Tonight Picks: Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday At The National Museum Of American Jewish History, Free Community Night At The Franklin Institute, Late-Night Happy Hour At North Bowl And More

Tonight, explore the galleries of the Franklin Institute and take part in hands-on activities for free as the museum hosts its recurring Target Community Night until 8 p.m. (Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Tonight, museums across the city open their doors a little later than normal for special evening programming.

The National Museum of American Jewish History debuts its weekly summer event series, pay-what-you-wish Wednesday, which runs through Labor Day. Explore the Old City museum after hours for whatever price you’d like to pay.

The Franklin Institute promises free admission to all visitors tonight as it hosts its recurring Target Community Night. Until 8 p.m., enjoy hands-on programming, Fels Planetarium shows, crafts and the opportunity to explore favorite exhibits — all for free! Registration is required, beginning at 5 p.m., visit the first floor to secure your spot.

It’s also pay-what-you-wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, stroll the galleries of the main building and enjoy a variety of special programming, too.

For those looking for some late-night fun, North Bowl invites the crowds to get their bowl on at it’s weekly late-night happy hour which features $2 shoe rental, $2 games, $2 tots and $2 beer. Done and done.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesdays at National Museum of American Jewish History: It’s night one of the National Museum of American Jewish History’s pay-what-you-wish Wednesday summer promotion. Running through Labor Day, the weekly event invites the public in to check out the permanent collection and temporary exhibitions like the current marquee exhibition, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American after hours and for whatever sized donation they please. Every Wednesday though Labor Day, doors stay open until 8 p.m.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 5-8 p.m
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall E.
Cost: Pay what you wish

Target Community Night at the Franklin Institute: Explore the Franklin Institute for free as the well-loved museum presents its recurring Target Community Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy live science shows, hands-on programming, Fels Planetarium shows, crafts and the opportunity to explore favorite exhibits like the Giant Heart, Train Factory and Kid Science. Registration is required and is available beginning at 5 p.m. on the first floor of the museum.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 5-8 p.m.
Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street
Cost: Free

Late-Night Happy Hour at North Bowl: Show off your strikes and spares at North Bowl’s late-night happy hour where shoe rental rings in at $2, games ring in at $2 each and a snack (original tots) and drink (Tecate) that only cost $2 each. The special begins at 9 p.m. and runs until close. Tip: Get there early, the late-night happy hour is pretty popular.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 9 p.m.
Where: North Bowl, 909 North 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Burger Month at Iron Hill Brewery: Burger and beer, anyone? Iron Hill Brewery celebrates National Burger Month with a different inventive burger every day of the month. Tonight, indulge in the Bahn Mi Burger — pickled veggies, cucumber, sriracha mayo and cilantro while enjoying a beer at the local brewery. All 10 Iron Hill locations are slated to take part in the promotion, including the location closest to Center City in Chestnut Hill.

When: Wednesday, May 7
Where: Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, all locations
Cost: Pay as you go

Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Every Wednesday evening, the Philadelphia Museum of Art provides guests with discounted admission for its pay-what-you-wish Wednesday event. Take in the collections housed in the main building of the museum and enjoy a slew of programming like yoga, crafts and film screenings, throughout the PMA. Tonight, also tune in to a Korean television series screening for the museum’s marquee exhibition, Treasures From Korea.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 5-8:45 p.m.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Cost: Pay what you wish

Girl’s Night Out in Chestnut Hill: Chestnut Hill raises funds for the Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation with a Girl’s Night Out (guys, are invited too!) shopping event along Germantown Avenue. From 6 to 8 p.m., a number of avenue businesses are slated to donate a portion of their proceeds to the organization. Visit spots including Ten Thousand Villages, Bredenbeck’s Ice Cream Parlor, Tavern on the Hill, McNally’s Tavern and Greene Street Consignment. Also enjoy specials like $1 cosmos at McNally’s Tavern, champagne at Statement Boutique Consignment, free coffee and espresso at Kitchen Kapers and more. For the full list of participating businesses, click here.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 6-8 p.m.
Where: Participating Businesses
Cost: Pay as you go

Great Voyages Lecture: Jason and the Golden Fleece at the Penn Museum: As part of its Great Voyages lecture series, the Penn Museum hosts a discussion with Brian Rose of UPenn’s classical archaeology department about the Greek hero Jason and his journey to the Black Sea to find a the golden fleece of a winged ram. Hear about the journey and learn what the story tells us about Greek views on women, their seafaring progressions and more. The lecture is slated to begin at 6 p.m.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 6 p.m.
Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street
Cost: $5 for General Admission in advance, $10 at the door, $2 for Penn Museum members, Free for students

Drinking Italy Series at Paradiso: Paradiso Restaurant and Wine Bar in East Passyunk celebrates its 10th anniversary with a slew of activities all year long. Tonight, sample food and wine from the Lombardia region of Italy as paired by Paradiso’s chef, Lynn Rinaldi. Sip pours of three wines native to the region and feast on an array of cheese and house-cured meats. Tonight’s meal costs $20.10 per person.

When: Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.
Where: Paradiso Restaurant and Wine Bar, 1627 East Passyunk Avenue
Cost: $20.10


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