American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum

104 S. 5th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19106- Map It
(215) 440-3442

AAA Editor Notes

American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum is at 104 S. 5th St. at jct. Chestnut St., adjacent to Independence Hall; the museum falls within the boundaries of Independence National Historical Park but is not part of the park. This scholarly society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin, included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and many other prominent early Americans. Rotating exhibits are created from the society's collection, which includes artworks, 300,000 books, important documents, 11 million manuscripts, maps, scientific specimens and instruments, and other items tracing American history from the Founding Fathers to the computer age. Exhibitions showcase the connections between history, science and art. Three exhibitions about Thomas Jefferson are scheduled to run from April 2014 through December 2016. Time: Allow 1 hour minimum.
Donations. Guided tours $5; $2 (students with ID).
Hours: Thurs.-Sun. 10-4, mid-Apr. to late Dec. Guided tours Mon.-Wed., 10-4. Closed holidays and when exhibitions are being changed. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.