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Oct 6 2016

Five Election Exhibits Across The U.S. Take Decision 2016 From Polarizing To Fascinating

Mock Speeches, Social Media Displays & Rock And Roll Artifacts Reveal The Experience Of Running For President

This year’s presidential race—particularly the heated, headline-grabbing contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump—might seem unprecedentedly newsworthy. But in truth, U.S. presidential elections have been making history since President George Washington became the first world leader to peacefully pass power to a non-relative (John Adams) via democratic election. Across the United States, top-tier museums delve into the race to be POTUS via election-themed exhibitions. VISIT PHILADELPHIA® has gathered details on the largest such displays—in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, New York and Cleveland.

The following five exhibits delve into the decisions, rallies, marketing, music, handshakes and other fascinating details that are part of seeking the highest office in the land:

  1. PHILADELPHIA – Headed to the White House: More than 118,000 people have played the role of “candidate” at the National Constitution Center, located steps away from Independence Hall. People discover how elections have evolved over time, star in their own campaign ads, work with an interactive speech coach and take a seat behind the Oval Office desk. Along the way, they get the scoop on the electoral process, from the moment a candidate announces his/her campaign to the presidential swearing-in ceremony. Through December 31, 2016. National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, (215) 409-6700,; Press contact: Merissa Blum, (215) 409-6645,
  2. WASHINGTON, DC – Hooray for Politics!: Two rally signs remain at the entrance to an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History that showcased every presidential hopeful since February 2016. Alongside sign-wielding mannequins, voting equipment reveals how Americans cast their decisions in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors make their way to the museum’s political history collection to view memorabilia from long-ago and recent elections, including small metal buttons celebrating Washington’s inauguration in 1789 and posters from this year’s Democratic and Republican national conventions. Through November 14, 2016. National Museum of American History, Constitution Avenue, NW between 12th & 14th Streets, Washington, DC, (202) 633-1000,; Press contact: Public affairs, (202) 633-3129,
  3. WASHINGTON, DC – CNN Politics Campaign 2016: Like, Share, Elect: What’s it like to run for president in the social media age? CNN and the Newseum delve into today’s landscape, where candidates and the public can connect like never before—digitally. People can pose their own questions in the #CampaignConfessional and watch other voters from around the country do the same on screen. Instagram photos, media headlines and a display of happening-now issues and events round out the 2016 campaign experience. Undecided voters can use the Matchmaker to determine if their views align more with Hillary or Donald. Through January 22, 2017. Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 292-6100,; Press contact: Jonathan Thompson, (202) 292-6353,
  4. NEW YORK – Campaigning for the Presidency: The New-York Historical Society Museum & Library presents more than 120 objects from the Museum of Democracy/Wright Family Collection, one of the world’s largest holdings of political campaign memorabilia. Board games, posters, T-shirts, paper dresses, stickers and other political effects showcase the ideals, culture, humor and biting criticisms of the elections between 1960 (Kennedy v. Nixon) and 1972 (Nixon v. McGovern). Johnson Juice, anyone? Through November 27, 2016. New-York Historical Society Museum & Library, 170 Central Park West at Richard Gilder Way, New York, (212) 873-3400,; Press contact: Ines Aslan, (212) 485-9263,
  5. CLEVELAND – Louder Than Words: Rock, Power and Politics: The relationship between music and politics plays out at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame now, and at Washington D.C.’s Newseum in 2017. Artifacts, firsthand accounts, media headlines and songs compose the story of music responding to and influencing history—think Vietnam War, Berlin Wall, #BlackLivesMatter, feminism and political campaigns. Some of the items on display: John Lennon’s guitar from his Bed-In for Peace with Yoko Ono, letters between the FBI and N.W.A’s record label about the group’s provocative statements on police brutality and handwritten lyrics by Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen. (And yes, the show covers the misuse of campaign songs.) Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Through November 27, 2016. 1100 Rock and Roll Boulevard, Cleveland, (216) 781-ROCK (7625),; Press contact: Shauna Wilson, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, (216) 515-1215,; Newseum: January 13-July 31, 2017; 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, (202) 292-6100,; Press contact: Jonathan Thompson, (202) 292-6353,

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VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region’s official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia’s image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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Apr 21 2017

New–Lots New–This Summer In Philadelphia

Philly Debuts And News Include The Museum Of The American Revolution, Longwood Gardens’ Fountains, An Andrew Wyeth Retrospective, Hall & Oates Festival, So Much More

Philadelphia’s summer is jam-packed with things to do, thanks to new attractions, limited-time displays, major exhibitions and the seasonal happenings that locals and visitors cherish. Highlights: just-opened Museum of the American Revolution and the nation’s most playful LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, an indoor snow playground called Winter: Exclusively at Philadelphia Zoo, a high-tech, $19 million renovation of Longwood Gardens’ main fountains and a concert and festival curated and headlined by Philly’s own Hall & Oates.

