In celebration of the Pope’s visit to Philadelphia, the Art Museum hosts themed tours from September 20 through 24.
(Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)
Philadelphia attractions are rolling out the white carpet with special events, exhibits and tours to celebrate the eighth World Meeting of Families and a visit from Pope Francis himself this September.
Visitors from around the globe will make their pilgrimage of faith to the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection for WMOF, the world’s largest gathering of Catholic families.
All are welcome for the main events: the Festival of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway (September 26) featuring performances by Andrea Bocelli, Juanes, The Philadelphia Orchestra and a special appearance from Pope Francis, and a Papal Mass said by Pope Francis, also on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, on September 27.
Throughout the week, visitors will find plenty to discover and explore in the region. Read on for our guide to exhibitions taking place during the World Meeting of Families, below.
• Vatican Splendors at The Franklin Institute
September 19-February 15, 2016.
The Franklin Institute is the exclusive East Coast destination for Vatican Splendors, a remarkable display of artifacts and objects from the Vatican highlighting more than 2,000 years of history. Explore more than 200 objects, some never seen by the public, on display in 11 galleries. Discover artwork by Michelangelo, Bernini and Guercino; relics from the tombs of Saints Peter and Paul; and a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand. MORE INFO
• Verbum Domini II: God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations at the Pennsylvania Convention Center
The Pennsylvania Convention Center is already hosting the World Meeting of Families Congress in late September 2015, but it’ll also host Verbum Domini II: God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations, a special exhibit highlighting more than 80 rare biblical texts and artifacts from around the world. Encompassing 15,000 square feet, eight galleries and 24 display cases, Verbum Domini II, originally exhibited at the Vatican, will include fragments from the Dead Sea Scrolls, pages from historic texts and a second edition of the first Bible ever printed in America. The exhibit will be free and open to the public, and hours will be announced in September. MORE INFO
• Themed Tours of the Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers several themed tours of its vast collection. Visitors join daily, guided tours of the collection of Christian art highlighted by van der Weyden’s “Crucifixion”, van Eyck’s “Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata” and Tanner’s “The Annunciation”. Other activities include self-guided walking tours of the Medieval and Renaissance galleries, featuring masterpieces of Christian art with an emphasis on Pope Francis’ namesake, Saint Francis of Assisi. MORE INFO
Originally exhibited at the Vatican, Verbum Domini II: God’s Word Goes Out to the Nations will be on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Monday, September 21 – September 26. (Image courtesy World Meeting of Families 2015)
• Religious Liberty and the Founding of America at the National Constitution Center
August 21-January 3, 2016.
Religious Liberty and the Founding of America, a special exhibition at the National Constitution Center (NCC), explores the roots of religious liberty in America. Historic documents illuminate the interplay between church and state and how the First Amendment was established. The NCC also hosts a week of crafts, quiz games, 18th-century dress-up stations, special museum tours during World Meeting of Families week, and all at special savings. MORE INFO
• The Clergy and the Academy’s Collections at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
August 31-October 23.
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University will display a selection of plant and animal specimens, objects, rare books and archival materials contributed by clergy from various religious communities since its founding in 1812. The Clergy and the Academy’s Collections, on view in the Library Gallery, showcases how the discoveries by “clergy naturalists” are intertwined with the institution’s history and mission. MORE INFO
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