As of July 6th, APS offices are open to staff and invited visitors. The Society will remain closed to the public for at least the rest of the summer. Library & Museum staff now have access to our collections and will respond to reference and photoduplication requests as soon as possible. However, please note that response times may be delayed due to increased demand. The Society will continue a robust slate of virtual programs throughout the summer and fall. Read more about virtual programming and resources that can be accessed remotely. For further information on the APS reopening and its COVID response, please click here.

Friends of the APS

Birch print of Independence Hall

The American Philosophical Society established the Friends of the APS in 2009 to engage wider audiences in Benjamin Franklin’s visionary mission of “promoting useful knowledge.” Today, Friends of the APS contribute critical unrestricted funds and designated donations to the Society’s independent research library, public museum, publications, and research program that provides support to early-career scholars and scientists for projects around the globe.  

Your support as a contributing Friend of the APS will help steward national treasures, promote new knowledge, and open the Society’s doors for public learning and enjoyment. The APS welcomes unrestricted gifts, but you may also designate your annual contribution for the Library, the Museum, Research/Grants, and/or Publications.

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Supporting Friends enjoy engaging opportunities for intellectual fellowship. Private offerings include:

  • Exhibition previews, public lectures, and scholarly presentations
  • Exclusive behind-the-scenes tours
  • Advance notice and registration for special programs

Gift Levels and Benefits

Contributing Friends of the APS are invited to enjoy a full year of engagement opportunities. All levels receive monthly e-news and recognition in the Society’s Annual Report.

Tours and events are scheduled at specific times. Email or call 215-599-4303 for details. Registration is required. We look forward to connecting you with Friends of the APS offerings! 

Learn more about gift levels and benefits.

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For more information, please contact Alexis Anderson at 215-599-4303 or