At long last, the Philadelphia History Museum’s massive three-year renovation project overhauling the 1826 historic building’s entire infrastructure is complete.
This Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. the public is invited to tour the eight redesigned galleries and four brand new exhibitions for free!
The Philadelphia History Museum can now showcase its collection of more than 100,000 historical objects, art, and artifacts in a newly designed, properly equipped environment.
All of the new exhibitions will feature interactive elements to enhance the visitor experience. Gallery technology includes the use of iPads, video segments and an opportunity for visitors to submit their digital self-portrait for inclusion in an exhibition or on the museum’s website.
Some of the items you’ll find on display at the museum include: William Penn’s shaving bowl and snuffbox; the desk used by George Washington when Philadelphia was the U.S. capital (1790-1800); and Joe Frazier’s boxing gloves from a 1970 championship fight.
But there’s also a great modern spin to the museum’s displays. Face to Facebook features daguerreotypes, vintage photographs and early camera equipment; Made in Philadelphia explores the history of craft brewing in Philly; and Phillies Fandemonium includes Jimmy Rollins’ 2008 World Series jersey, seats from Veterans Stadium and vintage baseball memorabilia.
The entrance lobby has also been redesigned, with the centerpiece being a dramatic circular desk made of 1820 Eastern cedar cladding reclaimed from the recent renovation of the Independence Hall tower.
Beginning Tuesday, September 25, the museum’s new public hours will be Tuesday through Saturday, 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m. After this weekend (free for all!) admission will be $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and teens (13-18), and free for children 12 and under admitted free.
The new Philadelphia History Museum tells the story of Philadelphia in a compelling and contemporary way. And just as the museum wears its pride for the city whose history it tells, Philadelphia can be proud of this institution.
Check out a teaser of two items on display at the museum, below.
Philadelphia History Museum
15 S. 7th Street