Five Free Things To Do For Martin Luther King Jr. Day In Philadelphia

Free museum admission, volunteer events and more...

Monday, January 16 marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a holiday that celebrates the life and legacy of one of the civil rights movement’s most influential leaders.

Museums and attractions across Philadelphia offer everything from discounted museum admission to volunteer opportunities to honor the work of Dr. King with many schools and businesses closed on Monday to observe the holiday, there are plenty of things to do if you have a day off from school or work.

Check out our picks for free (or donation-based) Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Philly, below.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s MLK Tribute Concert

Philadelphia Orchestra Opening NightPhoto By J. Griffin For Visit Philadelphia

Honor the extraordinary life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during a free concert by The Philadelphia Orchestra. The orchestra will combine the traditions of African-American culture and Western classical music to pay tribute to the modern-day hero. Free tickets are required and are available online. Tickets are available online starting at noon on Tuesday, January 10. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s MLK Tribute Concert

When:Monday, January 16, 1:30 p.m.
Where:Girard College, 2101 S. College Avenue
Cost:Free tickets required

www.philorch.org

MLK Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish HistoryPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The National Museum of American Jewish History offers free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and presents a number of complementary programs, too. Throughout the day, guests can enjoy crafts, discussions about social justice and more.

MLK Family Day at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Monday, January 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.nmajh.org

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King with fun programming, pay-what-you-wish admission to the museum and special Monday hours (when the museum is normally closed!). Guests of the museum can tour the collection while also taking part in a number of community-service-driven events at the museum.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Monday, January 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the National Liberty Museum

National Liberty MuseumPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The National Liberty Museum celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day with pay-what-you-wish admission, Civil Rights-themed scavenger hunt, crafts and a special screening of Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin, an award-winning documentary about King's mentor and advisor.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the National Liberty Museum

When:Monday, January 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where:National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.libertymuseum.org

Volunteer and Service Project Opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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One of the best ways to honor King's life and legacy is by lending a hand. On Monday, January 16, sites across the city honor Dr. King by hosting volunteer events. Volunteer events range from indoor and outdoor cleanups to opportunities to serve food to those in need.

Volunteer and Service Project Opportunities on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

When:Monday, January 16
Where:Various Locations
Cost:Free

www.mlkdayofservice.org


For more Martin Luther King Jr. Day events in Philadelphia, check out a full guide to the holiday on visitphilly.com.

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