Museums in Philadelphia

The Definitive List (2019)

Philadelphia museums are among the best in the world, and include Wyck Historic House And Garden, Woodford Mansion, and dozens more institutions.

Below, we've researched and compiled a list of museums in Philadelphia, plus categories like:

And everything in-between. How many museums are there in Philadelphia? As of 2019, our list includes 99 awesome museums.

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Wyck Historic House And Garden

Historic Site

Dating to 1690, Wyck is known as one of Philadelphiaโ€™s oldest houses. Wyck offers a variety of educational programs for school groups, including environmental education, programs that focus on history of Quakerism, Native Americans, Colonial life, and Philadelphia. Wyckโ€™s open season runs from April through November.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Wyck Historic House And Garden.

  • Decorative arts
  • Family papers
  • Correspondence, diaries, and account books
Wyck Historic House And Garden
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6026 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Woodford Mansion

Historic Site

In 1756-58 William Coleman, a Philadelphia merchant and close friend of Benjamin Franklin, built this elegant country home. It is one of the best of the survivors of the early โ€œsummer retreatsโ€ that were built along the Schuylkill River during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The house is furnished with an extraordinary collection of 18th and early 19th century antiques and decorative arts.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Woodford Mansion.

  • Fuddling Cup
  • Linen Sampler
  • Tea Table
Woodford Mansion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2300 N 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Wells Fargo Museum

Private Museum

The Philadelphia Wells Fargo Museum is located on Broad Street. The collection and various exhibits tell the story and history of Wells Fargo Bank and the development of the company's founding since 1852.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Wells Fargo Museum.

  • 1863 City Stagecoach
  • Experience a Gold Rush Journey
  • Explore a Vault
Wells Fargo Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 123 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19109

The Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries at Tyler School of Art and Architecture

Art Museum

The Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries feature works by students at Temple University in projects organized by faculty, students and guest curators.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries at Tyler School of Art and Architecture.

  • Artists of Color Collective Group Exhibition
  • Festa Di Roma '19
The Stella Elkins Tyler Galleries at Tyler School of Art and Architecture
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2001 North 13th Street Philadelphia, PA 19122

Wagner Free Institute of Science

Natural History Museum

The Wagner Instituteโ€™s 19th-century three-story space exhibit hall houses an extraordinary collection of natural history specimens including mounted birds and mammals, fossils, rocks and minerals, insects, shells, dinosaur bones, and the first American saber-toothed tiger. Highlights include William Wagnerโ€™s personal mineral collection and his fossil collection, representing many important European and American localities and collecting sites of the nineteenth century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Wagner Free Institute of Science.

  • Mineral collection
  • Fossil collection
  • First American saber-toothed tiger
Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1700 W Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

Historic Site

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial is the house where wounded Polish freedom fighter Thaddeus Kosciuszko lived. Visit the site to learn how this military engineer designed successful fortifications during the American Revolution. See the room where he received notable visitors such as Chief Little Turtle and Thomas Jefferson. The site is closed from November through March.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial.

  • The Life of Thaddeus Kosciuszko
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 301 Pine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Shoe Museum

Specialty Museum

The Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Shoe Museum was founded in 1976 to coincide with the nationโ€™s bicentennial. Admission to the museum is free, but visits must be scheduled in advance.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Shoe Museum.

  • Shoes in Space
  • Shoes that Serve
  • The Locker Room
Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Shoe Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 148 N. 8th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Historic Strawberry Mansion

Historic Site

Historic Strawberry Mansion is the largest of the seven historic Fairmount Park Houses. The mansion houses antiques, fine art, and collectibles from the 18th and 19th centuries, including a noted collection of dolls from the High Street Exhibit of the Sesquicentennial of 1926.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Historic Strawberry Mansion.

  • The Sesquicentennial Doll Collection
  • The Millennium Doll Collection
  • The Esther Ann McFarland Exhibition Room featuring Tucker and Hemphill Porcelain
Historic Strawberry Mansion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2450 Strawberry Mansion Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Stenton Mansion

Historic Site

The Stenton Mansion, built between 1723 and 1730, is now open as a historic house museum and part of the Historic Germantown Historic Society. It is a great example of early American Georgian architecture. Furnished with 18th- and 19th-century Logan family objects, and remaining in little-altered condition, a visit to Stenton offers a unique chance to go back in time.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Stenton Mansion.

  • 18th- and 19th-century Logan family objects
  • Cost of Revolution: Rediscovering an Irish Veteran at Germantown Talk
  • Investigating Mid-Atlantic Plantations: Slavery, Economics, and Space
Stenton Mansion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 4601 N 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19140

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

Specialty Museum

The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum consists of 21 exhibits and 70 cars in the permanent collection. The cars are arranged chronologically and in diorama vignettes. The museum has been ranked the number one car collection in the entire world.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum.

  • 1909 American Underslung Traveler
  • 1912 National Model 40 Semi-Racing Roadster
  • 1927 Bentley 3 Litre Speed Model
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $12 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6825-31 Norwitch Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19153

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

Historic Site

Shofuso was designed by architect Junzo Yoshimura. He built it in Japan in 1953 using traditional techniques and materials. It was then shipped to New York and exhibited in the courtyard of the Museum of Modern Art in New York before moving to its current location in West Fairmount Park in 1958.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

  • Hiroshi Senju Murals
  • Tea Garden
  • Bathhouse
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $12 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Lansdowne Dr &, Horticultural Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Second Bank of the United States

Historic Site

The Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States houses the "People of Independence" exhibit. This exhibit includes a permanent collection of over 150 portraits of 18th and 19th-century political leaders, military officers, explorers, and scientists. This core collection is made up of 100+ portraits by painter Charles Willson Peale.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Second Bank of the United States.

