen House with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Timed tickets will include staff-led tours of our building and time to explore the exhibition gallery, Joseph Bonaparte Collection, Reading Room, and architectural & museum collections. Learn about the history of the Athenaeum, what we do today, and how to become a part of our organization. Masks will be required while in the building.

Virtual programming

  • Enjoy our lively four-part video series on the history of the Athenaeum and Philadelphia with curator Bruce Laverty. Links to the series will be emailed to virtual event registrants on April 18th. Registration required. To register, click here
  • Registrants will receive the links to the videos the day of the event and may watch them at their pleasure. Reopen House Day registrants will receive a 20% discount on a new Athenaeum Young Friends, Subscriber, or Shareholder membership (share purchase excluded from discount) and a 15% discount at our online store.

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce

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Virtual programming

  • Go (virtually) behind the Girard College wall and join us for one of three live Zoom tours of Founder’s Hall led by Kathy Haas, Girard College’s Director of  Historical Resources. Tours are free and held at 10am,12pm, and 2pm. Registration required. To register, click here
  • At 4 PM, we will present a virtual curator chat, “Linked Landmarks: Girard College and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.” An online chat with Kathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources at Girard College and Susan Glassman, Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science. Registration required. To register for free, click here

For visitors interested in…

  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 12 to 4:30 PM
  • 700 W. Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19121 (Entrance on Montgomery Avenue)
  • Ticketed visitation only. Tickets may require fee for admission. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-the-wagner-exhibit-hall-weekend-12-43...
  • The Wagner will feature a special exhibit exploring the construction of its National Landmark Building, illustrated by photographs and materials from its archives. There will be short presentations about the exhibit during the day. The Wagner's Exhibit Hall will be open for self-guided exploration, including scavenger hunts. Staff will give background and be available to answer questions.

Virtual programming

  • At 4 PM, we will present a virtual curator chat, “Linked Landmarks: Girard College and the Wagner Free Institute of Science.” An online chat with Kathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources at Girard College and Susan Glassman, Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.
  • Registration required. To register for free, click here.
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For visitors interested in…

  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Scientific explorations – science, medicine, health
 

Virtual programming

  • Enjoy a presentation and virtual tour of Beth Sholom Synagogue. The only synagogue designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Virtual tours at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.
  • No registration required, but preferred. https://www.bethsholompreservation.org/openhouse
  • Pre-registration includes Buy One, Get One admission for an in-person tour; and a discount in the Design Store both online and instore.

For visitors interested in…

  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy, political ideology

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 11 AM to 5 PM
  • 118-128 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102
  • Tickets may require fee for admission Advanced Ticketing - April 15 - 18
  • PAFA is thrilled to welcome you back to the museum galleries. Staff has been hard at work installing new projects, updating protocols and preparing the museum for reopening. We thank you in advance for reviewing our new safety guidelines before your visit.
  • Special Tour: The Making of Furness and Hewitt’s Historic Landmark Building. Spend your afternoon exploring PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building, newly reopened to the public, with Vice President of Public Education and Engagement Monica Zimmerman. Tours at 11 AM, 1 PM, 3 PM. Special Tours: The Making of Furness and Hewitt's Historic Landmark Building

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater
  • Scientific explorations – science, medicine, health 

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 12pm-3pm (last tour begins at 3pm)
  • 321 S. 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Tickets may require fee for admission
  • Walk up visitors allowed

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Scientific explorations – science, medicine, health
  • Military history – Revolution and beyond

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Virtual programming

  • Virtual tour, available to view any time. No registration required. https://www.philorch.org/academy-open-house 
  • Opened in 1857, The Academy of Music is the oldest opera house in the United States that is still used for its original purpose and it received National Historic Landmark status in 1962. An anchor of Philadelphia’s performing arts community, the Academy of Music is home to Opera Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Ballet, and is the premier venue for Broadway performances, arts education programs, and memorable life events. As owner and steward of the Academy of Music and its enduring legacy, The Philadelphia Orchestra looks forward to welcoming you back into the hall post-pandemic to enjoy our “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street” in person once again. In the meantime, please join us for a virtual tour of the Academy of Music and learn what makes this National Historic Landmark so special.
  • Upcoming performance on May 13: Fanfare for the Future - PhilOrch

For visitors interested in…

  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater
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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Free tours 10 AM - 2 PM, on the half hour (last tour at 1:30 PM)
  • Meet at Market Square on Germantown Ave, at Soldier's Monument
  • Tours of Market Square as Germantown's "Little Williamsburg”: The approximately 10-minute long tours will be held in Market Square, and will be given as frequently as necessary, as visitors arrive.
  • The Germantown Historical Society, of the Colonial Germantown Historic District, is one of Historic Germantown's member sites in the District. Other HG member sites- Cliveden, Stenton, and the Johnson House, are also participating on April 18th. Handouts will be available.

For visitors interested in…

  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy,  political ideology
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce
  • Military history – Revolution and beyond

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Virtual programming

  • Preserving & Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden is a new exhibition exploring the lives of the women who lived and labored at Cliveden between the 18th and 20th centuries.
  • There is no registration. There are videos of the exhibit on our website that can be viewed at any time.
  • Stay tuned to our website for opportunities to explore Preserving and Adapting Their World: The Women of Cliveden in May. 

