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Jul 14 2010

Three New Attractions And A Royal Exhibition Make Philly Even More Historic

President’s House, Jewish Museum, Liberty 360 & Cleopatra Take Visitors From Ancient Egypt To Present Day

America’s story continues to unfold in Historic Philadelphia with the openings of The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, the National Museum of American Jewish History and Liberty 360 this fall. Located next to two of our nation’s most prominent symbols of freedom—the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall—The President’s House reveals the contradiction of slavery in the new nation, while the National Museum of American Jewish History tells the story of American Jews from 1654 through the present day and includes a variety of interactive experiences, including one that invites visitors to make their own story part of the museum’s permanent collection. Inside a 360° theater, Liberty 360 uses the latest 3-D technology to explore our nation’s precious icons of freedom. Telling her own story through a free audio guide, the queen herself guides visitors through the world-premiere Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt at The Franklin Institute science museum.

With so much to explore during their trips, fall-loving visitors will want to stay over, especially since visitphilly.com makes it so easy and affordable to book a trip. On the site, they can choose from 50 hotel packages—all of which include valuable and fun offers like tours, spa treatments or breakfast. One popular deal is the two-night Philly Overnight® Hotel Package, complete with free hotel parking and available at more than 30 hotels throughout the region. The packages are bookable online at visitphilly.com or by calling the hotel directly.

Autumn Openings:

  • When The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation makes its much-anticipated debut on Independence Mall on December 15, 2010, visitors will be able to see structural fragments of the home where Presidents Washington and Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president. At the open-air Independence National Historical Park site, located just steps from the Liberty Bell Center, visitors will learn about the events that transpired at the President’s House through illustrated glass panels, timelines and video re-enactments. They’ll also have a place to partake in silent reflection at the 24-hour site. 6th & Market Streets, (215) 597-0060, phila.gov/presidentshouse
  • When the new National Museum of American Jewish History opens on November 26, visitors to Independence Mall will notice a striking glass façade reflecting the accessibility of the museum, the open nature of America and the perennial fragility of democracy. Inside, intriguing permanent and changing exhibitions, rare artifacts and interactive displays will mark the trials and triumphs of American Jews through every phase of our country’s history. The 100,000-square-foot, five-story museum welcomes all people, inviting them to discover what they have in common with the Jewish experience in America and explore the features that make their history distinct. 101 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org

Exciting Exhibitions:

  • Inside the world-premiere Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt at The Franklin Institute, 140 artifacts and multimedia features transport visitors from modern-day Philadelphia to ancient Egypt, where the elusive queen ruled as the last Pharaoh before the Romans took power. While her body and much of the evidence of her life were lost in the sands and waters of Egypt, her fascinating story—her rule, the opposition to her throne and her legendary romances with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony—remains. Through January 2. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  • Art of the American Soldier kicks off its national tour in Philadelphia at the National Constitution Center—a museum dedicated to exploring the U.S. Constitution. Through nearly 300 never-before-seen paintings and sketches created by men and women in the line of duty, the exhibition offers intimate, first-hand insight into the life of an American soldier. September 24-March 31. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org
  • One of just a handful of female characters that emerged from the American Revolution, Betsy Ross stitched her way into the fabric of our nation. Betsy Ross: The Life Behind the Legend at Delaware’s Winterthur Museum & Country Estate examines her roles of wife, mother, upholsterer and icon, and it includes flags from private and public collections. October 2, 2010-January 2, 2011. 5105 Kennett Pike (Route 52), Winterthur, (302) 888-4600, winterthur.org

Another Historical Newbie:

  • Opening September 29 in Historic Philadelphia, Liberty 360 surrounds visitors as they discover the nation’s symbols of freedom with the help of narrator Benjamin Franklin. Inside the 360° theater, the groundbreaking, 15-minute indoor show uses the most modern 3-D technology of its kind to spotlight the most treasured American value—liberty. Historic Philadelphia Center, 6th & Chestnut Streets, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.

For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit visitphilly.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.

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