Opens Friday, November 5, 2021; 10am–5pm
FREE with General Admission; NLM Members FREE.

Craftivism brings together three installations, It’s Nice to Meet Me and Exodus by artist and activist Shannon Downey, and Bad Ass Herstory by members of Bad Ass Cross Stitch. Founded by Downey, Bad Ass Cross Stitch is a global community project that inspires women and gender non-binary folks to share their stories through the art of cross stitch and embroidery. 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.

Craftivisim Members-Only Preview Event, Thursday, November 4; 5:30 – 7pm. FREE for NLM Members.
National Liberty Museum members get an exclusive sneak peek at our newest exhibition, Craftivism: Activism through Craft, before it opens to the general public! During the evening, join exhibition artist Shannon Downey for a chat and walk through the exhibition—plus all guests receive a complimentary Craftivism gift bag just for attending! Become a National Liberty Museum member today!

Craftivism Opening Event, Friday, November 5; 6–9pm. For Ages 17+. FREE with general admission. NLM Members FREE.
ome get crafty at the National Liberty Museum on the first Friday in November to celebrate the opening of our newest exhibition, Craftivism: Activism through Craft. Exhibition artists Ellie Z, Omkari Williams, and Shannon Downey will provide artist chats every half hour. At 7pm, join artist Shannon Downey as she conducts a fun and engaging 1-hour embroidery class for all skill levels! (Embroidery class is an additional $10 fee). To register for the Craftivism opening event, please click here.

Craftivisim Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, November 6 & 7; 10am –5pm both days. All ages. FREE with general admission. NLM Members FREE.
Craftivism Weekend is all about exploring the intersection between crafts and activism. All ages can learn about the craftivism movement, what current craftivists are up to, and how you can become an emerging craftivist yourself! Become a National Liberty Museum member today!



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.

Strength & Fragility Exhibition

*Final weeks to see the Peace Portal!

Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM highlights the life of the Museum’s founder Irvin J. Borowsky, and how his belief in universal equality and liberty, as well as his passion for contemporary glass art, led to the creation of the National Liberty Museum. Strength & Fragility includes engaging archival material, stunning glass artwork, immersive soundscapes and –*through September 12 only!– a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled the "Peace Portal.” Be sure to see this exhibition before the Peace Portal is taken down.

You'll 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.

Click here to learn more and purchase your Museum tickets.

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.

Click here to learn more and purchase Museum tickets.

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 what's happening this summer, 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.