National Liberty Museum
Liberty comes to life at the National Liberty Museum, located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Old City, where past ideals empower the achievements of today, tomorrow, and beyond.
Over four floors of permanent galleries and changing exhibitions, we explore the meaning of liberty today through contemporary art and the stories of real people from around the world who have done extraordinary things in the name of freedom.
FREE with General Admission ticket or NLM Membership
OPENS APRIL 1
La Brega explores the diasporic experience through the lens of a Puerto Rican. Loosely translated as “the struggle,” la brega is an optimistic turn of phrase grounded in realism, acknowledging everyday hardships and an intent to persevere through the daily grind of challenges beyond one’s control with ever-forward movement. In his work, artist Johnny Irizarry reveals the essence of la brega, speaking to a range of issues from colonization and its legacies to the disproportionate impact of climate change, gun violence, and traditions in religion and spirituality. His mixed media works incorporate purposeful storytelling imagery with cultural-social-political intent and tackle the psychic transformation that takes place when humans face oppression. La Brega explores freedom and its many historical and cultural challenges impacting our society and Puerto Ricans today, inviting us all to re-imagine our world anew through equity and justice.