Next Meeting

The next Member Meeting:

7:00 PM, Wednesday, April 11
Cavanaugh's Head House
421 S. Second Street
Ken Finkel, Temple University
"The Market Shambles and Halls of Philadelphia"
Public Welcome



April 11

Cavanaugh's Headhouse

Ken Finkel, Temple University
"The Market Shambles and Halls of Philadelphia"

April 22, 12:00 pm
Ryerss Museum & Library
7370 Central Ave.
APT field trip!

What happens in Philadelphia reaches everywhere!
     The world held its collective breath on March 4, 1797 as reporters and international diplomats crowded into the gallery of Congress Hall in Philadelphia.  Would that commanding 6'3" war hero, accomplished dancer and legendary horseman, George Washington, turn over the reins of power to that squat starchy Boston Lawyer (his enemies called Adams "his rotundity").
     Washington had already secured his place in history by winning the unwinnable war.  The longer he served as President, the more his reputation - which he greatly prized - came under attack.  He was flinging newspapers to the floor at his Sixth and Market Sts. mansion - eager to quit politics and return to his beloved Mt. Vernon.
     That March afternoon in Philadelphia, in his new shoes and grey suit, John Adams emerged from Congress Hall, the second President of the United States.  History's first great peaceful exchange of power had taken place - proof to the world that this fledgling Republic was a working democracy.



What visitors are saying about APT certified guides:

• The tour was the highlight of our visit

 Our guide was funny, fascinating and informative

 These are hands down, the best tour guides anywhere  -National Committee on U.S./China

 APT certified guides are the guides to follow  -Mike Newall, The Inquirer

 Philly guides are America's top guides





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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.

                 Contact Ed Mauger, President, with any questions at 



William Penn's Birthday at Welcome Park





If you're a Philadelphia tour guide or are involved in the city's tourism industry, APT has a lot to offer you. In addition to individual membership, APT also offers a Corporate Associate Membership for corporations and organizations. See our Membership page and our Supporters and Benefits page for information on APT membership levels and perks.





APT members meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm. See "NEXT MEETING" on this page, left, for the date, time and place. 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.

To learn about other APT special events, workshops and speakers, see "UPCOMING" on this page, left.


 Betsy Ross welcomes APT members to her home and shop





In 2011, APT began testing and certifying Philadelphia tour guides for basic knowledge of Philadelphia history, people and sites. As of 2018, APT has certified 174 women and men for competency in guiding in the city of Philadelphia.

The next APT Certification Exam is scheduled for 4:30 pm, Wednesday, April 11, 2018.  Note earlier start time.

APT has also established a program to identify and certify Master Tour Guides. These are veteran guides who have progressed well beyond the level of basic competence, who can be depended upon to meet and exceed client expectations under any circumstances.

For more information about APT certification programs, or to apply for the Master Guide Program, visit the Certification page on this site.





To promote high professional standards we have published a Tour Guides Handbook, an invaluable resource to anyone in the Philadelphia tourism industry.  The APT Handbook is considered one of the nation's most comprehensive and inclusive sources of information, a model for other city guide services. 

For more information on the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides Handbook and and computer, tablet and phone friendly pdf, see the Handbook page, or purchase a copy at the APT Store.





Through our membership in the National Federation of Tour Guide Associations, APT is able to offer its members liability insurance with the Hartford Insurance Group at a low cost of $86 a year. You can download a FAQ or pay for insurance for 2018 at the APT Store.





APT maintains an informal, un-moderated email listserv for members. It's a great way to share notices of events you're involved in, recommend upcoming lectures or programs of interest to tour guides, or to post a question you may have about tour guiding or Philadelphia—tour guides love to share information!

The list is open to all members, but, in order to prevent unwanted spam to our membership and protect their privacy, members must subscribe to the list to either post or to receive notices.

To subscribe, simply send an email to with SUBSCRIBE in the subject or in the body of the email. After you've subscribed you can post to everyone on the list by sending your notice to





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