Next Meeting

The next Member Meeting:

Check out our FREE 2020 lecture series below!



All lectures 7:00 - 9:00 pm
via Zoom
free for APT members

Invitation will be sent out the day before


Wed, April 15
George Boudreau: "Benjamin Franklin"

Wed., April 22
Caroline Golab: "Philadelphia Immigration"

Wed., April 29
Bob Skiba: "LGBTQ Philadelphia"

Wed, May 6
Zara Anishanslin: "Women in Early Philadelphia"

Wed., May 13
Joe Becton: "African Americans in Philadelphia"






2020 lecture series



Good news!


The APT 2020 lecture series "A Guide's View of Philadelphia" will be streamed live via Zoom on 6 consecutive Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm, beginning April 15.


The series will be free of charge for all APT members.

An invitation and link will be sent out the day before.


We hope to see you all on April 15th. Stay safe! 




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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 120 as of January 2020, 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 Judy Smith, President, with any questions at



Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides at Pennsylvania Hospital


APT members at Pennsylvania Hospital with Stacey Peeples





If you're a Philadelphia tour guide or are involved in the city's tourism industry, the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides 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.


Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides at the Betsy Ross JHouse

 Betsy Ross welcomes APT members to her home and shop





In 2011, APT began testing and certifying Philadelphia tour guides for basic knowledge of the city's history, people and sites. As of 2020, APT has certified 185 guides for professional competency.

Contact Ed Mauger at if you're interested in taking the APT Certification Exam.

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 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 2020 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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