See below for a brief description of the various galleries at the National Liberty Museum.
What obstacles to liberty have people overcome?
As you walk through this gallery filled with stained glass biblical scenes by Maurice Gareau, think about the colonists who came to America seeking religious freedom. They did not want to be persecuted for their faith, as they had been in Europe. But how could they live with others who did not share their beliefs? What was their duty to their fellow seekers of freedom? This same question is expressed in the Glass Chess Set by Gianni Toso (shown above), where the pieces are arranged in groups as if they are trying to work things out among themselves. This gallery examines the journey to American liberty over time, and introduces you to citizens and American heroes who helped shape America’s freedoms by using their First Amendment rights to advance liberty for themselves and others.
Who are the actors in the story of liberty? The warm glow of the Flame of Liberty – crafted for the National Liberty Museum by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly – illuminates the space where we explore this question. This 21-foot glass flame represents the power of liberty to spread from a spark, to light the way forward, and to exist in the past, the present, and the future. The exhibits illuminated by the flame feature heroes of all types who have carried the spark and kept the fire burning.
In free societies people of diverse backgrounds are expected to work together to keep their communities strong and flourishing. This gallery honors Heroes of Liberty who live among us, including teachers, students, police officers, firefighters, and many other ordinary citizens who use their voices and talents to advocate for positive change. The centerpiece of this gallery is the Jellybean Children sculpture, which represents the diversity of America. A favorite interactive is the Shredder Exhibit, where visitors write down negative things they see in their communities and beyond, and put them through the shredder to symbolize their commitment to making a difference.
This classroom space houses original work by world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, as well as a collection of glass sculptures by Milon Townsend, exploring some of the pillars that develop leadership through character education.
Located in the center of the Museum between galleries, this exhibit honors Americans who have faced physical, cognitive or psychological challenges with courage, determination and hope. Many honored in this exhibit are well-known individuals, who are highly successful in their fields.
This 3-story exhibit through the center of the Museum pays tribute to the heroes of 9/11. It features video footage of the attack, photographs that capture unforgettable scenes, faces of the American heroes and a beautiful mural of the Pentagon expressing the ultimate victory of freedom over terrorism.
This meeting room houses our collection of original White House China, as well as a wall-size replica of Howard Chandler Christy’s Depression-era painting, the Signing of the Constitution. Explore an exhibit of military medals and the men and women who have been honored with them.
Our “Welcome to Liberty” Gallery is currently being renovated. The renovation will be completed in early 2018. Please watch for an announcement on this website and on our social media for details on the re-opening.
This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley. The public is invited to submit nominations. The winners are announced in March and receive their awards at a ceremony in early May. Learn more and nominate someone today
Through the lens of civic engagement, the program director of One Book, One Philadelphia will lead a book chat on Another Brooklyn, connecting the novel to America’s heritage of freedom and finding one’s own voice in our country’s story.
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This annual awards program, presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS, honors police officers, firefighters, and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious service. Learn more
In the next session of our ongoing lecture series by FPRI, our guest is Samuel Helfont, a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Research Institute’s Program on the Middle East. He will discuss his new book, Compulsion in Religion: Saddam Hussein, Islam, and the Roots of Insurgencies, which investigates the religious insurgencies which erupted in Iraq following the American-led invasion in 2003. This lecture will be held on April 11 at 6:30pm. Learn more and register day.