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3 Sensational Summer Exhibits in Philly

Local museums invite you inside to cool down at hot exhibits.

American Swedish Historical Museum

Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?

In 1945, celebrated Swedish author Astrid Lindgren introduced the world to a mischievous, red-haired, freckle-faced nine-year-old girl named Pippi Longstocking, and in the decades since, this beloved literary character has delighted generations of readers. Now, Pippi fans can immerse themselves in her world at the "Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?" exhibit at the American Swedish Historical Museum. This special exhibition invites guests to step inside an imaginative, multi-dimensional interpretation of Pippi's home. Kids can dress up in Pippi-style costumes and take turns channeling their inner chefs in her kitchen. Visitors can test their own strength by "lifting" Pippi's horse—one of her favorite activities—and open the drawers and doors of her cabinet of treasures to discover all sorts of collections from her "Thing-Finding" expeditions. Adding to the immersive experience, “Do You Know Pippi Longstocking?” pays homage to Pippi's literary journey, which includes translations into more than 90 languages. Reproductions of artist Ingrid Vang Nyman's original illustrations adorn the walls of the exhibit hall, and engaging written descriptions chronicle Pippi's influence on Sweden and the world. Open through Feburary 16. $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, and $4 for children ages 5-11. Children ages 4 and younger and museum members are free. Admission to the exhibit is free with admission. 1900 Pattison Ave., Phila. PA, 215.389.1776, americanswedish.org


National Constition Center

Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello

Offering an enlightening examination of a dark yet critical aspect of American history, the National Constitution Center recently unveiled a powerful new exhibition. "Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello" chronicles the stories of six slave families who lived and worked at Thomas Jefferson's Virginia plantation. The eye-opening exhibit gives visitors an unprecedented glimpse into the lives of these enslaved people, tying their experiences into our understanding of race relations in the present day. More than 280 objects and artifacts, including Jefferson's eyeglasses and walking stick, rare coins and ceramics, comprise the 3,500-square-foot display, which culminates with a series of powerful video interviews with descendants of Monticello's slave families. Open through October 19. $14.50 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, and for youth ages 13-18, and $8 for children ages 4-12. Admission to the exhibit is free with admission. 525 Arch St., Phila., PA, 215.409.6700, constitutioncenter.org


Penn Museum

Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now

The Penn Museum’s new five-year exhibition Native American Voices: The People—Here and Now challenges visitors to leave preconceptions about Native Americans behind. Audio and video clips are the main focus; while touring the exhibit, visitors interact with touch screen towers and multimedia stations to hear artists, activists, journalists, community leaders and more share the issues that matter to them today through short stories, poetry and short essays. Artifacts on display illustrate the stories of Native Americans and range from 11,000-year-old Clovis projectile points to contemporary art. Over the course of five years, objects representing more than 100 tribes will be rotated on display. Open through 2019. $15 for adults, $13 for seniors, and $10 for children ages 6-17 and students with college ID, and free for U.S. military personnel and children ages 5 and under. Admission to the exhibit is free with admission. 3260 South St., Phila., PA, 215.898.4000, penn.museum