Next Meeting

The next Member Meeting:

Wed, May 10

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cavanaugh's Head House
421 S Second Street
Tom Keels: "Sesqui! - Greed, Graft and the Forgotten World's Fair of 1926"


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Wed, May 10

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cavanaugh's Head House
421 S Second Street
Tom Keels: "Sesqui! - Greed, Graft and the Forgotten World's Fair of 1926"

Monday, June 26th

Batsto and Atsion Mansion private member tours.
Atsion Mansion built in 1826 for the iron master Samuel Richards of Philadelphia. He had his shop on Water Street and lived at 9th & Arch and 
Batsto also built and owned by the Richards’ family and later purchased and renovated by Joseph Wharton, the well renowned Philadelphia Industrialist who once owned what is now known as Wharton State Forest. 

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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. APT, with a membership of about 160 as of April 2016, is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization.

APT knows that our city's 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 us 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 now 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 drop by up to two times as our guest. After that, if you'd like to attend meetings and talks, we ask that you either become a member, or make a donation of $10 per lecture.

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 June, 2016, APT has certified 166 women and men for competency in guiding in the city of Philadelphia.

The next APT Certification Exam will be scheduled by demand. If you'd like to be notified of the date, time and place, please contact Education Chair, Bob Skiba, at

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.

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 2016 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





Do you want up to the minute APT news, comments and insights? Have something to share? Visit APT on Facebook here. Are you worried about privacy? You don't even have to be a Facebook member to view our page.