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      Courtesy of the Franklin Institute

    As much as we love arts and culture, sometimes you can’t make it to your favorite museum during the workweek or when your weekend is already booked. Thus extended weekday hours are a great way to have fun at the museum. Spend an evening at these Philadelphia museums and email to recommend more museums open in the evening.

    Once a month, the Franklin caters to adults only with their popular Science After Hours events, that combine special themes like superheroes with booze throughout their extensive science collection. Also check out evening hours for their special exhibits.

    Experience the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in unique ways every Wednesday from 5 to 8:45pm, with Pay What You Wish admission. On the last Wednesday of the month a variety of artists, performers, and activities enliven your night at the museum. Future last Wednesdays will feature Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School, French-themed music, First Person Arts StorySlam, and more! And every Friday, Art After 5 transforms the Great Stair Hall into a cabaret with visiting performers and drinks until 8:45pm. Both sets of evening hours allow you to see the museum’s permanent collection as well as purchase tickets for special exhibits, like the Wrath of the Gods.

    Every first Friday of the month, the Barnes Foundation has extended hours from 6 to 9pm. Enjoy live music and access to the permanent collection as well as traveling exhibits with a First Friday event ticket.

    • Please Touch Museum
      4231 Avenue of the Republics, Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, PA 19131

    Experience the Please Touch Museum after hours on the first Wednesday of every month. Admission on First Wednesdays is reduced to $2 from 4 to 7pm.

    Every quarter the Young Friends of NMAJH brings together young professionals ages 21 to 40 years old to explore the National Museum of American Jewish History. The museum also hosts lecutres from prominent speakers with Dr. Ruth coming on November 16th.

    Every first Wednesday of the month the Penn Museum is open until 8pm. That gives plenty of time to check out their extensive permanent collection as well as their current special exhibits of Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World and Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, Gold in Ancient Panama.

    The Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (ICA) has extended hours until 8pm every Wednesday. Current exhibits include the works of Becky Suss, Christopher Knowles, and Josephine Pryde. ICA always has free admission courtesy of Amanda and Glenn Fuhrman.

    Every Wednesday night, PAFA is open until 9pm for access to its extensive student collection on display in the historic and beautiful building designed by Frank Furness.

    In conjunction with First Friday in Old City, the Chemical Heritage Foundation has extended admission until 8pm. Along with special scientific programming, you can experience the museum’s permanent collection for free.

    Every Wednesday and Thursday until 8pm the Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia offers visitors a chance to view their exhibitions and take a guided tour of the historic Rosenbach house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum’s permanent collection includes important pieces such as the only surviving copy of Benjamin Franklin’s first Poor Richard Almanac, the manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses,  the papers of poet Marianne Moore, and Bram Stoker’s notes for Dracula.

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