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Quick Description: The Mummers Museum celebrates all that is mummery and New Years Day. Visitors will enjoy unique exhibits featuring the intricate handwork that goes into the elaborate costumes. Everyone can learn to do the renowned "Mummers Strut" to the tune of "O' Dem Golden Slippers," the unofficial Mummers theme song composed by Philadelphian James Bland in 1879.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 2/1/2006 12:14:16 PM
Waymark Code: WM6YB
The wonderful Broad Street Room practically puts visitors right into the Parade. Other exhibits highlight special features such as the String Band Sound, with sound, of course. Video performances of past parades can be seen.
Throughout the Museum visitors will see the design sketches used by the various mummery clubs in the creation of their costumes. The beautiful and colorful sketches were donated by Robert Finnigan, who has been developing themes for the mummers for many years.
The Museum sponsors weekly concerts from May through September, and there are other special events. Of course, Philadelphia is the place to ring in the New Year!
Families can take a Self-Guided Tour of this great museum. Or have a child's birthday party here! Groups, including School Groups can select from several tour packages, including one with a Children's Art Class in which they make their own Mummer masks! Groups should have at least 20 people.
Admission: Adults $3.00, Children / Seniors $2.00, Group Guided Tour $2.50 per person. Tour with concert and lunch $16.00 per person. Tour with Art Class $25.00 per class plus $5.00 per person.
Reservations: 4 weeks.
Lunch: Bagged lunch can be eaten by advance arrangement.
Handicapped: Accessible. Call.
Directions: Enter lot at 2nd St. & Washington Ave.
Every Tuesday Evening from May thru September the Museum holds a free
outdoor String Band Concert.
The concert starts at 8:00pm weather permitting.
Come and enjoy an old fashion block party. bring a Lawn chair and your appetite.
Buy Philly soft pretzels, hot dogs and soda. Then sit back and listen to a famous
String Band, Join our dancers and learn the "Mummers Strut".
Days and Hours of Operation:
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm, Sunday 12 - 5. Closed Mondays & summer Sundays.
1100 South 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA USA
Related Website: [Web Link]
Price of Admission: 3.00 (listed in local currency)
What is in the collection:
The Mummers Museum, preserves the uniforms, songs and memorabilia of the past and explains the customs of the Mummers clubs. The costumes steal the show: the playful, sometimes goofy rag-tags of the Comics, the gaudy sequin-festooned uniforms of the String Bands, and the often-massive feathered constructions of the Brigades and Fancy Division. You can push buttons to compose your own Mummers medley and learn the Mummers Strut; filmed highlights of past parades are shown on a large screen.
Post your own original photo as proof of your visit.
Tell us about your visit. What item in the museum did you like the best? What did you like the least? Would you recommend others visit the museum?