  • "People of Independence"
  • 150 portraits of 18th and 19th-century political leaders, military officers, explorers, and scientists
Second Bank of the United States
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 420 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial

Cultural Center

The Fleisher Memorial offers free and low-cost classes and workshops to both children and adults, in subjects such as drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, and dance. The mission is to "make art accessible to everyone, regardless of economic means, background, or artistic experience". They also have a gallery with art by Violet Oakley, tiles by Henry Chapman Mercer, 18th-century Portuguese art, and primitive European art, as well as the religious art from the original church.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial.

  • Works by Violet Oakley
  • Tiles by Henry Chapman Mercer
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Ryerss Mansion

Historic Site

The Ryerss Mansion is located in Philadelphia's Burholme Park. The museum has an eclectic collection that includes generations of family heirlooms, paintings, sculpture, decorative art, and a vast array of Asian art and artifacts.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Ryerss Mansion.

  • Puppet Theater
  • Ivory Figures
  • Bronze figure with cat
Ryerss Mansion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 7370 Central Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111

Rosenbach Museum and Library

Specialty Museum

The Rosenbach Museum and Library was founded in 1954 by Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach and his brother, Philip. The Rosenbachs were renowned dealers in books, manuscripts, and fine art. Admission to the Rosenbach includes a guided tour through the historic house museum and a rare book library, as well as access to special exhibitions.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Rosenbach Museum and Library.

  • Bram Stoker: notes and outlines for Dracula
  • George Washington: more than one hundred personal letters
  • Lewis Carroll: more than 600 letters, his rarest photographs, books, and more
Rosenbach Museum and Library
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2008 Delancey Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Romanian Folk Art Museum

Art Museum

The Romanian Folk Art Museum opened a space in Philadelphia's city center in late 1998. It displays part of the largest folk art/village artifacts collection outside of Romania and from Europe in US, the last additions being a 40-foot trailer of furniture and 1,000 Easter Eggs.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Romanian Folk Art Museum.

  • Antique Romanian country furniture
  • Traditional costumes
  • Rugs and weavings from southern Romania
Romanian Folk Art Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1606 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Rodin Museum

Art Museum

The Rodin Museum opened its doors on Philadelphiaโ€™s Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 1929. Its vast collection of nearly 150 bronzes, marbles, and plasters represents every phase of famed sculpture Auguste Rodinโ€™s career.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Rodin Museum.

  • Balzac by Rodin
  • The Dorrance H. Hamilton Garden
  • The Burghers of Calais by Rodin
Rodin Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $12 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Historic Rittenhouse Town

Historic Site

Historic Rittenhouse Town is made up of the remains of an early industrial community. It all began when, in 1687, papermaker William Rittenhouse emigrated to the newly formed neighborhood of Germantown. With the help of his son Nicholas, he built the first paper mill in British North America. For the next 40 years, the Rittenhouse family were the only papermakers in America.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Historic Rittenhouse Town.

  • Homestead & Bake House
  • Enoch
  • The Barn
Historic Rittenhouse Town
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $15 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 208 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144

The Print Center

Private Museum

The Print Center, a nonprofit gallery located in Philadelphiaโ€™s historic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, "encourages the growth and understanding of photography and printmaking as vital contemporary arts through exhibitions, publications and educational programs." The gallery's programs include solo and group exhibitions, the ANNUAL International Competition (one of the most prestigious and oldest juried exhibitions in the US) and more.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Print Center.

  • Amze Emmons
  • Ivanco Talevski
  • Keith Carter: Seek & Find and The Politics of Rhetoric
The Print Center
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1614 Latimer St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Powel House

Historic Site

The Powel House is a historic house museum located between Willings Alley and Spruce Street, in the Society Hill neighborhood. Built in 1765, it is quite possibly America's finest existing Georgian Colonial townhouse. Inside you'll find a decorative arts collection, portraits of Powels and Willings, and a formal, walled garden typical of Colonial Philadelphia.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Powel House.

  • Decorative Arts Collection
  • Portraits of Powels and Willings
  • Walled Colonial Garden
Powel House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 3811, 244 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Polish American Cultural Center Museum

Cultural Center

The Polish American Cultural Center Museum's Exibit Hall features Paintings of great men and women of Polish descent. Exhibits throughout the museum highlight Polish customs, folk art, and other information about Poland's history and traditions during the last 1,000 years.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Polish American Cultural Center Museum.

  • Polish Folk Art
Polish American Cultural Center Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 308 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Please Touch Museum

Children's Museum

The Please Touch Museum is a children's museum located in Philadelphia's Centennial District. The museum focuses on teaching children through interactive exhibits, hands-on displays, and special events designed to engage and teach.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Please Touch Museum.

  • Alice in Wonderland and River Adventures play areas
  • City Capers
  • The Woodside Park Carousel
Please Touch Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $20 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

Art Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art (PMJA) is located within historic Congregation Rodeph Shalom. In addition to its special-exhibit gallery, the Museum features a permanent collection of important works by accomplished artists, including William Anastasi, Chaim Gross, Tobi Kahn, Joan Snyder, Shelley Spector, Boaz Vaadia and Roman Vishniac.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art.

  • "Home (Less)"
  • Paint by Numbers
  • Repairing the Earth (Tikkun Olam)
Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 615 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Philadelphia Doll Museum

Specialty Museum

The Philadelphia Doll Museum is the only known museum in the United States that emphasizes the collection and preservation of black dolls as artifacts of history and culture. The museum was founded by Barbara Whiteman in 1988. The museum has over 300 dolls on display with a permanent collection of just about 1,000 dolls.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Philadelphia Doll Museum.

  • The Doll Collection
Philadelphia Doll Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2253 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19132

Philadelphia Art Alliance

Cultural Center

The Philadelphia Art Alliance is a multidisciplinary arts center in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. The institution hosts art exhibits, theater and music workshops, poetry readings, lectures, concerts, and recitals.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Philadelphia Art Alliance.

