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 OFFER

    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 a special reduced cost tour opportunity. 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 Lee at klee@libertymuseum.org or call 215-925-2800, x129.

    Title 1 Tour Rates
    90-Minute Tour: $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 students.
    120-Minute MLX (Museum Learning Experience): $7 adults, $9 students.
    Both options include one complimentary adult admission for every 10 students. Teachers are always free.

  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 $50.00. 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.

 

Young heroes demonstrate their leadership at a virtual Civics Fair!

At the end of each school year, the NLM's Young Heroes Outreach Program, which brings the Museum’s civic leadership curriculum directly into area schools, holds a grand celebration to showcase the Social Action Projects created by all of the participating schools. This year the celebration was a VIRTUAL event and their projects are available for viewing on this website!

Click here to see the inspiring work of these 4th through 8th grade students, who clearly understand their ability to make a difference!

VIRTUAL NLM@Night

As we all practice social distancing, the National Liberty Museum is proud to offer fun, engaging, and informative entertainment through our Virtual NLM@Night series. Each week, these events will ask audiences to imagine liberty and the impact of everyday heroes.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

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 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 July 17.
Click here to read a letter from our Exhibitions Department about the effects of COVID-19, complete the submission form, or browse our Artist & Cultural Institution Resource List.

Do you know a young person who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 TD Bank Young Heroes Award. This honor recognizes young people who have taken action to make positive social change in their schools and communities. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

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Do you know a teacher who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Teacher as Hero Award. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.