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Once Upon A Nation

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Reviewed August 14, 2018

We headed to Philly with hopes of seeing the sites, Liberty Bell, National Visitors Center, etc. Which was all fine and dandy, however, I read briefly about Once Upon a Nation before we visited and was unsure about it. However, this was the highlight of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We saw one of these right before we went into the National Constitution Center and decided to try it out. We were SO glad we did. Ed was our story teller and he was fantastic! What a surprise that two 40ish adults not only enjoyed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 14, 2018

This was one of our favorite parts of our trip. We stumbled upon one of the benches at the Betsy Ross House, and LOVED IT! The stories are short and really tell personal histories- my kids will remember the history they learned from these stories...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank gidgetcindy
Reviewed July 12, 2018

The story telling benches were one of the highlights of our family trip to Philadelphia. We picked up the map & "flags" at the Independence Visitor's Center on our first day. After hearing each story the kids can collect a star sticker and after 10...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 28, 2018

We stumbled upon the semi-circle bench outside the Ben Franklin Museum, and the storyteller (Jen) was ringing her bell for free stories. We sat down, enjoyed our story, collected stars on our flags, and she gave us a map. We were able to make it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Kate M
Reviewed June 22, 2018 via mobile

If I were to recommend one thing for all ages while visiting Philadelphia, Once Upon a Nation is it. We were able to visit 11 of the 13 benches and heard at least one well-told history story at each, expertly told by a talented, experienced,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed January 14, 2018

The Once Upon a Nation story benches are located in different parts of the city. My kids loved the stories so much that we sat in 10 benches over the week visit. what an amazing way to enact the past and bring it to life...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Mbuina
Reviewed July 30, 2017 via mobile

We stopped at a bench after visiting Franklin museum. What a fun find! A delightful young lady told a wonderful story with dramatic flair. We enjoyed it so much that we went to Trinity Church to hear another. There are 14 altogether and they have...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Tom P
Reviewed June 29, 2017

Throughout Historic Philadelphia were benches with the iconic yellow sign "Once Upon a National" posted. We had noticed the sign once before but the sight was not staffed. We were delighted to meet Sarah the next day at the Arch Street Meeting House. We were...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank 623viviann
Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this gem by accident. While exploring Philadelphia we were offered a free story. After one story we were hooked. Benches are scattered throughout the historic areas. Each bench offers a storyteller with historical stories that are educational and entertaining. After each story...More

Date of experience: July 2016
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