APS Museum Hours and Directions

American Philosophical Society (APS) Museum
Philosophical Hall (adjacent to Independence Hall)
104 South Fifth Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106 USA
Tel: (215) 440-3440

Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a Nation
April 17 – December 28, 2014
Thursday – Sunday
10 am – 4 pm

HOLIDAY HOURS: The exhibition will be open Friday November 28 – Sunday November 30, 10am-4pm each day.

$2 donation appreciated • Fifth Street entrance wheelchair accessible (weight limit 495lbs)
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

APS visitors are encouraged to visit Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello at the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, a revealing exhibition following the stories of six enslaved families who lived and worked at Monticello.


Guided tours of the APS Museum may be scheduled for Monday-Wednesday 10am-4pm (subject to availability). Tours cost $2.00 per student and $5.00 per adult. Two weeks advance notice recommended when scheduling tours. For more information about educational programming and outreach or to schedule a tour, please contact:

Emma Max, Education and Public Programs Coordinator


The APS Museum in Philosophical Hall is located around the corner from Independence Hall in Philadelphia’s historic district at 104 South Fifth Street. The building is on the west side of Fifth Street, just south of Old City Hall, which is on the corner of Fifth and Chestnut streets. Metered street parking is available, and there is a garage in The Bourse building (enter between Market and Chestnut streets on Fourth).

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Getting to the APS Museum by car
The APS Museum is easily reached via Routes I-95, I-76 and I-676.

From the south: Taking I-95 north, follow signs for “Central Phila./I-676.” From I-676, exit south onto Sixth Street and follow signs to the Independence National Historic Park (INHP) area. The APS is located in INHP near the corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets.

From the west: Exit from the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) at interchange 24 (the Schuylkill Expressway, I-76). Take the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) to the exit for I-676 “Central Philadelphia.” Take I-676 to the Eighth Street exit and follow the signs for Independence Hall and the INHP area. The APS is located in INHP near the corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets.

From the north or east: Take the N.J. Turnpike to exit 4, Route 73. Take Route 73 north to Route 38. Take Route 38 west to US 30. Follow US 30 west over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and at the base of the bridge follow the signs for Sixth Street. Take Sixth Street south and follow signs to the INHP area. The APS is located in INHP near the corner of Fifth and Chestnut Streets.

Getting to the APS Museum by train
Philadelphia is served by Amtrak, which operates rail service along the Northeast Corridor (Boston to Washington and Atlantic City, N.J. to Harrisburg, Pa.). Inter-city service is provided to many points south and west. The Amtrak Station in Philadelphia is located at 30th and Market Streets, which is a convenient hub for public transit.

Getting to the APS Museum by bus
For intercity travel, the Greyhound Terminal is located at Tenth and Filbert Streets, within walking distance of the APS: walk two blocks south to Chestnut Street and five blocks east to Fifth Street. For travel within Philadelphia, SEPTA operates a large fleet of buses and trolleys through the city and suburbs. The Phlash is another bus service connecting several attractions throughout the city.

Getting to the APS Museum by public transit
SEPTA offers “regional rail” lines that connect the city and many of its Pennsylvania suburbs, and PATCO and NJ Transit offer similar services for many of the New Jersey suburbs. SEPTA also operates subways/elevated trains and trolleys throughout the city. The most convenient subway line to the APS is the Market-Frankford Blue Line, which connects 30th Street Station to Fifth and Market Street, one block north of the APS.

Map of APS Campus (4 buildings & 1 garden)