Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO

Launched in 2010
Audio programs for public artworks throughout Fairmount Park and Center City

Museum Without Walls is a program of the Association for Public Art


A program of the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association), Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an innovative and accessible outdoor sculpture audio program for Philadelphia’s preeminent collection of public art. A “multi-platform” interactive audio experience – available for free by cell phone, mobile app, audio download, or on the web – Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO offers the unique histories that are not typically expressed on outdoor permanent signage.

Each Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program compliments the viewer’s experience of outdoor sculpture with a story that is as unique as the artwork it describes

Unlike audio tours that have a single authoritative guide or narrator, each speaker featured in Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is an “authentic voice” – someone who is connected to the sculpture by knowledge, experience, or affiliation. Over 150 unique voices are featured, including artists, educators, scientists, writers, curators, civic leaders, and historians.

A cyclist accesses Museum Without Walls by phone at the Iroquois sculpture
Photo Caitlin Martin © 2013 for the Association for Public Art

Each Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program compliments the viewer’s experience of outdoor sculpture with a story that is as unique as the artwork it describes, featuring different voices, themes, and production styles, produced by award-winning public radio producers and journalists. Programs explore personal and cultural connections to the art, while offering insights into the artists and their processes, what the sculptures represent, the history surrounding the works, and why the pieces were commissioned and installed at specific sites in Philadelphia.

Dialing instructions for accessing the program by cell phone are attached to the signage at numerous stops for sculptures throughout Fairmount Park and Center City, and a map listing all of the artworks in the program is available on our website or at local visitor centers in Philadelphia. 

LISTEN NOW —  online, mobile app, or by phone!


Explore the MWW Interactive Map



Stream or download audio and view audio slideshows using our interactive map, gallery, or list of sculptures featured in the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO program.

>> Explore the interactive map



Screenshot of the Museum Without Walls: AUDIO mobile app



Download or stream Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO programs on your mobile device! Search by artist, title or stop number. Available for free on iPhone and Android.

>> Download for iPhone

>> Download for Android


Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO signage



On the street or in the park, call 215.399.9000 and enter the stop number located on the sculpture sign or Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO brochure.

>> Download the MWW brochure to take with you

Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO is a collaborative project of the Association for Public Art (formerly the Fairmount Park Art Association) and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, and was developed in partnership with local institutions and stakeholders, and an outstanding team of consultants and audio producers working with experts in history, documentary studies, media, and folklore. The program features over 150 diverse voices – a list of all featured voices can be found here.


Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO was developed in partnership with Fairmount Park. Special thanks to the Center City District, Parkway Council Foundation, Philadelphia Office of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy and the City’s Public Art Office, Laurel Hill Cemetery, and the world-class Parkway Institutions.

Click Here to visit the Parkway Council’s Parkway Museums District website.


Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO has been supported by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the William Penn Foundation, and by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Project Team

Penny Balkin Bach, 
Executive Director (Executive Producer)
Caitlin Martin, Media & Communications Manager (Project Manager)
Laura Griffith, Assistant Director (Content Manager)
Ashley Lippolis, Digital Content and Program Assistant


  • Mark Focht, Executive Director
  • Robert Armstrong, Historic Preservation Specialist
  • Theresa Stuhlman, Historic Preservation and Development Administrator


  • Consulting Historian: Dr. Michael Zuckerman, University of Pennsylvania
  • Humanities Consultant: Dr. Amanda Dargan, CityLore NYC
  • Planning Consultants: Rob Rosenthal, The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies; Dr. David Gilbert, Griffin Technology; Steve Rowland, CultureWorks
  • Planning & Evaluation: Randi Korn & Associates


  • Editors/Project Managers: Kerrie Hillman and Hillary Frank
  • Segment Producers: Amanda Aroncyzk, Brendan Baker, Ben Calhoun, Ave Carillo, John DeLore, Nate DiMeo, Alex Gallafent, Marit Haahr, Kimberly Haas, Ann Hepperman, Rachel James, Rick Karr, Jenny Lawton, Sarah Lilley, Sharon Mashihi, Jonathan Menjivar, Jonathan Mitchell, Eric Molinsky, John Myers, Kara Oehler, Lu Olkowski, Sarah P. Reynolds, Bruce Schimmel, Ben Shapiro, Yowei Shaw, Bruce Wallace, and Jenna Weiss-Berman
  • Audio Engineer: Jeffrey Town


  • Cell Phone Provider: OnCell Systems
  • Mobile App Platform: MobileRoadie
  • Website and Visual Materials Designer: Allemann Almquist & Jones
  • Permanent Sculpture Signage: Cloud Geshan and Gecko Group (design/layout), Urban Sign and Crane, Inc. (fabrication and installation)


Music on All Wars Memorial for Colored Soldiers and Sailors

“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Written by:
 James Weldon Johnson with music by John Rosamond Johnson
Performed by: Reginald R. Robinson
Courtesy of Reginald R. Robinson

Music on Jesus Breaking Bread

“Gift of Finest Wheat”
Written by: Robert E. Kreutz
Performed by: Jonathan Mitchell
Courtesy: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Music on Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs

“Zog nit keyn mol!”
Written by: Hirsh Glick
Performed by: Martha Rock Birnbaum, mezzo soprano
Album: Timeless Jewish Songs (Shirim La’ad)
Courtesy: Leyerle Publications (

Music on Rocky

“Going the Distance” and “Gonna Fly Now”
Music Composed and Conducted by Mark Bill Conti
Used through the courtesy of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Music, Inc.

Music on Stone Age in America

“Quartet No. 14 in G Major, Spring, K. 387”
Written by: Mozart
Performed by: Borromeo String Quartet
Courtesy: Borromeo String Quartet
Borromeo String Quartet / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

“Waltz des Gauchers (with Les Gauchers Orchestra)”
Performed by: Les Gauchers Orchestra
Written by: Lee Maddeford
Courtesy: Lee Maddeford
Lee Maddeford / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

These public art lesson plans are designed to accompany the Museum Without Walls: AUDIO slideshows on this website, which are also available on TeacherTube. The lessons have been developed as a six-part unit, beginning with an introduction to public art, which can be taught over five one-hour class periods.

The unit is organized so that lessons may be paired together enabling students to visualize historical trends and changes in public art. Lessons can also be used separately. They are aligned with the Pennsylvania standards for 4th and 5th grade students.


Three Discs, Once Lacking by Alexander Calder
Three Discs, One Lacking by Alexander “Stirling” Calder. Photo Caitlin Martin © 2010 for the Association for Public Art.


An Introduction to Public Art


Sculpture-specific Lesson Plans:

Charioteer of Delphi


Jesus Breaking Bread


Three Discs, One Lacking

Sleeping Woman

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General Inquiries

For more information, contact Caitlin Martin at or call 215-546-7550