Geographical Society of Philadelphia

About Us


The mission of the Geographical Society of Philadelphia is to promote the discovery and appreciation of the many wonders of our world.

The Society supports world exploration by presenting enlightening programs on travel, geography, science, history, exploration and world cultures to its members and the public in the Philadelphia area.


Since 1891, the Society has supported significant expeditions jus to list a few:
  • 1902 Robert E. Peary’s discovery of the North Pole, and
  • 1910 Ernest Shackleton’s daring exploration of Antarctica.
  • 2004 Tracy Szela’s scuba expedition in Antarctica to study cold-tolerant organisms,
  • 2008 Todd Carmichael’s solo expedition to the South Pole,
  • 2011 Diana Nyad’s quest to swim the Gulf Stream from Cuba to Florida, and
  • 2016 Paul Rosolie’s quest to solve the human-wildlife conflict.


As a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the Geographical Society depends on and appreciates your generous gifts which directly support world exploration grants, underwrite student geographical studies, and help fund our programs that bring the world to Philadelphia’s doorstep.
Your gift to the Society is fully tax-deductible.

See the many ways in which you can support the Society.