  • โ€˜Invisible City: Philadelphia and the Vernacular Avant-garde (1956-1976)โ€™
  • Supra Endura Creative Conversations: Podcast Interview with Author Carmen Maria Machado
Philadelphia Art Alliance
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 251 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Paul Robeson House

Historic Site

The Paul Robeson House was the home of Paul Robeson from 1966 until 1976. Robeson was an internationally renowned American bass-baritone concert singer, actor of film and stage, All-American and professional athlete, writer, multi-lingual orator, human rights activist, and lawyer.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Paul Robeson House.

  • Paul Robeson: Up Close and Persona
  • Life-size historical panels
  • Record albums
Paul Robeson House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 4951 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Painted Bride Art Center

Cultural Center

The Painted Bride Art Center is a non-profit artist-centered performance space and gallery. They primarily present the work of local Philadelphia artists, which presents dance, jazz, world, folk and electronic music, visual arts, theatre and performance art, poetry and spoken word performances.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Painted Bride Art Center.

  • Black Womxn Temporal Portal
  • Block to Block (We. Are. Still. Here.)
  • Black Spatial Relics: Performance Showcase
Painted Bride Art Center
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 230 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Old City Hall

Historic Site

The Old City Hall is located in the Independence Hall complex of Independence National Historical Park. The U.S. Supreme Court met here from 1791 until 1800, when the national capital was moved to Washington, D.C.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Old City Hall .

  • The room where the Supreme Court of the United States met from 1791-1800
Old City Hall
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

New Hall Military Museum

Specialty Museum

The New Hall Military Museum was home to the War Department in the 1790s. The now museum exhibits highlight the history of the Continental Army, Navy, and Marines. The first floor also houses a memorial that pays tribute to the members of the U.S. Marine Corps who lost their lives during World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at New Hall Military Museum.

  • Diorama of Tun Tavern
  • Military Flags
New Hall Military Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

National Shrine of Saint John Neumann

Historic Site

The National Shrine of St. John Neumann is a Roman Catholic National shrine dedicated to St. John Neumann, the fourth Bishop of Philadelphia and the first American male to be canonized. There is also a small museum, which displays exhibits relating to the life of the saint.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Shrine of Saint John Neumann.

  • Historical texts
  • Photographs
  • Personal items
National Shrine of Saint John Neumann
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1019 N 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

National Liberty Museum

History Museum

The National Liberty Museum is located in the heart of historic Philadelphia. The core themes of the museum are leadership and good character; diversity and inclusion; peaceful conflict resolution; and civic engagement.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Liberty Museum.

  • Flame of Liberty by Dale Chihuly
  • Welcome to Liberty Gallery
  • Heroes from Around the World
National Liberty Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $9 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 321 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Mount Pleasant Mansion

Historic Site

Mount Pleasant is a historic mansion situated atop cliffs overlooking the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia. The mansion was built in 1761โ€“62. The house includes three-part Venetian windows and rusticated entrances with a stucco exterior scored to resemble stone.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Mount Pleasant Mansion.

  • Captain John Macpherson (1726โ€“1792)
  • Rococo and Rococo-inspired Furniture
  • Architectural Carvings by Martin Jugiez
Mount Pleasant Mansion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 3800 Mt Pleasant Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121

Masonic Temple

Historic Site

The Masonic Temple was designed in the medieval Norman style. It took five years to complete the structure and another 15 years to finish the interior. Located within the Temple is the Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, which houses thousands of texts and artifacts relating to the history of the Fraternity in the Commonwealth and the founding of the US.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Masonic Temple.

  • Brother George Washingtonโ€™s Masonic Apron
  • two letters in Washingtonโ€™s own hand addressed to his Masonic brethren
  • Brother Benjamin Franklinโ€™s Masonic Sash
Masonic Temple
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $15 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Marian Anderson House

Historic Site

The Marian Anderson House was built in 1870. Marian Anderson, the opera singer and civil rights advocate, purchased the home in 1924. It was the same year she became the first African-American concert artist to record spirituals for a major American recording company. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2011. Today, it is a house museum dedicated to preserving and honoring Anderson's memory.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Marian Anderson House.

  • Rare photos
  • Memorabilia
  • Films
Marian Anderson House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 762 South Martin Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Mario Lanza Museum

Private Museum

The Mario Lanza Institute houses a museum featuring photos and artifacts related to Mario Lanza. Holdings include clothing worn by Mario, original movie posters, boxing gloves he used in his youth, and some of his gold records.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Mario Lanza Museum.

  • Original movie posters
  • Boxing gloves
  • Gold records
Mario Lanza Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $3 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 712 Montrose St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Library Company of Philadelphia

Cultural Center

The Library Company of Philadelphia was founded in 1731 by Benjamin Franklin. Over time it has accumulated one of the most significant collections of historically valuable manuscripts and printed material in the United States. The collection includes 500,000 books and 70,000 other items, including 2,150 items that once belonged to Franklin, the Mayflower Compact, major collections of 17th-century and Revolution-era pamphlets and ephemera, maps, and whole libraries assembled in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Library Company of Philadelphia.

  • First Edition Moby-Dick
  • First Edition Leaves of Grass
  • The Mayflower Compact
Library Company of Philadelphia
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1314 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Liberty Bell

Historic Site

The Liberty Bell once housed in the steeple of Independence Hall is today located in the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. In its early years, the bell was used to summon lawmakers to legislative sessions and to alert citizens about public meetings and proclamations. The bell became famous after an 1847 short story claimed that an aged bellringer rang it on July 4, 1776, upon hearing of the Second Continental Congress' vote for independence. The story wasn't exactly true but it stuck all the same.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Liberty Bell.

  • Liberty Bell Center
Liberty Bell
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 143 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Art Museum

The Pearlstein Gallery located within Drexel University operates on the academic calendar and observes university designated holidays, weather closures, and academic breaks. They host rotating shows exhibiting regional and experimental art in all contemporary mediums including digital, video, sculpture, photography, graphics, and fashion design.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.

