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Free Tours

Kimmel Center Building

Come tour the Kimmel Cultural Campus!

All Public Tours are Cancelled Until Further Notice.  Please check back for more information.

One hour FREE tours are offered at 1pm daily, on a first-come, first-served basis. Specialty Art & Architecture tours are offered at 10:30am ONE Saturday a month. See below for the next tour date. For group tour reservations or more information about Kimmel Center or Academy of Music tours, please call 215-790-5886. All tours are FREE! 

Kimmel Center tours depart from the Information Desk in Commonwealth Plaza. Tours are on a first-come, first served basis and are limited to 20 persons per tour. Visitors may register for public tours at the Information Desk, which opens at 10am daily. All tours are led by experienced volunteer guides.

Kimmel Center and Academy of Music tours are appropriate for adults and children over the age of 10.

Building & Theater Tour:



Daily (unless otherwise noted above) - 1:00pm, 1 hour tour

 A history of the Kimmel Center

  • Architectural highlights
  • Visit Perelman Theater and Verizon Hall, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly POPS, and Kimmel Campus Presents
  • Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden
Next Organ Demonstration: 


Join us for a very special Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ demonstration as part of our FREE Kimmel Center tour! Once a month, our 1pm tour will start with a 15 minute organ demonstration of the instrument’s unparalleled and dramatic sounds LIVE in Verizon Hall. Together with our partners at The American Guild of Organists, we’re excited to expand our popular tours to include this unique experience. Let our talented volunteer show you around!

Organ performances are made possible through the Wyncote Foundation.

Art & Architecture Tour:

Select Saturdays, 10:30am, 90 minute tour

Next Art & Architecture Tour:


  • An in-depth look at the Kimmel Center's architecture
  • A walk along the Avenue of the Arts to view the Center in the context of the cityscape
  • Tour of artworks on display in the Kimmel Center, including the Moore Galleries and Percent for Art Collection


 Academy of Music Tour:


Visit this historic grand opera house, decorated in baroque style.

  • Grand Lobby
  • Stage Door Canteen
  • Recently renovated Ballroom
  • Auditorium with its dazzling chandelier


Free Group Tours:


*The Kimmel Center is a working performing arts center. Due to performance related activities, theater access changes daily and hall access cannot be guaranteed. Visitors may inquire at the Information Desk for details about what the day's tours will include.

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