March 9-15, 2006
museums & exhibits
ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES, 19th St. & the Parkway, 215-299-1000. FROGS: A CHORUS OF COLORS, Features a diverse array of live frogs from around the world. Some of them are poisonous. Runs through May 14.
AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MUSEUM, 7th & Arch sts., 215-574-0380. SILENT VOICES, LOUD ECHOES, Features depictions by artists of defining moments in Black history. Runs through Oct. 29.
AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY, 104 S. 5th St. THE PRINCESS AND THE PATRIOT, Features correspondence highlighting the relationship between Ben Franklin and Russian princess Ekaterina Dashkova. Runs through Dec. 31.
AMERICAN SWEDISH HISTORICAL MUSEUM, 1900 Pattison Ave., 215-389-1776. BECOMING AMERICANS, Exhibit on the Swedish people of America during the lifetime of Ben Franklin. Runs through Aug. 27.
ASIAN ARTS INITIATIVE, 1315 Cherry St., 2nd Fl., 215-557-0455. NEITHER HERE NOR THERE, Features mixed-media paintings by artist Nitin Mukul. Runs through March 27.
ATWATER KENT MUSEUM, 15 S. 7th St., 215-685-4830. REAL THING AND WHY IT MATTERS, Focuses on the meaning that 25 selected objects have acquired over time and how those meanings have shaped the city's historical memory. Runs through May 7.
BARNES FOUNDATION, 300 N. Latch's Lane, Merion, 610-667-0290. PERMANENT EXHIBIT, Features works by Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, van Gogh, Cezanne, Monet, REnoir and other impressionist and post-impressionist painters. Runs through Dec. 1.
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM, US Rt. 1, Chadds Ford, 610-388-2700. FOR THE JOY OF IT, Exhibit features quilts from expert Judy Roche's collection. Runs through March 19.
CHEMICAL HERITAGE FOUNDATION, 315 Chestnut St., 215-925-2222. THE SKY'S THE LIMIT, Examines better living through chemistry, and all manner of retro pop culture. Runs through May 1.
COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS OF PHILADELPHIA, 19 S. 22nd St., 215-563-3737. ONLY ONE MAN DIED, Explores the medical adventures on the Lewis and Clark trial.
EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY, 2124 Fairmount Ave., 215-236-3300. PANDEMONIUM, Features an art installation by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller. Runs through May 1.
FABRIC WORKSHOP AND MUSEUM, 135 Cherry Street, 5th Fl., 215-568-1111. SWARM, Exhibit connects the social life of bees, birds, crowds and cities to contemporary art and design. Runs through March 18.
FAIRMOUNT WATER WORKS INTERPRETIVE CENTER, PHILADELPHIA WATER DEPT. , 640 Water Works Dr., 215-685-0723. WOW! WATER IN OUR WATER, Features ongoing exhibits and theater productions. Runs through Dec. 1.
FRANKLIN INSTITUTE, 20th St. & the Parkway, 215-448-1200. THE GIANT HEART, Features a gigantic walk-through model of a human heart. BODY WORLDS, Gunther Von Hagens' Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies features dozens of plasticized human specimens. Runs through April 23.
HAGLEY MUSEUM & LIBRARY, Rt. 141, 302-658-2400. CENTURIES OF PROGRESS: AMERICAN WORLD'S FAIRS, Features photographs, ephemera and various artifacts tracing the history and cultural impact of 17 different World's Fairs. Runs through July 31.
INDEPENDENCE SEAPORT MUSEUM, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., 215-925-5439. STRONG INCLINATION FOR THE SEA, Celebrates Ben Franklin's 300th Birthday while exploring how he applied his genius to the nautical puzzles of the day. Free with admission or membership. Runs through Sep. 24.
LONGWOOD GARDENS, US Rt. 1, Kennett Sq., 610-388-1000. LONGWOOD THROUGH THE LENS, Features photography by the Chester County Camera Club of different locations throughout Longwood Gardens. Runs through April 16.
MICHENER ART MUSEUM, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 215-340-9800. RADICAL VISIONS, Explores changes in American photography from the late 1940s to the late 1970s, including works by Diane Arbus, Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. Runs through May 28.
MICHENER ART MUSEUM, 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, 215-340-9800. RADICAL VISION: THE REVOLUTION IN AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, 1945-1980, Explores radical changes in American photography from the mid-1940s through 1980 through the lenses of Diane Arbus, Mark Cohen, Bruce Davidson, Louis Faurer, Larry Fink, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Allen Ginsberg, William Klein, Leon Levinstein, Danny Lyon, Susan Meiselas, Joel Meyerowitz, Lisette Model, Bill Owens and Garry Winogrand. Runs through May 28.CELEBRATION OF GENIUS, Features 150 photographs that reflect the breadth and depth of the career of Ansel Adams. Runs through May 14.
NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER, Independence Mall, 525 Arch St., 215-409-6600. IN SEARCH OF A BETTER WORLD, Features the largest collection of historic items related to Benjamin Franklin ever amassed. Runs through April 30.
NATIONAL LIBERTY MUSEUM, 321 Chestnut St., 215-925-2800. BEN & ME, Features a visitors' guide and exhibit on Franklin's 300th birthday. Runs through Nov. 1.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY, Independence Mall, E. 55 N. 5th St., 215-923-3811. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN AND RELIGIOUS LIBERTY, Explores the history of Franklin's relationships with the Jewish community. Runs through May 31.
NEW JERSEY STATE AQUARIUM, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ, 856-365-3311. THE SHARK REALM, Features an underwater tunnel that goes through a 550,000 gallon shark tank containing more than 20 sharks. Runs through Dec. 1.
PENN MUSEUM OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY, 3260 South St., 215-898-4000. IN FOCUS, Exhibit features some of the greatest portraits from over a century of photography sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Runs through April 15.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART, 26th St. & the Parkway, 215-763-8100. FASHION'S FAVORITES: FROM ROCOCO TO ROMANTIC, Highlights the stylish evolution of women's dresses. Runs through April 1. PUSHING THE LIMITS, Features the works of multidisciplinary artist Gaetano Peace. Runs through April 9.THE SECRET LIFE OF BUILDINGS, Features works by Clarence John Laughlin. Runs through April 30. WHY THE WILD THINGS ARE, Personal Demons and Himalayan Protectors. Runs through May 20. ADVENTURES IN A PERFECT WORLD, Features North Indian narrative paintings. Runs through May 30. RECENT ACQUISITIONS, Exhibit features 50 new prints. Runs through May 27.
PHILIP & MURIEL BERMAN MUSEUM OF ART, Ursinus College, 601 E. Main St., Collegeville, 610-409-3500. RODIN: IN HIS OWN WORDS, Exhibition on tour that features the bronze sculpture of Auguste Rodin along with a selection of original letters written by the artist. Runs through April 9. THE PHENOMENON OF POP ART, Exhibit features selections from the Berman Museum's permanent collection demonstrating different aspects of pop art. Runs through April 16.
SLOUGHT FOUNDATION, 4017 Walnut St., 215-746-4239. ALMOST ART: SPECULATIVE GESTURES. ASPIRATION. UTOPIA., Exhibition samples work by a variety of international artists whose practices straddle the line between art and anthropology. Runs through March 25.
WAYNE ART CENTER, 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, 610-688-3553. EXPRESSIONS OF RADNOR, Features works by Radnor Township residents. Runs through March 19.
WINTERTHUR MUSEUM & GARDENS, Winterthur, DE, 302-888-4600. TOUCHED BY KATRINA, Features display of artwork by 2nd-5th graders from Louisiana about hurricane Katrina. Runs through March 12.