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.



The Power of Art: Express Yourself (Teens age 14-18), A TWO-DAY workshop: Thursday, August 19 and Friday, August 20,  10 am-12 pm both days, FREE

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

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Big Ideas for Litte Learners featuring Malala’s Magic Pencil ( for PreK Children and Families) Saturday, September 4, 11 am and 1 pm. 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.


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.

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 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.