Information for planning your tour

Below you’ll find all of the information you need for planning a student group tour at the National Liberty Museum. If you have any questions, contact Kathleen Lee at klee@libertymuseum.org or 215-925-2800, ext. 129.

 

  1. WHAT WILL MY STUDENTS SEE AND DO ON THEIR TOUR?

    Your tour will begin at our exact replica of the Liberty Bell where students will hear the same sound that once rang out from the original Bell, just two blocks from where they are standing. This historic note sets the tone for students to explore how liberty comes to life through their actions. Throughout the tour our educators lead students through an exploration of the Museum’s art collections and exhibits, engaging them with the content in fun and creative ways. They will also explore our glass art collection and discover that liberty and freedom (like glass!) are strong and beautiful, yet fragile. For more information see our Educational Resources.

  2. HOW SHOULD I PREPARE MY STUDENTS FOR THEIR TRIP?

    While the tour can stand alone as a valuable experience for your students, their learning is enhanced when you use our pre- and post-visit lesson plans in your classroom. See our Educational Resources.

  3. IS NLM TOUR CONTENT ALIGNED WITH STATE STANDARDS?

    NLM tour content is aligned with Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and National Common Core education standards.

  4. ARE YOU AN APPROVED FIELD TRIP BY THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELHIA?

    Based on their review of our certificates of insurance, the Office of Risk Management (ORM) for the School District of Philadelphia has determined that we are in compliance with the School District’s requirements and has approved field trip activities at our facility for insurance and risk issues.

  5. HOW MANY EDUCATORS WILL MY GROUP RECEIVE?

    We will assign one Museum Educator per 20-25 students/group members. For example, if you are bringing a group of 80 students, they will be divided into four groups, and one educator will guide each group through the Museum. We will communicate with you prior to your tour to determine the number of groups needed. Because you know your group members best, it is often helpful if you assign groups prior to arriving at the Museum, being sure to keep group sizes approximately the same.

  6. TOUR CONFIRMATION AND PAYMENT

    Your tour will be confirmed when we receive your signed contract and a deposit by the due-date listed on the contract. Deposits are non-refundable. Full payment is due prior to or upon your arrival.

  7. CANCELLATIONS CHANGES & LATE ARRIVALS

    Cancellations: Please notify us immediately if you need to cancel your group’s scheduled guided tour. If you cancel your tour, any payment you have made will be applied as credit to a future visit or credit in our Museum Store.

    Changes: Please notify us immediately if you need to change your tour date, tour time or if your group changes in size by more than 5 people. We will make every effort to accommodate your changes. If your change results in an over-payment, we will apply the excess to a future visit or as credit in our Museum Store. If your change results in an underpayment, the additional amount will be due upon your arrival.

    Late Arrivals: Please make every effort to arrive on time. Due to limited space in our entry areas, tour groups arriving early may be asked to wait outside the Museum until their scheduled tour time. If your group arrives late, we may not be able to extend your tour past the previously scheduled departure time, although we will make an effort to do so if possible. If your group is unavoidably delayed, please notify us immediately with your estimated time of arrival so that we can best prepare to accommodate your group. You may do this by calling the Admission Desk at 215-925-2800, ext. 130.

  8. SPECIAL GROUP TOUR OFFERS

    We know that a visit to our Museum is a very valuable and educational experience for students. To help you arrange a trip for your class, we are offering two special reduced cost tour opportunities. Please read below and contact the person listed.

    Title I Discount

    We are offering reduced rates to any Title I school that books a standard tour or MLX tour. This reduced rate offer is limited, so be sure to contact us today! Email Kathleen at klee@libertymuseum.org or call 215-925-2800, x129.

    Title 1 Tour Rates
    90-Minute Tour: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $2 students.
    120-Minute MLX (Museum Learning Experience):
    $7 adults, $6 seniors, $7 students.
    Both options include one complimentary adult admission for every 10 students. Teachers are always free.


    First-Time School or Group Booking – Receive 20% Off

    20% off your first visit to NLM! If your school or group has never visited the National Liberty Museum, now is the time. Book your first visit to NLM any time before June 30, 2018, and receive 20% off a standard museum tour or MLX tour.

    To learn more about our tour schedule or to book, contact Kathleen at klee@libertymuseum.org or call 215-925-2800, x129.

  9. DIRECTIONS AND TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
  10. LUNCH AT THE NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM

    The National Liberty Museum offers two lunch options for our tour groups:

    1) If your group is bringing their lunch, you can rent gallery space in our Museum for $25.00. You will be allotted 30-minutes for your lunch, either before or after your tour depending upon the time of your visit.

    2) Your group can purchase boxed-lunches provided by Campo’s Deli. All selections include a bag of potato chips, a freshly-baked cookie, and a bottle of water. Your group may pick TWO choices. Dining space is available in one of the Museum’s galleries before or after your tour, or you may take your lunches with you when you leave. Cost is $13 per person. If you choose to eat at the Museum, 30-minutes will be allotted for your lunch period.

    Menu Options: *NOTE: All hoagies include lettuce, tomato and oil & vinegar. Gluten free bread is available upon request.

    Philadelphia Cheesesteak
    Philadelphia Steak w/o cheese

    Turkey Hoagie*
    Vegetable Hoagie*

    Italian Hoagie*
    Cheese Hoagie*

    If you prefer to eat at a restaurant, consult the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

  11. SOUVENIR SHOPPING AT NLM

    The National Liberty Museum offers a wide variety of souvenirs specifically geared and priced for student visitors. Our educators allow time for shopping at the conclusion of their tour.

 

Lila Liberty's Hero Quest

Join Lila Liberty on her quest to spread acceptance and kindness by helping her collect her "Super Hero Gadgets" throughout the Museum. This self-guided experience will encourage your child to understand how qualities like empathy, integrity, responsibility, and courage define what it means to be a Hero.

Lila Liberty’s Hero Quest is available between 1-3pm every Saturday and Sunday beginning on December 1, It is included in the cost of admission. Learn more.

Read and Romp

Join us with your little learner, ages 2-6, for Read & Romp, an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the Museum’s galleries. Read & Romps are held twice a week, on Monday and Saturday mornings. Learn about the “story of the week” and choose the day that works best for you! Snacks and Museum admission are included.

Check our events calendar for upcoming Read & Romps beginning on December 3, 2018.

NLM's 2018 Holiday Shop

This season, the National Liberty Museum is creating a special Holiday Shop in our newly renovated Museum Store. It will feature a one-of-a-kind collection of gifts, including festive glass ornaments, fair trade handmade jewelry, unique stocking stuffers, and much more. Click here for dates and details.

The Inspiring Stories of our 2018 Awards of Valor Honorees

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. The 2018 Awards Ceremony was held on September 12. Our honorees' inspiring stories will be displayed in a Museum exhibit and on our 2018 Awards of Valor page in the coming weeks. Please check back shortly,

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

We invite you to view the photos of our 2018 Glass Auction & Gala

Our 2018 Glass Auction & Gala was held on Saturday, October 6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown! With more than 350 guests from near and far, we're proud to share that this was one of our most successful Auctions yet! All proceeds directly benefit the thousands of children who participate in our education and outreach programs.

Photos of this exciting event are now available for viewing.
We thank everyone who supported our most important fundraiser of the year.