  • We Want a We
  • What Might This Be? The Art & Science of Rorschach Inkblots
  • [email protected] 50
Leonard Pearlstein Gallery
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ URBN Annex 3401 Filbert Street Philadelphia, PA 19104

Lemon Hill Mansion

Historic Site

Lemon Hill is a Federal-style mansion located on a bluff overlooking the Schuylkill River and Boathouse Row in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. It was built around 1800 and is an example of exceptional architectural. The mansion features three oval parlors, stacked one on top of the other, with curved fireplace mantles and doors.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Lemon Hill Mansion .

  • grand oval rooms
  • porches overlooking the river
  • cornice brackets
Lemon Hill Mansion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Lemon Hill Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Laurel Hill Mansion

Historic Site

The Laurel Hill Mansion is located along the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park of Philadelphia. It was formerly known as the Randolph House (named after its owner). In 1976, the house was renamed Laurel Hill Mansion by the City of Philadelphia during the United States Bicentennial. Today, guests can tour the interior, which is furnished in the popular styles of the late 18th century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Laurel Hill Mansion.

  • 18th century Philadelphia Chippendale mahogany highboy
  • English pianoforte from 1808 by Broadwood
  • Harp from the early 19th century
Laurel Hill Mansion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 7201 Randolph Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19121

La Salle University Art Museum

Art Museum

The La Salle University Art Museum opened its doors in 1976. La Salle is the only university in the Philadelphia area to own a permanent display of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Renaissance to the present. The collection is housed in a series of period rooms in the lower level of Olney Hall on the Universityโ€™s main campus.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at La Salle University Art Museum.

  • The Madonna of the Cherries by Joos Van Cleve
  • George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham by Balthasar Gerbier
  • New Day by Walter H. Williams
La Salle University Art Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1900 W Olney Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19141

John Johnson House

Historic Site

The John Johnson House, built in 1768, is a National Historic Landmark in Germantown. It was a pivotal station along the Underground Railroad in the 1800s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at John Johnson House.

  • Marks of musket balls and cannonballs
  • Johnson House Architecture and Artifacts
John Johnson House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6306 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion

Specialty Museum

The Insectarium is a museum about insects located in the Northeast part of Philadelphia. The museum features displays of many types of live insects, mounted specimens, exhibits, and hands-on activities. Honeybees, tarantulas, cockroaches, scorpions, spiders, praying mantis, millipedes, beetles, water bugs, ants, and crickets are just some examples of the museum's live exhibits. They also have a 7,000-square-foot greenhouse that houses a year-round butterfly pavilion.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion.

  • Butterfly Pavilion
  • Chrysalis Chamber
  • Insects & Arachnids
Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $12 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 8046 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19136

Independence Seaport Museum

Specialty Museum

The Independence Seaport Museum was founded in 1961 and is located in the Penn's Landing complex along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The museum's collections document maritime history and culture along the Delaware River. The site is also home to two National Historic Landmark ships and the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Independence Seaport Museum.

  • Cruiser Olympia
  • Submarine Becuna (SS-319)
  • Schooner Diligence
Independence Seaport Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Independence National Historical Park

Historic Site

Independence National Historical Park is nicknamed "America's most historic square mile" because the 55-acre park comprises much of Philadelphia's most-visited historic district. It preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution and the nation's founding history.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Independence National Historical Park.

  • Independence Hall
  • The Liberty Bell
  • First Bank of the United States
Independence National Historical Park
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Philadelphia, PA 19106

Independence Hall

Historic Site

Completed in 1753, Independence Hall is the birthplace of America. Both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were debated and signed inside this building. George Washington was appointed Commander in Chief of the Continental Army inside its walls in 1775 and the Articles of Confederation were adopted in 1781. Tickets are required March through December.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Independence Hall.

  • The Assembly Room
  • Courtroom of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Long Gallery
Independence Hall
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ Chestnut Street, between 5th and 6th Streets

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

History Museum

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania was founded in 1824. HSPโ€™s collections contain materials from hundreds of years ago through present day, documenting the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people. It houses some 600,000 printed items and over 19 million manuscript and graphic items. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library is open to the public Tuesdayโ€“Friday

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

  • Genealogical and family papers
  • Business and organizational records
  • Photographs, postcards, and sheet music
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1300 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Historical Society of Frankford

Historic Site

The Historical Society of Frankford is a historical society and museum. It is located in the Frankford neighborhood of Northeast Philadelphia. The society was organized in 1905, to preserve and present the history and lore of Frankford and the surrounding area. Appointments are required in advance to visit the historical society.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Historical Society of Frankford.

  • The Church Street Quarries (Deni Playground)
  • Slide Show- Images From The Old Frankford Camera Club
  • Frankford Heroes Remembered
Historical Society of Frankford
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1507 Orthodox St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Hillโ€“Physickโ€“Keith House

Historic Site

The Hillโ€“Physickโ€“Keith House was built in 1786. It is the only free-standing Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill. The interior is decorated with examples of French-influenced Neoclassic furnishings, popular during Dr. Physick's time in the house. The large city garden also contains plants popular in the 19th century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Hillโ€“Physickโ€“Keith House.

  • The Garden
Hillโ€“Physickโ€“Keith House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 321 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Grumblethorpe

Historic Site

Grumblethorpe is a quintessential example of Pennsylvania German architecture. It was built in 1744 by Philadelphia merchant and wine importer John Wister. The Wister family lived there for over 160 years.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Grumblethorpe.

  • Ginkgo tree
  • Wisteria sinensis
  • Seasonal organic farm stand
Grumblethorpe
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5267 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

John Ruan House

Historic Site

The John Ruan House is a historic mansion in the Frankford neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built in 1796 as the home of Dr. John Ruan, a physician and community leader. It is now the home of the Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum and Library. The museum houses Civil War and Grand Army of the Republic artifacts, books, and memorabilia.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at John Ruan House.

  • The Lincoln Room
  • The Meade Room
  • The Historic Collection
John Ruan House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 4278โ€“4280, Griscom St, Philadelphia, PA 19124

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Historic Site

Glen Foerd on the Delaware is a historic mansion and estate located in the Torresdale neighborhood of Philadelphia. It was built in 1850 to be a summer home for a wealthy family. Today, the estate is a historic house museum and the surrounding grounds are a public park. Visitors can visit the mansion for free self-guided exploration on Saturdays.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Glen Foerd on the Delaware.

