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Uwishunu Article published on January 7, 2022

Top New Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2022

Harry Potter: The Exhibition, five new hotels, exhibitions about Keith Haring and David Bowie, and more...

Light: Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens Photo by S. Munro

Travel Responsibly: As the region recovers from COVID-19, safety guidelines have evolved at attractions, restaurants, shops and hotels. Advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots. Your best bet: Check online or call ahead.

Philadelphia (which recently earned rave write-ups in the Wall Street Journal, Esquire and Travel + Leisure) should obviously be on your 2022 travel list — and there are so many exciting goings-on for both residents and visitors to anticipate.

Muggles and wizards alike flock to The Franklin Institute for the world premiere of Harry Potter: The Exhibition, the most comprehensive touring exhibit about the Wizarding World. Other notable xhibitions this year showcase David Bowie, Keith Haring and light installation by Bruce Munro.

New attractions and galleries? We’ve got ’em. Folks can have their minds melted at the new Museum of Illusions, check out The Clay Studio’s new Kensington digs, and explore the rich history and heritage of the Black experience in Bucks County and beyond at The African American Museum of Bucks County.

And during March Madness, hoops fans get the opportunity to watch the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight rounds of the 2022 Division I Men’s Basketball East Regional at the Wells Fargo Center.

Planning to explore Philly this year? Keep health and safety top of mind:

  • As of January 2022, residents and visitors in Philadelphia must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter any establishment that serves food in Philadelphia.
  • Other indoor public spaces in Philly require proof of vaccination and/or mask-wearing.
  • Requirements vary in the surrounding Greater Philadelphia region.
  • Advance tickets or reservations remain recommended or necessary at many spots, and events can be postponed or canceled at any time. Call ahead or check online to get the latest info.

Read on for a look at some of the most anticipated events and openings in Greater Philadelphia in 2022.

Note: Events in this article are arranged in chronological order.
01

Food and Family at the Please Touch Museum

Open Now

The Please Touch Museum’s popular hands-on shopping-market exhibit received a major revamp in late 2021, doubling in size. The new 3,650-square-foot exhibit, now called Food and Family, features a grocery store where children can shop and work; a hybrid home and industrial kitchen to prepare pizza, cakes and other cultural dishes; and a block party festival area with games and a grill.

Where: Please Touch Museum, 4231 Avenue of the Republic

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02

Deconstructing Bowie at the National Liberty Museum

This exhibition focuses on David Bowie as a social disruptor and rebellion, through art inspired by his music, art, and fashion. All artwork shown will be for sale, benefiting the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Where: National Liberty Museum, 321 Chestnut Street

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03

Rodin’s Hands at the Rodin Museum

The Cathedral by Rodin The Cathedral by Rodin
— "The Cathedral," modeled 1908 by Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917); cast 1925 by the founder Alexis Rudier (French, 1874–1952). Bronze, 24 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches (62.2 x 27.3 x 29.8 cm). Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

The face gets all the glory in art, but Auguste Rodin was a master in expressive hands — full of tension and drama. This exhibition features 15 bronzes and plasters of hands, including The Cathedral, a 1908 sculpture depicting two larger-than-life-sized hands.

Where: Rodin Museum, 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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04

New Exhibits at Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitor Center

Rendering of renovated Valley Forge National Historical Park Rendering of renovated Valley Forge National Historical Park
— Image courtesy National Park Service

Opens February 16, 2022

After last summer’s first reopening phase of a $12 million visitor center rehabilitation project at Valley Forge National Historical Park, the pivotal site is ready to unveil a new aspect of the renovation. All-new museum exhibits immerse visitors in the six-month period of the 1777-1778 winter encampment of the Continental Army through color, sound and textures of wood, metal, and mud. The public opening of the renovated theater follows in summer 2022.

