New Americans Tour of Philadelphia
A self-guided journey through the city’s must-visit attractions for new citizens
Prepping for the U.S. citizenship test is no small task, but Philadelphia’s self-guided New Americans Tour makes learning easier — and a whole lot more fun.
The city contains approximately half the answers to the 100-question citizenship test study. This means aspiring citizens and others students of U.S. history can glean the knowledge they seek simply by paying visits to Philly’s historic sites and attractions.
Best place to start: Philadelphia’s Historic District, the original city — and a very pedestrian-friendly one at that.
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The Betsy Ross House
The birthplace of the American flag
Naturalization Test Tip: The American Flag has 13 red and white stripes to represent the original 13 colonies.
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
Naturalization Test Tip: Rights granted by the Declaration of Independence include life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
The Liberty Bell Center
Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom
Home of the U.S. Congress from 1790-1800
Naturalization Test Tip: Discover the two parts that make up the U.S. Congress: The Senate and the House of Representatives.
National Constitution Center
The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution
Naturalization Test Tip: You can find the answers to nearly half of 100 questions used in the naturalization test among the exhibits and displays at the National Constitution Center.
Benjamin Franklin Museum
Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man
Naturalization Test Tip: You'll need to know what made Ben Franklin famous. His namesake museum will guide you through his history as a U.S. diplomat and how he started the first Free Library.
The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation
Commemorating the lives of nine enslaved Africans at the nation’s first executive mansion
Naturalization Test Tip: George Washington is also known as the "Father of Our Country."
Second Bank of the United States
A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture
Independence Seaport Museum
An interactive museum exploring Philadelphia’s maritime heritage
Naturalization Test Tip: The Spanish-American War was fought in the late 1890s and was one of four wars fought by the United States during the 1800s.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia
Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture
Naturalization Test Tip: The Emancipation Proclamation granted freedom to those enslaved and paved the way for the 13th Amendment to the Constitution that officially abolished slavery in the United States.
National Museum of American Jewish History
Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience
The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent
New and improved history near Independence Hall
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
A vast collection of history-rich documents
United States Mint
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church
The oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans
Museum of the American Revolution
An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period