Philadelphia's Ethnic Culture

African American
  • African American Museum
  • Opera North
  • G.T.V. Almrausch
  • Germantown Historical Society
  • Taller Puertorriqueño
  • Gershman Y
  • Nat. Museum of American Jewish History
  • Polish American Cultural Center
  • Creative Collective Arts Center
  • American Swedish Historical Museum

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    African American

    African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)
    Phone: 215-574-0380; Fax: 215-574-3110
    701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Description: Collecting preserving and interpreting the material and intellectual culture of African Americans in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Americas.
    Hours: Tues through Sat 10am to 5pm and Sun 12noon to 5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's and Easter. The Museum is Open on Martin Luther King's Birthday.
    Admission: Adults $6; children, seniors, students and physically challenged $4. Group rates are available. The Museum has barrier free access. For reservations call 215.574.0380, Ext. 228.

    Opera North
    Opera Is For Everyone
  • Pennsylvania's only African-American opera company. Our mission is to provide performance opportunities to gifted minority classical artists while bringing opera to more racially diverse audiences.
  • Annual opera performances, Black History celebrations, Opera in the Schools program, Artist in Concert Series, Youth Guild.

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    G.T.V. Almrausch
    Alpine/German/Austrian Club and schuhplattler dancing.
  • Based in Philadelphia, the GTV Almrasuch is one of the oldest Schuhplattler Vereine in North America.
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  • Germantown Historical Society
    Phone: 215-844-0514; Fax: 215-844-2831; Email:
    5501 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19144
    Centennial Celebration! Saving Our Stories - Preserving Our Community
    Description: Museum, library and archives, and visitors center for Historic Germantown in Northwest Philadelphia
    Museum exhibits: Germans, Generals, & Gentlemen; Urban Village; Germantown Hall of Fame; Library for research on family, building, or local history topics;
    Visitors center for 11 historic sites; Multi-site guided tours; Education programs for schools and youth groups; Summer camp; Adult education programs; Special events
    Gift shop: books, toys, and work by local artists and craftspeople
    Hours: Visitors Center and Gift Shop: M-F 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm; Museum and Library: Tues. & Thurs. 9am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm; Tour and school groups everyday by reservation
    Admission: Museum: $4 adults, $2 children under 12; Library: $7.50, $5 students with I.D.; Free for members

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    Gershman Y
    The Gershman Y is the Center for Arts and Culture on the Avenue of the Arts
  • 401 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
    Phone: 215.446.3027 / Fax:215-790-1042
  • The Gershman Y, The Center for Arts and Culture on the Avenue of the Arts, is the Center City branch of the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Philadelphia. Home to the internationally known Jewish Film Festival and a host of the Jewish Book Festival, the Y is a lively destination for a diversity of cultural programming, serving Philadelphia’s intellectual and cultural communities for over 75 years. The Gershman Y is a constituent agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and the United Way of Southeastern PA.
  • Services: Programs, classes, film festivals, lunches, brunches, art exhibition and many more
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  • National Museum of American Jewish History
    Phone: 215-923-3811
    55 North 5th Street, Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2197
    Description: The National Museum of American Jewish History is the only Museum in the nation dedicated exclusively to collecting, preserving and interpreting artifacts pertaining to the American Jewish experience.
    Hours: Mon-Thurs: 10am-5pm; Fri: 10am-3pm; Sat: Closed; Sun: noon-5pm; Closed for major Jewish holidays.
    Admission: Adults: $4.00; Senior Citizens, students, children 6 and over: $3.00; Children under 6: free.

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    Taller Puertorriqueño
    Puerto Rican artistic and cultural traditions.
  • Education Building (includes the Roberto P. Hernández Theater): 2557-59 Nth 5ht St., Philadelphia, PA 19133
    Phone (215) 423-6320 - Fax (215) 423-6248
  • Gallery/Bookstore Building: 2721 Nth 5th St. , Philadelphia, PA 19133
    Phone (215) 426-3311 - Fax (215) 426-5682
  • Our mission is to preserve, develop and promote Puerto Rican artistic and cultural traditions, as well as to promote a better understanding of other Latin American cultures and our common heritage. Taller Puertorriqueño translates to Puerto Rican Workshop. Taller was established in 1974 by Latino artists and activists in the North Kensington area of Philadelphia. They created a community based graphic arts workshop to provide cultural training alternatives to local youth. Throughout its history, our Workshop has been a vital resource to the barrio and to the region. It is now nationally recognized as a model organization that uses the arts as a vehicle for social change.
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  • Taller Puertorriqueño sponsors year-round arts classes and workshops for community children and adults. Our classes give students the opportunity to express themselves openly and freely in a positive environment. Classes are relaxed and full of warmth and support. The program includes workshops in performance, creative writing, dance, musical theater, capuera, ceramics, and painting.

  • Lorenzo Homar Gallery:
  • The only gallery in the region dedicated to Latin American and Caribbean Art

  • Julia de Burgos Books and Crafts Store:
  • Its collection includes works by renowned writers from the US, the Caribbean, and Latin America.
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    Polish American Cultural Center
    Phone: 215-922-1700
    308 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
    Description: The Polish American Cultural Center and Museum Exhibit Hall are a focal point for many Polish American affairs in the greater Philadelphia area
    Hours: OPEN 10 AM to 4 PM
    January through April - Monday to Friday
    May through December - Monday to Saturday
    Closed on Holidays
    Admission: FREE ADMISSION

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    Creative Collective Arts Center

    Creative Collective Arts Center, Inc.
    Creating Arts Together!
  • This organization has a unique mission of promoting and developing local artists from former Soviet Union and helping them to showcase their talents in the new world. Nonprofit arts organization in North East Philadelphia helping to develop community artists, connect arts and businesses. Working primarily in Russian-speaking community
  • Address: 110 W.Byberry Road, Unit o-10, Philadelphia, PA, 19116
  • Phone: 215-243-8256, Fax: 215-243-8256, Email:
  • Shows:
  • Monthly concerts in "Art Salon", presenting different groups and artist of various genres
  • Price Ranges: $15-20
  • Hours: Every third Thursday of the month in restaurant "Paradise", 8336 Bustleton Avenue from 7 PM till 9:30 PM.

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    American Swedish Historical Museum
    Phone: 215-389-1776
    Located in FDR Park in South Philadelphia near the Sports Complex at 1900 Pattison Avenue.
    Description: Preserving and promoting the contributions of Swedes and Swedish-Americans in the United States.
    Hours: Tues-Fri, 10-4; Weekends, Noon to 4. Closed Mondays and Holidays
    Admission: Adults: $5 Seniors, Students and Children 12-18: $4 Members and Children under 12 accompanied by an adult: FREE Admission for holiday and special events varies

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