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10 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Visit Philly

February is Black History Month, and whether you’re a college student looking for things to do in Philadelphia, or a young professional ready to explore new activities in the region, you’ve got plenty of opportunities to celebrate Black history & culture this month. Philadelphia offers so many exciting museums, activities, and events with the aim to educate, elevate, and connect with your community—and Campus Philly has rounded up 10 ways to get started.

Here are Campus Philly’s top Black History Month recommendations for 2024.

1. Visit The African American Museum in Philadelphia 

The What: The African American Museum in Philadelphia is a celebration of African American history, culture, and art. The museum is divided into three major themes: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative. Founded in 1976, The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the heritage and culture of African Americans. The museum takes a fresh and bold look at the stories of African Americans and their role in the founding of the nation through the core exhibit Audacious Freedom. Other exhibitions and programs reveal the history, stories, and cultures of those of African descent throughout the African diaspora.

The Where: 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The When: All month 

The Deal: $10 with your student ID

Cecil B. Moore Philadelphia Freedom Fighters © 2021 City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program / Felix St. Fort & Gabe Tiberino, 2201 College Avenue. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Photo Credit: Mural Arts

2. Black History Month Civic Heroes Trolley Tour

The What: A 90-minute trolley tour around Philadelphia learning the history behind murals centering iconic Black individuals and themes of social justice. This tour will cover the stories behind the artwork as well as information about the artists who created them! 

The Where: 128 N. Broad Street

The When: February 24, 10am-12pm 

The Deal: $38 per person. Get tickets here

Photo Credit: Visit Philly

3. Visit a Black-owned Bookstore in Philadelphia: Harriett’s Bookshop 

The What: Harriett’s Bookshop, named for historical heroine Harriett Tubman, celebrates women authors, women artists, and women activists.

The Where: 258 E. Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125

The When: Open daily from 12pm-6pm

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Place of Storms, 2023, by Nazeer Sabree (Courtesy of Paradigm Gallery, Philadelphia)

4. Attend the Black History Month Celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 

The What: Join the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a celebration of Black joy, art, and community. Plus, the first 500 visitors will receive a sticker designed by Philadelphia artist, Nazeer Sabree! Events include a pop-up studio with Nazeer Sabree, a tour of works by Black artists, a photo booth with Lendl Tellington, and the PMA’s Friday Lounge featuring a performance by Rashid Zakat. You can reserve your ticket here!

 The Where: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

The When: February 9, 5pm-8:45pm

The Deal: Pay-what-you-wish on February 9 (and every Friday night), and the first Sunday of the month! General admission is $14 for students with a valid student ID on other days.

Photo Credit: Alvin Ailey

5. See Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre at the Academy of Music 

The What: Come celebrate the revolutionary and unparalleled Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater! Returning to the Academy of Music, the talented and gorgeous Ailey dancers infuse energy and emotion into signature Ailey classics and new works from the world’s most esteemed choreographers. The mixed-repertory program will include the beloved, bring-the-house-down classic, Revelations—a thrilling exaltation of African-American cultural heritage set to spirituals, song-sermons, gospel and holy blues. You won’t want to miss this, buy your tickets here!

The Where: 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

The When: February 23-25, check here for more information on the different showtimes!

The Deal: General admission tickets start as low as $29!

Photo Credit: Visit Philly 

6. Attend Black History Month Events at the Free Library 

The What: The Free Library of Philadelphia is offering several events at various locations throughout the month to celebrate Black culture and history! From important discussions to interactive activities, there is something to learn for everyone.

The Where: Click here to view a list of locations and find the library closest to you, or click here to view all events regardless of location! 

The When: All month 

The Deal: FREE! 

Photo Credit: National Constitution Center

7. 13th Amendment Exhibit at the National Constitution Center (In Person or Online) 

The What: Visit the National Constitution Center to view an exhibit on the multifaceted 13th Amendment. The display also highlights pivotal Black historical figures and relevant artifacts. Can’t make it in person? View the virtual display here.

The Where: 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The When: Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm

The Deal: Virtual exhibit is FREE! $19 to visit in person (if you purchase ahead online). 

Photo Credit: The Franklin Institute

8. Black History Month Day of Celebration at The Franklin Institute 

The What: Join The Franklin Institute for a day of celebration in recognition of Black History Month with special programming including live narration of The Sky Tonight in the Fels Planetarium by Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts, a lively performance of traditional West African and Afro-Cuban dances by Philly African Dance and Drum Ensemble Troupe Da Da, and celebrations of important STEM contributions made by African American scientists and inventors through storytelling, hip-hop music, and live demonstrations by Master Scientist Grand Hank.

The Where: 222 N 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

The When: February 3, 10am-4pm

The Deal: This event is free with a purchase of a general admission ticket here!

9. 50 Years of Hip-Hop: Art, Music, Power at the National Liberty Museum

The What: Celebrate Black History Month at the National Liberty Museum, with a journey through 50 years of the art, music, and power of hip-hop. Register here for a day of art-making, musical tributes, and pop-up talks that honor the legacy of hip-hop music and culture and highlight the hip-hop influences in the Museum’s exhibition “Amplified: Art, Music, Power.” 

The Where: 321 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The When: February 17, 10-5pm

The Deal: Virtual exhibit is FREE! $10 to visit in person (if you purchase ahead online). 

Photo Credit: Callowhill Greens

10. Support Black-Owned Businesses (Year-Round!) 

Philadelphia is home to so many Black-owned businesses! Next time you need to run an errand or grab a coffee, see if you can do it at a Black-owned shop. Looking for inspiration? Check out our Guide2Goods, featuring Black-owned and minority-owned businesses in multiple categories. Shop now >>

Photo Credit: Grant BLVD

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