Family Program: Happy 283rd Birthday, Charles Willson Peale!

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

This event is free and open to the public

APS Museum - Philosophical Hall

104 South Fifth Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106


Sunday, April 14, 2024 

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

A picture of kids crafting paper stars at a table

Photo Credit: Johanna Austin,

Sunday, April 14th from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. ET

Join the APS Museum and Independence National Historical Park in celebrating Charles Willson Peale’s 283rd birthday! Learn more about this curious figure’s role in natural history. Visitors will be able to channel their inner naturalist through activities including drawing, identifying fossils, and more!

Charles Willson Peale was a famous American portrait artist and is known for founding the first successful public museum in the United States. Visit the APS Museum to learn more about Charles Willson Peale, his son Titian Ramsay Peale, and even more naturalists found in our new exhibition, Sketching Splendor: American Natural History, 1750-1850.

This is a free event from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Visitors are welcome to stop for any amount of time throughout the program. Hands-on activities for the whole family brought to you by the American Philosophical Society and Independence National Historical Park.

Please note that photographs or video may be taken by APS staff throughout the event for educational and/or promotional materials.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding accessing this event, please contact the education office at [email protected]. We appreciate two weeks of advance notice for any accessibility requests.