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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,

BONUS: Free Rides, All Uber Cities: Uber is getting in on the election spirit by offering free rides for first-time users on November 8. Sign-up information is available at

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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Jan 30 2018

Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

Exhibitions, Performances and Special Program Highlight Philly’s Month of Activities

Black History Month celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year, and Philadelphia honors the occasion with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family activities. Philadelphia’s Black History Month features the nation’s longest running African American Children’s Book Fair; Black Pulp!, a new exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Henry “Box” Brown: The Musical, starring Dice Raw. Here are highlights of Philly’s Black History Month:

Museum Happenings:

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) hosts the regional debut of Black Pulp!, curated by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson. This visual overview offers up printed works by
Nov 6 2017

’Tis The Season: So Many Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

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

As temperatures drop in the history-rich, tradition-steeped city of Philadelphia, holiday spirit spills from shops, theaters, restaurants, parks and stadiums. Every must-do holiday list includes visits to Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a spin around the skating rink and more festive fun at Philadelphia City Hall, a seat at The Nutcracker, a nosh at Latkepalooza and a spot on the sidewalk for the Mummers Parade. These, and dozens more activations and traditions are supported by the Philly Holiday Festival, a creation of Welcome America, and Philadelphia’s Historic District HoliDays & Nights.

As always, the most wonderful way to enjoy

Mar 1 2018

Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events

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

The Calendar of Events is organized as follows:

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


MARCH 2018

Through March 4, 2018
Penn’s Landing’s wintertime rink and Winterfest wonderland, complete with a lodge, arcade and confectionery cabin, end their seasonal run. (215) 629-3200,

Through March 4, 2018
Big, brash, flashy Broadway musical comedy re-envisions the creation of the very first musical at the Academy of Music. (215) 893-1999,

Through March 4, 2018

May 3 2017

Philadelphia's Historic District Gears Up For A Revolutionary Summer

New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution brings the United States’ war for independence into today’s consciousness, using rarely seen relics, the original George Washington Headquarters Tent, dozens of arms, uniforms, artifacts, documents and historical vignettes of ordinary Americans to tell the extraordinary story of the nation’s founding. But the new museum isn’t the only reason to visit Philadelphia’s Historic District this summer. The Historic District consists of the Old City, Society Hill and Delaware River Waterfront neighborhoods, extending from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street.

The District’s summer lineup of must-do events

May 3 2017

VISIT PHILADELPHIA's Historic District Campaign Enters Year Two

Visitors Go Beyond The Bell & The Hall To Discover More History, More Fun

The recent opening of the Museum of the American Revolution, art-centric and community-minded programming and an integrated marketing campaign are the highlights of year two of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s efforts to promote Philadelphia’s Historic District, a vibrant neighborhood that attracts approximately four million visitors annually.

Philadelphia’s Historic District—the original city in the 17th and 18th century—extends from the Delaware River to 7th Street and from Vine to Lombard Streets. Home to Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell new and long-established museums, historic houses and interactive storytelling benches, the District is also where America’s founding generation ate, drank,

May 1 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Region: Fast Facts


There are more than 4 million people residing in the five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and more than 1.5 million in Philadelphia, making it the second-largest city on the East Coast and the sixth-largest city in the country.


Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, with convenient access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Center City Philadelphia.

The city is a 90-minute flight or a

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

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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