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PHILADELPHIA IS THE NATION’S NUMBER ONE HISTORY CITY
AND AMERICA’S FIRST WORLD HERITAGE CITY.
CERTIFIED GUIDES OF THE ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA TOUR GUIDES
SPEAK THAT HISTORY.

THE ASSOCIATION OF
PHILADELPHIA TOUR GUIDES

APT Membership

APT Membership

You may join APT in person at any meeting with cash or check, via post with a check, or online here at the APT Store. APT is a growing community of members who care about what they do and the city they live and work in.

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Training

Training

This popular program is designed to prepare tour guides and docents for the profession, but it also attracts many members of the public who are fascinated with this great storied city.

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Events

Events

To learn about APT special events, workshops and speakers check out our updated events list. Don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for updates on future events and meetings.

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Upcoming Meetings

Dec. 12, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Philly Gourmet Steaks (Mimi’s)
114 Market St.

APT annual elections.

Bruce Wigo, former CEO of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, will speak about Ben Franklin and his place there.

Public Welcome!

APT members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. See “UPCOMING MEETINGS,” left, for the date, time and place of the next meeting.

Each meeting begins with a presentation by a guest speaker on topics ranging from 18th century clothing to current tourism issues.

You’re welcome to join us anytime for convivial company, good food, fascinating presentations and lively discussions. We encourage you to attend as our guest.

ABOUT APT

The Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) was founded in 2008 to bring professional and volunteer guides together, to act as a voice for our membership, and to ensure a high quality experience to every visitor to our city. The Association conducts the Education and Certification Program for Philadelphia city guides. APT, with a membership of about 180 as of January 2018, is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization.

APT knows that Philadelphia tour guides take great pride in the services they provide both visitors and local residents in exploring the rich historical, architectural and cultural resources of Philadelphia.

Recent reviews on APT

Wonderful tour guides who are great at story telling to weave the rich history of Philadelphia so visitors can re-live the experience in the City of Brotherly Love.

JP Nguyen
JP Nguyen

I just completed all four legs of the River to River 12 hour tour. Had a different guide for each section and they were all wonderful!

Thanks for a great day and also for the chance to have dinner with the guides! Excellent day!

Karin Rex
Karin Rex

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Supporters & Benefits

Supporters & Benefits

APT SUPPORTERS & MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

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APTCERTIFICATION

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SPECIAL TOURS & PRESENTATIONS

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Membership Specialties

Philly guides are America’s top guides. We specialize in a multitude of areas which makes us the number one all around tour guide association in Philly. Become a member and help others experience the true wonders of our great city.
  • Women’s History Tour
  • African American Tour
  • Master Guides Tour
  • Immigrant History
  • LGBTQ History
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Upcoming Events

A GUIDE’S VIEW OF PHILADELPHIA

The annual series on Philadelphia history, architecture and culture offered by the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides (APT) is designed to prepare tour guides and site docents for full professional certification.  It has also proven popular for Delaware Valley residents fascinated by Philadelphia’s rich history and visitor attractions.

Many of the region’s top experts are featured in this program, including David Silverman of George Washington University, Andrew Shankman of Rutgers Camden, the region’s top expert on Alexander Hamilton.

For  more information, call  215-627-8680.

This series will meet from 6 pm to 9 pm on seven Wednesday evenings  from January 30th to March 13th:

Wed, Jan 30: Early Philadelphia, Native Americans & Penn – David Silverman

Wed, Feb 6:  Benjamin Franklin’s Philadelphia – Edward A. Mauger

Wed, Feb 13:  Revolutionary/National Capital/Hamilton – Andrew Shankman

Wed, Feb 20: Athens of America / Industrial Powerhouse – Jeff Cohen

Wed, Feb 27: Civil War / Centennial – Bob Skiba

Wed, Mar 6: Center City / The Parkway – Ken Hinde

Wed, Mar 13: Philadelphia Today and Tomorrow – Alan Greenberger

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