Our Founder

The National Liberty Museum is the culmination of the life’s work of Irvin Borowsky, a lifelong Philadelphian, publisher, art collector and philanthropist.

Mr-Borowsky-portrait_180x200Mr. Borowsky was the youngest son of two Polish immigrants who arrived here in 1904. Like millions of other immigrants, they came with only what they could carry, seeking safety and new opportunities in America. Their experience and background gave their son a profound appreciation for what America offered.
Mr. Borowsky was an entrepreneur from a very young age. When he retired, he wanted to give back to our nation by reminding people that liberty is the factor that makes everything else possible. In founding this Museum, he was seeking not just to present a collection of art and artifacts, but rather to illustrate that liberty is a work in progress which requires citizens to understand, respect and respond to each other. As Mr. Borowsky explained at the Museum’s opening ceremony on January 12, 2000, “We who are fortunate enough to live in the land of liberty must protect it, preserve it and guard it for future generations.”

Mr. Borowsky died peacefully on November 25, 2014, two days after his 90th birthday.

Philadelphia’s Freedom Exhibition Call to Artists

When the National Liberty Museum opened its doors twenty years ago just a block away from Independence Hall, it took on the mission to reinforce the basic principles for safeguarding liberty, including heroism, empathy, and the appreciation of diversity. For our upcoming exhibition, Philadelphia's Freedom, the National Liberty Museum invites artists from the City of Brotherly & Sisterly Love to submit artwork based on your own unique interpretation of freedom.

Philadelphia's Freedom will debut in the NLM's Live Like a Hero Gallery in the Summer/Fall of 2020. The deadline to apply is May 17.
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Giveback Workshops

On the first Saturday of each month from 10:30-noon, the NLM partners with a selected mission-driven nonprofit to give parents and children the opportunity to work together to complete a “make-and-donate” activity for an important cause. This event is included with general admission, but registration is encouraged.

Learn more. Then, be sure to attend with YOUR family!

Read & 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.

Check our events calendar for Read & Romps scheduled for later this spring.

Learn about the 2019 Awards of Valor Honorees

This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Please click here for the names of the 2019 winners.

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