Special Programs

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Founders Day is a great time to take a selfie with a National Park Service ranger!

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Celebrate the 101st birthday of the National Park Service at one of the nation's premier national parks. The actual birthday falls on August 25, but we'll be celebrating for several days with a wide variety of events and programs. From walking tours to lectures to trivia games and scavenger hunts - there is something to inspire, entertain, and inform everyone in your family.

For ongoing park programs, explore the Calendar.


 
 

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    Family Fun: National Park Service Quizzo

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Test your knowledge of America's national parks and win prizes. More

    Time:
    11:00 AM to 11:30 AM,1:30 PM to 2:00 PM,2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Benjamin Franklin Museum, enter from Market or Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Independence National Historical Park

    Founders Day: Free Admission at the Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Enjoy free admission to the Benjamin Franklin Museum in honor the National Park Service's 101st birthday. More

    Time:
    9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
    Location:
    Benjamin Franklin Museum, enter from Market or Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Independence National Historical Park

    Gallery Tour: "Portraits of Independence-- the Creation of the Second Bank Exhibit"

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Join the Chief Curator on the birthday of the National Park Service to learn the story behind this amazing collection of portraits. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th Streets
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Independence National Historical Park

    Walking Tour: "Then and Now, A History of Independence NHP and the National Park Service"

    Friday, August 25, 2017

    Join a ranger for a walk around Independence National Historical Park and hear the saga of its creation as one of America's premier national historical parks. More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
    Location:
    Signers Garden, SE corner of 5th and Chestnut Streets
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Independence National Historical Park

    Family Fun: National Park Service Quizzo

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Test your knowledge of America's national parks and win prizes. More

    Time:
    12:00 PM to 12:30 PM,2:30 PM to 3:00 PM
    Location:
    Benjamin Franklin Museum, enter from Market or Chestnut Street between 3rd and 4th Streets
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Independence National Historical Park

    Lecture: "Parks For All!"

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Join author Heather Hansen for a talk about our national parks - their origins and the people who protect them. More

    Time:
    2:00 PM to 2:45 PM
    Location:
    Independence Visitor Center theater, 6th and Market Streets
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Independence National Historical Park

    Scavenger Hunt: HERstory Hunt @ Independence

    Saturday, August 26, 2017

    Enjoy a women's history scavenger hunt in one of America's premier national parks. Bring your friends and family! More

    Time:
    10:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    Location:
    Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market Streets
    Fees:
    FREE
  • Discover the crucial role the National Park Service continues to play in the preservation of the birthplace of the United States. More

    Time:
    3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    Location:
    Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the U.S., Chestnut Street between 4th and 5th Streets
    Fees:
    FREE

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Mailing Address:

143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone:

(215) 965-2305

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