Philly Art & Culture Museums Re-opening Schedule

By 7/16/2020 10:53:00 AM ,

After over three months of planning and close coordination with one another, the cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eastern State Penitentiary and PAFA look forward to welcoming visitors again, with the well-being of the community at top of their mind.


The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Barnes Foundation, Eastern State Penitentiary, The Franklin Institute, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum have jointly announced plans to reopen with new health and safety protocols for staff and visitors, as state and city restrictions begin to lift.

Each cultural institution is determining its own opening date based on internal factors.

The Franklin Institute – Public opening: Wednesday, July 8, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (last entry 4 p.m.)

  • Open hours: Wednesdays–Sundays, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
  • The Presidents by Madame Tussauds (July 8–January 3, 2021)

The Barnes Foundation – Public opening: Saturday, July 25, noon–7 p.m.

  • Member previews: Thursday, July 23, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., Friday, July 24, 10 a.m.–7 p.m., and Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.–noon
  • Open hours: Fridays–Mondays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., (10–11 a.m. member-only hour) 
  • Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miro to Man Ray (through August 23)

Academy of Natural Sciences – Public opening: Friday, July 31, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Member previews: Friday, July 24, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, July 26, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Open hours: Fridays–Sundays, 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (10–11 a.m. members-only hour)
  • Survival of the Slowest (through October 25)

PAFA – Public opening: Saturday, September 12, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

  • Previews for members and essential frontline workers (Historic Landmark Building): Thursday, September 3, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Friday, September 4, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturday, September 5, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, September 6, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
  • Open hours: Thursdays–Fridays, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (10 a.m.–12 p.m. reserved for visitors who are at a higher risk for contracting illnesses, including immunocompromised persons), and Sundays, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Late summer opening dates for Eastern State Penitentiary, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum (which is administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art) will be announced in the coming weeks.

As all institutions continue to follow guidance from the state and city, plans and opening dates are subject to change.

To ensure everyone’s safety, each cultural institution has carefully developed new health and safety protocols, following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and in consultation with national museum organizations, as well as fellow museums across the nation and around the world.

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