Philadelphia Experience

The Philadelphia Experience, or PEX, is a theme that runs through the entire General Education program here at Temple University. PEX allows students to have meaningful encounters with the city and region – its art, culture, politics, economics, people, and neighborhoods – as they progress through the GenEd curriculum. An art course might take students to First Friday to interview an artist. An education course might place them in local schools and community centers. An environmental science course might visit green roofs or community gardens. Whatever the variation, the theme remains constant: real experience, integrated in some way with coursework. We know that people learn best when they can make connections between the material they are studying and their own real world experiences. When the context for hands-on learning is the city and the region, our students are likely to reach higher levels of academic achievement.

Current Temple students: Visit the PEX Passport on TUportal →

The PEX Passport is Temple's "Cultural Passport." The PEX Passport gives current Temple students free or reduced-price access to many Philadelphia arts and culture destinations for one year. With free and special discounted offers, Temple students are welcomed into Philadelphia's cultural community.

Exploration. The PEX Passport is a significant asset for students as they become engaged members of the city's cultural community.

Integration. Many courses in the GenEd program utilize the Philadelphia metropolitan area for experiences related to their studies.

Below is a list of our current partners:

1812 Productions
Academy of Vocal Arts
Act II Playhouse
American Philosophical Society Museum
Arden Theatre Company
Asian Arts Initiative
Astral Artists
Athenaeum of Philadelphia
Awbury Arboretum
Azuka Theatre
Chemical Heritage Foundation
ComedySportz Philadelphia
Eastern State Penitentiary
EgoPo Classic Theater
First Person Arts
Fort Mifflin on the Delaware
Historic Germantown
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Independence National HIstorical Park
Inis Nua Theatre
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)/ University of Pennsylvania
InterAct Theatre Company
International House Philadelphia
Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia (Shofuso Japanese House and Garden)
Kun-Yang Lin/Dancers
Lantern Theater Company
Laurel Hill Cemetery
Mauckingbird Theatre Company
National Constitution Center
National Museum of American Jewish History
Painted Bride Art Center
Pasión y Arte Flamenco Company
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Philadelphia History Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Theatre Company
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
Rosenbach Museum & Library
Simpatico Theatre Company
Taller Puertorriqueno
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
The Barnes Foundation
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
The Colored Girls Museum
The Discovery Center
The Franklin Institute
The Library Company of Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
The Print Center
The Wilma Theater
Wagner Free Institute of Science

As the pandemic continues to evolve around the world, the arts and culture community of Philadelphia remains committed to staying connected to their audiences. During times of uncertainty, many of our PEX partners have adapted their work by presenting via web, social media and virtual platforms. We have created an online resources page with links to virtual performances, interactive exhibitions and general updates from our partners. Tap into your appreciation for art during these times, as art can be a source of healing and creative expression. Stay safe and healthy and set out to explore!

Access PEX Virtual Resources →

If you have any questions and/or would like to suggest new organizations for inclusion as a Cultural Passport partner please email us at

The PEX Passport program offers an innovative approach to the cultural community’s goals for audience development. With some 4,000 new students entering Temple’s GenEd program each year, and a student body of over 28,000 students in the greater Philadelphia area, PEX promises to be transformative and dynamic for both students and the region’s cultural community.

If you are an arts and culture organization or a destination that can offer an "experience" please consider becoming a PEX partner by filling out the PEX partner form. If you are a current partner and would like to collaborate on programming which may includes group tours, artist lectures, and/or workshops please email us at

Each year, adventurous students go out into Philadelphia and explore the grit and beauty that makes our city unique.

Students submit artworks such as photographs, videos, creative writing and paintings that capture the grit and beauty of Philadelphia. We award one grand prize of $500 and five runner-up prizes of $100. An art exhibition showcasing the works of the prize winners and honorable mentions is presented at Charles Library.

View a gallery of past winners →