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National Museum of American Jewish History

National Museum of American Jewish History

Outside the National Museum of Jewish History at 5th and Market Streets. Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

It’s just one square mile, but the area between Front to 7th Streets and Spruce to Race Streets covers three different neighborhoods, all jam packed with restaurants, galleries, shops and attractions. Each puts its own distinctive spin on history. And together, they make up Historic Philadelphia.

Here America’s most sacred historic sites (the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall) stand side-by-side with the hustle and bustle of a 21st-century city.

Old City brims with shops, cafes, restaurants and bars while Society Hill welcome visitors to stroll their cobblestone streets and take in the architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches and landmarks that make the neighborhood so picturesque.

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  • Lights of Liberty

    Coming Soon: Sound and light show reliving America’s Revolution

    Lights of Liberty

    The Lights of Liberty outdoor show is being completely re-imagined and is currently on hiatus.

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  • The Liberty 360 3-D Show
    at the PECO Theater

    Let history surround you in this revolutionary, new 3-D show

    Audience members at the new 3-D Liberty 360

    See Philadelphia’s history in a very new way! Liberty 360 in the state-of-the-art PECO Theater is Philadelphia’s first indoor, 360-degree, 3-D panoramic show, designed to the immerse viewers in the symbols of freedom.

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  • National Museum of American Jewish History

    Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

    The New National Museum of American Jewish History

    Rising five stories above Independence Mall, in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History joins Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, the Liberty Bell and other landmarks at the hallowed site of America’s birth.

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  • National Constitution Center

    The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

    Exterior of the National Constitution Center

    The 160,000-square-foot National Constitution Center explores and explains this amazing document through high-tech exhibits, artifacts, and interactive displays. In the star-shaped Kimmel Theater, powerful music, a live actor and 360 degrees multi-media images tell the story of We the People.

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  • Independence Visitor Center

    Start at the Visitor Center

    Independence Visitor Center

    The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.

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  • Independence Hall

    Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    Independence Hall

    They risked everything — “their lives, their fortune and their sacred honor.” During the blistering summer of 1776, 56 courageous men gathered at the Pennsylvania State House and defied the King of England. Eleven years later, representatives from 12 states gathered to shape the U.S. Constitution, finally creating one unified nation.

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  • Chifa

    Jose Garces’ unique hybrid of Peruvian and Cantonese cuisines

    Chifa by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    Named after the unique hybrid of Peruvian and Cantonese cuisines found in Peru, Chifa combines the flavors and ingredients of both Asian and Latin cuisines with delicious results.

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  • Grim Philly Twilight Tours

    Haunting tour of historic Philadelphia

    Explore the city’s haunted history on Grim Philly Twilight Tours.

    Developed and researched by university professor Joe Wojie, Grim Philly Twilight Tours offer an adults-only glimpse into Philadelphia’s past.

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  • Big Red Pedal Tours of Philadelphia

    Pedal your way around the city’s top attractions

    Bike your way around the city with Big Red Pedal Tours.

    Big Red Pedal Tours (BRPT) provides guided tours of Philadelphia by day and night. Grab a seat on BRPT’s unique Pedicycles to explore Historic Philadelphia or pedal your way through the city’s bar scene with an evening pub crawl.

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  • Sonny’s Famous Steaks

    The late-night cheesesteak shop in Philly’s Old City neighborhood

    What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to bar-filled Old City. Open until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.

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  • Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

    Exploring the impact of science and technology

    The Chemical Heritage Foundation in Old City.

    The Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation explores the history of science and technology and the crucial roles they play in modern life.

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  • Independence National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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  • Franklin Square

    Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

    One of Philadelphia’s five original squares laid out by William Penn – and the only one dedicated just to fun!

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  • Fete Day Celebration at Elfreth’s Alley

    Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors

    Elfreth’s Alley, the nation’s oldest residental street.

    Join Ben Franklin and a cast of historic characters during the annual Fete Day at Elfreth’s Alley. Enjoy food, crafts, music, games and explore more than a dozen 18th century homes.

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  • Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

    Boutique accommodations on the nation’s most historic square mile

    Located in the heart of the country’s most historic mile, the newest addition to the city’s hotel scene brings a modern vibe to Philadelphia’s revolutionary past.

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  • Architectural Walking Tours with the Preservation Alliance

    Take an award-winning stroll through Philadelphia

    Group on an Architectural Walking Tour with the Preservation Alliance

    Explore Philadelphia’s architectural past, present and future during an award-winning guided walking tour with the Preservation Alliance.

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  • Philadelphia Pass

    Your personal tour guide to over 35 city attractions

    Philadelphia skyline

    The Philadelphia Pass is your personal tour guide to the city, granting you access to over 35 city attractions.

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