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Aug 7 2012

Fall Brings Prohibition & A New Kimpton To Philly

Big Exhibits Keep Philly Cool This Fall

Only in Philadelphia this fall, Prohibition, Titanic, Maya and Dead Sea Scrolls join such recent additions as the Barnes Foundation and the renovated Rodin Museum, making the region a must-see, must-do. A new Kimpton hotel even gives visitors a new way to stay—right on Independence Mall. Here’s a peek at what’s awesome this autumn in Philadelphia and The Countryside®:

Anticipated Accommodations:

  • The 100-year-old Lafayette Building, located on Independence Mall, recently found new life as a Kimpton-owned Hotel Monaco. The 10-story, four-star hotel houses 268 rooms; a bevy of luxury suites; 120-seat Red Owl Tavern, serving modern American fare and craft cocktails; and Stratus, the largest rooftop lounge in Philadelphia. Opening October 4, 2012. 5th & Chestnut Streets, kimptonhotels.com

Museum Redo:

  • The September opening of the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent revealed an extensively revitalized home for a treasure trove of objects that chronicle the everyday lives of three centuries’ worth of Philadelphians. New exhibits showcase everything from 18th-century portraits to 21st-century community movements; installations that explore the city’s craft beer movement; dynamic displays that celebrate Philadelphia sports fanaticism; and stories of the city’s growth using street intersections as a guide. The reconfigured space allows curators to display items rarely or ever before seen, such as Joe Frazier’s boxing gloves, Benjamin Franklin’s wine glass, a Quaker bonnet, the famous Wampum Belt and George Washington’s presidential desk. 15 S. 7th Street, (215) 685-4830, philadelphiahistory.org

History-Making Exhibitions:

  • Philadelphia roars into fall with the premiere of American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition, created by and showing at the National Constitution Center. Through interactive areas of the exhibition, visitors can explore a re-created speakeasy, learn how to dance the Charleston, take a quiz to find out if they would have been a “wet” or a “dry” and trace how the temperance movement resulted in the 18th Amendment with the carnival-inspired Wayne Wheeler’s Amazing Amendment Machine. Temperance propaganda, flapper duds and authentic homebrew items are among the 120 rare artifacts that help bring to life the causes of Prohibition, the culture of the 1920s and the lasting effects of the only U.S. Constitution amendment to ever be repealed. Pulitzer finalist Daniel Okrent, the author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition who collaborated with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick on the documentary Prohibition, curated the nationally touring exhibition. October 19, 2012-April 28, 2013. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org
  • At The Franklin Institute, Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition unveils a startling collection of 212 artifacts—china, candlesticks, tiepins, silver dollars and more—recovered from the wreck site that tell stories of drama and tragedy, humanity and heroism. The display documents the ship’s construction and launch, life onboard the doomed vessel, the tale of the sinking and dramatic rescue of some 700 people, the discovery of the buried ship 73 years after it was lost and the conservation efforts made over the past 15 years. November 10, 2012-April 7, 2013. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  • The largest and most comprehensive display of the biblical Dead Sea Scrolls ever displayed in the United States is now on display at The Franklin Institute. The 20-scroll Dead Sea Scrolls: Life and Faith in Biblical Times contains the books of Genesis, Leviticus, Exodus and others. The exhibition puts the scrolls into context by integrating a three-ton stone from the Western Wall in Jerusalem and more than 600 religious, military and household items from biblical times. Through October 14, 2012. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  • At the Penn Museum, Maya 2012: Lords of Time gets in on the Doomsday phenomenon that has people hurrying to check items off their bucket lists. The exhibition guides visitors on a journey through the time-ordered universe of the ancient Mayan civilization with interactive experiences, full-sized replicas of major monuments and more than 100 remarkable objects and artifacts. Through January 13, 2013. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

Art Again & Again:

  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art, which anchors the culture-packed Benjamin Franklin Parkway, implemented a new pricing structure that invites people to take in double the art. A general admission ticket ($20) now gives people an extra day to appreciate the masterpieces at the Art Museum, as well as at the outdoor Sculpture Garden, the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and the newly renovated Rodin Museum. The ticket is good for two consecutive days. To save precious minutes between museums, a new complimentary shuttle whisks art lovers from one building to another. In the spirit of more art and less money, the Philadelphia Museum of Art also will extend its public visiting hours on Wednesdays later this fall, and between 5:00 and 9:00 p.m., visitors can pay what they wish to meander through the iconic building. Benjamin Franklin Parkway between 22nd & 26th Streets, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
  • The Barnes Foundation, which opened its Philadelphia campus in May 2012, houses Dr. Albert Barnes’ renowned art collection—featuring 181 Renoirs (more than any other collection), 69 Cézannes (more than in all of France) and groundbreaking African art. One of the only ways to get untimed tickets to the Barnes is through a new hotel package available at nine hotels. While package amenities vary from hotel to hotel, perks include complimentary meals, cocktails and hotel parking. Through December 30, 2012. visitphilly.com/barnespackage

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