  • Historic domestic artifacts
  • American and European art
  • Contemporary art installations
Glen Foerd on the Delaware
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5001 Grant Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114

Germantown White House

Historic Site

The Germantown White House is a historic mansion in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. It is the oldest surviving presidential residence. George Washington lived here twice during his presidency. The entrance to the house is by tour only. Tours are given every half hour. Groups are limited to 12 people.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Germantown White House.

  • George Washington's old home
Germantown White House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5442 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Germantown Historical Society Museum

History Museum

The exhibition "At Home in Germantown, 1750-1900" highlights the Societyโ€™s vast collection of period domestic objects, including furniture, silver, pottery, porcelain, tableware, kitchenware, needlework, and childrenโ€™s toys. It provides a vivid picture of what it was like to live in Germantown years ago and how people worked, relaxed and entertained in the home. Period settings re-create the rooms in Germantown homes of the 18th and 19th centuries, including a Colonial keeping room and parlor, a Federal dining room, and a Victorian reception room.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Germantown Historical Society Museum.

  • 18th and 19th Century Period Rooms
  • Germantown Silver
  • Germantown Needlework
Germantown Historical Society Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $3 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5501 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Galleries at Moore College

Art Museum

Galleries at Moore College are made up of two different spaces, the Goldie Paley Gallery (established in 1983) and the Levy Gallery for the Arts (established in 1987). Both the exhibitions and public programs are completely free to the public.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Galleries at Moore College.

  • Jill Bonovitz, June Kelly, and Paula Scher: Visionary Women
  • Harvey Finkle: Documenting Disability Rights
  • Emerging Philadelphia: Shona McAndrew, Matt Osborn, and Stacey Lee Webber
Galleries at Moore College
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1916 Race St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Franklin Court

Historic Site

Franklin Court is complex of museums, structures, and historic sites within Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. It is located at the site of Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia residence (from 1763 to his death in 1790). Be sure to check out the underground Benjamin Franklin Museum, Franklin Court Printing Office, and Franklin Court Courtyard on your visit.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Franklin Court.

  • Benjamin Franklin Museum
  • Franklin Court Printing Office
  • Franklin Court Courtyard
Franklin Court
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 322 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19139

Founderโ€™s Hall at Girard College

Art Museum

Founderโ€™s Hall at Girard College was built from 1833-1847 and is often thought of as the finest example of Greek revival architecture in the US. Its collection, ranges in the time period from 1780 to 1830 and includes furniture, silver, paintings, ceramics and textiles owned and used by Stephen Girard in his Philadelphia townhome.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Founderโ€™s Hall at Girard College.

  • Ceramics
  • Silver
  • Furniture
Founderโ€™s Hall at Girard College
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2101 S. College Ave. Philadelphia , PA 19121

Fort Mifflin

Historic Site

Fort Mifflin, originally called Fort Island Battery, was commissioned in 1771 and sits on Mud Island (or Deep Water Island) on the Delaware River below Philadelphia. A portion of the fort's grounds are still actively used by the United States Army Corps of Engineers, making it the oldest fort in military use in the US. Today Fort Mifflin hosts guided tours, living history programs, and a wide variety of events, including group tours, education programs, historic reenactments, scout programs, and paranormal investigations.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Fort Mifflin.

  • A Soldier's Story: Revolutionary War Soldier Life
  • A Soldier's Story: Civil War Soldier Life
  • Blood, Sweat, & Tears: Civil War Medicine
Fort Mifflin
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1 Fort Mifflin Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19153

Fairmount Water Works

Specialty Museum

The Fairmount Water Works was Philadelphia's second municipal waterworks. It was built between 1812 and 187 and operated until 1909. Its unique design quickly made it a popular tourist attraction. It now houses an interpretive center that explains the waterworks' purpose and local watershed history.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Fairmount Water Works.

  • Freshwater Mussel Hatchery
  • Art on the Circuit: โ€œHydraulicaโ€
  • Fairmount's Waterwheels
Fairmount Water Works
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Elfreth's Alley Museum

History Museum

Elfreth's Alley, between Second Street and the Delaware River, is made up of 32 Federal and Georgian residences. The Alley is the US's oldest residential street. Elfreth's Alley Museum is home to exhibitions that interpret the life of the house and alley's residents in that era.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Elfreth's Alley Museum.

  • The country's oldest residential street
Elfreth's Alley Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $3 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 124-126 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

Historic Site

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site includes the original home (unfurnished) where Poe lived in ca.1843-1844. Poe lived in many houses over the several years he spent in Philadelphia but this is the only one that is still around. The adjoining home houses exhibits exploring Poe and publishing, Philadelphia through Poe's eyes, and Poe and his family.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site.

  • Visit the Reading Room
  • Decipher the Code in Poe's Head
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 532 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Ebenezer Maxwell House

Historic Site

The Ebenezer Maxwell House is a historic house located in the West Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. It was built in 1859 by Ebenezer Maxwell, a wealthy cloth merchant, for $10,000. The house has been renovated to its Victorian beauty. Today you can explore both the interior, art and decorative arts collection and the lovely surrounding gardens.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Ebenezer Maxwell House.

  • Favori Brand Crystallized Ginger
  • Fryโ€™s Cocoa Powder
  • Garrigues Wigton Wedding Shoes
Ebenezer Maxwell House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 200 W Tulpehocken St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Drexel University Collection

Art Museum

The Drexel Collection is home to many works of art. Their collection includes works from 71 different countries and items that date back as far as 500 BC. The Drexel University Collection is made up of three separate galleries on the University City Campus: The Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery, the Rincliffe Gallery, and the Paul Peck Alumni Center Gallery.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Drexel University Collection .

