Friday, September 19, 2008

Philly Phridays #7: National Liberty Museum

Continuing on with the Friday series of places to visit during the Adoptee Rights Demonstration in Philadelphia next year…

Totally, totally, totally school age kid-friendly, for those of you bringing your kids. The National Liberty Museum is a gem. Contrary to what some may think, this is not the building that houses the Liberty Bell. Four floors of exhibits dedicated to expressing the concept of Liberty, without a single rah-rah-rah USA #1! sentiment.

Oh ok the Liberty Hall Gallery on the top floor does get a little rah-rah, but there are seven other galleries to balance that out.

From the site:

Why we created the National Liberty Museum

For more than 300 years, men and women from all over the world have come to America seeking the freedoms and opportunities denied to them in their homelands. Together, we have formed the most productive, creative and multi-cultural nation on earth.

But... freedom is a very precarious balancing act. For every right we are granted as citizens of a free nation, there are corresponding responsibilities. Most important is our obligation to live peacefully with others and respect those who are different from ourselves....

The National Liberty Museum is dedicated to preserving America’s promise of freedom. We invite visitors to celebrate the diversity of the American experience and remind them that we each have the “Power of One” to make a difference.

Do you believe that a state that can house a museum like this, thinks adult adoptees are too dangerous and irresponsible to see their own birth certificates? Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

Exhibits touch on racism, women’s rights, political freedom, violence, bigotry, and my own personal favorite, the genetic journey of our race as traced through our DNA. The gift shop sells Genographic Project kits, and the museum’s kid-friendly DNA gallery is a good introduction to genetic genealogy.

The museum is open 7 days a week from 10-5. Admission is $7.00/adults, $6.00/seniors, $5.00 students, $2.00/children over 5, and under 5 are free.

With the exception of Sundays - Sundays are always free for everyone.

7 complaints from ingrates:

Anonymous,  September 19, 2008 at 1:27 PM  

Ironic? Totally.
Philadelphia is such a perfect place for next year's demo :-)
So much irony to bring to people's attention.

Including the except from Leviticus 25:10 on the Liberty Bell, which, in its complete form reads
"And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family."

Michelle September 21, 2008 at 8:13 AM  

What about holding the protest in front of the Liberty Bell with signs quoting Leviticus??

Ungrateful Little Bastard September 21, 2008 at 9:15 AM  

People's Park is right there nestled between Independence Hall and the bell:

Ungrateful Little Bastard September 21, 2008 at 9:21 AM  

And Kippa I had debated putting that Leviticus quote in the post, but as I'm blatantly breaking multiple LevLaws on a daily basis, I felt hypocritical.

Anonymous,  September 21, 2008 at 10:58 AM  

Yeah well, everybody does. Me too. Especially me ;-)
With so many rules and regs it wouldn't be humanly possible not to.

But such a heaven sent quotation, how could you resist? I have to say, I'm awed by your sensitivity and restraint.

Michelle September 21, 2008 at 7:49 PM  

Cool, T. That's the spot!

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