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National Liberty Museum a trip through Life, Liberty, & Freedom
Recently I took a trip to the National Liberty Museum in the heart of Philly. I have been hearing the advertisement on the radio for months and decided to check it out. I was pleasantly surprised and very moved by what I saw.
When you first enter the National Liberty Museum you are to check in and given a bar code to use for the games and quizzes on different floors. You are also able to check in your coats for the winter months. So helpful instead of having to carry them around.
The National Liberty Museum Galleries:
- First Floor: Liberty Hall & Voyage.
- Second Floor: Hall of Expression & Heroes of Expression.
- Third Floor: Gallery 321 & The Glass Room.
- Fourth Floor: The Great Room, Liberty Studio & Liberty Lab.
First Floor Liberty Hall/Voyage:
- Head, Heart, & Hand kiosks with a small speaker called “Heroes of Character” here you will swipe your bar code and be able to pick a person you would like to be. Once you choose a character it will ask you a question based on different situations. For example “You really want to go out with your friends and will have a once in a life time experience but have homework to do, what do you do?” There will be three answers and you pick the best answer. And it connects the answers to important people in history, like Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman, and Gandhi.
- Liberty Hall contains walls filled with reasons individuals and different countries left their lives in their countries to immigrate here, to America. You can see a tiny Lady Liberty and some other beautiful pieces of Art Work. Be sure to take a seat and watch some short five minute videos. On the day we went we watched Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I have a Dream” speech.
My favorite floor contained Hall of Expression & Heroes of Expression. These I believed were simple enough for young children to understand and appreciate.
Second Floor Features of Hall of Expression/Heroes of Expression:
- Young Heroes Wall: No matter how young you are you can make a difference in your school, community, and the world. See pictures and the stories of different people who have won this award.
- The Jelly Bean Children: Life Sized jelly beans put together to look like children. Showing us that we are all the same inside but different on the outside just like jelly beans.
- The Shredder: Use the pieces of paper to write down a bad word or something not nice that someone said to you that has bothered you. Put it in the shredder and get rid of it forever!
- Use the flashlight and magnifying glass to look at a glass ant hill.
- Learn about Anne Frank
- See the Nelson Mandela exhibit, leave a note about he has impacted your life or how he has impacted others.
Third Floor Gallery 321/Glass Room:
- See glass art that represents the fragile state of liberty.
- Beautiful showcase but because of the fragile state you may try to avoid this area with small children.
Through-out the center of the National Liberty Museum on each level you will see a beautiful red “Flame of Liberty” That is simply breath taking.
National Liberty Museum Admission Costs:
- Adults $7.00, Seniors $6.00, Students $5.00
- Children ages 5-17 with an adult $2.00
- Children under 5 years no charge.
- “Family Admission” $15, includes two adult family members and all of their children.
- Museum members are admitted free.
National Liberty Museum Hours:
- 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday-Saturday
- 12 noon to 6:00 pm on Sunday.
- We are open 7 days a week during the summer, beginning Memorial Day and ending on Labor Day.
- Call for schedule on holidays, as these are subject to change.
National Liberty Museum Address:
321 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
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