Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum brings liberty to life through interactive exhibits, contemporary works of art, and stories of heroes whose character and courage have expanded liberty for all. Visitors are encouraged to think about liberty as an ongoing human quest that we all share.
See below for a brief description of the various galleries at the National Liberty Museum.
The Museum’s Flame Gallery, featuring the 21-ft Flame of Liberty by Dale Chihuly, was completely renovated in 2018. This space now provides a 360° experience of inspirational words, images, sounds, and voices, incorporating the magnificent glass flame into the presentation. At the conclusion of the presentation, visitors are asked to step up and touch the surrounding ring, which causes the Flame to erupt into vibrant colors. This experience is one example of how the National Liberty Museum brings liberty to life for its visitors.
The Welcome to Liberty Gallery was renovated in early 2018 and is now open. Our exact replica of the Liberty Bell is in place, along with a mural-size presentation of what it means to Live Like a Hero. This inspirational walk through freedom inspires visitors to think about liberty as an ongoing human quest that we all share.
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 gallery examines the journey of American liberty, and introduces you to citizens who helped shape America’s freedoms by using their First Amendment rights to advance liberty for themselves and others.
The warm glow of the Flame of Liberty – crafted for the National Liberty Museum by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly – emerges through the center of this gallery. This 21-foot glass flame represents the power of liberty to spread from a spark and light the way forward. The exhibits surrounding this flame feature heroes of all backgrounds who have 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 make a difference. The centerpiece of this gallery is the Jellybean Children sculpture, which represents the diversity of America. A favorite interactive in this gallery is the Shredder Exhibit, where visitors can discard negative words and thoughts.
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.
GiveBack Workshops at NLM are a unique way of volunteering and the perfect spark to activate your family’s sense of empathy, respect, and responsibility, the character traits that make someone a true hero of liberty. A different GiveBack Workshop is held once each month on a Saturday morning. You and your children will work together to complete a “make-and-donate” activity specifically designed by the partner organization for that month.
Check our events calendar for all the upcoming GiveBack Workshops –and the organizations with whom we are partnering– beginning on January 12, 2019.
Join us on Monday, January 21 to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We have FIVE activities planned so visitors of all ages can explore how they can “Live Like A Hero.” Admission is “Pay-What-You-Wish” and all activities are included!
Check our Calendar of Events for complete details.
Join us with your little learner, ages 2-6, for Read & Romp, an exciting hour of imaginative storytelling, interactive games, and creative crafts in the Museum’s galleries. Read & Romps are held twice a week, on Monday and Saturday mornings. Learn about the “story of the week” and choose the day that works best for you! Snacks and Museum admission are included.
Check our events calendar for upcoming Read & Romps beginning on December 3, 2018.
Join Lila Liberty on her quest to spread acceptance and kindness by helping her collect her "Super Hero Gadgets" throughout the Museum. This self-guided experience will encourage your child to understand how qualities like empathy, integrity, responsibility, and courage define what it means to be a Hero.
Lila Liberty’s Hero Quest is available between 1-3pm every Saturday and Sunday beginning on December 1, It is included in the cost of admission. Learn more.
Nominations are now open for our annual Teacher as Hero Awards. This yearly recognition program, sponsored by State Farm®, honors outstanding educators in the Delaware Valley.
Click here to learn more and nominate a deserving teacher today.
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. The 2018 Awards Ceremony was held on September 12. Our honorees' inspiring stories will be displayed in a Museum exhibit and on our 2018 Awards of Valor page in the coming weeks. Please check back shortly,
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