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Attractions in Historic Philadelphia
Throughout Independence Mall, America’s most sacred historic sites stand side-by-side with the hustle and bustle of a 21st-century city.
The residents of Society Hill welcome visitors to stroll their cobblestone streets and take in the architecture of the centuries-old homes, churches and landmarks that make this neighborhood so picturesque.
And when artists, boutique owners and restaurateurs landed in Old City, they added a funky energy to this former warehouse district.
Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution
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.
Meeting Place of the First Continental CongressView More
The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution
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.
Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England
Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.
Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence here
The all-important words that created a new nation were written by Thomas Jefferson at the home of Jacob Graff. Jr. Visitors can view first-floor exhibits and a short film regarding Jefferson’s endeavors at the home where he rented two second-floor rooms from Graff, a well-known bricklayer.
The birthplace of the American flag
Did she or didn’t she? While historians debate Betsy Ross’ role in making the first American flag, the home of the nation’s best known seamstress is among the region’s most popular attractions.
Home of the U.S. Congress from 1790-1800
Like the democratic ideals it once served, Congress Hall is simple, but powerful. The nation’s fledgling legislature occupied the former County Court House, a two-story brick Georgian structure that characterized Congress’ roles.
Exploring the impact of science and technology
The Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation explores the history of science and technology and the crucial roles they play in modern life.View More
The birthplace of American democracy
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.View More
Residents on America’s oldest street open their doors
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.View More
Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions
Save 44% on admission to Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS.View More
Commemorating the lives of nine enslaved Africans at the nation’s first executive mansion
President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation explores the paradox of slavery and freedom at the nation’s first executive mansion, in which Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president.View More
Let history surround you in this revolutionary, new 3-D show
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.View More
African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876
Audacious Freedom, the major, new exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, explores the lives of people of African descent living in Philadelphia between 1776 and 1876.View More
Coming Soon: Sound and light show reliving America’s Revolution
The Lights of Liberty outdoor show is being completely re-imagined and is currently on hiatus.View More
A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops
Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.View More
A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year
The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.View More