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Aug 2 2011

Big Exhibits Make Philly A Must This Fall

Exhibits Focus On Rembrandt, Wyeth, The Sea & Even Bugs

Greater Philadelphia pairs its annual fall events and Halloween haunts with big-name and curiously quirky exhibits—ranging from Rembrandt and Wyeth art showings to events centered around creepy crawlers, mummies and Jim Henson Company™ puppets. Plus a new month-long exhibit takes landlubbers to the sea. Here’s a look at what’s making Philadelphia and The Countryside® an exhibit town this fall:

Autumn Openings:

  • To mark the 100th anniversary of the publication of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, which included illustrations by Chester County artist N.C. Wyeth, the Brandywine River Museum will display all 16 paintings—the first time they will be on display together since they left Wyeth’s studio—for N.C. Wyeth’s Treasure Island: Classic Illustrations for a Classic Tale. Fans of the literary adventure will also find items from Treasure Island productions, such as the 1915 stage version to Disney’s 2002 movie Treasure Planet. September 10-November 20. 1 Hoffmans Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700,
  • Visitors to the National Constitution Center will delve into the lives and contributions of seven diverse Americans who fought for freedom and justice—both at home and overseas—during the World War II era. The multimedia Fighting for Democracy: Who Is the “We” in “We the People”? combines a hands-on traveling exhibition and a 25-minute original theater performance to present these truly personal stories and connect them to current issues, such as immigration and civil rights. October 14-January 16. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6700,
  • A sure way to get reluctant kids interested in science, Bugs…Outside the Box at The Academy of Natural Sciences features giant, very detailed insect sculptures, as well as some of the academy’s own live insects. Created by Lorenzo Possenti of Pisa, Italy, the scientifically accurate (with the exception of size) sculptures illustrate the unexpected beauty and art of the creatures. October 22-January 16. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000,
  • In honor and remembrance of the tragedy that took place 10 years ago, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology hosts Excavating Ground Zero: Fragments from 9/11, organized in conjunction with National September 11 Memorial Museum. All visitors will remember the day and the heroism that followed the attacks as they view artifacts from Ground Zero. August 20-November 6. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000,

Continued From The Summer:

  • For the first time since 1656, Rembrandt van Rijn’s seven paintings of Jesus are reunited—and the Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of just two American locations to see the extremely rare collection. The Dutch master created a stir when he depicted ethnographically correct figures, as opposed to the non-Jewish-looking figures that dominated Christian art at that time. Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus, the first Rembrandt exhibit in the city since 1932, also includes 50 related paintings, prints and drawings by Rembrandt and his students. August 3-October 30. 26th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,
  • One of the world’s largest collections of mummies found a new home at The Franklin Institute Science Museum this summer. The discoveries revealed in Mummies of the World: The Exhibition include one of the world’s oldest infant mummies, an entire mummified family and Egyptian animal mummies. Through October 23. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200,
  • At the Philadelphia Zoo, the imaginative X-tink-shun exhibition features puppets from The Jim Henson Company™, including Didi the Dodo, Igor the Tiger and other adorable critters representing extinct or endangered animals, performing on eco-stages, leading parades and educating visitors about the plights of endangered species. Through October 31. 3400 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 241-1100,
  • A World of Things: The Mercer Museum A to Z features items from the castle-like Mercer Museum's 40,000-piece collection of tools and artifacts from 18th- and 19th-century America that have rarely been displayed. Through November 27. 84 S. Pine Street, Doylestown, (215) 345-0210,

First-Time Festival:

  • This September, the Independence Seaport Museum will launch Philly Seaport Fest, a month-long party that invites people of all ages to engage with the city’s eastern border, the Delaware River. Visitors will dive into fun activities and themed events, such as Talk Like a Pirate Day, pirate sails, tall ship dockings, regattas and the annual Wooden Boat Festival. September 8-October 8. Also on view at this time, Drawn to the Water: Artists of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Capture our Region’s Waterways, 1830-Present features student and teacher works depicting water from around the Philadelphia area. Through December 31. Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street, (215) 413-8655,

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Fall: A Great Time To Be Out In Philadelphia

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Leaves may fall, but LGBT culture blooms this time of year in Philadelphia. Opera Philadelphia brings groundbreaking drama We Shall Not Be Moved, with a transgender main character and Bill T. Jones as choreographer, to the Wilma Theater in September. The annual OutFest unites the Gayborhood in October. Margaret Cho comes to The Fillmore Philadelphia in November. And, of course, “Gay Christmas”—also known as Halloween—is done right with Tabu Lounge & Bar’s Little Shop of Poppers zany take on Little Shop of Horrors, LGBT Night at Terror Behind the Walls and a special screening of Hocus Pocus at

Feb 1 2018

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

Festivals, Exhibitions And Events In The Greater Philadelphia Region February 2018 Through February 2019

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

February 2018
March 2018
April 2018
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June 2018
July 2018
August 2018
September 2018
October 2018
November 2018
December 2018
January 2019
February 2019


Through February 2, 2018
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Through February 4, 2018
The automotive industry’s latest creations are on a 700,000-square-foot display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, the showplace

Mar 22 2017

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