Philly’s coronavirus response

Philly museum reopening guide: All the cultural institutions you can visit in person

Hours, ticketing procedures and safety protocols to help you plan a trip.

Philadelphia, July 2020

Philadelphia, July 2020

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Philadelphia is full of museums and cultural institutions, and after months of being shut down due to the pandemic, they’re slowly and cautiously beginning to welcome visitors again.

Reopening, which was officially allowed back in July when the city moved into its modified “green” phase, comes with strict health safety guidelines. This includes:

  • Wear and require face masks at all times, by staff and guests
  • Create pathways that encourage and allow social distancing of at least 6 ft.
  • Limit any exhibit room to 10 people at a time, including staff
  • Adjust capacity so that there’s never more than 5 people per 1,000 sq. ft.

The virtual tours museums have been offering during quarantine have been nice (and free), but if you want to have a more tangible experience, here are some already available and soon-to-return attractions to check out.

(Note that in light of COVID safety procedures, many places require advance tickets.)

The Franklin Institute

Address: 222 N. 20th St.
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets are timed and must be purchased in advance
Opening date: Open now

Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center

Address: Lansdowne Dr. and Horticultural Dr. in Fairmount Park
Hours: Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets can be purchased online in advance or on site, first come, first served.
Opening date: Open now

The American Swedish Historical Museum

Address: 1900 Pattison Ave.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets can be purchased at the museum
Opening date: Open now

Barnes Foundation

Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Hours: Friday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Advanced reservations are encouraged as there will be limited capacity and timed ticketing
Opening date: Open now

Woodmere Art Museum

Address: 9201 Germantown Ave.
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the museum on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Opening date: Open now

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Address: 1020 South St.
Hours: Wednesday to Monday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets must be purchased online ahead of your visit
Opening date: Open now

The Academy of Natural Sciences

Address: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Hours: Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets are timed and the museum recommends online purchase
Opening date: Open now

The Mütter Museum

Address: 19 S. 22nd St.
Hours: Everyday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Opening date: Open now

Independence Seaport Museum

Address: 211 S. Christopher Columbus Blvd.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Advance purchase encouraged
Opening date: Open now

Penn Museum

Address: 3260 South St.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets are timed and advanced purchase is strongly recommended
Opening date: Open now

National Constitution Center

Address: 525 Arch St.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ticketing: Admission is free through Sept. 5, but advanced reservation for timed slots is required
Opening date: Open now

Wonderspaces Philadelphia

Address: 27 N. 11th St.
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 to 6 p.m.
Ticketing: Timed tickets must be booked online
Opening date: Open now

The Betsy Ross House

Address: 239 Arch St.
Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets will be sold in person until 3:30 p.m. and can also be purchased online
Opening date: Open now

Eastern State Penitentiary

Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave.
Hours: Friday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Timed tickets can only be purchased online in advance
Opening date: Open now

Museum of the American Revolution

Address: 101 S. 3rd St.
Hours: Sept. 3 to Sept. 7, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; then, Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Tickets are timed and advance purchase recommended
Opening date: Sept. 3

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Hours: Wednesday and Friday 12 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: General admission is timed; tickets can be purchased on site but advance purchase is encouraged
Opening date: Sept. 6

Rodin Museum

Address: 2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
Hours: Friday to Monday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: General admission is timed; tickets can be reserved on site but advance purchase is encouraged
Opening date: Sept. 6

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Address: 1214 Arch St.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Ticketing: Timed tickets can be purchased in advance online
Opening date: Sept. 10

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Address: 118-128 N. Broad St.
Hours: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m. with priority access for immunocompromised visitors from 11 a.m. til noon.
Ticketing: Tickets can be purchased on site but the museum is cashless
Opening date: Sept. 12