Signature Galleries

Through robust programs and dynamic exhibitions, the National Liberty Museum illuminates the strength and fragility of liberty and presents the stories of people whose positive actions inspire us to protect and advance liberty for all.

See below for a brief description of the various galleries at the National Liberty Museum.

  1. Flame Gallery


    The Museum’s Flame Gallery features the 21-ft Flame of Liberty by Dale Chihuly. It 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.

     

  2. Welcome to Liberty Gallery


    The Welcome to Liberty Gallery includes our exact replica of the Liberty Bell, 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.

     

     

     

  3. Liberty Theater

    The current exhibition in this gallery is Caretoons, which opened on June 18, 2021. This exhibition brings back select pieces from a popular annual exhibition/competition that ran from 2005-2010. In creating Caretoons, the NLM wanted to design an exhibition that used the powerful artform of cartooning to celebrate diversity, inclusion, liberty, and freedom.

     

     

     

  4. Heroes from Around the World

    National Liberty Museum Heroes from Around the World
    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.

     

     

  5. Live Like a Hero – Special Exhibitions are presented in this gallery throughout the year!

    The current exhibition in this gallery is Graphic Content, which opened on June 18, 2021. This unique exhibition features graphic-centered artworks that act as social commentary, taking inspiration from counterculture tradition and giving voice to those outside the mainstream.

     

     

     

  6. Inspiration Exhibit

    National Liberty Museum Inspirational American Heroes
    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.

     

     

     

  7. Liberty Hall

    Strength & Fragility: The Story of the NLM is presented in Liberty Hall on the 4th floor. This exhibition highlights the life of the Museum’s founder, businessman and philanthropist 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 in 2000. Borowsky believed that liberty, like glass, is both fragile and strong, and must always be nurtured and protected.

    The centerpiece of the exhibition is a magnificent 9-foot-tall glass canopy by Ulla Darni, entitled The Peace Portal. It includes a custom sound bath experience, Seeds of Love, written and produced by Philadelphia-based sound artist Luna Maye, in collaboration with composer Alfiya Glow, that gives visitors a chance to peacefully reflect on the NLM’s founding principles of promoting and advancing freedom and liberty for all.

     

  8. Voyage to Liberty

    National Liberty Museum Voyage to LibertyThis gallery is temporarily closed for renovations.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  9. The Gallery@ NLM

    The exhibition currently on display in The Gallery@NLM on the lower level is Heroes Among Us. In this inspirational exhibition, the Museum celebrates NLM award winners who have demonstrated extraordinary courage and made a difference in the lives of others.

    Since the NLM’s founding, core to our work is hosting a series of impactful annual awards programs honoring the everyday heroes among us. To date, we have recognized hundreds of teachers, students, police officers, firefighters & first-responders, and healthcare professionals for their exemplary service.

     

 

 

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.