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1812 Productions is dedicated to creating theatrical works of comedy and comedic works of theater that explore and celebrate our sense of community, our history, and our humanity.
The mission of the Academy of Vocal Arts is to be the world’s premier institution for training young artists as international opera soloists. Each year AVA resident artists are presented in four or five fully staged opera productions accompanied by orchestra.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. Experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture.
$10 admission with valid ID
The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.”
Public events are free with pre-registration.
The Annenberg Center connects diverse audiences with visionary artists and innovative ideas, engaging both the University and the greater Philadelphia community in transformative artistic experiences.
$10 student rush tickets
Arden Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing to life great stories by great storytellers—on the stage, in the classroom and in the community.
$10 (cash) student rush tickets with valid student ID, available for purchase 30 minutes before performance
Art Sanctuary uses the power of black art to transform individuals, create and build community and foster cultural understanding.
Astral is a nonprofit intensive mentoring program that specializes in developing the early careers of extraordinary classical musicians. We concentrate our resources on a small number of rising-star soloists and chamber ensembles with the potential to be change-makers and influencers.
$5 tickets for select shows with Student ID
Launched in 2016, Azuka Theatre was the first theater company in Philadelphia (and in the country as far as we can tell) to offer its entire season of productions as Pay What You Decide (PWYD): every production, every performance, everyone.
Pay What You Decide
During rehearsal periods for each series, BalletX invites local college students into the studio to meet the BalletX dancers, learn more about contemporary ballet from choreographers and BalletX Directors, and see the creative process in action.
FREE admission to Open Studio visits
Founded by Dr. Albert C. Barnes, the Barnes Foundation is home to one of the finest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and Modern paintings in the world—including works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso, plus important African sculpture, Pennsylvania German furniture, and decorative arts.
General Admission is $5 for college students (with valid ID)
Known as the birthplace of the American flag, this historic house tells the story of Betsy Ross and her exciting life in the 18th century through interactive tours.
$7 tickets with valid ID
Bright Invention uses improvisation to empower individuals and organizations to unlock their potential.
FREE with ticket reservation
The Curtis Institute of Music gives the world’s most talented young musicians a haven to learn by doing—and gives audiences a place to witness their pursuit of greatness.
$10 Student Tickets
This giant former prison was once the most famous and expensive in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Tour the vaulted, sky-lit cellblocks, solitary punishment cells, Al Capone’s Cell, and Death Row.
Get $4 off admission with your student ID
Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadelphia for six years, and during that time he wrote some of his most mystifying and well-known works, including “The Tell-Tale Heart” and many others.
EgoPo is known for creating unique new stagings of classic theater. Productions are accessible interpretations of significant literature and plays, making them ideal for high school and college classes.
Package pricing available for groups, $15/student
An independent, non-profit physical theatre company from Collingswood, NJ, Ethos Physical Theatre Company integrates puppetry, masks and circus aerials to tell existential fables for adults.
First Person Arts includes storytellers practicing across multiple disciplines such as theatre, memoir, visual arts, spoken word, and dance from the point of view of someone expressing or sharing events that he or she is experiencing or has experienced.
Fleisher is a source of inspiration, creativity and community. Every year, more than 20,000 people experience the transformative power of art by participating in tuition-free classes, workshops, exhibitions, and community-based programs.
FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectation. Our programming exposes audiences to genre-defying dance, theater, and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who push the boundaries of art-making and redefine the artistic landscape worldwide.
$15 student tickets to events year-round and additional discounts during Fringe Festival
Experience the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art, plus experiences on the water. Climb aboard ships, board submarines, and explore the many unique exhibits.
$4 off admission with student ID
InLiquid mobilizes and makes accessible the visual arts culture of the greater Philadelphia region in order to unite communities, establish wider audiences for artists and designers, facilitate the relationship between artists and collectors, and nurture the public’s appreciation of all forms of visual art.
This University City spot was created in 1963 to expose students to what was “new and happening,” and it still continues to do just that through its engaging art that “speaks to urgent issues facing our community and our country,” according to the Institute’s Director.
Nationally recognized as the most comfortable, acoustically perfect listening room in the entire Philadelphia market, The Keswick was designed by acclaimed architect Horace Trumbauer (who also created the Philadelphia Museum of Art!).
The Kimmel Center is Philly’s home of the performing arts, offering year-round programming from jazz to comedy to Broadway + a calendar of free performances.
$10 tickets to select shows through KimmelSTIX
Inspired by the voices of its ancestors, Kulu Mele African Dance & Drum Ensemble preserves, presents and perpetuates the traditional dance and music of West Africa and the African Diaspora.
