See below for a brief description of the various galleries at the National Liberty Museum.
Our “Welcome to Liberty” Gallery is an interactive space –free to the public– which literally and figuratively welcomes visitors to experience the mission and focus of the National Liberty Museum. The new gallery features hands-on, interactive iPad exhibits, educational liberty games and quizzes, an array of contemporary glass art, and an exact replica of the Liberty Bell that you can touch. You will then enter our state-of-the-art immersive Liberty Theater, where you will be introduced to the sights, sounds and stories of liberty that echo throughout the Museum halls.
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.
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.
Opening on Friday, April 7, this new temporary exhibit will showcase works that traditionally have been marginalized as “functional” glass art due to their association with an illicit activity. The “Treachery of Images” Exhibit embraces both the technical and social challenges of this art form by celebrating the unconventional designs and amazing craftsmanship of glass pipemakers. The work shown here, Freija by Banjo and Snic Barnes, is one of dozens of works that will be on display. Click here to learn more.
Opening on Friday, June 2 to coincide with “LGBT Pride Month,” this will be the nation’s FIRST museum exhibit of studio glass works produced exclusively by artists of the LGBT+ community. It will showcase the diverse subjects, methods, and styles explored by these artists. The work shown here by Pearl Dick will be among dozens of works on display. Click here to learn more.
Indie Lens Pop-Up is a neighborhood series that brings people together for FREE film screenings and community-driven conversations. Four films are scheduled for the coming months. After each FREE screening, we will host a thought-provoking panel discussion. Learn more and RSVP Today!
The National Liberty Museum co-sponsors and hosts a series of lectures on important foreign policy issues. Click here to learn about the upcoming event on May 2.
Nominations for our 2017 TD Bank Young Heroes Award are now open. Each year, we look for young people who have championed liberty through civic engagement, resolving conflicts respectfully, promoting diversity, and demonstrating leadership in their school or community. Learn more and submit your nomination today!
This year’s GLASS AUCTION & GALA will be held Saturday evening, October 7 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel, 201 N 17th St, Philadelphia, PA. An outstanding collection of art is being assembled. Sponsorships are available. Our 2017 "Heroes of Liberty" are Stephen & Sandy Sheller. The artist honoree is Pearl Dick from Chicago. Click here for more information.
Join the NLM on an arts-filled tour of parts of Wisconsin, Sept. 6-11, 2017. From Milwaukee’s art museums, to private collections, to a stop in beautiful Door County, which juts directly into Lake Michigan, you’ll follow host Arlene Silvers for a one-of-a-kind experience. Click here for more information.