College students stormed Philadelphia this past Saturday.
The 25th annual Campus Philly College Day welcomed new and returning college students to the cultural centers of Philadelphia. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven museums opened their doors to college students, free of charge
Once a year, students can tour some Philadelphia cultural institutions for free. Some local restaurants and stores are also offered discounts to students during their normal operating hours
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Eastern State Penitentiary, the National Constitution Center, the National Museum of Jewish History, The Rosenbach Museum & Library, and The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design all offered free admission to students for Campus Philly College Day
Campus Philly representatives were at Franklin Square, Rittenhouse Square, and the Art Museum to hand out passes that allowed for discounts and free museum entries. Students needed to present their college IDs for a Campus Philly discount pass.
The goal of the event is to introduce students to the city by exploring different cultural institutions and shopping areas. The event was mainly sponsored by the City of Philadelphia.
Campus Philly College Day also featured The Popped! Music Festival. The tickets were available at discounted prices for students.
Close to Temple’s Main Campus at The Pearl at Avenue North, a movie screening was offered as a part of Campus Philly College Day. Students were able to watch “50/50,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen, a week before its release date. Students had to download passes online.
Students could also go on Philadelphia Neighborhood Tours, offered through Campus Philly and Free Tours by Foot. Tours began at 11 a.m. for the Parkway Museums District, Rittenhouse Square, and Historic Philadelphia.
The Philly Theater Casting Couch also participated in the fun-filled event. Representatives from the Theater Alliance of Great Philadelphia asked people to tell them what theater means to them.
The talk show format had people fill in, “I get _____ from theatre. What do you get?” Philadelphia theater celebrities asked the questions and the responses are put online to YouTube to advertise Philadelphia theater.
The Whole Foods store at Callowhill offered a tote bag filled with chips, salsa, macaroni and cheese, drinks, chocolate, and other goodies. Students received the bag after presenting an online flyer, the Campus Philly discount pass, and a college student ID.
Seven sponsors, eleven partners and 22 participants allowed for a successful Campus Philly College Day. Campus Philly worked with 26 partner colleges around the region, including Temple University, to facilitate student interaction with the city.
The Campus Philly initiative is to get students outside of the classroom and to fully experience the many events around Philadelphia. This Saturday’s annual celebration was a great way to involve students with the events outside of their campuses.
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