Just Opened:

  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center – Millions of LEGO bricks build the foundation for this creative and fun destination. Perfect for ages 3
Mar 22 2017

A Spectacular September Weekend Awaits Arts Lovers In Philadelphia

One Weekend, Three Debuts: O17 Opera Festival, Fireflies Exhibit & Mural Arts Monument Lab

September is shaping up to be a spectacular one for arts lovers in Philadelphia. During the weekend of September 14, fans of the fine and performing arts have a slew of exhibits, performances and first-in-Philly happenings from which to choose: Opera Philadelphia’s inaugural opera festival O17; the groundbreaking moving art exhibition Fireflies—part of Parkway 100, the 15-month-long centennial celebration of the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and Mural Arts Philadelphia’s Monument Lab, an eight-week public art and history exhibit that spans the city. Add to that the always outrageous Fringe Festival and the last weekend for Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect

Feb 14 2017

2017 Flower Show And More Are Dutch In Philly

Beyond The World’s Largest Flower Show, Visitors Can Explore Philly’s Dutch Connections

When 250,000 people attend the world’s largest indoor flower show in Philadelphia from March 11-19, 2017, they’ll visit the Netherlands too. The Philadelphia Flower Show attracts enthusiasts and experts in horticulture for competitions, workshops, celebrations, planted installations and, this year only, a vibrant sampling of the famously lush landscapes and plantings of the Dutch countryside. “Holland: Flowering the World” features the country’s eco-design, modern greening—and traditional windmills, wooden shoes and tulips. Beyond the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Flower Show patrons can experience Philadelphia’s Dutch connections.

  • Noord eetcafe – The city’s first Dutch-inspired dining room belongs to a chef whose parents came

In English

Feb 6 2017

16 Razones Espectaculares Para Visitar Filadelfia En El 2017

La Selección de la NFL, apertura del Museo de la Revolución Estadounidense y un nuevo Festival de Ópera--Listo para este año

Parece que el 2017 será otro año de éxitos para Filadelfia al ofrecer a las personas muchas razones para visitar y explorar esta ciudad tan elogiada. Aún llena de energía por la visita del papa Francisco en el 2015 y la Convención Nacional Democrática en 2016, Filadelfia continuará disfrutando de la atención nacional con el NFL Draft (Selección de la NFL), la apertura del nuevo Museum of the American Revolution (Museo de la Revolución Estadounidense) y el debut del festival anual de ópera O17. Los eventos más destacados del año incluyen la Semana Mexicana (que coincide con el Cinco de

Nov 14 2016

'Tis The Season: Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

The Region Celebrates With Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, Shows & More

Twinkling lights, the echo of carols and a nip in the air all bring a sprinkle of seasonal magic to Philadelphia. This year the festivities get an extra touch of sparkle with the launch of the Philly Holiday Festival, the city’s colorful, seven-week holiday gift to locals and visitors, featuring a new spectacularly lit tree and America’s Garden Capital Maze in Dilworth Park, parades, light shows and two fireworks displays along the Delaware River. Beyond the festivals, revelers can enjoy all of their regional favorites, including the dazzling Longwood Gardens Christmas display and Washington’s annual Crossing of the Delaware River

Oct 20 2016

Rocky: Forty & Fabulous

Rocky’s 40th Anniversary Is The Perfect Time To Visit Iconic Philly Sites

Forty years ago next month, the world witnessed the set-in-Philly birth of the ultimate, all-American underdog flick. On November 21, 1976, Rocky brought to life the glorious grit of Philadelphia’s favorite fictional son. But Rocky Balboa won more than the hearts of filmgoers: Sylvester Stallone’s creation earned 10 Academy Award nominations—and ultimately won three, including Best Film and Best Director—led to six sequels, grossed more than $1 billion dollars and showed off a tough-love side of Philly whose legend has persisted to this day. Sure, the city’s skyline, cultural scene, restaurants and reputation have dramatically evolved since Rocky’s debut—but Philadelphia

Aug 29 2016

Philadelphia Fetes Community And Culture This Fall

Major Art Exhibitions, Street Festivals, Dinosaurs, Murals and More Invigorate The Season

With the opening of a new center for Latino arts and culture (El Corazόn Cultural Center), a day of car-free city streets (Philly Free Streets) and oodles of festivals celebrating everything from fungi to films to first-person storytelling, Philadelphia coasts into autumn with a calendar chock full of fun.

More time to stay means more time to play. To maximize the season’s offerings, visitors can book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking, at

What’s New:

  • Urban Axes introduces the newest craze from Canada to Philadelphia with the opening of the nation’s first indoor
Jul 8 2016

16 Things To Know: African-American Philadelphia

From Colonial Through Modern Days In The City Of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection

Strength In Numbers:

  1. The 2010 U.S. Census reported 661,839—that’s 43.37%—of Philadelphians are African-American, the city’s second largest ethnic demographic. More recent estimates show this population has increased by approximately 1% in the past six years.
  2. The largest concentration—82%—of African-American Philadelphians live in North Philadelphia west of Germantown Avenue, Point Breeze in South Philadelphia, West Philadelphia and in parts of Southwest Philadelphia.
  3. Important African-American business corridors include 52nd Street between Walnut and
    Arch Streets and Baltimore Avenue between 40th and 52nd Streets, both in West Philadelphia; and Stenton Avenue between Broad Street and Walnut Lane and Ogontz
Apr 24 2017

Philly Tours Explore History, Art, Food, Bridges & the Supernatural

Also Explore The Region By Foot, Trolley, Horse Or Smartphone

Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from an assortment of options to explore the region, including those of the air, automotive, audio, culinary, self-guided and water-based varieties. And the sightseeing fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Those who come out at night can join tours that feature behind-the-scenes action and, if so desired, spirits from beyond. Here’s a selection of tours available throughout the region:

History Lessons By Day & Night:

  • Bow Tie Tours – Learning about Philadelphia’s—and America’s—history through the true tales of real-life characters who walked the city’s streets is the secret to the success of