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.

NLM's 20th Anniversary
Glass Auction & Gala

The National Liberty Museum is pleased to announce that our 20th Anniversary Glass Auction & Gala will be held on September 14 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown. An unforgettable evening of art, fun and inspiration is planned honoring the legacy of our founder Irvin J. Borowsky.

Learn more and purchase your tickets or sponsorship soon.

The Smartest Football Talk You Ever Heard

On Wednesday, September 25 at 6pm, 94WIP radio hosts Glen Macnow and Ray Didinger will be joined by other sports greats for an evening of football talk! Listen as legends like former Philadelphia Eagles Coach Dick Vermeil and Eagles Analyst Seth Joyner discuss the intellectual side of the game, including planning, plays, strategy and more! This event is generously sponsored by Zallie’s Catering, Conshohocken Brewing Company, and Meridian Bank.

Check our events calendar for complete details and to register today.

Destined for the Stars
by Ricky Bernstein

Destined for the Stars, a solo exhibition of painted glass, aluminum, and mixed media wall-reliefs. will be on display in our GlassAccess Gallery from August 2 - December 2, 2019. In this limited-time show, artist Ricky Bernstein celebrates victories over life’s everyday challenges, making the point that we are all heroes in our own right. Don't miss the opportunity to see this colorful and imaginative display. Learn more.

Nominations for the 2019 Awards of Valor are NOW OPEN

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. Nominations for the 2019 Awards are now closed, The names of the honorees will be posted shortly. Please check for updates.

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