Opens Friday, November 5, 2021; 6PM

Craftivism brings together three installations, It’s Nice to Meet Me and Exodus by artist and activist Shannon Downey, and Badass Herstory. Founded by Downey, Badass Herstory is a global community project that inspires women and gender non-binary folks to share their stories through fiber art. Craftivism is an amalgamation of Downey’s passions, ideals, values, truths, complexities, and confessions embroidered to explore and strengthen an understanding of self, and what it means to take positive action both for yourself and others.

Shop local, shop Liberty! National Liberty Museum (NLM) invites you to a unique holiday shopping experience — one that makes a difference. Inspired by this exhibition, the Craftivism Holiday Marketplace supports local artists and makers who are promoting positive change with enlightened, handcrafted and sustainable gifts. The Marketplace opens on Friday, November 26th with a special cocktail hour so you can shop and sip as you support your local artists and favorite museum.

Featured artists include:

Two Minds Press/Felicia Blow
IG: @twomindspress
Felicia is a designer, screen printer and illustrator based in Philadelphia. She started Two Minds in 2018, creating original hand-printed apparel, accessories and prints around themes of emotionality, wordplay, social justice and radical joy.

Brujologie/Richie Wilde Lopez
IG: @brujologie
Richie Wilde Lopez (he/him) is a gay, Latino, self-taught embroidery and fiber artist and published writer who lives and works in Philadelphia. His colorful textile pieces pay homage to his homeland of Puerto Rico. His distinctive personal style emanates queer joy while expressing the vibrant spirit and atmosphere of the Caribbean culture.

IG @jazmakes_studios
Jaz Morse is a Black queer Jamaican artist based in Philadelphia. She recently began her art career in 2020 and loves to create vibrant art that incorporate people of color and queer folks.

Jen Hope
IG @amirightladies

Featuring screen printers, embroiderers, potters, and more, the Marketplace invites you to put liberty into action by buying local and supporting Philadelphia artists and makers who are promoting positive change through sustainable practices and representation. As you are shop for the perfect items this year, stop by 321 Chestnut Street for unique, handcrafted, and enlightened gifts. The holiday market will open with a special event on Friday, November 26th – enjoy a cocktail while you shop from 12:30PM- 5PM.

Fall is for kids and Families
at the NLM.

The NLM offers a full calendar of virtual and on-site programs for kids and their families. We invite you to join us as we explore the themes of respect, taking action and spreading liberty to all.

Check out our exciting list of upcoming events for the fall.

Four Paths to Better Policing
An Interactive Virtual Public Dialogue
Monday, November 1, 2021; 7-9 pm on Zoom

Everyone has a vested interest in issues surrounding policing in our communities. We invite you to hear experts in the field and the community briefly outline four different paths to better public safety. After you hear from our experts, go deeper with fellow citizens, sharing your experiences and viewpoints in moderated small groups.

Find complete information here.

Art that acts as Social Commentary

The Graphic Content exhibition features graphic-centered artworks that take inspiration from counterculture tradition and give voice to those outside the mainstream. It features works that embody the artists' personal reflections on the current social and political climate.

The exhibition is on view through November 7, 2021
Learn more and purchase your Museum tickets now.

The artform of cartooning celebrates diversity, liberty, and inclusion

As a companion piece to the Graphic Content Exhibition, the NLM has brought back select pieces from Caretoons, a popular annual exhibition/competition that ran from 2005-2010. Through drawings submitted by children, as well as amateur and professional artists from around the world, the images in Caretoons grapple with contemporary issues through the approachable lens of cartoons and graphic art.

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An exhibition celebrating NLM Award Winners

Since the NLM’s founding, a major component of our work has been our series of annual awards programs honoring the everyday heroes who live among us. This exhibition celebrates teachers, students, police officers, firefighters & first-responders, and healthcare professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and made a difference in the lives of others.

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Events at NLM

The NLM hosts a robust calendar of programs and events for adults, from thought-provoking panel discussions to fun and engaging tours and workshops.

To see upcoming events, click here.

For special evening adult programs, visit NLM@Night.

Virtual Guided Group Tours now available

Here's a great way to enjoy the NLM. Our staff will lead you on a virtual tour of the Museum, as they explain our history, our mission, and our special exhibitions. We offer a range of virtual guided tour themes or we can customize a tour specifically for your group.

You'll find complete information here.

Support the Next Generation of Heroes

Each school year, we send NLM educators directly into Philadelphia’s most underserved schools to teach students critical leadership skills, such as courage, integrity, responsibility, respect, and most important, empathy. We show them that they have the power through their First Amendment Rights to use these skills to make positive changes in their school and community.

Help us continue to bring this program to as many students as possible.
Click here to donate now.

Police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders are honored

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 15th annual Awards of Valor, presented by Your Local Chevrolet Dealers, via a virtual ceremony on Tuesday, December 8, 2020. The event included several notable keynote speakers and was attended by the honorees, their families and colleagues,

Learn more here about their impressive and inspirational stories.

NLM Honors Medical Professionals

The National Liberty Museum is proud to host its annual Healthcare Heroes Awards, presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. This international awards program recognizes inspirational heroes in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have profoundly benefited their patients, their field, and the global community.

The 2020 Awards Ceremony was held virtually on December 3.
Click here to learn about the honorees.

NLM honors 14 inspiring students from across the country

The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 20th annual TD Bank Young Heroes Awards with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 12. The ceremony honored 14 inspiring students, ages 18 and younger, who identified an area where liberty was lacking and took action to make positive change in their local schools or communities.

Learn about these amazing young people here.