Forbidden Art Exhibition

Location: Live Like a Hero Gallery
Schedule:
Museum is temporarily closed until further notice. Please check back for revised schedule of this exhibition.

“…beautiful, haunting, real, painful, nuanced, deep, and transformational.”
–Daralyse Lyons, Dosage Magazine

Hand-picked from the collections of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland, Forbidden Art presents 20 powerful images of fragile and rare examples of art made illegally and under potentially grave consequences by Jewish and Polish prisoners in the German Nazi Auschwitz Concentration and Extermination Camp from 1940-1945. Many of these works document the harsh reality of the camp, but others, like caricatures, albums containing greetings, and even fairy tales written by prisoners for their children, reveal their use as an escape from the daily cruelty of Auschwitz.


 

While the Museum is temporarily closed, we invite you to watch a video that is part of the Forbidden Art exhibition. Featuring experts from the Auschwitz Memorial in Poland, as well as a first-hand account from a Holocaust survivor, it gives context to the exhibition and underscores the importance of the artists and the works they created.
Watch a video from the exhibition


NOTE: Forbidden Art is part of a larger group of exhibitions and programs being mounted across the US in honor of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Each piece in Forbidden Art is accompanied by a historical commentary and excerpts from archival accounts and is displayed within large illuminated wooden kiosks that artfully evoke the interiors of prisoner barracks. Find out more about the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum.

 

During regular Museum hours, the Forbidden Art exhibition is FREE with general admission.

 Adults $12.00  • Seniors $10.00 • Students (with ID) $8.00 • Youth  5-17 $6.00 • Children under 5 years free
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Celebrating Pride Month with a Retrospective Exhibition

For Pride Month 2017, the National Liberty Museum presented Transparency, the nation’s first museum exhibition of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists in the LGBTQ+ community. While the physical exhibition is currently being housed at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, Washington, the NLM is partnering with this Museum from June 15-19 to host a week of virtual activities and social media posts to again draw attention to this thought-provoking exhibition.

We invite you to participate in these very interesting events. Learn more here.

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.

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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.

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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.