Summer@NLM

Explore liberty with the NLM this summer through a wide range of creative and inspiring opportunities for kids and their grown-ups. Some events are on-site; some events are virtual. The details are provided in each listing.

 

JUNE EVENTS


Beyond Wakanda: Black Superheroes from Comics to Real Life (for Kids 8-12), A FOUR-DAY workshop: Tuesday, June 29; Wednesday, June 30; Thursday, July 1; and Friday, July 2; 10am-11am. FREE 
–VIRTUAL

From “Black Panther” to “Storm,” Black superheroes have long fascinated us. In this fun, fast-paced, and interactive 4-day virtual workshop for kids ages 8-12, discover what liberty means to you, what special characteristics make Black superheroes super, and how their creation transformed the comic book world. You’ll also hear about real-life Black superheroes, past and present, who have made a true difference in the world. Finally, with the help of a renowned comic book artist, you will use our templates (and your imagination!) to create your very own superhero with the power to stand up for what you believe in.

About the workshop leader, Alexis Jennings:
Alexis Jennings is a Museum Educator at the National Liberty Museum, and she loves museums! Prior to joining the NLM, Alexis held positions at the Chester County History Center, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. As a museum professional, Alexis strives for museums to serve their communities and use their content to teach visitors how to make meaningful change in their lives and their communities. Alexis holds a master’s degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Limit 15 participants, so sign up for this FOUR day Workshop today.
Register for “Beyond Wakada” here.

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JULY EVENTS



4th OF JULY WEEKEND at NLM, JULY 2-4

Celebrate our nation’s birthday at the Museum that celebrates liberty every day of the year with People Speak, a weekend-long celebration of our inalienable rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Explore our three newest exhibitions and join in special programs and activities for all ages that celebrate our voices and freedom of expression. Special offerings for the July 4th weekend include:


WaWa Welcome America, Friday, July 2, 10am-5pm.

As part of the overall Wawa Welcome America festivities, the National Liberty Museum is offering free admission to the Museum and our newly opened exhibitions Graphic Content and Caretoons 2021. Tickets may be reserved online in advance of your visit, as well as in-person at the Museum. Tickets are timed for the top of each hour. If you arrive early, you may be asked to wait. If a particular time-slot is filled, you will need to choose another hour. There are no restrictions to the length of your visit.

Register for your visit now, and you can sign up to take an add-on gallery tour for just $10 per person:
• Family Friendly Tour at 11 am (pre-registration is required)
• Graphic Content Gallery Tour for ages 18+ (pre-registration is required)



People Speak Weekend, Saturday & Sunday, July 3 & 4, 10am-5pm, all activities free with Museum Admission 

-Federal Donut Love
Give-away to first 50 visitors on Saturday & Sunday
Our first 50 visitors on both Saturday & Sunday will receive a free donut from our partners Federal Donuts. Donuts will be distributed individually with full observance of public health guidelines.

-Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness Pop-Up Talks
10 min talks each hour on Saturday & Sunday, 11-4 PM

Meet Museum staff at the front desk for ten-minute pop-up talks highlighting their three favorite pieces that exemplify Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

-The People Speak: A Wish for US
Saturday & Sunday, July 3 & 4, Ongoing from 10 AM-5 PM

Drop into Liberty Theater and add A Wish for US to our People Speak participatory project. Leave an addressed postcard with your wish for yourself, your community, Philadelphia or the world, and we will put it in the mail for you.

-Red… White & Blue, Too! A story hour with guest reader, Miss Brittany Lynn (for PreK Children and Families) Saturday, July 3, 11 AM and 1 PM
As part of our July 4th celebrations, NLM’s signature Read ‘n’ Romp story hour is back, with very special guest reader, Miss Brittany Lynn from Drag Queen Story Time! In this on-site children and families program, Miss Brittany Lynn will read her favorite book, Red by Michael Hall, and we will learn what it means to have respect for ourselves and others. After the reading, children and families are invited to join Lila Liberty and NLM educators to make “Rainbow Respectacles” to remind us to treat everyone with kindness. Attending families can also bring home Take & Do bags to continue learning all month long!

Space is limited. Register for the July 3 story hour here.



Tik Tok Liberty (for teens), A FOUR-DAY workshop over a four week period: Tuesday, July 13, 20 & 27; August 3; 10am-11:30am. FREE
–VIRTUAL

What do TikTok and liberty have in common? Both give you the opportunity to express yourself! Join the NLM as we do a virtual deep dive into the First Amendment, the right to freedom of expression, and how to address important societal issues through the exciting medium of TikTok.

