National Liberty Museum

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National Liberty Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving America's heritage of freedom by encouraging people to find their own place in the story of liberty. Visitors to the Museum enjoy an inspiring and entertaining experience, as they interact with incredible stories of heroes and a collection of contemporary art. Come see an exact replica of the Liberty Bell that still rings, life size children made of jellybeans, and our famous "Flame of Liberty" by Dale Chihuly made just for the National Liberty Museum. Also, be sure to check out our gift shop full of Philadelphia souvenirs, unique handmade jewelry, and fashion accessories.
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Neighborhood: City Center East
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  • 5th St • 3 min walk
  • 2nd St • 4 min walk
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track37
New York City, NY25 contributions
I consider the National Liberty Museum to be a "hidden gem" that is well worth experiencing. When paying our admission fee (*If you are an AAA member, show your card and save $4.00), we were advised to begin on the top floor and work our way down. However, don't skip the video before you head upstairs. It really makes you think about the price of liberty throughout the world. My eleven year old grandson was fascinated by every gallery, and he genuinely enjoyed viewing and reading the exhibits in each gallery. Personally, I enjoyed the Flame Gallery. The Flame of Liberty is an unbelievable work of art over two stories tall. Be sure to spend some time viewing the Inspiration Exhibit. You will see some famous Americans who have overcome challenges in their lives to become successful in their fields. Perhaps the most haunting exhibit is Heroes of 9-11 Exhibit. Seeing the video and remembering what happened on that day made me realize the ultimate sacrifice so many individuals made on that day. Plenty of visual and hands-on technology to keep kids interested. So glad we decided to visit this museum.
Written February 24, 2020
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN2,556 contributions
Solo
One of my favorite museums in Philly so far.

When I went, they had an exhibit called “Graphic Content,” centering on social justice. Loved the different mediums used. Some pieces were digital, some on glass. Some ink. Difficult to describe all of the moving pieces presented here. I loved them all. And each piece was presented along with an artist’s explanation, which I really liked. Plus, I identified with all of the sentiments from each artist.

There was also a small exhibit by what I assumed to be children and teens called “Caretoons,” pieces talking about how and why we should take care of each other.

They also have a couple of permanent exhibits. They have a 21 foot Dale Chihuly piece that represents the flame of liberty. They also have an exhibit on heroes of freedom, such as Anne Frank and Nelson Mandela. They also focus on many other people who have fought for freedom—people not featured as prominently throughout history—such as Ho Feng Shan, the “Chinese Schindler,” who, risking his life, wrote thousands of passports to save Jewish people.

So many moving stories that I would have possibly never known without this museum.

The museum also has fun community events, like exhibit bingo and history comedy improv. They also have workshops in the basement.