The mission of the La Salle University Art Museum is to further the University’s Lasallian educational objectives by helping students, other members of the University community and the general public to experience significant, original works of art in an intimate setting and to place them in meaningful contexts.
Laurel Hill is a unique destination for connoisseurs of art, architecture and horticulture, and the final resting place of countless individuals who shaped the history of our city and nation. Nestled on a scenic bluff high above the Schuylkill River, the site also affords spectacular views that cannot be found elsewhere.
Free admission during regular hours
LiveConnections is a nonprofit organization specializing in music education, arts accessibility and collaborative concerts.
Thousands of rare and lovely wooded plants, including many of Philadelphia’s oldest, rarest and most magnificent trees, grow in the expansive, 92-acre Victorian arboretum near Chestnut Hill. Photo by Paul Meyer
Multicultural Arts Exchange presents, produces and promotes traditional and contemporary performing arts programs that bring together professional artists of different genres and various cultural backgrounds.
Students get a 15% discount with valid ID.
The Museum of the American Revolution uncovers and shares compelling stories about the diverse people and complex events that sparked America’s ongoing experiment in liberty, equality, and self-government. Through the Museum’s unmatched collection, immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive elements, visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in ensuring that the promise of the American Revolution endures. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration.
Learn all about the history of the signing of the U.S. Constitution through this museum’s hands-on exhibits. Don’t forget to take a selfie with the Founding Fathers in Signer’s Hall!
$13 admission with valid ID
Located in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Liberty Museum brings liberty to life through stories of people whose character and courage have expanded liberty for all.
$5 admission with valid ID
A Smithsonian-affiliated museum focusing on the 360-year history of Jews in America, featuring a collection of 20,000 objects in its many exhibitions.
$13 admission with valid ID
Opera Philadelphia embraces innovation and developing opera for the 21st century, and features extraordinary artists, both established and emerging, and gives them the opportunities to create their most imaginative and inspired work.
$10 tickets with student ID
Painted Bride Art Center brings together artists, audiences and communities to push the boundaries of how we create and experience art. We cultivate an environment for critical dialog and playful exchange to transform lives and communities.
Select events are free.
The Paul Robeson House and Museum offers tours of an exhibit titled “Paul Robeson: Up Close and Personal” consisting of record albums, paintings, books, photos and other artifacts pertaining to the man.
Visitors can travel through time and space to learn more about ancient peoples in places around the world, along with their connections to present-day life.
$10 general admission with valid ID
PAFA inspires the public by expanding the stories of American art through its collections, exhibitions, and programs; and educates artists from around the world to be innovative makers and critical thinkers with a deep understanding of traditions and the ability to challenge conventions.
$12 general admission with valid ID
This nationally recognized ballet company produces extraordinary performances of a diverse classical and contemporary repertoire at the Academy of Music, an iconic venue on the Avenue of the Arts.
$10 student rush tickets with valid ID, presented one hour before performance time
PHS includes a diverse community of people who use horticulture to advance the greater good with a keen focus on creating healthier living environments, increasing access to fresh food, expanding economic opportunity, and fostering meaningful social connections.
We extend our mission of making and experiencing theatre through arts education programs that excite curiosity about, and deepen understanding of, the world around us.
$5 student rush tickets with valid ID
The mission of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society—founded by Anthony P. Checchia in 1986—is to engage our community in a life more beautiful through the shared experience and transformative impact of chamber music.
$35 unlimited student pass with valid ID
Considered a historic icon in the Philadelphia African American community, the Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts offers public performances by leading jazz artists and a music education program, which predominantly targets youth participants.
Philadelphia Contemporary presents cross-disciplinary art that reflects the diversity and vitality of Philadelphia. Since 2016, Philadelphia Contemporary has offered a robust program of pop-up exhibitions and performances across the Philadelphia area in collaboration with various partner organizations
Philadelphia Jazz Project (PJP) is a special initiative which works to inspire a network to support, promote, archive and celebrate the diverse elements within the Philadelphia jazz community, with the larger goal of connecting to the global community.
Climb our iconic building’s famous Rocky steps and explore 200 galleries of art from all around the world. We are home to a world-class collection and Philadelphia’s destination for creative play.
Student admission $14 student tickets (with valid ID)
Pay What You Wish days: Wednesday Nights (5:00-8:45pm); First Sundays (10:00am—5:00pm)
Student membership $40
Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) is a leading regional theater company that produces, develops, and presents entertaining and imaginative contemporary theater focused on the American experience.