Where: Valley Forge National Historical Park, 1400 N. Outer Line Drive, King of Prussia

05

Harry Potter: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute

— Image courtesy Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment

The most comprehensive touring exhibition about the Wizarding World makes its world premiere this winter at Philadelphia’s iconic science museum. The immersive experience reveals the artistry and craftsmanship behind the props, costumes and environments from the blockbuster films of the Harry Potter series, as well as Fantastic Beasts.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street

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06

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community at the Barnes Foundation

— Cara Romero (Chemehuevi, b. 1977). Water Memory, 2015. Digital photograph, 48 × 48 in. (121.9 × 121.9 cm). The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM, 59484/12. © Cara Romero

Navajo and pueblo pottery, textiles, and jewelry are on display at the Barnes Foundation’s latest exhibit Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community. The show comprises nearly 100 works, some collected by Dr. Albert Barnes in Santa Fe and Tao, New Mexico in the 1930s. Also on view: works by contemporary Native American artists that bridge historic works and modern practices.

Where: Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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07

Opening Days for the Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia Phillies

A pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch to a packed house at Citizens Bank Park A pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies throws a pitch to a packed house at Citizens Bank Park
Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies — Photo courtesy the Philadelphia Phillies

February 26 & April 8, 2022

Maybe you missed it, but Philly is quite a passionate sports city. Join in on cheering for two of the region’s big professional sports teams at home openers at Subaru Park and Citizens Bank Park this winter and spring. Things get started on February 26, 2022 when the Philadelphia Union host Minnesota United FC at Subaru Park in Chester. Later in the year, the Phillies welcome fans back to Citizens Bank Park on April 8, 2022.

Where: Subaru Park, 2501 Seaport Drive, Chester

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Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way

08

Keith Haring, A Radiant Legacy at the Michener Art Museum

Acclaimed pop artist Keith Haring, born nearby in Reading, Pennsylvania, was inspired by city graffiti in his colorful work. This spring and summer, Doylestown’s Michener Art Museum displays a private collection of more than 100 works, including two rare drawings Haring drew in blank advertising spaces in the New York City subway and Medusa Head, Haring’s largest print.

Where: Michener Art Museum, 138 S. Pine Street, Doylestown

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09

POOL: A Social History of Segregation at Fairmount Water Works

A person points at elements of an exhibitioon at the Fairmount Water orks in Philadelphia A person points at elements of an exhibitioon at the Fairmount Water orks in Philadelphia
— Photo courtesy the Fairmount Water Works

Opens March 22, 2022

Closed for repairs since September due to the flooding of the Schuylkill River, the Fairmount Water Works reopens in late March with the debut of a new exhibit, POOL: A Social History of Segregation. The multidisciplinary exhibition — featuring archival film footage and photographs — is set at the former Kelly Pool (on the grounds of Fairmount Water Works) and explores the history and contemporary implications of segregated swimming in America.

Where: Fairmount Water Works, 640 Waterworks Drive

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10

NCAA March Madness at Wells Fargo Center

March 25 & 27, 2022

The 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament — otherwise known as March Madness — brings college hoops excitement to Philadelphia in late March 2022. For two nights, the Wells Fargo Center hosts the East Regional Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds of the tournament.

Where: Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street

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11

Opening: Museum of Illusions in Old City

A person plays with an illusion at the Museum of Illusions A person plays with an illusion at the Museum of Illusions
— Photo courtesy the Museum of Illusions

Early Spring 2022

This spring, the Museum of Illusions opens a Philadelphia outpost in Old City, conveniently located within walking distance of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center and the Betsy Ross House and joining existing locations in Toronto, Paris, Chicago and New York. With over 80 exhibits meant to trick the eye, the attraction delights visitors with holograms, stereograms and optical illusions, all the while teaching about vision, perception and the human brain.

Where: Museum of Illusions, 401 Market Street

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12

Indego Bike Share Expansion

A man stand in front of the Falls Bridge in Philadelphia holding a renal bike from Indego A man stand in front of the Falls Bridge in Philadelphia holding a renal bike from Indego
— Photo courtesy Indego

Early Spring 2022

Philadelphia’s bike-share system Indego recently announced the second phase of a five-year expansion to increase its fleet of bikes, expand its neighborhood reach and introduce electric bikes to the mix. The 2022 expansion includes the addition of 30 new stations and 400 more electric bikes focusing on areas in West Philadelphia, South Philadelphia and along Kelly Drive to East Falls.

