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May 4, 2020

Philly Trivia: How Much Did the First General Purpose Computer Weigh?

 

If you said A, you're right! The first general purpose computer weighed 27 tons. 

 

Posted in History, Philly News
May 4, 2020

Virtual Tours of Philadelphia Museums

While we continue to self isolate, multiple museums around the world have partnered up with Google to offer virtual tours of their collections, giving people a glimpse of masterpieces they know and love without putting themselves and others at risk of spreading the Coronavirus. 

So of COURSE we had to share with you all the Philadelphia museums who are offering virtual tours! Below are links to virtual tours of the museums you know and love, and maybe a few that will become your new favorites. 

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art: While we all know and love the steps to the Art Museum, inside is also a sight to behold. With world renowned works to peruse, you can lose yourself for hours while taking in all this historic institution has to offer. 

Mural Arts Philadelphia: Philly is known as an art epicenter, with the most outdoor murals of any city in the world. Since it is currently recommended that people stay inside as much as possible, this is a chance to have the murals come to you instead of you going to them! 

Franklin Institute: For those looking for fun, kid friendly exhibits on science and history, the Franklin Museum is just the ticket! Browse through their fun exhibits on physics and the history of the telephone in our country! 

Academy of Natural Sciences: Take a moment to go through the oldest natural history museum in the Americas and the first in the world to display a fully mounted dinosaur! With exhibits such as "how to find a new species of fish" and a collection of some of the most colorful bird feathers in the world, there's plenty to see in this fascinating and historic museum! 

National Constitution Center: Here's your chance to experience "celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution" without having to wait in all the long lines! With plenty of exhibits and artifacts to look through, there's plenty to see in this online tour! 

Science History Institute: A museum that is dedicated to "collect[ing] and shar[ing] the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives", the Science History Museum is offering interesting exhibits such as the history of Alchemy as well as putting several scientific artifacts on display for all to enjoy!   

National Museum of American Jewish History: Explore and join in celebrating the history of Jews in America- from amazing writers, actors and performers to doctors and scientists who improved the lives of millions, the Museum of American Jewish History strives to "inspire in people of all backgrounds a greater appreciation for the diversity of the American Jewish experience and the freedoms to which Americans aspire."

The Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection at Drexel University: For those whose passion is fashion, The Robert Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costumer Collection (or the FHCC:) houses 14,000 garments, textiles, and accessories to explore. The Collection in particular has focused on Parisian haute couture and international high-style garments from the late 19th and 20th centuries, according to their bio. If you are interested in the history of fashion, this is THE online destination for you!

 

 

 

March 3, 2020

Philly Trivia: What Year was the Love Statue First Loaned to Philly?

If you said B, you're right! Originally loaned to the city in 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration of the Nation. The sculpture was briefly returned in 1978 before being purchased by the chairman of the Philadelphia Art Commission and becoming a permanent fixture that same year. 

Posted in Center City, History
March 2, 2020

Things to Do in Philly During March

Winter is winding down and Spring is about to arrive, and we can't wait! The city is still abuzz with activities regardless of the temperature, and we have a list of the top happenings we think you should attend this month! 

 

PHS Flower Show - Ending March 8th: The oldest and largest indoor gardening show is back again, this time with the theme "Riviera Holiday", delighting patrons with Mediterranean-inspired designs that will transport you to the coastal region of Europe with its dazzling array of roses, lavender, rosemary and more. Be sure to grab your tickets, as this event will end before you know it! 

 

Israeli Film Festival- March 7th- 29th: Kicking off its 24th year, the Israeli Film Festival of Philadelphia is going strong all month long, with several showings of a variety of Israeli films all across the city. Check out the organization's website for more information regarding films and show times.

 

St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 15th: A Philadelphia Tradition since 1771, the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade will be held on a Sunday, rain or shine. For information on the parade route and more, take a look at the organization's website

 

Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens - ends March 22nd: Outside the weather may still be a bit chilly, but take a step inside Longwood Garden's gorgeous orchid display, complete with an interactive map! Tickets are available now- be sure to check it out

 

Philly Wine Week - March 30th to April 6th: If you love wine, come and join other vino enthusiasts during this 8 day celebration, taking place all across Philly in different bars and restaurants! Check out the festival's website for more info and tickets. 

 

Posted in Philly News
Jan. 27, 2020

Things to Do in Philly During Valentine's Day Weekend

Want to take your sweetie out for Valentine's Day Weekend but not sure where to go or what to do? We've got you covered with some events you and your favorite valentine can attend! 

 

Philadelphia Auto Show: February 8th to the 17th

If your valentine is more about wheels and gears, this event has probably been on your calendar for months. Taking place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, this 9 day event is full of cars on display from manufacturers such as Aston Martin, Bentley, Maserati, Lamborghini, Porsche and many more! 

