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.
Philly’s Freedom is on Display in the Live Like a Hero Gallery through February 13, 2021
How do we define “liberty”? What does it mean to be “free”? These are questions and concepts that we have grappled with at the National Liberty Museum for more than 20 years and ones we posed to a group of talented artists from across Philadelphia in our newest exhibition, Philly’s Freedom. Through more than 75 works of art, Philly’s Freedom invites you on a journey to explore what freedom means to 50+ artists as they use stories, reflections, and images to inspire us to see freedom and liberty as an ongoing human quest we all share.
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.
In honor of Black History Month, artist Serena Saunders will be highlighted in an hour-long virtual tour of the National Liberty Museum on Tuesday, February 23 at 5pm. The tour will explore the history of civil rights activism in art, protests, political movements, and more. Serena Saunders is a featured artist in the Philadelphia’s Freedom exhibition now on display at the NLM.
Click here to learn more and register for this event.
The National Liberty Museum celebrated its 14th annual Teacher as Hero Award sponsored by State Farm® with a Virtual Awards Ceremony on Saturday, September 24. The ceremony honored 10 inspiring teachers who make a difference in the lives of their students. To mark the occasion, State Farm Representatives, National Liberty Museum leadership, friends and family gathered via Zoom to celebrate the accomplishments of these exceptional educators.
Learn their stories here. TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE 2021 AWARDS, CLICK HERE.