Become a Tour Guide

Become a volunteer walking tour guide

Do you have a passion for architecture?

Are you a history buff?

Do you want to challenge yourself to become a better public speaker?

Would you like to meet Philadelphia locals and tourists and tell them why this city is so special to you?

Do you have Philadelphia stories that you don’t want forgotten?

Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? 

If you answered yes to any of these questions then you should consider becoming one of our highly-valued, trained tour guides. Our guides come from a diverse range of backgrounds; many are teachers, professors, architects, historians, and students. However, most do not have a professional background in architecture, preservation, or history. They are hard-working, inquisitive, and passionate individuals who care about this field. We encourage everyone interested to go through the guide training process. More often than not, it’s a great fit!

No experience necessary!

Attend 2-3 training sessions and pass the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides written certification exam to qualify as a volunteer guide for the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Beginning in 2020, Building Philadelphia Speaker Series attendance is encouraged but not required for guide certification.

The 2021 Fall Tour Guide Training Program with the Association of Philadelphia Tour Guides has been scheduled for November 10-14. The Guide Certification Exam will take place on December 4 at 10am. For more details, please download this APT Brochure PDF.   

Contact Vinni Cheng at, 215-546-1146 ext. 4 for more information.