See Philadelphia like you never have before; through the eyes of the artist William Birch!
In honor of the exhibition, William Birch, Ingenious Artist: His Life, His Philadelphia Views, and His Legacy, the Library Company of Philadelphia is offering, for a limited time only, guided walking tours exploring William Birch’sViews of Philadelphia! Enjoy a two hour walk around Philadelphia, where you will learn about Birch’s twenty-seven views and other iconic historic sites in one of the nation’s most historic cities!
Walking Tours at the Library Company of Philadelphia offer a rare opportunity to see Philadelphia like you never have before; through the eyes of the artist William Birch! Not only are our walking tours more personal than your typical walking tour; they are more specialized, more in-depth, and truly an experience you won’t get anywhere other than the Library Company of Philadelphia!
Where to meet? For the Gallery and Walking Tour, please meet at the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street. Likewise, for the first Walking Tour, please meet at LCP. For the July 14 Walking Tour please meet at the exit of the Liberty Bell Pavilion at the northeast corner of Chestnut and Sixth Streets.
Where will you be going? What will you see? Where will you end up? On July 14 we will explore Congress Hall, the State House (now Independence Hall), the back of the State House, and the nearby site of the Library Company’s original building. We will walk through the Independence National Historic Park area and north to Market Street through Franklin Court. We will conclude at the corner of Third and Walnut Streets, the site of the Bank of the United States.
Walking Tours are available on Thursday June 14 and Saturday, July 14. Please visit the registration page for more information! Please visit: LCP Events for the full list of upcoming events at LCP!
Get To Know Your Tour Guide
Tours are led by Brett Peters. Knowledgeable, friendly, and enthusiastic, Brett graduated from The College of New Jersey in May, 2017 with a Bachelors of Art in History. He is currently enrolled at Drexel University where he is pursuing a Masters of Science in Museum Leadership.
Tours run approximately two hours long, and, depending on the tour, cover approximately 2 miles.
Tours are held in light rain; in the event of severe or inclement weather, please check our Facebook page for updates, or contact us.
Please bring water! Philadelphia can be quite hot in the summer months.
What to wear? For your own comfort, please wear footwear that is conducive to walking long distances. Sneakers and running shoes are great! Flip-flops? Maybe not so much.
Please arrive 10 minutes prior to the beginning of the tour! All tours leave promptly at their appointed time! If you are running late, please call your tour guide! See the contact us page for contact information.
Where to meet? For the Gallery and Walking Tour, please meet at the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street. Likewise, for the first Walking Tour, please meet at LCP. For Walking Tour 2, please meet at Congress Hall, 143 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Your tour guide will be standing directly outside the indicated institutions.
Where will you be going? What will you see? Where will you end up? Each of the walking tours will explore Congress Hall, the State House (now Independence Hall), the back of the State House, Pennsylvania Hospital, and the no longer standing Alms House, New Theatre, and Surgeons Hall. The Gallery and Walking Tour and Walking Tour 1 will both begin at the Library Company of Philadelphia, and conclude near Fifth and Market. Walking Tour 2 will begin at Congress Hall and will conclude at LCP.
The Philadelphia experience you’ve been looking for!
Walking Tours at the Library Company of Philadelphia are perfect for families, budding historians, adventurous travelers, and curious locals alike!
Generously Supported By:
This exhibition and programming is supported in part by the Center for American Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Freeman’s; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; The Philadelphia Cultural Fund; Terra Foundation for American Art; the Walter J. Miller Trust; and the Wyeth Foundation for American Art.