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Arts & Recreational Activities

About Arts & Recreational Activities

Philadelphia is a great place to be a student! Regardless of your budget, there are many opportunities to experience the various activities that the city and surrounding area have to offer. See the links below for information on the various activities that the Gnome is putting together for you at the Grad Center, as well as other options that might be worthwhile to check out in the city!

Looking for something fun to do? Be sure to check out Uwishunu (pronounced "you wish you knew"), a Philly-based blog bringing you all the latest things to do around town.

Are you a fan of classical music? Philly students can experience world-renowned orchestras through affordable student passes from the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society. Plus, don't miss the gifted students at the Curtis Institute of Music, which hosts free student recitals multiple times a week at its Rittenhouse mansion. 

Finished with work early on Friday? Head to World Cafe Live, a concert venue close to the Penn campus, for a free concert at noon on Fridays. Also, take advantage of student discounts at the Wilma TheaterArden Theater, and the Kimmel Center, just to name a few.

If you have additional suggestions for other great low-cost arts & culture options, please let the Gnome know


Tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at Franklin Institute

Now through Sunday, April 23, 2017
Franklin Institute, 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
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The Grad Student Center and GAPSA are selling a limited number of discounted tickets to Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute. The exhibition brings the Jurassic World movie to reality and features life-sized animatronic dinosaurs and scientific exhibitions. Tickets also include admissions to the rest of the museum. Limit two tickets per Grad student, so bring a friend! Purchase your tickets now at the Grad Center and visit any time through April 23, 2017. 

To redeem your tickets, simply bring your tickets to the Franklin Institute box office on the day of your visit. Please note that during very busy times (holiday weekends, for example), you may have to wait up to an hour or so for the next available time slot to go to the Jurassic World exhibition. However, you'd still be able to visit the general museum while waiting. 

Please see the following link for museum hours and more information about the exhibition:




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