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  • 20 Aug 2020 1:29 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Indoor dining is back in Philadelphia starting September 8, 2020. Most of Philadelphia’s guidelines and restrictions are consistent with statewide rules—all of which aim to keep people healthy while gradually and safely reopening.

    The City looks forward to continuing to expand allowable operations for Philadelphia’s restaurant industry, as well as reopening additional indoor businesses.

    What diners need to know

    Many residents are looking forward to returning to their favorite indoor restaurants, and it’s no wonder—Philly is a bona fide foodie town. While you’re enjoying your dining experience, restaurants workers and operators will be enforcing strict guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe.

    Here are some new guidelines and updates you should know:

    • A maximum of four people can be seated together inside. If you have more than four people in your party, you will be at separate tables that are at least six feet apart. Six people per table are allowed for outdoor dining.
    • You’ll see fewer people around you. Restaurants cannot allow more than 25 percent of their normal capacity.
    • You cannot sit at a bar. Alcohol can be served only for on-site consumption at your table when in the same transaction as your meal.
    • Servers must wear both masks and face shields for additional protection. Diners must wear masks when they aren’t seated at their table.
    • Restaurants will be installing sneeze guards or partitions in their kitchens and at cash registers, host stands, and food pickup areas, where maintaining physical distance of at least six feet is difficult.

    Most importantly, if you don’t feel well, do not risk other people’s health—stay home!

    Outdoor dining will continue under its current guidelines, including a maximum capacity of 50 people.

    Restaurant owners and operators: View the full list of restrictions for restaurants and food trucks.

  • 20 Aug 2020 11:06 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA is warning that over the next decade, it will be forced to slash Regional Rail lines, eliminate dozens of stations, pull back subway service, and convert trolley routes into bus routes unless Pennsylvania officials find a way to resolve its budget crisis.

  • 18 Aug 2020 4:07 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The 2020 Census has about 6 weeks left, and we need your help to get every Philadelphian counted! 


    We have a few questions for you: 

    • Did you fill out the Census yet? 
    • Did your family, friends and neighbors fill out the census? 
    • Have you encouraged everyone you know to fill out the Census?  
    • Have you tweeted or posted about the importance of filling out the Census? 
    • Has your house of worship, community organization, walking club, virtual cooking club, or any other group you are a part of encouraged folks to fill out the census?  
    • Does your work email signature tell everyone that there are six weeks to go to complete the Census? 
    • Have you contacted every community group you work with to remind them of the deadline and encourage them to reach out to their members? 

    If the answer to any of these questions is NO, please change it to a YES today!!!  

    We are only a few weeks away from the Census ending, and we need YOU and EVERYONE you know to be counted! 

    You (and everyone you know) can fill out the census at 

    Census Facts: 

    • Did you know, completing the 2020 Census takes just 10 minutes, and will have an impact on Philadelphia for the next 10 years?  
    • If just one person is missed in the 2020 Census count, Philadelphia could face the loss of $21,000 in federal funding over the next ten years. If an undercount happens, the city’s capacity to meet the needs of its residents will be seriously impacted.    

    Take action to improve your community and complete the Census! 

    More Information 

  • 18 Aug 2020 3:40 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Wolf administration is trying to make it clear that masks are to be worn practically at all times by students in schools.

  • 18 Aug 2020 1:39 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The Kenney Administration announced today at the daily press briefing that they will decided on Friday, August 2, if indoor dining is allowed.

  • 18 Aug 2020 10:29 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Gallery view: American art


    Tickets Now Available

    Reopening September 6
    We can't wait to welcome you back to the museum next month. To ensure a safe and comfortable visit for all, we’ve made a number of changes, including limiting the number of visitors through timed admission tickets. A limited number will be available for each half-hour time slot, up to two weeks out from the date you make the reservation, and we strongly encourage that you buy your tickets online before visiting. You can review all of our new visiting policies on our website.




    New Hours


    People in the galleries

    Main Building
    Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Monday & Tuesday, closed
    Wednesday, noon–7:30 p.m.
    Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
    Friday, noon–7:30 p.m.
    Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.


    People in the galleries

    Pay What You Wish
    Admission to the museum's main building will be Pay What You Wish on opening day, September 6, as well as the first Sunday of every month and Wednesdays from 5:00–7:30 p.m.


    Family looking at art


    Member Days

    Become a member of the museum today and visit us first, during our special Member Appreciation Days, September 3–5.

    Join Now

  • 17 Aug 2020 2:50 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphia City Institute Library now has a 24/7 book drop. Return library materials at any time of the day or night through the book return slot.

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  • 17 Aug 2020 2:41 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

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    Tell a friend, neighbor, or business. If they sign up and include you as a referral, you’ll receive 3 extra months of membership (up to 4 per year).

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  • 17 Aug 2020 2:07 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City officials have told homeless people in two encampments in Philadelphia, one of them on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, to leave by Tuesday morning, saying they believe further negotiations with encampment leaders would be fruitless. The city posted a notice Monday saying people at the parkway and Ridge Avenue encampments need to pack up and leave by 9 a.m. Tuesday.

  • 17 Aug 2020 1:58 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Purchase a #MaskUpPHL Mask and Support the Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium

    When the City’s #MaskUpPHL campaign started running, many residents asked how they could participate. Today, the City announced that Philadelphians can proudly declare that they never back down, and just how much they love their neighbors, by wearing masks printed to look just like those seen on SEPTA buses, in newspaper ads, and online.

    The printer, Minuteman Press, will donate a portion of the proceeds from every mask sale to support the work of the Black Doctor’s COVID-19 Consortium, which is providing free testing in Philadelphia. To purchase a mask, support a worthy cause, and do your part to prevent the spread of COVID, residents should visit the link below.


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