Free Museum Day at Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Books

Check out the Rare Book Department’s latest exhibition—In Our Nature: Flora and Fauna of the Americas—to see historic texts and stunning illustrations about the natural world that demonstrate humans’ relationships with native and introduced species.

In addition, the Rare Book Department will be showing History of the Indian Tribes of North America. Published between 1837 and 1844, History of the Indian Tribes of North America was a three volume collection of Native American biographies and accompanying portraits, and is now considered one of the finest examples of 19th century American lithography.  Folio sized hand colored lithographic renditions were made from each portrait, and James Hall supplied biographical text.   The original paintings were stored in the Smithsonian, and destroyed by fire in 1865; only 5 were rescued.

In addition, the Revolutionary War engravings, including one by Paul Revere are on view in the Elkins Room!

Reserve your FREE ticket by clicking here. Tickets are suggested due to the limited capacity of the Free Library.


Extend your stay and experience Brews & Views – the Free Library’s Rooftop Mini Series!

Enjoy drinks on the Skyline Terrace and take in spectacular views of the city at the Parkway Central Library’s spring rooftop beer garden series!

Local craft beers, wine, and refreshing cocktails will be available to purchase, along with a menu of snacks from Brûlée Catering, including Short Rib Nachos, Steamed Vegetable Dumplings and Bavarian pretzels.

No tickets needed to attend! This is a family-friendly event; you must be 21+ to purchase and consume alcohol. Registration will be in the library’s main lobby. Please have a valid photo ID ready when you arrive.


Free Library of Philadelphia Central Library

Free Library of Philadelphia Central Library
1901 Vine St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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