Again, one of my favorites.
Written October 3, 2021
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Dean_Amy-2004
Gettysburg, PA5,599 contributions
Family
A surprise find while we were visiting the Museum of the American Revolution; it’s in the block before. There were several exhibits dedicated to the heros of 9/11; the Liberty flame was phenomenal, made of blown glass. The Jellybean kids was another favorite exhibit with an important message.
Written February 13, 2021
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Paultskenny
Ashton in Makerfield, UK104 contributions
Couples
There is a lot to do in Philly and having been fortunate to visit other museums in the area we looked forward to our visit in August. The message is so important but we felt the museum lacked exhibits worthy of the subject matter. That’s not to say that this is not worth checking out - but if you have only a short time in Philly then there are other better attractions to visit.
Written August 8, 2022
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HappyTravelerFromNYC
New York City20 contributions
Couples
While there’s initially a lot of promise here, with a moving introductory film about people helping to make the world a better place, thereafter, this museum’s mission becomes lost in curatorial confusion and messaging. An entire floor is dedicated to bible stories – well done if this were a biblical museum. Some beautiful and interesting art pieces found on other floors seem out of place, but were actually a highlight. There are also spaces honoring armed services heroes and first responders to the tragic events of 9/11. But then, a wall of honor showcasing people who have overcome physical challenges (nice sentiment, but where’s the “liberty” theme?), shockingly includes Paula Abdul , Brooke Shields, and Donny Osmond among truly inspirational, significant figures such as FDR , Helen Keller, Lou Gehrig, and Ray Charles, to name a few. The film and sculptures made our visit memorable, but this museum is only worthwhile if you have spare time after seeing all of the many other “must-see” sites.
Written July 8, 2015
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AdaminDC
Washington, D.C.25 contributions
Friends
This museum is not for everyone. It is best understood as the realization of the somewhat quirky vision of its founder, who is passionately interested in both studio art glass and inspirational stories centered on the theme of liberty. The museum tries to combine the founder's twin passions; sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. So you end up seeing the uneasy juxtaposition of displays devoted to Nelson Mandela's prison cell, Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures, Anne Frank's Secret Annex, stained glass windows depicting biblical scenes, photographs of genocidal dictators, paintings by Marc Chagall, photos of September 11 victims, etc. Many of the glass art pieces are beautiful, and many of the wall texts are interesting, but the overall effect is somewhat bewildering.
Written June 10, 2013
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Katherine S
Hartford, CT50 contributions
Friends
I expected a historical museum, but it's more a conceptual museum. It reminded me of what they've done to the Harriet Beecher Stowe House in Hartford - a place to make you think, when maybe you just wanted a little history. My group's stay was rather short. If I had had the opportunity to read every single exhibit about each person represented there and been able to truly take in the glass art works, I would probably have enjoyed it much more. Also, our guide, a very pleasant young lady, was well given a meaning, but seemed to have provided her standard tour geared towards school children, not a bunch of women old enough to be her mother. Informative, but left me feeling like I'd just attended a college lecture being given by a first grade teacher because the professor was out sick.
Written November 28, 2018
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MITraveling2
Northville, MI17 contributions
Couples
Ok museum, but there are much better museums in Philadelphia if you are short on time. If you have lots of time to spare, give it a look, especially if you have a Philadelphia Pass. Lots of artwork and emphasis on American everyday heroes.
Written July 4, 2018
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luv2flyplaces
Orange Cty, CA117 contributions
Family
The idea behind the museum is noble, recognize and pay tribute to heroes of liberty, but neither my 14 yr old nor I were as moved by what we saw as I had hoped.

You should know (as we didn't) that this museum has little to do with the founding of our nation, which many visitors to Philadelphia come for. We were referred here by one of the staff at the Liberty Bell (he didn't really advocate going so much as offered it as an option). We were walking nearby so stopped in.

We spent less than 15 minutes inside. Before you think we didn't give it a chance, I'd just like to say, maybe so - but we didn't feel a desire to, and that's the problem. A good museum makes you WANT to stay. You WANT to touch, interact, learn. I did try, but as soon as I'd stop to read something, my son would keep walking. He isn't much of a "museum reader." He's more into interactive exhibits. We didn't find much to "do" here.

Honestly, I was unclear what the mission of the museum was until we'd reached the bottom (after starting on the top floor) when I realized everything we were seeing had to do with people who advocated freedom. I was expecting the focus to be on the founding of our nation - THAT liberty. But, it's really ALL liberty. There's the Holocaust, 911, Martin Luther King, etc. Just a huge variety of events. Does it belong in PHL? Maybe, probably, but I wouldn't have spent the time on our short visit here if I'd known what I do now. Still, my 3 * rating is not because it is out of place, but because it didn't inspire or educate as much as I had hoped.

If you are a glass collector, or a fine art enthusiast, you'd probably enjoy it more.
Written April 5, 2014
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Thank you very much for your important feedback - we greatly appreciate any critique offered to us. We're currently in the process of some great changes to our museum, starting with our first floor and museum entrance gallery, which focuses on engaging and inspiring visitors to understand that liberty isn't just historical, but alive and active in the work of individuals past, present, local, and global, through interactive galleries and showcases. We apologies that you were not inspired by the stories of liberty and heroism that our galleries focus to convey but we thank you again for your important critique.
Written April 9, 2014
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bcnett
Stoneham, MA469 contributions
Couples
We purchased a five day philly pass. This was the last thing we saw on the pass. We waited to the end, because we weren't quite sure what this museum was all about. The name doesn't do this museum justice. We arrived 90 minutes before closing. We could have spent all day there. It is a very moving and thought provoking museum.
Written June 13, 2012
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