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African American Museum of Philadelphia

Founded 1976, it one of the oldest and best African American museums whose emphasis is both history and art; AAMP boasts of four large galleries on three floors; throughout the year it hosts many innovative programs and visiting exhibits from renown educators and artists; with over 400,000 photographic negatives from Jack Franklin, the museum can boast of having one the finest collections covering African American life in Philadelphia from 1940s-60s; you can also book a tour of Afrocentric sites within the city; the museum store is a must shop and the museum has barrier free access

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ADMISSION: $8 adults, $6 all others

DAYS & HOURS: Tue-Sat 10a-5p, Sun 10a-6p

ADDRESS: 7th and Arch Streets

PARKING: Parkway Parking Lot, located directly behind the Museum on Arch Street

TRANSIT: 8th & Market Street PATCO Station is 1 block west and 2 blocks south; the Chinatown SEPTA station is 1 block west and 2 blocks north

PHONE: 215-574-0380

WEBSITE: http://www.aampmuseum.org  (source – http://www.soulofamerica.com/philadelphia-cultural-sites.phtml)

 

THE BARNES FOUNDATION

The mission of the Barnes Foundation, which dates back to its founding in 1922, is “the promotion of the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts.” In furtherance of its mission, the Barnes Foundation promotes appreciation of the arts and horticultural science, through the preservation, presentation, and interpretation of the collections of Albert C. and Laura L. Barnes.  The Foundation will engage diverse audiences through its exceptional collections and related high-quality programs that reflect a broad range of periods and cultures and build on the founders’ innovative educational vision of transforming lives through the arts and horticulture.

hours

Monday: 9:30 am–6 pm
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 9:30 am–6 pm
Thursday: 9:30 am–6 pm
Friday: 9:30 am–10 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am–6 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am–6 pm

Advance reservations are highly recommended.

Reserve online or call 215.278.7200.

prices

Members: Free
Adults: $18
Seniors:* $15
Students/Youth:** $10
Children (0-5): Free

*Visitors aged 65 and older

**Visitors aged 17 and younger and full-time

students with valid student ID

 

All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers & Sailors

 An 18 foot column of 12 life-size figures honors three centuries of African American veterans; in 1994, it was moved from Fairmont Park to this more visible location in Center City

DAYS & HOURS: 24/7 public access

ADDRESS: Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 20th Street  MAP

PARKING: limited street parking nearby

TRANSIT: 19th Street & Market SEPTA Station is 5 blocks south, 1 block east

Philadelphia Walk of Fame

Stroll the city’s walk of musical legends and see bronze plaques of native and immigrant Philadelphians who composed, sang or produced Jazz, Blues, R&B, Rock, Classical, Opera, Hip-Hop, Country, Big Band, and Gospel music; the honoree list currently includes: Marian Anderson, Pearl Bailey, Thom Bell, Boyz II Men, Solomon Burke, Chubby Checker, John Coltrane, The Delphonics, Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, Phyllis Hyman, Patti LaBelle, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergras, Bessie Smith, The Stylistics, McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington, Jr, and Ethel Waters

DAYS & HOURS: 24/7 public access

ADDRESS: South Broad Street between Walnut & Spruce Streets  MAP

PARKING: Paid lots nearby

TRANSIT: Walnut-Locust SEPTA Station

WEBSITE: http://www.philadelphiamusicalliance.com   (source – http://www.soulofamerica.com/philadelphia-cultural-sites.phtml)

Blue Horizon Boxing Club

Founded by Veronica Michael the Black female boxing promoter; One of the great boxing clubs in the nation; legendary prize-fighters like Joe Frazier have trained here before some of their biggest paydays; call or check their calendar for boxing events; voted by Ring Magazine to be the nation’s #1 boxing venue; also hosts wedding receptions, parties and caberets

ADMISSION: event dependent

DAYS & HOURS: event dependent

ADDRESS: 1312-16 North Broad Street

TRANSIT: Girard SEPTA Station is 2 blocks south

PHONE: 215-763-0500

WEBSITE: http://www.legendarybluehorizon.com

(source – http://www.soulofamerica.com/philadelphia-cultural-sites.phtml)

Freedom Theatre

Founded 1966 by John E Allen, Jr. and Robert E Leslie; originally a three floor mansion, this distinguished venue has trained thousands of actors and presented several hundred plays, including the Lorraine Hansberry standard, A Raisin in the Sun

DAYS & HOURS: shows typically start at 8p

ADDRESS: 1346 North Broad Street

TRANSIT: Girard SEPTA Station is 2 blocks south

PHONE: 215-765-2793

WEBSITE: http://www.freedomtheatre.org

(source – http://www.soulofamerica.com/philadelphia-cultural-sites.phtml)

Charles Blockson Afro-American Collection

Contains over 40,000 African American history documents and artifacts; the collection features books, slave narratives, photographs, sheet music and original recordings

ADMISSION: free

DAYS & HOURS: Mon-Fri 9a-5p

ADDRESS: 1330 W Berks Street, Sullivan Hall at Temple University

TRANSIT: Cecil Moore SEPTA Station is 1 block east and 2 blocks south

PHONE: 215-204-6632

WEBSITE: http://www.library.temple.edu

Philadanco

Founded by Executive & Artistic Director Joan Myers Brown in 1970, this  widely acclaimed dance troupe known for dramatic innovation and thrilling dancer training; this professional troupe travels internationally and nation about 40 dates in the year, so check their calendar; they perform locally at the Kimmel Performing Arts Center

ADMISSION: varies by performance

DAYS & HOURS: typically at 7:30 or 8p at Kimmel Arts Center

ADDRESS: 9 North Preston Street office

TRANSIT: 40th Street SEPTA Station is 1 block east on Market Street

PHONE: 215-387-8200

(source – http://www.soulofamerica.com/philadelphia-cultural-sites.phtml)

Philadelphia Mural Arts Program

Having over 2,100 murals, Philadelphia is the undisputed mural capital of America; the city is filled with portraits of national and community heroes, including Grover Washington and 4 African American Heavyweight Boxing champions;  to schedule a 2-hour tour, visit Thomas Eakins House

ADMISSION: $25 adults, $23 age 65+, $15 ages 3-10, FREE for age 2 or less

DAYS & HOURS: Saturday & Sunday Apr-Nov 12:30p, Wednesday May-Nov 10a

ADDRESS: 1729 Mount Vernon Street

TRANSIT: Spring Garden SEPTA Station is 3.5 blocks east & 3 short blocs south

PHONE: 215-685-0750

WEBSITE: http://www.muralarts.org

(source – http://www.soulofamerica.com/philadelphia-cultural-sites.phtml)

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