American Historical Theatre

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For over 25 years the American Historical Theatre has been a Philadelphia treasure. Its actors and historians entertain, educate and inspire audiences at schools, libraries, museums and historic sites across the USA and around the world. Performers offer dramatic programs, keynote addresses and plays that reflect more than 350 years of American history.


Independence After Hours

Your Ticket to 1776!

Visit one of America's most famous landmarks after public hours during this exclusive tour. Enjoy a delicious three-course meal and mingle with colonial interpreters at the historic City Tavern. Then, "sneak" into Independence Hall to listen in as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams debate the Declaration of Independence. This two-and-a-half hour experience is the only opportunity to visit Independence Hall after public hours and explore history where it happened.

Historic Philadelphia Center 215-629-4026
6th & Chestnut Streets

Days vary by season.

May 22-Jun 6: Fri & Sat
Jun 9-Aug 15: Tue-Sat (No tour July 3)
Aug 21-Oct 24: Fri & Sat
Tours depart at 5:30 pm admission charge

Tippler's Tour

Take a Sip of History on this Colonial Pub Crawl

Party like it's 1776 on this entertaining pub crawl – for adults only – through the heart of Historic Philadelphia. Enjoy drinks and snacks at four stops, including the historic City Tavern Garden where you can drink a shrub! Your Colonial guide will share songs, stories and drinking traditions from 18th-century Philadelphia.

revelers on a tippler's tour

Historic Philadelphia Center 215-629-4026
6th & Chestnut Streets
May 21-Aug 13: Thu 5:30 pm

In the Fall, the themes change, so come back for the
Ghosts & Toasts Tour

Sep 24-Oct 29: Thu 5:30 pm

And the Yuletide Cheers & Beers Tour

Nov 12-Dec 16: Thu 5:30
(No tour on Thanksgiving) admission charge

Once Upon A Nation

A series of immersive adventures

Puppet show for children.

puppets and people co-exist in colonial kids' quest

Listen to 13 entertaining and riveting stories about our nation's history in places where they actually happened, and be on the lookout for 18th and 19th-century heroes anywhere in this historic neighborhood.