Storytelling & Living History
Enjoy true stories from Philadelphia's past!
Learn about our nation's history from award-winning Once Upon A Nation storytellers at any of our 10 storytelling benches located in and around Independence National Historic Park. Best of all, it’s completely FREE!
The Once Upon A Nation storytellers aren’t dressed in colonial garb, but they’ll effortlessly transport you back in time as you sit on spacious and comfortable teak benches.
Stories last just a few minutes each and are told continuously during operating hours. You can start at any of the benches, all clearly marked with a “Once Upon A Nation” sign.
(Our Storytelling Benches have ended for the season in Philadelphia but you can still enjoy Storrytelling in Valley Forge Saturdays and Sundays until October 27th)
Fun For Kids
Wherever you elect to start your storytelling journey, be sure to ask your storyteller for a flag. Kids collect one star from each bench they visit; flags complete with stars may be presented for a fun prize at the Historic Philadelphia Center, the Betsy Ross House, or at Franklin Square.
Meet citizens of 18th & 19th century Philadelphia, and hear first-hand accounts of what it was like to live in colonial times. Watch and listen as history comes to life!
Join them at the Betsy Ross House, Free Quaker Meeting House and the Independence Visitor Center. Pick up an Historic Philadelphia Gazette for a daily schedule.
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Plan your group trip to Historic Philadelphia with unique experiences from the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Square, Lights of Liberty, and Once Upon A Nation! From interactive Storytelling tours and Philadelphia-themed mini golf to performances by historic reenactors and dazzling 3-D shows, it's all listed right here!
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