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

Visit the Museum

We continue to monitor the current public health situation and will open the exhibition in a limited capacity when it is safe to do so, hopefully in 2021. A virtual tour of "Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist" is available now (information below).

We continue to monitor the current public health situation and will open the exhibition in a limited capacity when it is safe to do so, hopefully in 2021. A virtual tour is available now.

Currently not open to the public. This page will be updated as we learn more.

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.

Miss visiting the APS Museum? Check out the Virtual Tours of Dr. Franklin, Citizen Scientist