$10 student rush tickets with valid ID
The Philadelphia Youth Orchestra uses extraordinary music education through the pursuit of music excellence to inspire a strong sense of character, discipline, commitment, and community for our diverse student population.
As a coalition of theatre artists and enthusiasts, Plays & Players strives to provide intelligent, inclusive and diverse plays that engage and entertain audiences, to invest in local talent, and to preserve its historic landmark home.
A Place for Creatives: REC, Resources for Every Creator, is an ecosystem that exists to empower independent creators to do more of what they love.
Currently, Temple Students & Alumni receive 10% off their monthly membership at REC!
The only institution outside Paris dedicated entirely to the master sculptor. The garden provides an ideal setting to experience some of the world’s most celebrated works of art, with 150 bronzes, marbles, and plasters which represent the different phases of Auguste Rodin’s career.
Explore the historic house and rare book library, complete with more than 400,000 rare books! Check out the documents handwritten by America’s founding fathers, including George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson!
Located in the expansive Fairmount Park, this 17th century-style Japanese house and gardens reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia.
$8 admission with valid ID
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum. Visitors to the Academy have the opportunity to get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, meet live animals, and explore a tropical garden filled with live butterflies.
$19 tickets ($17 online) with valid ID
Since its inception, The Bowery Presents has been a purveyor of true artist development and as a trusted industry tastemaker, The Bowery Presents produces dynamic entertainment experiences at dozens of venues nationally, producing thousands of shows annually.
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, a founding resident company of The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, is a 33-member professional ensemble led by Music Director, Sir Dirk Brossé.
The Clay Studio inspires curiosity and discovery around the art and craft of clay, drawing together students, artists, and an engaged public into a welcoming community.
Located in scenic East Fairmount Park, the Dell Music Center is Philadelphia’s premier outdoor venue. The world-class amphitheater offers the very best musical entertainment, family-oriented activities and creative learning.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum was founded in 1977 with a visionary purpose: to stimulate experimentation among leading contemporary artists and to share the process of creating works of art with the public.
Free and open to the public seven days a week.
Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country.
Check out the current special exhibit, The Worst-Case Scenario: Survival Experience, October 19 through April 19!
As one of the country’s largest non-profit open-air music centers, the Mann presents world-class artists in historic Fairmount Park, hosting more than 200,000 visitors each year.
Founded by playwright Christine Wetherill Stevenson in 1915 and located in the former Wetherill Mansion on Rittenhouse Square, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is considered one of the first multidisciplinary art spaces in the U.S.
Every year, a free concert just for college students kicks off The Philadelphia Orchestra’s eZseatU program, which brings thousands of students to Verizon Hall to experience the famous Philadelphia Sound.
Annual FREE concert with valid ID
Get a membership that offers college students access to FREE tickets to unlimited Philadelphia Orchestra concerts. With eZseatU, you’ll experience live music that will blow you away from some of the best seats in the Kimmel Center.
$25 for unlimited Philadelphia Orchestra concerts
Throughout the year, enjoy fascinating lectures, performances, and discussions about exciting topics in Shakespeare’s plays.
The Philly Pigeon aims to elevate and popularize the art form of performance poetry, while serving the people. We strive to foster a sense of community across gender, color, religion, sexuality, and class.
This historic house museum is dedicated to 18th and 19th century history, and the network of people and places known as the “underground railroad.”
$5 admission with valid ID
Located on the Avenue of the Arts, The Wilma Theater creates living, adventurous arts through original, well-crafted productions that represent a range of voices, viewpoints, and styles.
$15 admission with valid ID
For the last 23 years Theatre Exile has been bringing daring and engaging productions to Philadelphia audiences.
Tongue & Groove casts a unique company of actors-who-improvise and improvisers-who-act, and sets about creating a style of theater that would elevate the power of spontaneous creation.
The Wagner Institute’s nineteenth century exhibit hall houses an extraordinary collection of natural history specimens including mounted birds and mammals, fossils, rocks and minerals, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and more.
FREE admission to all education programs
Standing at the corner of Ninth and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia for two hundred years, Walnut Street Theatre’s National Historic Landmark structure has housed two centuries’ worth of American popular entertainment.
Tickets are available for $25 for those 24 years old or younger
Woodmere’s collection consists of more than 8,000 works of art, and nine galleries offer exhibitions and programs that serve adults and children. Lectures, panel discussions, gallery talks, tours, and more are also offered.
FREE with valid ID