Lights of Liberty Philadelphia
Where are we going today?
Every children in America would have learn about the American Revolution in school - so why not visit the Lights of Liberty where you can go back in time and experience the fascinating facts for yourself!
Lights of Liberty is a 360 3D show which is found in the PECO Theater, which is located in the Historic Philadelphia Center.
It will take the whole family on a patriotic adventure which is led by the one and only Benjamin Frankling - in 3D of course! During this time, you can see the majestic bald eagle soar, or really experience the Statue of Liberty up close. You really get a chance to discovery some of the amazing stories behind some of the USA"s most beloved symbols that represent freedom.
The Lights of Liberty film is only 15 minutes long, and really gives you a treat with it's state-of-the-art technology. Did you know it's the first ambulatory light and sound show of it's kind, in the entire world!
The Historic Philadelphia Center is a great place to find all the information you might need for your historic Philadelphia experience. You're right across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, so the Lights of Liberty can just be a part of your historic, fun, fascinating and educational family day out!
Say hi to Benjamin Franklin for us!
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (Under 12)
When can we go?
Hours vary seasonally. 10am/11am open. 5pm to 10pm close
All year round
You can incorporate the Lights of Liberty into a full Historic Philadelphia package. It's the best way to learn about history! They have sample itineraries online that you could look at, and they offer great deals. .
You're in the heart of Philadelphia - get out there and enjoy something tasty before or after your experience! .
There are always plenty of healthy options - you have an entire city to choose from! .
Doing our bit
They stay true to history and want to make the experience fun for children. And it worked! Education is so important. .
Need a little extra help?
If you need wheelchair access, just give them a call to see how they can help you .
There is plenty of parking in the area, but just make sure you read the signs for street parking .
What people are saying?
by Janis D
Our recent trip to Athens, full of Segway tours and museums, inspired us to live like tourists back home in Philadelphia. That’s how, one blistery cold Monday afternoon we ended up being the only three people in the Lights of Liberty show on Chestnut Street. I must admit, there wasn't the majesty of Acropolis or the charm of port of Piraeus to lure my kids into the show. In actuality, they were embarrassed and bored and I had to drag them in. As we waited in eerily quiet the gift shop, all I could hear was “Mom, can I have this?’’...Read More
by Janis D
Our recent trip to Athens, full of Segway tours and museums, inspired us to live like tourists back home in Philadelphia. That’s how, one blistery cold Monday afternoon we ended up being the only three people in the Lights of Liberty show on Chestnut Street. I must admit, there wasn't the majesty of Acropolis or the charm of port of Piraeus to lure my kids into the show. In actuality, they were embarrassed and bored and I had to drag them in. As we waited in eerily quiet the gift shop, all I could hear was “Mom, can I have this?’’ in stereo. The ten minutes till showtime ticked by slowly, my choice of venue becoming more regretful by the moment. Finally, the announcer’s voice blasted over the speakers, announcing the start of the show to a store full of a mere three people. The horrified looks on the faces of my offspring confirmed that I am just a corny, embarrassing mother. With blushing cheeks and a fake grin plastered across my face, I ushered my kids into the dark theater where I could hide my shame.
We stood in the empty room with a 360 screen, and waited for the show to begin. I knew that if I could just hold out under the cover of darkness till it was over, then face my boys with a motherly comment such as’ “Well, at least we tried it!” , then I could take them home and put this all in my past. Silence. Time stood still. Then the music started, the screen lit up, and Ben Franklin appeared and saved my ass.
Within moments, the theatre was alive with history and color. Ben Franklin was telling the story of Philadelphia. An important, historical city. My city! I was interested and I was proud. I peeled my eyes from the screen and looked over to see my boys mesmerized. We were all like little kids again, and it was fun. The show went on for about 20 minutes, and when it ended, my boys were smiling. They said it was ”cool”, “interesting” and “too short”. They thanked me and they were actually nice to each other the rest of the evening. We talked about the show and the history of Philadelphia over dinner, they did their homework, and even laid out their clothes for school the next day, all without any fighting.
As the precious moments of the evening passed, my shame and embarrassment dwindled and was replaced with pride and gratification. I got them ready for bed, my eye on the glass of wine that was to be my prize once they were asleep.
I said, “Good night” to my son, to which he sleepily replied, “That was the coolest show. Thanks so much for taking me.”