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Once Upon A Nation

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Address: 600 Chestnut Street, PA 19106
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11:00 - 17:00
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A must for families with young children

We stumbled on this gem by accident. While exploring Philadelphia we were offered a free story. After one story we were hooked. Benches are scattered throughout the historic... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2016
Amanda M
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Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

We stumbled on this gem by accident. While exploring Philadelphia we were offered a free story. After one story we were hooked. Benches are scattered throughout the historic areas. Each bench offers a storyteller with historical stories that are educational and entertaining. After each story you can collect a star and redeem for a carousel ride in Franklin Square. The... More 

1 Thank Amanda M
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Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

During our sightseeing, we periodically happened upon a circular bench (conveniently located in the shade). After taking a seat, the storyteller would begin a "true story" about something relevant to the area. Stories were entertaining, enthusiastically told, and offered extra insight into what we'd just seen. Younger kids are given a flag onto which a star is affixed at each... More 

Thank EKingTucson
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Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

My 9 and 10 year old loved to listen to the stories. They made it fun and interesting for all the kids in the group. The best of all, it's free and we all learned something new. My kids want to do this again.

Thank Viajandosevive
Amherst, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled across a story teller and had so much fun walking from bench to bench and listening to the various stories. The story tellers did a great job acting their character roles. It is great fun for children, but I enjoyed it too!

Thank Patricia D
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Reviewed 8 June 2015 via mobile

!!! Don't miss the story bench "Once upon a Nation". Not just for kids and true stories with a good story teller. Must do at least one. There are several so try them all. !!!! Fun facts with a fun story. Ran into Sam a very good story teller, the his cousin. Lots of good fun and knowledge

Thank Clifford D
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

Visiting Independence Hall after hours with a very small group was really a great experience! The tour group meets up at Historic Philadelphia Center - you begin by walking toward City Tavern and along the way the guide shares all sorts of historic facts. As you walk, your group encounters "John Dunlap", the printer of the Declaration of Independence -... More 

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Reviewed 5 August 2014

My kids loved this and insisted that we visit every bench in the city. We would highly recommend this as a fantastic way for kids to learn something interesting about Philadelphia and American history. The storytellers were enthusiastic, cordial and welcoming. They were as excited to tell the stories as we were to hear them.

Thank travelmom88
Walnut Creek, California
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Reviewed 31 July 2014

Yes, those benches & storytellers are indeed terrific! But: This review is to shine a well-deserved light on Independence After Hours by Once Upon A Nation (as I couldn't seem to find a specific/separate TA listing for doing so). We've been to Phil. before, seen most of these same main sights several times, but this was truly something special. (Don't... More 

Thank ClassicalEd
Kankakee, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2014

As we finished our short afternoon visit to Philly, we came across a wonderful lady at one of the Once Upon a Nation benches at Christ Church. She told a fascinating tale, assuming the historic mannerisms of her characters and their experiences at this location. Of course it was free, truly free, no one soliciting tips or donations or any... More 

Thank KmomChicago
Alice Springs, Australia
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Reviewed 31 July 2013

The teens were looking forward to a historical with as much enthusiasm as a root canal until we stumbled upon the Once Upon a Time Storytellers. They enjoyed all the stories and found the storytellers engaging. Their biggest compliment was, "I wish my history teacher was did it like this."

Thank kaky_74

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