Once Upon a Nation

Free Programs, Tours, & More Beginning Memorial Day Weekend

Storytelling & Living History

The Once Upon A Nation season continues from the summer into the fall! Check out the information below for the latest tour, storytelling, and reenactment schedules!

Historic District Tours

Historic Philadelphia's signature tours, Independence After Hours and Tippler's Tour, are the perfect way to cap off your day in the Historic District. Whether you're looking to do a little bar-hopping or experience Historic Philadelphia's best dinner and a show, be sure to purchase your tickets early for these one-of-a-kind experiences!

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Storytelling Benches

Enjoy true stories from Philadelphia's past!

Learn about our nation's history from award-winning Once Upon A Nation storytellers at any of our 13 storytelling benches located in and around Independence National Historic Park. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!

The Once Upon A Nation storytellers aren’t dressed in colonial garb, but they’ll effortlessly transport you back in time as you sit on spacious and comfortable teak benches.

Stories last just a few minutes each and are told continuously during operating hours. You can start at any of the benches, all clearly marked with a “Once Upon A Nation” sign.


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Living History

Meet citizens of 18th & 19th century Philadelphia, and hear first-hand accounts of what it was like to live in colonial times. Watch and listen as history comes to life!

Join them at the Betsy Ross House, Free Quaker Meeting House, Independence Visitor Center, and Carpenter's Hall. Pick up a Historic Philadelphia Gazette for a daily schedule.


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