Spe­cial In­ter­est Mu­se­ums

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THE AFRICAN AMER­I­CAN MU­SEUM IN PHILADEL­PHIA— The first in­sti­tu­tion built by a ma­jor United States city to house and in­ter­pret the life and work of African Amer­i­cans. This month: “Da­woud Bey: Har­lem, U.S.A.,” Jan. 26-April 2; “Shawn Theodore: Church of Bro­ken Pieces,” Jan. 28-April 16. Tick­ets: $10-14. Open Th-Sa 10 am-5 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.aamp­mu­seum.org. 701 Arch St., 215.574.0380. Map 1, J4

AMER­I­CAN SWEDISH HIS­TOR­I­CAL MU­SEUM— Amer­ica’s old­est mu­seum devoted to pre­serv­ing and pre­sent­ing Swedish and Swedish-Amer­i­can his­tory and cul­ture, housed in a re­gal build­ing in Franklin De­lano Roo­sevelt (FDR) Park. Tick­ets: $4- 8, free ages 4 and un­der. Open Tu-F 10 am- 4 pm, Sa-Su

noon- 4 pm. www.amer­i­can­swedish.org. 1900 Pat­ti­son Ave., 215.389.1776. IN­DE­PEN­DENCE SEAPORT MU­SEUM— A won­der­ful and spa­cious mar­itime mu­seum, lo­cated on Penn’s Land­ing, of­fers in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits and an op­er­a­tional boat work­shop. Just out­side, vis­i­tors can tour the decks and depths of the cruiser “Olympia” and the World War II sub­ma­rine “Be­cuna.” Tick­ets: $10-15. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. www.philly seaport. org. 211 S. Colum­bus Blvd., 215.413.8655. Map 1, L6

LI­BRARY COM­PANY OF PHILADEL­PHIA— The Li­brary Com­pany of Philadel­phia is an in­de­pen­dent, non­profit re­search li­brary whose col­lec­tions in­clude over half a mil­lion rare books, prints, and pho­to­graphs doc­u­ment­ing ev­ery as­pect of Amer­i­can his­tory and cul­ture from the colo­nial pe­riod through the end of the 19th cen­tury. Free and open to the pub­lic. Open M-F 9 am- 4:45 pm. www.li­brarycompany.org. 1314 Lo­cust St., 215.546.3181. Map 1, H6

MUMMERS MU­SEUM— Learn about Philadel­phia’s col­or­ful New Year’s tra­di­tion as you strut and twirl through Mummers ex­hibits and demon­stra­tions. Col­lec­tion in­cludes mem­o­ra­bilia and the Mummers’ trade­mark elab­o­rate cos­tumes, some of which date back from the early 1900s. Do­na­tion sug­gested. Open W-Sa 9:30 am- 4 pm. www.mum­mersmu­seum.com. 1100 S. Sec­ond St., 215.336.3050. Map 1, K8

NA­TIONAL CON­STI­TU­TION CEN­TER— Lo­cated just two blocks from In­de­pen­dence Hall and the Lib­erty Bell, this dy­namic and modern mu­seum tells the story of the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion through in­ter­ac­tive and mul­ti­me­dia ex­hibits. This month: Tick­ets $8-14.50. Open M-F 9:30 am-5 pm, Sa 9:30 am- 6 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.con­sti­tu­tion­cen­ter.org. 525 Arch St., In­de­pen­dence Mall, 215.409.6600. Map 1, K4

NA­TIONAL LIB­ERTY MU­SEUM— Cel­e­brate Amer­ica’s her­itage of free­dom and achieve­ment. Gal­leries honor lo­cal, na­tional and in­ter­na­tional de­fend­ers of lib­erty. Gal­leries in­clude “Wel­come to Lib­erty Gallery,” “Voy­age to Lib­erty” and “He­roes From Around the World,” and don’t miss the work of glass ar­ti­san Dale Chi­huly. Tick­ets: $2-7. Open daily 10 am-5 pm. www.lib­er­ty­mu­seum.org. 321 Chest­nut St., 215.925.2800. Map 1, K5 NA­TIONAL MU­SEUM OF AMER­I­CAN JEWISH HIS­TORY— Ex­plore the bless­ings and chal­lenges of free­dom through ex­hibits fea­tur­ing more than 1,000 ar­ti­facts and films and in­ter­ac­tive tech­nol­ogy that pro­vides op­por­tu­ni­ties for vis­i­tors to con­trib­ute their own sto­ries. Tick­ets: $11-12. Open Tu-F 10 am-5 pm, Sa-Su 10 am-5:30 pm. www.nmajh.org. Cor­ner of 5th and Mar­ket streets, 215.923.3811. Map 1, K5

PLEASE TOUCH MU­SEUM— Lo­cated in the gor­geously ren­o­vated Me­mo­rial Hall in Fair­mount Park, this chil­dren’s mu­seum is ded­i­cated to en­rich­ing the lives of young­sters by pro­vid­ing learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties through play. Tick­ets: $17. Open M-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 11 am-5 pm. www.please­touch­mu­seum.org. 4231 Av­enue of the Repub­lic, 215.581.3181. Map 1, B4 THE ROSENBACH OF THE FREE LI­BRARY OF PHILADEL

PHIA— Housed in­side two beau­ti­ful town­houses on one of Philadel­phia’s most charm­ing streets, the Rosenbach of­fers chang­ing ex­hi­bi­tions and pro­grams in­spired by its re­mark­able col­lec­tion of rare books, manuscripts, and fine and dec­o­ra­tive art. Tick­ets: $5-10. Open Tu and F noon-5 pm, W-Th noon-8 pm, Sa-Sun noon- 6 pm. www. rosenbach.org. 2008-2010 De­lancey Place, 215.732.1600. Map 1, G6

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