The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is the first museum in a major American city focused on highlighting the lives African Americans throughout this country’s history. This weekend, the museum will become the epicenter of celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. From Friday, January 18 to Monday, January 21, admission to the museum will be $2. The AAMP will also be hosting special MLK themed programs throughout the weekend. Click here for directions to the AAMP!
Philadelphia has a world class museum district and most museums are within walking distance of each other. GoPhillyGo is the easiest way to find walking, transit, and biking directions between each destination. Download the Android app and like all the museums to receive notifications when you are near one. You can also save the GoPhillyGo mobile site to your iPhone and find your way to all the museums and parks in our area. Check out our list of MLK Day events happening at museums around the city!
National Liberty Museum
Dr. King was a hero to many people fighting for equality during the civil rights era. The National Liberty Museum highlights the meaning of liberty by telling the stories of heroes that fought to ensure the right to liberty for all. The museum also features many unique works of fine glass art that help tell this story. From 10am to 5pm on January 21, enjoy a day of special all-ages MLK day themed programs including the chance to create your own “I have a dream” speech and get a colorful guide to all the profiled heroes around the museum who were directly influenced by Dr. King. Click here for directions!
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Join families at the Great Stair Hall Balcony on January 21 and create your own works of art. Local non-profit MANNA, a food delivery service providing nourishment to Philadelphia’s critically ill, will collect all the works and distribute them with the meals they deliver. This event will take place from 10am to 3pm and is included with admission to the museum. Click here for directions!
National Constitution Center
Enjoy $5 admission on MLK Day at the National Constitution Center. The Center will be celebrating Dr. King with a variety of special programs including a special reading of the “I have a dream” speech performed by local actors and students from area colleges. You can also donate books and school supplies at the Center through January 21 to help students in Philadelphia. Join other volunteers on MLK Day as they put together school supply kits to be distributed to kids in need. Click here for directions!
Museum of the American Revolution
Spend this weekend at the museum and learn about African Americans who fought for America’s independence during the revolutionary war. On Saturday, January 19th at 3pm, visitors can enjoy a spoken word, singing, and instrumental performance by members of the Philadelphia Jazz Project titled We Shall: A Lyrical MLK Celebration. The museum will also hold daily 30 minute talks about their core galleries and tell stories of African Americans who found freedom on all sides during the war. All events are free after admission. Click here for directions!
Please Touch Museum
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Family Festival takes place on January 21 from 9am to 5pm and features activities for kids of all ages. Watch and listen to excerpts from the “I have a dream” speech and hear stories about peace and community. Listen to activist and “Story Mama” Denise Valentine tell stories about people, animals, laughter and suspense. The audience will be invited to join Valentine and her percussionist Sangue Mbacke and bring the stories to life with music and movement. Click here for directions!
Woodmere Art Museum
Visit this beautiful museum and grounds in Chestnut Hill on January 21 for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Festival and experience an afternoon of activities and programs that pay tribute to the life of MLK. From 12-4pm, the Philly Children’s Movement invites kids to make posters and capes as they transform into superheroes battling injustice. Visitors will also hear stories about Rosa Parks, Dr. King, Ruby Bridges, Harriet Tubman and many other pioneers of civil rights in America. Click here for directions!