15+ Must-See Historic Attractions
in Philadelphia’s Historic District
The quintessential stops for those who love a rich story (steeped in history)
Whether you’re the ultimate history buff or purely a fan of rich storytelling, Philadelphia’s Historic District has you covered, with tons of attractions that are full of tales to tell and monumental interiors and exteriors to see.
We’ve narrowed down the not-to-be-missed spots that weigh heaviest on the history scale for being preeminent, fascinating and downright awesome.
From scoring an up-close view of America’s most famous bell at The Liberty Bell Center to taking a stroll through the oldest continuously inhabited – and possibly most charming – street in America (Elfreth’s Alley) to tossing good-luck pennies on the grave of Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Ground, these are the essential stops for those with a hankering for some historical knowledge.
Explore the wealth of gems inside the Historic District (which runs from 7th Street to the Delaware River and from Lombard Street to Vine Street), below.
The Liberty Bell Center
Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom
Independence Hall and Congress Hall
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution
The Betsy Ross House
The birthplace of the American flag
The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street
The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Marking of a New Nation
Commemorating the lives of nine enslaved Africans at the nation’s first executive mansion
Museum of the American Revolution
An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period
The Museum of the American Revolution lay just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.
National Constitution Center
The world’s only museum dedicated to one of our nation's greatest groundbreaking frameworks
Mother Bethel and Richard Allen Museum
The mother church of the nation's first black denomination
National Museum of American Jewish History
Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience
Benjamin Franklin Museum
Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man
Christ Church and Christ Church Burial Ground
Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture
Meeting place of the First Contintental Congress
Powel House/Physick House
Luxurious 18th-century mansions with stories to tell
Declaration (Graff) House
Where Thomas Jefferson devised the Declaration of Independence
American Philosophical Society Museum
Views of science and humanistic thought at Ben Franklin’s intellectual club
Philadelphia History Museum
New and improved history near Independence Hall