Philadelphia Fall 2018 Exhibits and Events

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Philadelphia Fall 2018 Exhibits and Events

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PhillyBite10Philadelphia, PA - It's fall in Philadelphia, when attention refocuses on big openings, new events and exciting exhibits. The Franklin Institute welcomes the North American debut of Vikings: Beyond the Legend, while the Philadelphia Museum of Art opens Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now. Esteemed, expanding nonprofit Mighty Writers inaugurates its very first, multi-site MightyFest, encouraging language-based expression. These and more brand-new events promise a newsworthy autumn in Philadelphia:


Philadelphia Fall Exhibits:

  • Thomas and Friends: Explore the Rails – The Please Touch Museum’s exhibit space transforms into the Island of Sodor, where the mighty and timeless Thomas the Tank Engine and his steamy and diesel pals teach kids about rail travel while sharpening children’s STEM skills. September 22, 2018-January 6, 2019. 4231 Avenue of the Republic, (215) 581-3181, pleasetouchmuseum.org
    Vikings: Beyond the Legend – Viking treasures from the National Museum of Denmark voyage to North America for the first time, landing at The Franklin Institute. About 600 artifacts, two replica Viking ships, interactive displays and augmented reality vividly recreate the age and its people, bringing new insight into their surprising impact on the world. Along with the exhibit, the film Vikings will show in the Tuttleman IMAX Theater. October 13, 2018-March 3, 2019. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  • The Art of Rube Goldberg – The first comprehensive Goldberg retrospective since his death in 1970 exhibits the celebrated machine maker’s inventions, Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoons and other whimsical, witty commentary on modern American life. October 12, 2018-January 21, 2019. National Museum of American Jewish History, 5th & Market Streets, (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org
    Fabulous Fashion: From Dior’s New Look to Now – Haute couture, ready-to-wear attire and accessories by the world’s top designers make up this fashionable new exhibit. It begins with Christian Dior’s 1947 game-changing “New Look” and includes contemporary pieces by Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang and others—all part of the museum’s renowned collection. Fall visitors may also dine at Stir, the museum’s new, 76-seat restaurant with design by architect Frank Gehry and seasonal menu by the Starr Catering Group. October 16, 2018-March 3, 2019. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
  • Berthe Morisot: Woman Impressionist – Male names like Degas, Manet, Monet and Renoir dominate the list of major impressionist painters. But this groundbreaking exhibit gives the well-regarded work of contemporary Berthe Morisot (1841–1895) and impressionism cofounder its due. October 21, 2018-January 14, 2019. Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7000, barnesfoundation.org
  • Hamilton Was Here: Rising Up in Revolutionary Philadelphia – Long before he transformed the modern Broadway musical, Alexander Hamilton played a key role in the founding of the U.S., right in Philadelphia. This Historic District museum lets kids experience colonial Philadelphia, the way Hamilton did, in a challenging playscape featuring games, scenic environments and interactive experiences. October 27, 2018-March 17, 2019. Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd Street, (877) 740-1776, amrevmuseum.org
  • Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting – Fifty paintings, prints, watercolors and drawings by celebrated American painter Winslow Homer go on exhibit alongside a comparable number of Homer-collected photographs that explore the role of photography in his work. The Brandywine River Museum of Art is the only other stop for the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibit. November 17, 2018-February 17, 2019. 1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, brandywine.org

Philadelphia Fall Events:

  • BMW Championship – Golfing giants Tiger Woods, Marc Leishman, Justin Rose and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed are among the 70 top PGA TOUR players expected to tee off for the penultimate event of the FedExCup Playoffs at the Donald Ross-designed Aronimink Golf Club. September 4-9, 2018. 3600 St. Davids Road, Newtown Square, bmwchampionship.com
  • MightyFest – Mighty Writers, a Philly nonprofit that helps city kids to think and write with clarity, holds its first student literacy fest—four days of all-ages fun with words. Highlights include reading and writing workshops at local libraries, a soul music dance party at The Franklin Institute and keynote speaker Nikole Hannah-Jones, a New York Times reporter and 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow, at the Philadelphia Ethical Society. Some events free; others require tickets. September 27-30, 2018. Various locations. mightywriters.org
  • Parkway Soirée – The Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s year-long 100th birthday celebration culminates on the exact date one century ago when Philadelphia’s own Champs-Élysées made its debut. The evening promises a block party as grand as the cultural boulevard itself, replete with birthday cake, a Night Market of food trucks, music, dancing, family-friendly activities and special programming at the many museums that call the parkway home. October 26, 2018. Various locations, Benjamin Franklin Parkway, parkway100.org

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