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Top 50 Must-See Attractions In Philadelphia

Explore the City of Brotherly Love’s iconic and can’t-miss experiences

While Philadelphia offers a variety of authentic and top-notch attractions, exploring this vibrant city takes some planning — especially for visitors.

And there are a lot of visitors — more than 40 million per year, all coming to Philadelphia to check out the city's attractions, museums, food, sports, arts, culture and more.

With so much to see, do and taste, it’s challenging to know where to begin.

From the historic Liberty Bell to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art, here’s a look at the most popular and can't-miss attractions and museums that make Philadelphia a world-class city. How many of these have you been to?

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Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the U.S., is a quaint cobblestone alley located in Historic Philadelphia. While a modern city has sprung up around it, the Alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details. Two adjacent houses, built in 1755, are now a museum and are open to the public.
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Christ Church & Burial Ground

Perhaps Philadelphia’s most recognized place of worship is Christ Church, where many of the Founding Fathers, including George Washington and Robert Morris, worshiped. Absalom Jones, the nation’s first black priest, was ordained here. The church's burial ground, located at 5th and Arch streets, houses graves of signers of the Declaration of Independence as well as Benjamin Franklin and his wife Deborah.
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The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

New and improved history near Independence Hall

Experience the city’s past at the recently renovated Philadelphia History Museum. The historic 1826 building, located just around the corner from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, has been an exciting gateway into Philadelphia history for nearly 70 years. Guests can enjoy handsomely designed galleries and encounter over 400 objects from the Museum’s vast collection of over 100,000 pieces of history.
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Free Library of Philadelphia & The Rosenbach

A gorgeous Beaux-Arts building serves as the heart of the Free Library of Philadelphia system. The Parkway Central Library along the Parkway invites book lovers to check out its massive collection, explore rare collections, sit in on author readings and lectures, enjoy special exhibits and events and celebrate the glory that is free literature. Over near Rittenhouse Square, The Rosenbach, housed in a stately row home, hosts an impressive collection of rare archives and literary treasures, including the only surviving copy of Ben Franklin’s first Poor Richard’s Almanack, James Joyce’s manuscript for Ulysses, original drawings by children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, Bram Stoker’s notes and outlines for Dracula and more than 100 personal letters from George Washington.
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Longwood Gardens

This mega garden attracts visitors from around the globe to its 1,077 acres filled with 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens, 11,000 different types of plants, spectacular fountains and picturesque meadows and woodlands. The horticultural haven also hosts 400 events each year, including flower shows, gardening demonstrations, educational programs, children’s activities, concerts and musical theater.
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Brandywine River Museum of Art

Brandywine River Museum of Art

Art and nature come together in a scenic riverside setting

The very settings that inspired much of the art on view in the galleries—rolling hills, verdant meadows and a flowing river—surround the Brandywine River Museum of Art. For many, the landscape has become synonymous with Andrew Wyeth, whose work is exhibited here. Visitors can see an outstanding collection of American art, including works by N.C., Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. Guided tours of the Andrew Wyeth Studio, the N.C. Wyeth House & Studio and Kuerner Farm offer a chance to discover the connection between art and life.
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