  • Kettle by Unknown. c. 1700
  • Kitty Series: The Sermon by John P. Soule. 1871
  • : A View of the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia by Edmund Darch Lewis. 1876
Drexel University Collection
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Dolley Todd House

Historic Site

The Dolly Todd House was built in 1775. It was the home of future first lady Dolley Madison and her first husband, John Todd. The house is furnished to look as if the family still resided there, and includes many 18th century antiques. When the site is open, timed entry tickets are required. Sign up for a Bishop White House/Todd House tour at the Independence Visitor Center on the morning of your visit.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Dolley Todd House.

  • 18th century antiques
  • John Todd's office
  • Dolley Todd House parlor
Dolley Todd House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 341 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Declaration House

Historic Site

The Declaration House is the site where Thomas Jefferson resided while drafting the Declaration of Independence. The house was demolished in 1883 and reconstructed in 1975. Today, it is a historic site where you can view exhibitions and a short film regarding Jeffersonโ€™s endeavors.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Declaration House.

  • The bedroom and parlor that Jefferson occupied
  • Reproductions of Jefferson's swivel chair and the lap desk
  • Period furnishings
Declaration House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 700 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Congress Hall

Historic Site

Congress Hall was constructed in 1787-1789 as the Philadelphia County Court House. In 1790, Congress selected Philadelphia to be the temporary capital of the United States. Philadelphians immediately offered the use of their new courthouse as a meeting place for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate, making Congress Hall the oldest building to serve as such. Congress Hall served as the meeting place of the U.S. Congress from 1790-1800. The House of Representatives met on the main floor, while the Senate assembled upstairs.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Congress Hall.

  • The chamber for the Senate
  • The House chamber
  • Portraits of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette,
Congress Hall
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5th and Chestnut Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Concord School House

Historic Site

Established in 1693, the Upper Burying Ground is one of the two oldest cemeteries in Germantown and one of the oldest in the Philadelphia region. The Concord School House, built in 1775 and expanded in 1818, is an intact nineteenth-century schoolroom that occupies a corner of the Burying Ground.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Concord School House.

  • Revolutionary Germantown Festival (Germantown Battle Day)
  • Fourth of July Celebration and Bell-ringing
  • Historic Germantown Juneteenth Celebration
Concord School House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6309 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Cliveden

Historic Site

Cliveden is also known as the Benjamin Chew House. This historic mansion, built between 1763 and 1767 by Benjamin Chew, is located in Germantown. It was the site of some of the bloodiest fighting of the Battle of Germantown, fought in 1777 during the American Revolutionary War. Walk-in tours of Cliveden are available in the spring, summer, and fall.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Cliveden.

  • Gilded griffon pedestal with an anthemion
  • Doors to the main house after 1777 Battle of Germantown
  • Mischianza manuscript
Cliveden
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 6401 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Center for Art in Wood

Specialty Museum

The Center for Art in Wood hosts changing exhibitions of contemporary artwork in the medium of wood. It also displays select works from the center's permanent collection. The collection includes over 1,200 hand-made objects from around the world, ranging from functional, everyday objects to contemporary sculptures. The Center also houses a research library, artists' files, and a museum store.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Center for Art in Wood.

  • Acer Quattro Aves-Container by Al Francendese. 1994
  • Pattern Drawings by Adrien Segal. 2015
  • Purple Heart by Alain Mailland. 1999
Center for Art in Wood
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 141 N. 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

Cedar Grove Mansion

Historic Site

Cedar Grove Mansion, located in West Fairmount Park, was the summer residence for five generations of Philadelphia families. Cedar Grove contains an extensive collection of furniture and the decorative arts, with objects in the home original to the family and the house. This provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see these materials displayed in a historic context. House admission includes a guided tour of the home, where you will hear the stories from trained guides.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Cedar Grove Mansion.

  • furniture, including Baroque, Rococo and Federal styles
  • 1809 wedding dress
  • medicinal recipe book of the house founder, healer Elizabeth Coates Paschall
Cedar Grove Mansion
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $8 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1 Cedar Grove Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Carpenters' Hall

Historic Site

Carpenters' Hall is located in Independence National Historical Park of Philadelphia. Its the official birthplace of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a key meeting place in the early history of the United States. The First Continental Congress met here in 1774. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Carpenters' Hall.

  • Gilded Frame Membership Boards
  • Fan Window
  • Banners
Carpenters' Hall
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Bishop White House

Historic Site

The Bishop White House is the home of the Reverend Dr. William White, a beloved rector of Christ Church and St. Peter's Church for many years. The house has been restored to reflect the lifestyle of upper-class Philadelphians during the late 18th century. Many of the items in the house actually belonged to the Bishop, including the book he was reading right before he died in July 1836.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Bishop White House.

  • Books in Bishop White's study
  • Bishop White house office
  • Bishop White House dining room
Bishop White House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 309 Walnut Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets

Betsy Ross House

Historic Site

The Betsy Ross house sits on Arch Street, several blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia. The house is a landmark in Philadelphia and supposedly the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross (1752-1836) lived when she sewed the first American Flag.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Betsy Ross House.

  • Stitching the Story Together: Betsy Ross and the American Flag
  • Furnishing the Widowโ€™s Chamber
  • Women at Work in Revolutionary America
Betsy Ross House
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Belmont Mansion (Philadelphia)

Historic Site

Belmont Mansion is a historic mansion located in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. Built in the early 18th century, the mansion is one of the finest examples of Palladian architecture in the United States. The house museum is dedicated to colonial history and the 19th-century network of people and places known as the "underground railroad." Today its an underground railroad museum open to the public for tours.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Belmont Mansion (Philadelphia).

  • Palladian architecture
  • Underground Railroad Museum
Belmont Mansion (Philadelphia)
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $7 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2000 Belmont Mansion Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Bartram's Garden

Specialty Museum

Bartram's Garden is a historic Philadelphia garden and arboretum. It was founded in 1728 by botanist John Bartram and is the oldest surviving botanical garden in North America. Today it covers 46 acres with an eight-acre arboretum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Bartram's Garden.

