CollegeFest: FREE Philly Museums on September 8th!

CollegeFest is quickly approaching, and we’re beyond excited!  On September 8th, experience your BEST five hours in Philly.  This year, we’ll have the biggest festival yet in Dilworth Park, featuring exhibitors with prizes and giveaways, pop-up performances, outdoor games, and so much more

CollegeFest is all about introducing you to your extended campus, the city of Philadelphia, so in addition to the huge party at Dilworth Park, we’re also partnering with museums and attractions all over Philly that you’ll get to discover for FREE.  That’s right!  If you’re a current college student, register today for Express Check-In  so you can skip the line at Dilworth Park (next to City Hall) on September 8, grab your wristband and check out these attractions for F-R-E-E!

Oh, and did we mention that we’ll get you there free too!  Philly PHLASH will be running all day FREE for students who have checked in with us!  Using the Philly PHLASH is easy and seamless – it’s your quick way around the city to hit up every free attraction available that day!

The festival at Dilworth Park is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., but you’ll get free access to these museums until they close!

Here’s a breakdown of all the museums you’ll get to experience for FREE when you sign up for CollegeFest:

Philadelphia Museum of Art

With over 240,000 pieces of art in the collection, you could get lost in this museum.  Transcend time itself by exploring art that ranges from thousands of years old to modern masterpieces! (Philly PHLASH stops #11 & #12)

Eastern State Penitentiary

The prison once stood as a distant monster – the most famous and expensive prison in the world – but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and guard towers surrounded by the expansive city itself.  Go inside Philly’s eerie history… maybe you’ll even see a ghost! (Philly PHLASH stop #9)

Museum of the American Revolution

Explore the ideas that sparked the American Revolution: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  Discover why it began, how we won, and get up-close with historic relics from the time. (Philly PHLASH stop #18)

Franklin Institute

Control electricity, climb inside the web of your brain, and walk through a giant heart!  In this interactive experience, you’ll find exhibit after exhibit tokeep you entertained and enlightened! (Philly PHLASH stop #13)

National Constitution Center

Experience American history like never before with interactive and multi-media programs/performances exploring the Constitution and the formation of a nation! (Philly PHLASH stop #2)

National Museum of American Jewish History

Get inspired by American Jewish history and heritage by diving into the diverse experiences of Jews in America.  The Museum aims to more closely connect those of a Jewish background to their culture and create a greater appreciation from people of all backgrounds. (Philly PHLASH stop #17)

Academy of Natural Sciences

In this family-friendly museum, dig up prehistoric history and stare down a life-size dinosaur skeleton!  Get up-close and personal with these interactive exhibits and live animals too! (Philly PHLASH stop #13)

Rodin Museum

Discover the sculptures and works of Auguste Rodin, a historic master of sculpting the human form and political art.  Come experience the works starting out in the garden into the museum filled with masterpieces – including The Thinker. (Philly PHLASH stop #8)

Independence Seaport Museum

Have you ever wanted to sail your own ship?  Jump aboard at the Independence Seaport Museum and spin the steering wheel in their showroom.  Explore the history of American Seaports and the great wide oceans we’ve sailed! (Philly PHLASH stop #1)

Betsy Ross House

Explore the home of America’s most famous flag-maker!  Making the American flag was, at the time, considered an act of treason.  Learn everything about Betsy Ross’s life that lead her to take up the job anyway. (Philly PHLASH stop #2)

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

This contemporary art museum is here to stimulate experimentation within today’s artist.  Explore the innovative pieces of diverse art on display and pick up inspiration of your own! (Philly PHLASH stop #4)

Philadelphia Theatre Company

Philly’s own theatre company will be at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre on the Avenue of the Arts giving free backstage tours and freebie canvas totes filled with ticket give-aways, raffle entries, season schedules, Student Ticket info, and food and drink coupons! This is located just a few blocks from CollegeFest, so you can walk down Broad Street to get there, take a selfie with City Hall in the background, and enjoy all the freebies at the Philadelphia Theatre Company for CollegeFest attendees! Note: the Philly PHLASH will not be providing transportation to this location.

National Liberty Museum

Learn how to Live Like a Hero at the National Liberty Museum, which invites visitors to celebrate the diversity of the American experience. (Philly PHLASH stop #18)

Mural Arts walking tour (departing from Dilworth Park at 1 p.m.!)

ONE TIME EVENT!  Discover the series of beautiful, diverse, and iconic murals on the building-sides of Philly.  Follow along with an expert and learn about the artists and the stories behind each mural!

Penn Museum

Perfect for Penn and Drexel students! This museum, right on Penn’s campus, has incredible archaeology and anthropology exhibits that transform the understanding of the human experience. Stop by this museum after the festival at Dilworth Park! *Note: the Philly PHLASH will not be going to this museum during CollegeFest.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Walking distance from CollegeFest, and new this year! PAFA is the nation’s first museum and school of fine arts, home to a world-class collection of American art, and a leader in fine arts education. Check out their 3 current exhibitions this Saturday! 


Wow!  Don’t forget you’ll have the Philly PHLASH to bring you around the city all day so you can get to as many attractions on September 8th as you can explore!  Make sure to stop by Dilworth park FIRST to get your free wristband with a valid student ID (register here to skip the line!) – and make sure to pencil in plenty of time to explore the all-day festival, too!

For information on getting into the city from your University or surrounding area, check out Campus Philly’s How-to Guide on Public TransportationPRE-REGISTER FOR COLLEGEFEST to easily pick up your wristband and have as much time as possible with the festival and all our partnered attractions!