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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com or call 215-925-2800, x129.
The National Liberty Museum offers two lunch options to our tour groups. If you choose to eat at the Museum, 30-minutes will be allotted for your lunch period.
1. Does your group wish to purchase their lunch?
NLM is offering new boxed-lunch options 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 options. Dining space is available in one of the Museum’s galleries or you may take your lunches with you. Cost is $13 per person.
Menu Options: *NOTE: All hoagies include lettuce, tomato and oil & vinegar. Gluten free bread is available upon request.
2. Is your group bringing their lunch?
NLM is offering complimentary lunch seating to our tour groups.
Both options above must be reserved in advance on your Tour Request Form.
If you prefer to eat at a restaurant, consult the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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.
Join us with your family, on Saturday, June 9 at 11am, for an engaging exploration of friendship, acceptance, respect, and kindness. Using puppets, props, and lots of imagination, author and illustrator Staci Schwartz will lead an interactive reading of her book, The New Bear on the Block. Your family will receive their very own signed copy of the book, along with a special Hide-and-Seek Adventure Map of the National Liberty Museum personally designed by Staci. Learn more.
Sound + Vision explores the influence of music on contemporary glass art and the inextricable connection between music and visual arts. Featuring the works of 29 artists and collaborative teams, Sound + Vision showcases figurative representations of instruments, experimental glass instruments, and multimedia sculptural works inspired by both musical experiences and legends. Learn more.Learn about our exciting Closing Event for this exhibit.
In keeping with the theme of our current Sound + Vision Exhibit, NLM is screening Landfill Harmonic, the inspiring story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. The film follows the orchestra's rise to fame, and their remarkable courage and perseverance as their already struggling community faces significant obstacles, including a natural disaster.
Honor, explore, and be inspired this Memorial Day. At the National Liberty Museum you’ll discover stories of both military heroes and ordinary citizens who contributed to preserving our country’s liberty. There are special activities for adults and children throughout the day, including military trivia and a creative kids' workshop. All activities are included with your "Pay What You Wish" admission. Learn more.
Join us on various weekend days in May and June when we will be offering art workshops for kids in conjunction with our Sound + Vision Exhibit. Workshops are free with Museum admission. Preregistration is required. Check our Event Calendar for details.
In our next session, on Wednesday, June 6, our guest is Sheri E. Berman, professor of political science at Barnard College. Berman’s main interests are European politics and political history, democracy and democratization, globalization, and the history of the left. Her two books have examined the role played by social democracy in determining political outcomes in 20th-century Europe. Learn more and register day.
This annual awards program, sponsored by TD Bank, recognizes young people who have taken leadership roles in their schools or communities to bring about positive social change. Each year we look for young people who have engaged in civic activities, promoted respectful resolutions to conflict, advocated for diversity, and much more. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more and nominate a deserving young person today.
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. Nominations for 2018 are now open. Learn more