  • Franklinia (The Gardenโ€™s signature tree)
  • Ginkgo (oldest ginkgo in North America)
  • Yellowwood (one of the Gardenโ€™s oldest trees)
Bartram's Garden
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143

Athenaeum of Philadelphia

History Museum

Founded in 1814, the Athenaeum of Philadelphia is a special collections library and museum that collects materials "connected with the history and antiquities of America, and the useful arts, and generally to disseminate useful knowledge" to the public. The collections include architecture and interior design history, particularly for the period 1800 to 1945.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Athenaeum of Philadelphia.

  • A Venturesome Spirit: Louis Magaziner in 20th Century Architecture
  • Structure & Purpose: The Legacy of Engineering at Keast & Hood
  • The Federal Presence In Philadelphia
Athenaeum of Philadelphia
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 219 S 6th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

American Swedish Historical Museum

History Museum

Founded in 1926, the American Swedish Historical Museum is the oldest Swedish-American museum in the United States. It is located in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia. The Museumโ€™s large interior is divided into twelve exhibition galleries, a reference library, curatorial storage and archives, offices, museum store, large dining room/conference area and kitchen.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at American Swedish Historical Museum.

  • Viking Sword
  • Cloak Pins
  • Sinnickson Chest
American Swedish Historical Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1900 Pattison Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19145

American Philosophical Society Museum

History Museum

At the American Philosophical Society Museum, you can trace American history and science from the Founding Fathers to the digital age. Their collection consists of approximately 3,000 artifacts and fine art objects. The collection reflects the central role of the APS and Philadelphia in the founding of the nation as well as the development of science and technology from the 18th century through the early 20th century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at American Philosophical Society Museum .

  • Astronomical Transit Telescope
  • Hawkins's Patent Polygraph
  • Wedgewood Anti-Slavery Medallion
American Philosophical Society Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 104 South Fifth Street Philadelphia, PA 19106

ACES Museum

History Museum

ACES Museum housed in historic Parker Hall has exhibits focused on educating the public and honoring Black and Minority Veterans of World War II and their families.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at ACES Museum.

  • World War II Exhibits
ACES Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 5801 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Fireman's Hall Museum

Specialty Museum

The Fireman's Hall Museum is housed in a restored 1902 firehouse. It interprets the history of firefighting in Philadelphia through its collections of artifacts and archives and promotes fire prevention safety. The museum is open to the public.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Fireman's Hall Museum.

  • Fire Prevention Safety
Fireman's Hall Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 147 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Science History Institute

Science Museum

The Science History Institute is a library, museum, archive, research center and conference center. It focuses on preserving and interpreting the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Science History Institute.

  • Ernst Leitz Wetzlar microscope, ca. 1923
  • Bakelite rotary phone, 20th century
  • Perkin Research Medal, 1965
Science History Institute
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 315 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Specialty Museum

The Fabric Workshop and Museum's collection and exhibitions include completed works in sculpture, installation, video, photography, painting, ceramics, and architecture as well as preliminary sketches and other objects documenting the artists' process. They display work by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Felix Gonzalex-Torres, Ann Hamilton, Reverend Howard Finster, Anish Kapoor, Robert Kushner, Glenn Ligon, Robert Morris, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Fabric Workshop and Museum.

  • Echoes and Reverberations
  • Jacolby Satterwhite: Room for Living
  • Lecture and Trunk Show with Padmini Govind of Tharangini Studios
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1214 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Woodmere Art Museum

Art Museum

The Woodmere Art Museum opened in 1940. It is located in a 19th-century stone mansion in the Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. The museum's collection of paintings, prints, sculptures, and photographs focuses on artists from the Delaware Valley.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Woodmere Art Museum.

  • Sailing before a Gale (undated), by Alfred Thompson Bricher
  • The Pink Sash (1898), by Mary Cassatt
  • Sunset in the Berkshire Hills (1857), by Frederic Edwin Church
Woodmere Art Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 9201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

African American Museum in Philadelphia

History Museum

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) opened its doors in 1976. It was the first museum funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. It is home to four galleries and an auditorium. All of the museum's exhibitions are focused around three themes: The African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative. The museum has 750,000+ objects, images, and documents in its collection.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at African American Museum in Philadelphia.

  • memos and memorabilia related to the Philadelphia Black Panthers
  • correspondence clippings and military artifacts of the first black doctor to direct a U.S. Army Hospital
  • academic and legal papers from Harry Shapiro on constitutional issues arising from the Civil Rights Movement
African American Museum in Philadelphia
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $14 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 701 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Art Museum

The Arthur Ross Gallery is part of the University of Pennsylvania. It is a dynamic gallery that features art and artifacts from around the world. The Gallery is a non-collecting institution and presents four exhibitions each year.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Arthur Ross Gallery.

  • Jaume Plensa: Talking Continents
  • Frankenthaler on Paper 1970-1990
  • Re-materialize
Arthur Ross Gallery
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 220 South 34th St. Philadelphia, PA 19104

Mummers Museum

History Museum

The Mummers Museum opened in 1976 as part of Philadelphiaโ€™s celebration of Americaโ€™s Bicentennial. It is dedicated to celebrating the tradition of Mummery in Philadelphia. Mummeries were plays performed in Philadelphia in the 18th century as part of a wide variety of working-class street celebrations around Christmas. The museum has costumes, oral histories, video and audio archives and even an exhibit to teach anyone how to โ€œstrut.โ€

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Mummers Museum.

  • Costumes
  • Oral histories
  • Video and audio archives
Mummers Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $5 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1100 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Franklin Institute

Science Museum

The Franklin Institute is named after the American scientist and statesman, Benjamin Franklin. Founded in 1824, it is among the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States. The center has everything from live science shows to escape rooms.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Franklin Institute.