Where: Various locations including Kelly Drive

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13

Big Bird’s Tour Bus at Sesame Place

April 2022

Sesame Place unveils an all-new ride this spring, Big Bird’s Tour Bus. An oversized, red double-decker bus whisks Big Bird and friends around a Sesame Place-inspired cityscape for a kid-friendly jaunt.

Where: Sesame Place, 100 Sesame Road, Langhorne

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14

Opening: The Clay Studio’s New Facility in Kensington

Rendering of The Clay Studio on North American Street in South kensington Philadelphia Rendering of The Clay Studio on North American Street in South kensington Philadelphia
— Rendering courtesy DIGSAU

Formerly located in Old City, The Clay Studio opens a new, state-of-the-art facility in Kensington with programming dedicated to clay workshops, classes and community engagement. The new facility — currently set for an April 8 opening — provides quadruple the classroom space, larger artist studios and galleries, and even an outdoor pavilion.

Where: The Clay Studio, 1425 N. American Street

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15

Delaware River Trail Upgrades

— Photo courtesy NV5 and the Delaware River Waterfront Corp.

Spring 2022

Once completed in 2022, the central portion of the Delaware River Trail will run between Washington Avenue and Spring Garden Street on the east side of Columbus Boulevard. The multi-use trail provides a protected lane for walkers, joggers and cyclists, as well as a link between waterfront destinations like Race Street Pier, Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Winterfest, Spruce Street Harbor Park Sustained by Univest and Washington Avenue Pier. Key design features include a curb-separated, bi-directional asphalt bicycle path and separate pedestrian sidewalk, as well as new landscaping, pedestrian lighting and street furnishings.

Where: Spring Garden Street and N. Christopher Columbus Boulevard

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16

Light: Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens

A field of lighted cubes at Longwood Gardens A field of lighted cubes at Longwood Gardens
— Photo by I. Ellerby

A decade after British artist Bruce Munro first exhibited at Longwood Gardens, the artist returns with Light: Installations by Bruce Munro, comprising eight installations situated both indoors and outdoors. Don’t miss works like Field of Light, featuring 18,000 illuminated stemmed orbs lit by fiber optics along Longwood’s Large Lake, and a giant sphere made of 1,820 recyclable bottles in the East Conservatory.

Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square

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17

Opening: Eastern Mediterranean Gallery at the Penn Museum

— Rendering courtesy the Penn Museum

Fall 2022

Spotlighting artifacts from the Eastern Mediterranean region, this re-imagined gallery offers a historical glimpse into the area’s complex history, providing new evidence challenging preconceived notions.

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

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18

Opening: The African American Museum of Bucks County

Late 2022

Founded in 2014 as a mobile museum, The African American Museum of Bucks County has found a permanent home at Boone Farm in Langhorne, with a goal of being up and running by late 2022. Exhibits, on display in buildings erected in 1719 and 1850, feature artifacts and stories spotlighting the rich history and heritage of the African American experience in Bucks County and beyond.

Where: African American Museum of Bucks County, 215 E. Richardson Avenue, Langhorne

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19

Opening: Puttery Philadelphia

Late 2022

Another indoor golf and entertainment complex opens on the border between Old Kensington and Fishtown in late 2022: Puttery, joining locations in Dallas and Charlotte. The 20,000-square-foot Philly outpost features three themed, nine-hole putting courses, multiple bars and a restaurant.

Where: Puttery Philadelphia, 1400 N. Howard Street

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20

New Hotel Openings

Dates vary by hotel

If you’re looking to lodge in style in the Greater Philadelphia area, be one of the first to experience the amenities at the year’s newest hotels. In Conshohocken, West & Main — a 127-room boutique hotel that’s part of the Hilton Tapestry Collection slated to open in summer 2022 — offers a rooftop bar and lounge and a restaurant on the second floor of the historic firehouse next door. Another Montgomery County hotel, La Quinta Inn and Suites in Lansdale also opens this year with 100 rooms available. Also up for 2022: a renovated Independence Park Hotel in Old City (February 2022); Woodspring Suites Philadelphia Hotel, offering 122 rooms in Northeast Philly (May 1, 2022); and a 200-room Comfort Inn in Chinatown (December 2022).

