We are pleased to welcome visitors again beginning Friday, October 16 (October 14 for members). As part of our reopening plan, we are instituting new preventative measures and policies with your health and safety being our highest priority.

BUY YOUR TIMED TICKETS IN ADVANCE: The best way to make sure that you can see everything the NLM has to offer is to purchase your timed tickets ahead of your visit. For general admission click here. If you are a member, click here.

WEAR A MASK: All museum visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear face masks. Make sure your mask fits well around the mouth and nose without any gaps.

MAINTAIN A SAFE DISTANCE: We’ve reduced visitor capacity and implemented one-way traffic flows in our galleries. Additional signage and floor markers help guests maintain a safe distance of 6 feet or more.

KEEP IT CLEAN: We’ve installed additional handwashing and sanitizing stations, along with increased cleaning activity across our museum.


FAQ: Health & Safety Information

  1. How will my membership be affected by the closure?

    All memberships that were valid between March 14, 2020 and October 13th, 2020 have been extended to ensure the benefits of one full year of museum benefits. An updated membership card will be sent out prior to our members-only reopening date.

  2. Why do Members now have to reserve General Admission tickets in advance?

    The National Liberty Museum is following city, state, and federal guidelines to facilitate contactless payments in order to protect our staff and visitors. To manage visitor capacity, tickets will be limited and sold on a timed basis. Time slots may sell out; if sold out, early admission will not be allowed.

  3. What additional cleaning measures are in place?

    The National Liberty Museum has implemented enhanced daily cleaning and sanitation protocols. Deep cleaning of all galleries and facilities will take place on Sundays and Mondays when the museum is closed to the public. Details on daily, and weekly cleaning procedures can be found below:
    • New disinfecting equipment
    • New EPA disinfectant supplies
    • Increased frequency of restroom cleaning
    • Increased cleaning staff present throughout the day
    • Increased hand sanitizer stations
    • Updated training for cleaning staff
    • Promote hand washing
    • Provide PPE for cleaning staff
    • High touch points identified and more frequently sanitized

  4. What measures are you taking to ensure the safety and well being of your Team Members?

    Team Members will be required to wear masks/face coverings while on the job, interacting with visitors. The National Liberty Museum has added protective barriers in all locations where purchases are made, and tickets are scanned.

  5. Are there any changes I should know about before I visit?

    • Guests are required to sign a non-liability waiver upon entry to the galleries
    • Masks are now required during visits
    • Physical distance between families/groups and staff
    • Limited visitor capacity each day
    • Buying tickets in advance is now required

  6. What exhibits will be unavailable during my visit?

    All exhibits and galleries will be available for viewing. Visitors will be required to follow a designated visitor pathway in order to ensure the safety of all guests and staff. NLM staff will be stationed on each floor to assist guests for those unable to abide by the pathway.

  7. What if I can’t wear a face mask during my visit?

    Yes. If you have a medical condition or disability that prevents you from wearing a face covering please contact our to discuss ways we can accommodate you.

  8. What is considered an appropriate face covering during my visit?

    Facial coverings in line with CDC’s guidelines are considered appropriate for a visit to The Franklin Institute, and should cover an individual’s nose and mouth.

  9. How will physical distancing be enforced?

    In addition to the designated visitor pathways, signage and floor graphic indicators will be used throughout the museum to allow for proper social distancing. Family members and others who live in the same household can be closer together. Team Members will also be on site to explain and reinforce these requirements.

  10. Can I bring in outside food and drink?

    Yes. However, indoor eating and drinking are not allowed at this time. No refrigeration or heating facilities are available.

  11. How can I buy tickets?

    Tickets can be purchased on-site in the museum’s visitor center or online. For general admission click here. If you are a member, click here.

  12. I bought a ticket but now do not feel well or cannot attend. What do I do?

    Please contact the Manager of Visitor and Member Services at to reschedule your visit.

  13. Will wheelchairs be available? If so how will they be cleaned?

    No. Wheelchairs will not be made available.

These guidelines are subject to change as the NLM continues to comply with local, state, and federal guidelines.



NLM reopens with a brand new exhibition focusing on freedom

NLM's newest exhibition explores what freedom means through a diverse collection of work from more than 50 Philadelphia artists. The Opening Weekend is October 16-18, 10AM-7PM. Museum members are invited to see it early.

Learn more and purchase your time tickets now.

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.

Join us for NLM's Virtual Gala & Glass Auction

Celebrate with us on Saturday, October 10 at 7:30 p.m. from the comfort of your own home as our Gala & Glass Auction goes virtual! It's the National Liberty Museum's 20th birthday, and we're marking the occasion with an exciting live auction and unforgettable evening of fun activities.

Learn more and purchase your tickets now.


Although the National Liberty Museum is reopening, we will continue to offer varied and engaging digital experiences for those of you who are not quite ready to return to the Museum in person. Our Virtual NLM@Night series offers fun, engaging, and informative entertainment on the subject of liberty to adult audiences.

Click here to learn about upcoming events.

Do you know a first-responder who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 Awards of Valor presented by YOUR LOCAL CHEVROLET DEALERS. This Award honors police officers, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency responders for extraordinary acts of courage, empathy, and meritorious community service. To learn more and submit a nomination, please click here.

Chevrolet supports first responders. Learn more.

Do you know a Healthcare Professional who deserves special recognition?

We are now accepting nominations for our 2020 Healthcare Heroes Award presented by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Awarded in four categories, Healthcare Heroes recognizes professionals in healthcare research and treatment whose accomplishments have had a profound impact on others.

This year we are expanding the Community Hero Award category by including all those who participated in helping others in regard to the treatment of COVID-19. Learn more and nominate someone by clicking here.