Winter Weekends at the MuseumSaturdays & Sundays, December 3-4, 10-11, 17-18
Join us for Winter Weekends at the Museum on Saturdays and Sundays in December with cozy offerings for the whole family. Don't forget to warm up in Cross Keys Café with a hot cocoa or hot apple cider. Plus, we will be collecting new or gently used books to donate to Treehouse Books.
Onsite | Saturdays & Sundays
From handbells to harps to choirs, enjoy festive winter musical performances in the Museum’s atrium. See the musical performance schedule below:
- The Lyra Society Harp Ensemble
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 12 p.m. & 2 p.m.
The Lyra Society Harp Ensemble is a nonprofit that promotes cultural equity through access to harp education. Lyra leverages the harp to connect students with life-long mentors and friends, identify students' distinctive voices, and strengthen their confidence to lead.
- Harpist Gloria Galante
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Gloria Galante, CMP, MM, BS, studied the harp with the Philadelphia Orchestra’s premiere female harpist, Edna Phillips, and won the matinee musical award at age 18. Gloria has toured internationally as a solo artist, chamber musician, and as a member of ensembles and orchestras.
- A Quartet from the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Established in 2003, the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble is a community ensemble comprised of auditioned, advanced-level handbell ringers from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a member of the Handbell Musicians of America.
- Pennsylvania Girlchoir
Sunday, Dec. 11 at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Pennsylvania Girlchoir is a Commonwealth Youthchoirs program that fosters a profound love of singing in a nurturing, diverse community. Commonwealth Youthchoirs is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that provides outstanding choral music education and unique performance opportunities to children they won’t find anywhere else — including international travel! CY also includes Keystone State Boychoir and Find Your Instrument.
- The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia
Saturday, Dec. 17 at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
The A Cappella Project - Philadelphia is a social and charitable non-profit organization dedicated to the education and promotion of a cappella music in the Philadelphia area. They bring together adult singers who love performing a wide range of music, including showtunes and pop, while creating an inclusive community of people from different musical backgrounds.
Sunday, Dec. 18 at 11:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Founded in 2013, PhilHarmonia is a 40-voice community choir that sings classical and contemporary choral music. It is committed to musical excellence and a diverse range of choral programs.
Silhouette Artist T.J. Stuessy
Onsite | Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Silhouette artist T.J. Stuessy will be onsite to capture your likeness in a silhouette. Stuessy cuts out silhouettes in a traditional freehand manner with scissors, making them a stunning keepsake or the perfect gift!
Craft: Make Your Own Ornaments
Onsite (Robert A. M. Stern Rotunda) | Saturdays & Sundays
Kids can color and bedazzle their own ornament inspired objects from the Museum's collection, including a teapot, a six-pointed stars, a tent, and more.
Onsite | Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Explore the Museum’s family-friendly discovery center, Revolution Place, which will transform into the winter of 1778! Walk amidst frost-covered windows, logs piled by the fire, and 18th-century coats and cloaks as you learn about what Philadelphia would have been like in the snowy winter months and how they celebrated the winter holidays. Plus, you can make and take home festive crafts like tin-punch lanterns, cookie mold ornaments, cut-paper snowflakes, and “illuminations” inspired by Charles Willson Peale’s window displays.
Holiday Shopping at the Museum Shop
Onsite & Online | Daily
Shop for the perfect holiday gift in the Museum Shop onsite or online, with unique gifts, including books, jewelry, toys, and decorative items, at all price points. Plus, purchase Any Time tickets, which don't require guests to select a date or time for their visit, making them the perfect gift this holiday season.
Book Donations for Treehouse Books
Onsite | Daily
We will be collecting new or gently used books to donate to Treehouse Books. Headquartered in North Philadelphia, Treehouse Books provides free books to children and families as well as Out of School Time (OST) programs that increase literacy skills and promote a lifelong love of reading and writing.