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A cultured Christmas: holiday exclusives at Philadelphia’s museums

Push your cultural boundaries this festive season with a selection of both traditional and unique artistic exhibitions.

Winter Fountains by Jennifer Steinkamp

Winter Fountains by Jennifer Steinkamp is installed along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Aviator Park, Rodin Museum, Park Towne Place, and Spring Garden Triangle.

This major outdoor installation features four 13ft-high and 26ft-wide architectural domes that come alive nightly from sunset to midnight as Jennifer Steinkamp’s dream-like winter fountains.

November 30, 2017–March 18, 2018

Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine

African American Museum, Philadelphia

701 Arch Street

Gardens of the Mind: Echoes of the Feminine View features the work of Barbara Bullock, Martha Jackson Jarvis, E.J. Montgomery, Joiri Minaya and Glynnis Reed as they examine spirituality, memory and intellect with the idea of a garden as metaphor.

October 6, 2017–January 16, 2018

The Terracotta Warriors

The Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street

The Terracotta Warriors exhibit offers films, ancient artifacts and interactive installations to enhance your understanding of these famous sculptures. The museum employs augmented reality to introduce viewers to ten of the famous Chinese Terracotta Warriors.

September 30, 2017–March 4, 2018

Centuries of Childhood: An American Story

Mercer Museum

84 South Pine Street

Centuries of Childhood: An American Story follows the day-to-day lives of five fictional characters to learn more about the era in which they lived. With interactive exhibits such as paddling a canoe, riding on a horse and carriage and exploring an immigrant ship, this is the ideal holiday event for your preteens.

September 16December 31

Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

The Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies show features a collection of dinosaur eggs and embryos along with a plethora of interactive installations to educate kids and rekindle an adult’s love of all things dinosaur.

September 30, 2017–January 15, 2018