For more than a decade, Philadelphia’s finest art and science centers have opened their doors to you: the diligent college student. And on one day in particular they don’t even make you pay. College Day on the Parkway is the kind of event that might slip through the cracks, but if it does, it’s nobody’s fault but your own.
All us college kids get thrown at us is free stuff. Take advantage of it and get cultured! While you might have to pay a few bucks to get to the parkway, that’s the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for those non-drivers (take the 76 or 32 bus from Center City), the amount of knowledge and pure enjoyment that awaits you is priceless.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art should probably be your first stop on this seven-hour tour-de-Philly. I’m amazed that there are actually people living in Philly who haven’t been to the art museum. “Where’s that?” they say, perplexed. “You know, Rocky? The STEPS!” Anyway, the art museum is Philadelphia’s Louvre. It’s so big that you can’t possibly take everything in during one visit. But hey, why not drink some Nitro and try.
The art museum’s little brother is the Rodin Museum, a museum devoted solely to the art of French sculptor Auguste Rodin. From finished bronzes to plaster studies, there’s a lot to take in with this customized collection. Popular favorites like The Thinker rest beside more obscure pieces.
One spot not to be missed is the Eastern State Penitentiary, which is an excellent experience for both architecture enthusiasts and those who have jail fascinations (don’t we all?). Existing for 142 years, the former prison has many stories that the guides will tell you with bright eyes. Two words: Al Capone.
Another must-visit site is the Free Library of Philadelphia. With your college ID you can get a library card (more vital than a driver’s license) and you will finally experience true happiness: countless aisles of books, peace and quiet, FREE VIDEO RENTALS! It doesn’t get any better.
Among the other attractions are: The Academy of Natural Sciences, The Franklin Institute, The Paley/Levy Galleries at Moore College of Art and Design, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. From beautiful paintings to things only a science geek could understand, there’s something for everyone at College Day on the Parkway.
College Day on the Parkway. Saturday, Sept. 23. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free with college ID. (215) 684-7605