Where: Various locations including West & Main, 45-47 Fayette Street, Conshohocken

21

New Brewery Openings

Dates vary by brewery

Suds-seekers, add these to your to-try list for the coming year:

  • Kensington’s Human Robot Brewery heads to the 'burbs with a second location in Jenkintown, dubbed The Haus, set to open in late February 2022.
  • Slated for early 2022: the Fishtown outpost of East Passyunk’s Brewery ARS at 2223 Frankford Avenue.
  • Originally expected to open in late 2021, Other Half Brewing Co. will soon open its doors to unveil an indoor-outdoor concept in the former Goose Island Brewhouse location in Fishtown.
  • Mystic Ways Brewing and Van Lieus Brewing are set to become the second and third breweries in Perkasie, joining the lauded Free Will Brewing Co.

Where: Human Robot, 208 York Road, Jenkintown

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Brewery ARS, 2223 Frankford Avenue

Other Half Brewing, 1002 Canal Street

Mystic Ways Brewing, 510 1/2 West Walnut Street, Perkasie

Van Lieus Brewing, 211 West Walnut Street, Perkasie

22

New Restaurant Openings

Dates vary by restaurant

The city’s lauded dining scene continues to top itself. Here’s a sampling of what’s on the dining docket for this year:

  • The wholesale bagelry that gained a cult following, Kismet Bagels, opens its first brick-and-mortar location in Fishtown in early 2022.
  • The powerhouse duo behind Safran Turney Hospitality transforms the Midtown Village space that was once Jamonera into a neighborhood pizza joint, Good Luck Pizza Co., for full service early this year.
  • Chef Michael Schulson gets into the pizza game with Prunella, also opening soon.
  • Come early February, Char & Stave Coffee opens in Ardmore, featuring elevated coffee creations by day and craft cocktails from Bluebird Distilling by night.
  • Out in Newtown, the second Pennsylvania location of taco and cocktail bar Bomba Taco + Bar is also targeting a February opening.
  • The Stephen Starr restaurant formerly known as Podis set to be refreshed with help from Peter Serpico, adding Korean dishes and design elements under the moniker KPod.
  • The former Philadelphia Academy of Social Dance transforms into a 4,500-square-foot restaurant, bar and event space called Wilder, slated for March 2022.
  • Come spring, chef Lee Styer moves his über-popular brunch concept The Dutch from Pennsport to East Passyunk at the former location of Fond.
  • Small-batch ice cream purveyors Milk Jawn are also set on East Passyunk Avenue for their first retail shop beginning this spring.
  • Former Philadelphia magazine food editor Alex Tewfik makes a new turn as a restaurateur when the Singing Fountain-adjacent Mish Mish opens in the spring.
  • Stay tuned for Kalaya’s second location, opening in Fishtown this summer as a partnership between Chutatip “Nok” Suntaranon and Suraya’s Greg Root, Al Lucas and Nick Kennedy.

Where: Various locations including Milk Jawn, 1439 E. Passyunk Avenue

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Food and Family at the Please Touch Museum
Deconstructing Bowie at the National Liberty Museum
Rodin’s Hands at the Rodin Museum
New Exhibits at Valley Forge National Historical Park Visitor Center
Harry Potter: The Exhibition at The Franklin Institute
Water, Wind, Breath at the Barnes Foundation
Opening Days for the Philadelphia Union and Philadelphia Phillies
Keith Haring, A Radiant Legacy at the Michener Art Museum
POOL: A Social History of Segregation at Fairmount Water Works
NCAA March Madness at Wells Fargo Center
Opening: Museum of Illusions in Old City
Indego Bike Share Expansion
Big Bird’s Tour Bus at Sesame Place
Opening: The Clay Studio’s New Facility in Kensington
Delaware River Trail Upgrades
Light: Installations by Bruce Munro at Longwood Gardens
Opening: Eastern Mediterranean Gallery at the Penn Museum
Opening: The African American Museum of Bucks County
Opening: Puttery Philadelphia
New Hotel Openings
New Brewery Openings
New Restaurant Openings
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