10+ Museums Offering Free Admission During July 4th Week In Philadelphia

Score free tickets to the National Constitution Center, the Barnes Foundation and more...

All week long leading up to Independence Day, July 4th events reign in Philadelphia with fireworks, concerts and six days of free museum admission.

Beginning June 29, Wawa Welcome America invites visitors and residents to explore a variety of Philadelphia’s great museums for no cost at all.

From the anthropological depths of the Penn Museum to the history-rich displays at the National Constitution Center to the breathtaking art collection at the Barnes Foundation, museums citywide will host one-off free admission days in the coming week.

For all of our coverage of July 4th in Philadelphia, click here.

See below for more on the free museum days in Philly, June 29-July 4.

Thursday, June 29: Free Admission to the National Constitution Center

National Constiution CenterPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center opens its doors for free on Thursday, June 29, inviting you to learn everything there is to know about the U.S. Constitution through an array of high-tech exhibits, artifacts and interactive displays. Bonus: Access to the fun American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition is also free!

Thursday, June 29: Free Admission to the National Constitution Center

When:Thursday, June 29
Where:National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Thursday, June 29: Free Evening Admission to the Mummers Museum

Mummers MuseumPhoto By M. Kennedy For Visit Philadelphia

Learn about the fun and colorful tradition of the Mummers at the South Philly museum dedicated to the costumes, songs and lively routines of the iconic troupe. The Mummers Museum will offer free admission from 6 to 8 p.m. and the award-winning Quaker City String Band will perform — also for free — from 8 to 10 p.m.

Thursday, June 29: Free Evening Admission to the Mummers Museum

When:Thursday, June 29, 6-8 p.m.
Where:Mummers Museum, 1100 S. 2nd Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Friday, June 30: Free Admission to the Penn Museum

The Penn MuseumPhoto courtesy the Penn Museum

Take in the gigantic, 15-ton Egyptian sphinx alongside a host of other archaeological and anthropological artifacts and displays at the Penn Museum, which invites visitors in for free on Friday, June 30. A variety of hands-on activity stations will be set up throughout the museum, providing opportunities to touch replica artifacts and to make art inspired by the collections.

Friday, June 30: Free Admission to the Penn Museum

When:Friday, June 30
Where:Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Friday, June 30: Free Evening Admission to Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State PenitentiaryPhoto by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia

Head over to the Eastern State Penitentiary anytime from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 30 to explore the renowned, 11-acre prison, which once housed some of history's most infamous inmates. The free museum admission includes “The Voices of Eastern State” audio tour, narrated by actor Steve Buscemi, an array of interactive activities and exhibitions and a critically acclaimed series of artist installations. Note: No reservations are required, and the museum is not recommended for children under the age of seven.

Friday, June 30: Free Evening Admission to Eastern State Penitentiary

When:Friday, June 30, 5-8 p.m.
Where:Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Saturday, July 1: Free Admission to the African American Museum in Philadelphia

AAMPPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. Explore its four art- and history-packed exhibitions for free as part of the Wawa Welcome America! Free Museum Days.

Saturday, July 1: Free Admission to the African American Museum in Philadelphia

When:Saturday, July 1
Where:African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Saturday, July 1: Free Morning Admission to One Liberty Observation Deck

On July 1, 500 lucky visitors will get to see Philly from the top, for free, at the One Liberty Observation Deck from 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Rising 57 stories into the air, the sky-high spot will open its doors two hours early and hand out 500 free tickets on a first-come, first-served basis. Wake up with the sun and be sure to bring your camera to capture the epic cityscape views.

Saturday, July 1: Free Morning Admission to One Liberty Observation Deck

When:Saturday, July 1
Where:One Liberty Observation Deck, 1650 Market Street #5700
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Sunday, July 2: Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

Barnes FoundationPhoto by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Come explore one of the world’s foremost collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings on Sunday, July 2, when the Barnes Foundation opens its doors for free for Free First Sunday (presented by PECO). Home to 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses, along with works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Prendergrast, Titian and Picasso, the collection proves itself more than memorable. Tickets, available starting at 9 a.m., are limited and cannot be reserved in advance.

Sunday, July 2: Free First Sunday at the Barnes Foundation

When:Sunday, July 2
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Monday, July 3: Free Museum Admission at the National Liberty Museum

NationalLibertyMuseum-J.Fusco-780uwPhoto By: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Discover the story of real-life heroes through the interactive exhibitions and inspirational galleries at the National Liberty Museum, where you can score free admission on July 3. The museum hosts a wealth of galleries (eight in total!), featuring nearly 200 works of contemporary art and the stories of 2,000 heroes from around the globe.

Monday, July 3: Free Museum Admission at the National Liberty Museum

When:Monday, July 3
Where:National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Monday, July 3: Free Museum Day at The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University

The gothic-revival Sullivan Hall at Temple University houses The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection, a true destination for African-American scholars and visitors alike. Inside, museum-goers have access to as many as 600,000 items on the black experience: books, manuscripts, sheet music, pamphlets, journals, newspapers, broadsides, posters and photographs. Check out the collection for free on Monday, July 3.

Monday, July 3: Free Museum Day at The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University

When:Monday, July 3
Where:Sullivan Hall at Temple University, 1330 Polett Walk
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Tuesday, July 4: Free Admission at the National Museum of American Jewish History

NMAJHPhoto by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

On Independence Day, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers free admission all day long. Guests can take part in a range of educational programming — including story-time sessions and arts and crafts projects — while learning about the accomplishments and tribulations of Jews in America.

Tuesday, July 4: Free Admission at the National Museum of American Jewish History

When:Tuesday, July 4
Where:National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Tuesday, July 4: Free Admission at the Philadelphia History Museum

PhiladelphiaHistoryMuseum_Atwater-Kent-06-M.Fischetti-780uwPhoto by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

What better way to celebrate the nation's birthday than to celebrate the city where America was founded? The historic Philadelphia History Museum, offering free admission on July 4, has been an exciting gateway into Philadelphia history for nearly 70 years. Guests can browse more than 400 objects from the museum’s vast collection of 100,000-plus pieces of history and explore the city's past through a variety of interactive features.

Tuesday, July 4: Free Admission at the Philadelphia History Museum

When:Tuesday, July 4
Where:Philadelphia History Museum, 15 S. 7th Street
Cost:Free

www.welcomeamerica.com

Bonus: Sunday, July 2: Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of ArtPhoto by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

In celebration of the first weekend of the month, the Philadelphia Museum of Art offers up pay-what-you-wish admission to its storied galleries this Sunday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

Bonus: Sunday, July 2: Pay-What-You-Wish First Sunday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

When:Sunday, July 2
Where:Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost:Pay what you wish

www.philamuseum.org

Bonus: July 1-4: Historic District Scavenger Hunt

Independence Historic National ParkPhoto by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Take part in a scavenger hunt through Philadelphia's Historic District for your chance to win a one-night stay at Hotel Monaco Philadelphia plus a $250 American Express gift card. Participants will engage in a series of tasks like sharing photos, answering trivia questions and checking in at attractions while learning about many of America’s top historic sites. The Historic District Scavenger Hunt is free and can be accessed by downloading the free Scavify app on your smartphone or mobile device.

Bonus: July 1-4: Historic District Scavenger Hunt

When:July 1-4
Where:Historic District Scavenger Hunt, Select locations, including Independence Hall
Cost:Free

www.scavify.com

 


Looking for more July 4th fun? Check out a full guide to July 4th in Philly on visitphilly.com.

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