For visitors interested in…

  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce
  • Military history – Revolution and beyond 

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 10 am - 4 pm
  • GPS Address: 6400 Hog Island Road ---- Park in the gravel lot. Access the Fort over the causeway and enter through the arched "sallyport" through the wall.
  • Admission is walk up only, no advance ticketing for this event. Cash is preferred. Mention (Re)Open House and receive a complimentary Fort Mifflin flag!
  • Open for general visitation of Fort and grounds. Guided tours or gallery talks (weather determines which) at noon and 2 pm.

For visitors interested in…

  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Military history – Revolution and beyond

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open to visitors April 18th
  • Open 12pm - 4pm
  • 5th and Arch Street
  • Tickets may require fee for admission. Purchase tickets at the gate.
  • Names Without Stones Special Tour: 12pm-2pm

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy,  political ideology
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce
  • Military history – Revolution and beyond 

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 11am - 2pm
  • 207 Lincoln Drive
  • We will be offering self guided tours of our 1707 Homestead and Bake House. Walk up visitors allowed.

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy,  political ideology
  • Scientific explorations – science, medicine, health

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 10am - 5pm
  • 2300 North 33rd Street, East Fairmount Park (Parking is available at the rear of the Mansion and on the drive outside of the Mansion.)
  • Walk up visitors allowed
  • The grounds will be open to the public and we will be hosting a series of special events and activities throughout the day, including a talk about Woodford's award-winning Porch restoration, a talk and demonstration on Windsor chairmaking, a free whiskey tasting for adults, and cornhole games and a scavenger hunt for the kids. 
  • At 12 pm, Woodford Site Manager and Curator Jeff Duncan and architect Claire Donato will give a talk on Woodford's award-winning Piazza (or Porch) restoration.
  • At 1:00 pm, Rod Bankes from Liberty Chairworks will give a talk and demonstration on Windsor Chair making, an early Philadelphia industry.
  • From 3-5 pm, Jason Fogg, owner and founder of Pops McCann Whiskey, will offer a free whiskey tasting for those over 21.  
  • Throughout the day, there will be a photo scavenger hunt and games of cornhole available for kids and adults alike!
  • While the Woodford Mansion will not be open for tours until June 2nd, the grounds will be open all day on the 18th.

For visitors interested in…

  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Military history – Revolution and beyond 

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Reenactment 2pm; garden and grounds open 1pm - 3pm
  • 6306 Germantown Ave, the SEPTA bus route #23 stops right at the corner of our museum
  • Tickets are free for registered Reopen House Day visitors
  • RSVP encouraged: register at [email protected]
  • Meet Wendy Burton, who will re-enact Lucy (husband) John Douglass (“Dugles”), African American abolitionists who lived in a in a Germantown “log-cabin”.  The Douglasses made shoes, probably with leather from the Johnson’s tannery and were able to work on farms or even as paid servants of Johnsons and others –  and also “work the neighborhood”. If John and Lucy openly talked about William Lloyd Garrison, the Liberator paper, and anti-slavery, then there must have been a climate to do so.
  • Tours limited to no more than 5 people per group

For visitors interested in…

  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Nature in the city – gardens, parks, cemeteries
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy,  political ideology

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 10am - 5pm
  • 450 Chestnut St.
  • Walk up visitors permitted, but there is a building capacity of 20
  • We will have the Portrait Gallery at the Second Bank open and staffed with park rangers for visitor interaction and to explain the themes of the exhibit and individual stories of the paintings as well as the history of the second federal bank.

For visitors interested in…

  • First in the nation – Philadelphia’s “firsts”
  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Arts through the ages – music, art, theater
  • Faith and ideals – religion, philosophy,  political ideology
  • Scientific explorations – science, medicine, health
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce
  • Military history – Revolution and beyond 

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Open to visitors April 18th

  • Open 12 pm - 4 pm
  • 126 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106
  • Walk up visitors allowed; $3 tickets can be purchased at the door.
  • An audio tour is available for visitors to the Alley for $3 at elfrethsalley.org/audiotour

Virtual programming

For visitors interested in…

  • Celebrating diversity – African American, women, and minority stories
  • Architecture and design – iconic, famous, or representative
  • Business of life – stories of daily life, business, industry, commerce
  • Changemakers – social reform, racial justice, political movements
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SPECIAL VIRTUAL EVENT

 

REOPEN HOUSE DAY LECTURE: Linked Landmarks: Girard College and the Wagner Free Institute of Science. An online chat with Kathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources at Girard College and Susan Glassman, Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science.

Lecture at 4:00 PM. To register for free, click here.

Did you know that William Wagner got his start working for Stephen Girard and both men went on to found free educational institutions? Join Susan Glassman, Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, and Kathy Haas, Director of Historical Resources for Girard College as they dig into the archives and discuss the deep historical links between these two men and their Philadelphia landmark institutions.

Opened in 1848, Girard College was established in 1831 through the bequest of Stephen Girard, one of the wealthiest men in America. The school inspired the creation of other free educational institutions across the country, including many in the Philadelphia region. The nearest is the Wagner Free Institute of Science, founded by William Wagner in 1855 to offer free science education to adults. Wagner served as an apprentice to Girard when he was a young man and in later life spoke about Girard’s impact on him.

This online curator chat will explore the links between the men and the institutions they founded. Both sites are now National Historic Landmarks, recognized for the architecture of their buildings and their educational missions.

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