Six Great Places To Be During Parkway 100 Kick Off Party

September 7, 2017 |  by  |  Buzz  |  , , ,

 

Postcard showing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1939. The back caption reads, “BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY. This one mile tree-lined boulevard surrounded by beautiful structures, museums and famous institutions has no equal. Washington Monument in foreground.” | Image courtesy of Historical Images of Philadelphia Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia

This Friday, cultural institutions all over the city begin a 14-month celebration honoring 100 years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philly’s own Champs-Élysées has come a long way since construction officially began in 1917. The Parkway continues to evolve today as the City and stakeholders consider how to best utilize the boulevard in contemporary terms as both a scenic, urban roadway and a dynamic, pedestrian thoroughfare lined with world class art museums, pop-ups gardens, and verdant public space. The Parkway may be 100-years-old, but the party is just getting started.

Here are our top picks for Friday night’s Parkway 100 We Are Connected kick-off event. Festivities run from 4-10PM. See a full list of events and times HERE.


Take in a special preview of Monument Lab artist Emeka Ogboh’s sound art installation from 6-9PM on the Skyline Terrace of Parkway Central Library. Watch the sunset, then head down to the Rare Book Department for a free tour from 4-9PM. Tell Grip the Raven we sent ya! On your way out, don’t miss the exhibit, Corridor of Culture: 100 Years of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, in the West Gallery on the first floor. All FREE.

Free Library of Philadelphia – Central Parkway Library
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 686-5322


One of our favorite things to do during early fall in Philly is walk around Eastern State Penitentiary at dusk. With their Halloween season screaming around the corner, here is your chance to enjoy the historic site at night while it is still relatively peaceful. We recommend a stroll down Cellblock 7, checking out their excellent exhibit, Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration, then head over to the baseball field for some bat watching at twilight. Free from 4-9PM.

Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-3300


Take a tour of the heavenly interior of Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, then stick around for an organ concert. Tours run every half hour, from 4:30PM-6:30PM, and at 8:30PM. Organ performances are at 4-4:30PM and 9-9:30PM. FREE.

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
1723 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-9032


Gather around the Great Stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and listen to Ross Bellenoit and an ensemble of local jazz and blues musicians play songs composed in Philly over the last 100 years. Admission is pay-what-you-wish and the performance begins at 5PM.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100


Check out Franklin Institute’s one-night-only display of original maps from the late 1600s through the early 20th century of the city’s layout before the Parkway was built, part of their Parkway 100 exhibit. Stick around for stargazing and an elevated, nighttime look at our grand boulevard from the 5th Floor Observation Roof. FREE from 4-9PM.

Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 448-1200


Step inside the Barnes Foundation and marvel at one of the most amazing individual art collections in the world. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish from 4-10PM. Admission also includes the special exhibition, Mohamed Bourouissa: Urban Riders, a multimedia immersion into the lives of North Philadelphia’s urban horsemen. 

Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 278-7000 


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  1. You forgot Harry K. @Rodin Museum?

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