  • Electricity
  • Changing Earth
  • Sir Isaac's Loft
Franklin Institute
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $23 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Natural History Museum

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University was founded in 1812 making it the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas. Today, it is home to 18 million biological specimens, and hundreds of thousands of volumes, journals, illustrations, photographs, and archival items

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

  • The Big Dig
  • Marveling at Mollusks
  • Treasures From the Mineral Vault
Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $20+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19103

National Constitution Center

Cultural Center

The National Constitution Center is located on Independence Mall in Philadelphia. It is an interactive museum and a national town hall for constitutional dialogue, hosting government leaders, journalists, scholars, and celebrities for public discussions (including presidential debates). The Centerโ€™s main exhibit includes three attractions: Freedom Rising, a multimedia theatrical production, The Story of We The People, an interactive exhibit, and the iconic Signers' Hall, with 42 life-size, bronze statues of the Founding Fathers.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Constitution Center.

  • Freedom Rising
  • The Story of We The People
  • Signers' Hall
National Constitution Center
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $15 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

National Museum of American Jewish History

History Museum

The National Museum of American Jewish History was founded in 1976. The museum's permanent collection includes over 20,000 objects and ranges from the Colonial period to the present day. The exhibits focus on preserving, exploring, and celebrating the history of Jews in America.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Museum of American Jewish History.

  • Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  • Foundations of Freedom
  • Leonard Bernstein: The Power of Music
National Museum of American Jewish History
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $9 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Museum of the American Revolution

History Museum

The Museum of the American Revolution is located in the historic center of Philadelphia. The museum's collection includes artwork and sculpture, textiles and weapons, manuscripts and rare books. It has both permanent and special exhibition galleries.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the American Revolution.

  • Philadelphia Powder Horn
  • Washingtonโ€™s Headquarters Tent
  • Wooden Canteen
Museum of the American Revolution
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $21+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 101 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia

Art Museum

The Institute of Contemporary Art or ICA is part of the University of Pennsylvania and is located on its campus. It was founded in 1963 by the then dean of the school of architecture, Holmes Perkins. He "wanted to expose students to what was โ€œnew and happeningโ€ in art and culture." Over time ICA has developed an international reputation as a top venue for contemporary art and culture.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia.

  • Michelle Lopez: Ballast & Barricades
  • Colored People Time: Banal Presents
  • arms ache avid aeon: Nancy Brooks Brody / Joy Episalla / Zoe Leonard / Carrie Yamaoka: fierce pussy amplified
Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $0 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 118 S 36th St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Eastern State Penitentiary

Historic Site

The Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world and acted as a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide. It was operational from 1829 until 1971. Notorious criminals such as Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton were held inside. Today, despite much of the building still being in ruin, it is a museum and historic site.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Eastern State Penitentiary.

  • Religious murals in the prison chaplain's office, painted in 1955 by inmate Lester Smith
  • Exhibit "Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration"
  • Solitary Confinement Cells
Eastern State Penitentiary
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $14+ per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Private Museum

Located on South Street, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is many things: a non-profit organization, folk art environment, and gallery space. It spans three city lots, includes indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth. It is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. Zagar's mosaics are made up of everything from kitchen tiles to bike wheels, Latin-American art to china plates.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

  • Martha Clippinger: Translations
  • Vidas Suspendidas/Suspended Lives: Narrative Self Portraits by Latinx Artists from Puentes de Salud
  • Visionary Voices: Portrait Works by Chloe Fimiano, Anthony Coleman, Susan Wallack, and Jaither West
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Mรผtter Museum

Science Museum

The Mรผtter Museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. It is located in the Center City area of Philadelphia. This medical museum's original purpose was for biomedical research and education. Today it is open to the public and contains a collection of over 20,000 anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Mรผtter Museum.

  • The Mรผtter American Giant, the tallest human skeleton on exhibit in North America, at 7โ€™6" (228.6 cm) tall
  • The Hyrtl Skull Collection, a collection of 139 skulls from Joseph Hyrtl, an Austrian anatomist.
  • Skeleton of Harry Raymond Eastlack
Mรผtter Museum
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $20 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Archaeological Museum

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropologyโ€” the Penn Museum for shortโ€” has an in-depth collection of both artifacts recovered from the past by archeological excavation, and objects and ideas collected from living peoples. It is home to 20+ galleries featuring objects and artifacts from around the world including places like Africa, North America, Mesoamerica, South America, China, Egypt, and Iraq.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

  • Ram in the Thicket
  • Taizong Horses
  • Queen Puabi's Headdress
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $10 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 3260 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Art Museum

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) was founded in 1805. It is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States. The museum's collection includes primarily 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

  • Untitled (Kitchen interior with figures; verso: house in color) by James Castle
  • The Prize, (Rivington Place Portfolio) by Hew Locke
  • Brown Garden #5 by Ruth Fine
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $15 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 118-128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102

Barnes Foundation

Private Museum

The Barnes Foundation owns more than 4,000 objects, including over 900 paintings, estimated to be worth about $25 billion. The collection primarily consists of works by Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Modernist masters. It also includes African art, antiquities from China, Egypt, and Greece, and Native American art.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Barnes Foundation.

  • Francisco de Goya. Portrait of Jacques Galos, 1826.
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Girl with a Jump Rope (Portrait of Delphine Legrand), 1876.
  • Unidentified artist, Senufo. Seated Female Figure, Late 19thโ€“early 20th century.
Barnes Foundation
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Art Museum

The main building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, located at the western end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, opened in 1928. Today the site includes the Perelman Building, the Rodin Museum, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park (Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove). The museum's collection includes the worldโ€™s largest collection of works by Marcel Duchamp, the greatest collection of sculpture by Constantin Brancusi outside Europe, the finest public collection of Auguste Rodinโ€™s sculpture in the US, and so much more!

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Philadelphia Museum of Art.

  • Paul Cรฉzanneโ€™s The Large Bathers
  • Vincent van Goghโ€™s Sunflowers
  • โ€œPeriod Roomsโ€ & Architectural Ensembles from around the world
Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • ๐ŸŒ Website
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ $25 per person
  • ๐Ÿ“ 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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