Over the course of four, 90-minute weekly sessions, you’ll have fun making new friends as you work in teams to identify and discuss issues that are important to you. Then you’ll get an opportunity to express how YOU feel about those issues by producing your very own video to be uploaded on the NLM’s TikTok. Along the way, we’ll meet some cool experts, learn how to use social media safely, and discover how social media can be an effective tool to make lasting, positive change in your community and beyond.

About the workshop leader, Emily Crum:
Emily Crum is a Museum Educator at the National Liberty Museum, where she works with a team of Educators to deliver the Young Heroes Outreach Program to over 20 Philadelphia-area schools. Emily is passionate about exposing all audiences to art and culture by creating multi-sensory experiences with lasting impact. She holds a dual Master’s degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara..

Limit 15 participants, so sign up for this FOUR day (four weeks) Workshop today.
Register for “Tik Tok Liberty” here.

Sponsored by

 



AUGUST EVENTS


Big Ideas for Little Learners featuring the Positive Movement Drumline (for PreK Children and Families) Saturday, August 7, 11am and 1pm. FREE with Museum admission.
–ON-SITE

Join NLM for this month’s Read ‘n’ Romp story hour featuring the Positive Movement Drumline! We will read Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s Dream and You by Carole Boston Weatherford and learn what it means to be responsible. Positive Movement will lead children and families in a drumstick-making workshop, and Lila Liberty and NLM Educators will help you make your very own “Giving Gloves” to practice taking care of yourself, others, and the world around you. Attending families can also bring home Take & Do bags to continue learning all month long!

Positive Movement will lead a workshop and musical performance at 12 PM. Space is limited. Register for the August 7 event here.



The Power of Art: Express Yourself (Teens age 14-18), A TWO-DAY workshop: Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20. FREE
– ON-SITE

Can expressing yourself through art inspire positive action? We think so, and we want you to collaborate on a piece of artwork that proves it!

Based on our newest exhibition, Graphic Content, which highlights the intersection of art, censorship, and the power of self-expression, this interactive two-day workshop for ages 14-18 promises to be fun, creative, and full of discovery. You’ll learn about your First Amendments rights, including freedom of expression, and how those rights can be used for promoting meaningful change. You’ll also discover what the boundaries are to those rights. Finally, you’ll take everything you’ve learned and collaborate on a temporary mural, focused on a current aspect of liberty, that will hang inside the Museum to inspire visitors.

This workshop will be held at the National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia. Participants must wear masks and adhere to all social distancing guidelines. Limit 10 participants, so sign up today!

About the workshop leader, Alexis Jennings:
Alexis Jennings is a Museum Educator at the National Liberty Museum, and she loves museums! Prior to joining the NLM, Alexis held positions at the Chester County History Center, the James E. Lewis Museum of Art and the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture. As a museum professional, Alexis strives for museums to serve their communities and use their content to teach visitors how to make meaningful change in their lives and their communities. Alexis holds a master’s degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland and a bachelor’s degree in History and Anthropology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.

Limit 15 participants, so sign up for this TWO day Workshop today.
Register for “The Power of Art” here.

Sponsored by

 


 

SEPTEMBER EVENTS


Big Ideas for Litte Learners featuring Malala’s Magic Pencil ( for PreK Children and Families) Saturday, September 4, 11am and 1pm. FREE with Museum admission. –ON-SITE

Celebrate the end of summer at NLM and the start of a new school year with a special Read ‘n’ Romp story hour! This month we will read Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai and learn what it means to have perseverance in difficult times. Children and families are invited to participate in a workshop to make and use magic pencils of their own and explore how to shape a better world for themselves and others. Attending families can also bring home Take & Do bags to continue learning all month long!

Space is limited. Register for the September 4 event here.


 

Strength & Fragility Exhibition Now Open

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, and immersive soundscapes. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a magnificent 9-foot-high glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled “The Peace Portal.” It features a custom sound bath experience, Seeds of Love, written and produced by Philadelphia-based sound artist Luna Maye, in collaboration with composer Alfiya Glow.

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.

Programs for Kids & Families

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 summer events.


                                                Special Thanks to the Satell Institute for sponsoring
                                            these FREE summer workshops:
Click here for dates and times.

-Beyond Wakanda: Black Superheroes from Comics to Real Life (for Kids 8-12), A FOUR-DAY workshop.
-Tik Tok Liberty (for teens), A FOUR-DAY workshop over a four week period.
-The Power of Art: Express Yourself (Teens age 14-18), A TWO-DAY workshop.

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.