Things ToDo in Philly/Camden During the CALI Conference

In Camden:

Battleship New Jersey:
The WWII battleship New Jersey is permanently docked here, and is open to the public.  It's within easy walking distance of the Law School.

It's a good aquarium. Also within walking distance of Rutgers. Great for kids.

In Philadelphia:

For Little kids:
Please Touch Museum

Science Museums:

Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology  (there be mummies)


Philadelphia Museum of Art is a truly first-class art museum.  During CALI, the Museum will be hosting a collection of late Renoir paintings.
And yes, you can stand at the top of the steps with your fists in the air.

More Art:
Within walking distance of the Museum of Art is the Rodin Museum.  A unique permanent collection of Rodin works.

Want to take a walk?

Behind the Art Museum, there are paths that lead down to the old Water Works.  They look like small collection of abandoned Roman Temples on
the bank of the Schuylkill.  From there, head North (Face the river, then turn Right) and you'll end up walking along Boat House Row: A
collection of very quaint, and still very active, clubhouses for several private and collegiate rowing clubs.

If you keep walking upriver, you will be in Fairmount park, and things will get more and more park-like.

For those interested in something out of the mainstream, here are two great historical sites that non-Philadelphians don't usually get to.

Eastern State Penitentiary:

In 1787, Dr. Benjamin Rush founded the "Philadelphia Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons".  The society was largely responsible for the design of Eastern State Penitentiary, which opened  in 1829.  It was a Quaker-inspired attempt at reforming criminals through inspiring "penitence".  That part did not work out so well, but
the place did house prisoners until 1970.  It is a registered historical site, and is open to visitors.

Laurel Hill Cemetery:

For those interested in the dead, or architecture, or architecture for the dead, there is Laurel Hill Cemetery.  It's a 74 acre park that pre-dates NYC's Central Park.  It is most notable as the resting place of many industrial magnates of the late 19th Century, and was a very popular spot for well heeled 19th Century Philadlephians to picnic and

Here's why it's interesting: With all the rich people frequenting the place and getting buried there, many notable architects and sculptors of the period competed to build "samples" of their work in the form of mausoleums and grave statuary at Laurel Hill.  Of course, the industrialist also competed for the fanciest monuments.

Macabre? Well, yes. But a rare piece of American history.


John P. Joergensen, Librarian II

Rutgers University School of Law – Camden