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American Philosophical
Society Museum
104 South 5th Street
West Chester
West Chester, Pa 19380
Cross Street: Airport Road
Hours of Operation
Hours 10:00 am. – 4:00 pm. Thursday – Sunday (March 25 – Labor Day) Friday – Sunday (Labor Day – December 31) 10:00 am – 8:00 pm Fridays (through September 2) $1 donation requested • Closed major holidays.


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 … Continue reading →


The Princess and the Patriot: Ekaterina Dashkova, Benjamin Franklin, and the Age of Enlightenment

17 February – 31 December 2006 They seemed to have nothing in common. She was the Russian princess Ekaterina Romanovna Dashkova, a noblewoman and friend of Empress Catherine the Great. He was the American printer, scientist, patriot and statesman Benjamin … Continue reading →


Stuffing Birds, Pressing Plants, Shaping Knowledge: Natural History in North America, 1735-1860

23 June 2003 – 31 December 2004 Stuffing Birds, Pressing Plants, Shaping Knowledge: Natural History in North America, 1730–1860, on view at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia through December 2004, explores the cultural assumptions that shaped natural history practice … Continue reading →

  • Support: Since its founding by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, the American Philosophical Society has quietly sustained its mission of “promoting useful knowledge”—principally through its activities as a learned society on behalf of elected members whose ranks include some of the world’s most eminent figures in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as in the civic, professional, higher educational and cultural communities. Franklin’s spirit of philanthropy inspires our development program today.
  • Volunteer: The APS Museum is looking for friendly and outgoing volunteers. Duties may include: on-the-street flyering on First Fridays and before special events; distributing flyers to local businesses (galleries, coffee shops, libraries, etc.); greeting and directing visitors during public programs; staffing the museum during temporary artist projects; updating and decorating outdoor chalkboard signs; occasional office work.

  • Education Programs: Teacher Workshop: “Botanical Wonders: Exploring Plants through Science and Art” Join the APS Museum and Bartram’s Garden for a 2-day teacher workshop inspired all things botanical! Day 1 will take place at the APS Museum. Participants will receive a private tour of the exhibition Of Elephants and Roses: Encounters with French Natural History, 1790-1830. The tour will be followed by a hands-on workshop on botanical illustration and creating herbarium specimens. Day 2 will take place at Bartram’s Garden. Participants will receive a tour of the Garden and historic house. The tour will be followed by an interactive workshop on specimen collection, tree identification and how botany can be used in the classroom. Much of the day will be spent outdoors, so please dress for the weather. Curriculum materials will be provided at the end each workshop. Activities are adaptable for teachers of grades 3-12. Click here to view the flyer PDF.


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