Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation

Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation April 17-December 28, 2014 “Spectacular and unusual…” Read the Philadelphia Inquirer review here. Interested in Jefferson’s Walking Tour of Philadelphia? Click here. This exhibition commemorates Jefferson’s long association with Philadelphia. The first half focuses on his visits to the city in 1775 and 1776, when, as a delegate to the Continental Congress,read more


“Drawing Room”

THE DRAWING ROOM On June 6, 2013, the APS Museum launched the “Drawing Room,” in conjunction with the museum’s new show Through the Looking Lens. Visitors can go back in time and step into the shoes of Cornelius Varley, the talented artist, scientist, and instrument maker who inspired the exhibition. Like a typical 19th century “drawing room” or parlor, whereread more


Varley Exhibition

This exhibition was on view May 17 – December 29, 2013. Click on the screen above to see WHYY’s video about Through the Looking Lens. Read about The Drawing Room, a hands-on exhibit of drawing instruments in conjunction with Through the Looking Lens. Click on the screen above to see the introductory slideshow to the exhibition. Click here for aread more


Tempus Fugit

This exhibition was on view April 13 – December 30, 2012. TEMPUS FUGIT: Time Flies Time flies, leaving its mark on the people and objects it touches. This exhibition explores how we try to capture, measure, and find meaning in the midst of time’s inevitable passage. Award-winning Chicago artist Antonia Contro has selected books, manuscripts, and curiosities from the APSread more

Transit Photo & Diagram

Transit of Venus

This exhibition was on view June 1 – July 8, 2012 Sic Transit Glorious: A Transit of Venus Celebration * Exhibition extended through July 8, 2012! in collaboration with Independence National Historical Park (INHP) Transit of Venus Exhibition & Events The Transit of Venus is both an astronomical phenomenon and a landmark in the history of American science—scroll down toread more

Upcoming Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions Jefferson’s Legacy: Three Exhibitions April 2014 – December 2016 Silhouette of Thomas Jefferson, 1875-1925, artist unknown, APS Thomas Jefferson was president of the American Philosophical Society from 1797 to 1814—before, during, and after he was President of the United States—and the Society was one of Jefferson’s primary ties to Philadelphia even after he left for Washington. As theread more


About Greenhouse Projects

This fall (Sept. 9 – Dec. 14), the American Philosophical Society Museum is going green and high-tech. The Greenhouse Projects present five distinct but interrelated large-scale programs. Each project interprets the historical themes and objects in the current exhibition Of Elephants & Roses and connects them to relevant issues today. The centerpiece is a verdant, futuristic greenhouse installed in theread more


Elephants & Roses

This exhibition was on view March 25 – December 31, 2011 On December 1-3, 2011, the APS Museum held a symposium, Of Pictures & Specimens: Natural History in Post-Revolutionary and Restoration France, in conjunction with the Of Elephants & Roses exhibition. A book of scholarly essays from the symposium was published in July 2013. Scroll to the bottom to downloadread more


Dialogues with Darwin

Museum Exhibition & Online Gallery This exhibition was on view April 17, 2009 – October 17, 2010 Watch a video about the Dialogues with Darwin exhibition on the WHYY website. Full Tour | Quick Overview Dialogues with Darwin, an exhibition drawn from the American Philosophical Society’s own Darwin collection—the largest outside of Cambridge, England—celebrates the Darwin’s 200th birthday and theread more


UNDAUNTED: Five American Explorers, 1760-2007

22 June 2007 – 28 December 2008 What does it take to be an Explorer? Find five intrepid individuals who shared a sense of adventure and the courage to explore the unknown: David Rittenhouse in the 18th century, John James Audubon, Titian Ramsay Peale, and Elisha Kent Kane in the 19th century, and Ruth Patrick who bridges the 20th andread more