The second largest city on the East Coast, Philadelphia boasts an abundance of art and culture, making it perfect for exploring as the winter chill continues its dominance. Here’s a look at some exhibits and events worth checking out in March. Some explore the importance of preserving the past. Others celebrate cultural triumphs. And one will leave you longing for spring.
1. Philadelphia Flower Show – March 1-9
Experience the combination of art and horticulture as the 185th PHS Philadelphia Flower Show celebrates everyone from Michelangelo to Monet and Picasso to Pollock. An unprecedented collaboration of Flower Show designers and the nation’s great art museums will turn the Pennsylvania Convention Center into a 10-acre living canvas of exquisite landscapes, gardens and floral arrangements.
2. 2014 Philadelphia Flamenco Festival – March 1-16
¡Vamos a bailar! Pasión y Arte celebrates the art of flamenco dance while studying its changing traditions. Join in on the film screenings, performances, lectures, and classes featuring internationally acclaimed flamenco artists.
3. “Native American Voices: The People – Here and Now” – March 1-January
In a new interactive exhibition, contemporary Native Americans use video and audio to tell the powerful stories of their people’s triumphs in maintaining their religious, political, linguistic and artistic independence. Take a walk through the Penn Museum as it holds more than 250 Native American objects curated from collections around the United States and Canada.
4. “Dinosaurs Unearthed” – through March 30
Dinosaurs roam the earth again at The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University. You and your family can engage in a multisensory experience at this exhibit, which features more than a dozen realistic full-bodied dinosaurs, skeletons, and fossil casts.
5. “One Day in Pompeii” – through April 27
The aftermath of the Mount Vesuvius eruption in the year 79 is brought back to light at The Franklin Institute. More than 150 ancient artifacts borrowed from the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy showcase what daily life was like in this ancient Roman city and how it met its devastating end.
For more information about events in Philadelphia, go to www.visitphilly.com