Marathon Race Weekend Road Closures & Other Information

Parkway Cultural Institutions Open
For Business During Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend

9, 2012
) – Merchants and cultural institutions along the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway will be open for business, as part of a fun cultural and
sports experience during Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend on November
16-18, said City officials.

“On Marathon Race Weekend, the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway will offer the public all of the wonderful attractions
and exhibitions displayed at our treasured cultural institutions, as well
as the races taking place on Saturday and Sunday,” said Melanie Johnson,
Philadelphia Marathon Executive Director. “The marathon has emerged as
more than an athletic competition. It is an anticipated event for everyone.
As the city’s commitment to making the race and weekend a memorable one,
Philadelphia has become marathoning’s best host city.”

The weekend will shine a spotlight
on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (the opening stretch for the weekend’s
races), which is home to world-renown cultural institutions including the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Academy of Natural
Sciences of Drexel University and the Parkway’s newest addition, the Barnes
Foundation. Each institutions hours are listed below. For additional
information regarding current special exhibitions and links to Parkway
area attractions, visit

The City of Philadelphia is working
collaboratively to accommodate museum business schedules and reduce the
impact of mass transit and vehicular traffic in the Parkway area. However,
city officials are urging museum-goers and others visiting the area to
proceed with caution and to plan accordingly during the Marathon and Half
Marathon, especially in the Parkway cultural corridor. (Check out
for information on street closures and parking options during Marathon

“We are excited to welcome the tens
of thousands of runners and their families to Philadelphia during Marathon
Weekend.” said Judi Rogers, Executive Director of the Parkway Council
Foundation. “We invite them to explore the Parkway Museum District
and enjoy all that it has to offer,”

Parkway cultural institution patrons
and others with business or recreational plans are encouraged to use public
transportation to get in and out of Center City during the Marathon weekend.
For updates and information about public transit to museums along the Parkway,
including various public transit options, please visit their websites at

The Parkway Museums District’s
institutions will be open the following hours during Marathon activities
on Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18:

Academy of Natural Sciences

Sat.& Sun.: 10 am – 5 pm

Barnes Foundation

Sat.& Sun.: 9:30 am – 6 pm

Cathedral Basilica SS Peter &

Sat., 9 am mass, followed by meeting
of the Catholic Life Congress

Sun., 8, 9:30, 11 and 12:30 masses

Eastern State Penitentiary

Sat.& Sun.: 10 am – 5 pm

Fairmount Water Works Interpretive

Sat.: 10 am – 5 pm

Sun.: 1 pm – 5 pm

Franklin Institute

Sat.& Sun.: 9:30 am – 5 pm

The Franklin Institute has a permanent
exhibit called “Sports Challenge.”

Free Library of Philadelphia

Sat.: 9 am – 5 pm

Sun.: 1 pm – 5 pm

The Free Library’s Children’s
Story Time on Nov. 17 at 2 pm will have a running theme

Galleries at Moore College of Art
and Design

Sat.: 11 am – 5 pm (closed Sun.)

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine

Sat.: 10 am – 5 pm

Sun., 11 am – 5 pm

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sat.& Sun.: 10 am – 5 pm

Rodin Museum

Sat.& Sun., 10 am – 5 pm

Philadelphia Marathon Weekend,
held annually the weekend before Thanksgiving, attracts more than 30,000
runners and 60,000 spectators to Philadelphia to experience “The Best
Time of Your Life.” This year, Race Weekend features The Philadelphia
Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, November 18; the Rothman Institute
8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 17; and a free two-day Health&
Fitness Expo Friday, November 16 and Saturday, November 17. Race participants
pass many of Philadelphia’s famous attractions on the swift and scenic
USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step
to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by visiting