Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Free Tours

Come tour the Kimmel Center!
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 on Saturdays. 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:
  • A history of the Kimmel Center
  • Architectural highlights
  • Visits to theaters, including Verizon Hall, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Philly POPS, and Kimmel Center Presents
  • Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden

Organ demonstrations!
Saturday, January 10, February 21, and March 7, 2015

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 a donation by the Fred J. Cooper Restoration Fund as recommended by Frederick R. Haas and Daniel K. Meyer.


Art & Architecture Tour:
Saturdays, 10:30am, 90 minute 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:
Select dates, 11:30am, one hour tour
Visit this historic grand opera house, decorated in baroque style.
  • Grand Lobby
  • Stage Door Canteen
  • Recently renovated Ballroom
  • Auditorium with its dazzling chandelier
Academy of Music tours available on the following dates:
September 29 & 30 and October 02, 06, 21, 22, & 23

Please call 215-790-5886 for reservations.


Free Group Tours:
Group tours are available Monday through Friday, for parties of 12 or more. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance of tour date. To request a reservation, call 215-790-5886.


*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.