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Current Exhibition

Views of Independence: 250 Years of Images Depicting Independence Hall and its Surroundings

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia will exhibit rare prints, manuscripts, architectural drawings and photographs that document the birthplace of America.  Included are rarely seen items that include the first drawing of Independence Hall by a professional architect, an 1870 proposal to build Philadelphia’s new city hall on Independence Square, and design proposals for Independence Mall that span eight decades.

Exhibition Dates: June 10 - September 2, 2016

Free Admission


Upcoming Exhibition

Preservation Pioneer: The Life and Legacy of Charles E. Peterson

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is pleased to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, with an exhibition, Preservation Pioneer: The Life and Legacy of Charles E. Peterson. In a career that spanned seven decades, Peterson founded the Historic American Buildings Survey, authored America’s first historic structures report, oversaw the creation of Independence National Historical Park, and created significant endowments that encourage building scholarship, documentation, and publication.

Exhibition Dates: October 3 - December 30, 2016

Free Admission