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Historic Philadelphia-Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches

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Giving Philadelphia the edge!

This is a fantastic initiative and an excellent way to introduce people, especially families, to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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The best thing about the Historic District

The story telling benches are staffed by actors who are well grounded in history, fact and fiction... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a fantastic initiative and an excellent way to introduce people, especially families, to the history and background to the City. It adds enormously to the experience of visiting the key sites. The storytellers are extraordinarily good at what they do and children don’t...More

Thank Harmonyhill
Reviewed 7 August 2018

The story telling benches are staffed by actors who are well grounded in history, fact and fiction too. Some are costumed, others not, but the quality of their stories are excellent, and wide ranging. Drop by several benches during your visit, never know who you...More

Thank donnaannharris
Reviewed 27 July 2018

Stumbled upon this program while we were in Philadelphia and it's a life saver for our day! We have 2 days planned in the city but we found it difficult to navigate the old city as it has so many historical sites and the information...More

Thank WingCC
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Simply AMAZING!!! My children were not only excited about these benches and filling up there flags but so were my wife and I. I was so impressed at the story telling ability from all of storytellers. One even remembered us from the day before when...More

3  Thank Robert W
Reviewed 15 November 2017

I can't believe this is rated so low on the top things to do in Philly and we knew nothing about it!! Maybe it's because it's primarily child centred, but I cannot recommend it enough. The benches are dotted around the historical areas, the storytellers...More

3  Thank Marieka86
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

We had a great time with this activity. We stopped at as many sites as time permitted. I would recommend week days versus weekends. We went on a Saturday and lines were long and the area was crowded, but I am very glad we toured...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017

We saw the story tellers of once upon a nation first at Valley Forge National Park. Their stories were so unique, not what you heard in history class. They were told with such animation and were really fun and interesting. Great for children to hear...More

1  Thank ksjhight
Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

We found the "Once upon a nation" story benches all around Philadelphia and so enjoyed getting to hear some unknown stories about the area, the history and the people. All of the story tellers were great - dramatic, interactive and knowledgeable. Take the time to...More

Thank Janet D
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Unaccompanied by any children, four of us stopped at a "Once Upon a Nation" bench to hear a story. We figured that - if nothing else -- we would have only invested 5 minutes or so. The storytellers and the storyies told were EXCELLENT. We...More

Thank mrvoors
Reviewed 25 September 2016

I accidentally sat on 2 of the "Once upon a nation" benches and then a storyteller appears. They have a different story and history facts at each location. This is great for the kids, as they give them a flag and have to get a...More

1  Thank Josh W
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