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    Independence

    National Historical Park Pennsylvania

Park Fun

Play, Explore, Look and Learn...all at Independence National Historical Park. There is something to engage, entertain and challenge every family.

 
Detail of painting focusing on the head of a white horse.

You may be surprised by what you discover in Hidden History.

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Hidden History Clue Cards

Dates: Ongoing
Times: Museum hours (see Operating Hours and Seasons)
Location: Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th Streets
Cost: FREE

Ask a park ranger in the Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank for a clue card. Follow the clues and you may be able to answer the riddle to earn a trading card. Solved one riddle but want to play again? Ask a ranger for another clue card. This scavenger hunt activity is fun for the whole family.

 
Detail of figurine of squirrel holding a scroll and quill pen.

Look high and low to find Skuggs the squirrel in the Benjamin Franklin Museum.

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Character Matters Family Guide

Date: Ongoing
Times: Museum hours (see Operating Hours and Seasons)
Location: Benjamin Franklin Museum, enter Franklin Court from Market or Chestnut Streets
Cost: Included with museum admission

Families will find an able guide to the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Skuggs the Squirrel. Franklin delighted in pet squirrels, or skuggs as they were known in his day. Skuggs will provide clues for families exploring the museum on the path of curiosity, the path of a hard worker, or the path of a team player. Make sure you bring your camera for this family adventure.

Did You Know?

Painting of George Washington

In the summer of 1793 “ten thousand people in the streets of Philadelphia … threatened to drag Washington out of his house, and effect a Revolution in Government” but an outbreak of yellow fever dispersed the mob and saved the national government. (J Adams to T Jefferson, June 30, 1813)