APS buildings are open to staff and invited visitors. The Library is under renovation until early 2022. Virtual programs are ongoing and some in person events are resuming. Read more about the APS's COVID response and operating procedures.

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The APS's Museum will open "Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist" starting on Friday, August 6! There will be some health and safety precautions in place. Learn more below.

With great excitement, the American Philosophical Society’s Museum is reopening! Beginning on the evening of Friday, August 6, we will reopen the APS Museum with the Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist exhibition through December. During this period, we will:

  • have limited hours (Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5 p.m.); 
  • permit only 20 visitors in the exhibition at a time; 
  • require visitors and staff to wear appropriate face coverings 
  • use a timed entry ticketing system. Tickets are required for your visit. 

Tickets available through Eventbrite.

More dates and times coming soon. The Eventbrite is updated monthly. If the date you are looking for does not show up on the Eventbrite, all tickets have been booked or we will be closed for a program. Email MuseumEducation@AmPhilSoc.Org with any questions. 

Check this page for the most up-to-date information on tickets and policies.

At the American Philosophical Society Museum, visitors will see exhibitions drawn from the Society’s renowned collections that trace American history and science from the Founding Fathers to the digital age. Holdings include over 2.5 miles of manuscript pages and approximately one million rare books, prints, photographs, paintings, scientific instruments, Native American language recordings, and other objects.

Past exhibitions have featured items such as Thomas Jefferson’s hand-written draft of the Declaration of Independence, a notebook from Lewis and Clark’s Western exploration, a rare 18th-century telescope, Darwin’s hand-written title page for On the Origin of Species, and the only known portrait of Benjamin Franklin’s wife Deborah.

Each exhibition offers imaginative programs that interpret the historical themes and objects on view and connect them to relevant issues in the world today.

APS Museum Blog

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