 

Boyz II Men at the Met: Feb 14th 

Let Philadelphia based Boyz II Men serenade you and your valentine on Friday night at the Met. Tickets are currently on sale, so get them while you can! 

 

Jurassic World Live Tour: Feb 14th - 16th

For those looking for something a little more action-packed this Valentine's Day Weekend, the Jurassic World Live Tour is stopping by the Wells Fargo Center from February 14th to the 16th. Hang on to the edge of your seat as you encounter iconic dinosaurs such as Blue the Raptor, Triceratops, Pterandons and of course the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex! 

 

Tacony Creek Park Maple Sugaring Festival: Feb 15th

Take your sweetie to one of the sweetest festivals in the area this weekend! Taking place on Saturday from 2-3:30, join Tacony Creek Park neighbors to learn about and enjoy some maple syrup! 

Jan. 27, 2020

Philly Trivia: What Year Was the Philadelphia African American Museum Founded?

 

If you answered B, you're right! Founded in 1976, the Philadelphia African American Museum, which sits at the corner of 7th and Arch Street, uses a variety of exhibitions and programs to share the histories, stories and cultures of those of African descent. 

Dec. 28, 2019

Philly Trivia: Who Owns the Liberty Bell?

If you said C, you're right! The city of Philadelphia owns the Liberty Bell: the National Park Service just has the iconic symbol of freedom on loan. 

Posted in Center City, History
Dec. 28, 2019

Things to do in Philly During January

2020 is off to an amazing start, with tons of exciting events happening all over the city and surrounding area! With the help of Visit Philly, we put together a list of the top events we think you should check out! 

 

Winter at Dilworth Park - until February 23rd: If you missed ice skating in front of City Hall before the holidays, don't worry! The rink, along with the whimsical wintergarden and cozy Rothman Orthopaedic cabin will be open well into February! 

 

Philly Home Show - January 10th to 19th: Looking for some home decor inspiration? Stop by the Philadelphia Convention Center and check out the two weekend event where experts in interior design, landscaping, furnishing, architecture and more come and offer tips, tricks and other advice to event attendees.
Center City District Restaurant Week - January 12th to 24th: This bi-annual, two week event is back, with a variety of restaurants and eateries offering delicious dishes and mouth watering courses, all for the prix fixe price of either $20 per person for lunch, or $35 for dinner! 
Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens - January 18th to March 22nd: if you're willing to head a little outside of the city, stop by Longwood gardens and take in the impressive display of the world's rarest and most beautiful flowers. 
Lunar New Year Events in Philadelphia - Saturday, January 25th: Philly knows how to celebrate the lunar new year! The festivities start off with a midnight lion dance in Chinatown and continue throughout the city to commemorate the start of the Year of the Rat. Parades, craft activities, cooking demonstrations and more await!  
 
Posted in Center City
Nov. 27, 2019

Things to Do in Philly During Christmas

It's one of the most festive times of the year! While you may have your traditional holiday meals planned out, you might still need to plan out the before and afters of these get togethers. We handpicked several events, with the help of Visit Philadelphia, to keep you in the Christmas spirit! 

 

Winter in Dilworth Park - now through February 23rd: Holiday Pop ups, an ice skating rink, and much more await you at Dilworth Park! The space also includes a charming Wintergarden, as well as a lovely indoor space to fill up on snacks, cocktails, beer, and hot drinks to fill you with some holiday cheer! 

 

Franklin Square Holiday Festival - now through December 31st: The Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO is back, with its 75,000 bulbs twinkling to music, along with other attractions such as Saturdays with Santa, rides on the holiday train and carousel, comfort foods and much more! 

 

Holiday Light Show at Fashion District Philadelphia - Now through December 31st: The  newly opened Fashion District Philadelphia is holding its inaugural light show, complete with a 45 foot tall floating tree with stainless steel mirror ornaments and a timed light show with music courtesy of the Philly POPS. This 5 minute show will run every 30 minutes from 4pm until closing. 

 

Holiday Garden Railway at Morris Arboretum - November 29th through December 31st: Have a model train lover in the family you need to surprise and delight? Look no further than Morris Arboretum's Holiday Garden Railway, with 15 rail lines and model trains galore that roll back past scaled replicas of historic monuments and more! 

 

The Miracle on South 13th Street Light Show - November 30th through January 1st: With lights and signs spanning this magical section of South Philly's 13th Street, come and get into the holiday spirit with other Philadelphians on the block that has become a national sensation! 

Posted in Center City
Nov. 27, 2019

Philly Trivia: What was the name of Philly's First Professional Football Team?

 

If you said A, you're right! Operating as early as 1899 to 1931, the Frankford Yellow Jackets was the city's first professional football team, playing their home games at Frankford Stadium in the northeast part of the city!  

Posted in History