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  • American Philosophical Society Museum

    Views of science and humanistic thought at Ben Franklin’s intellectual club

    American Philosophical Society Museum

    Snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall is Philosophical Hall, a brick building erected in the late 1780s that was our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Inside, changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of science, history and art. Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Lewis and Clark journals are among the important documents, scientific specimens, patent models, portraits, maps, rare books and manuscripts that comprise this remarkable collection.

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  • Audacious Freedom

    African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876

    Audacious Freedom: 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.

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  • Christ Church

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

    The Christ Church Sanctuary

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.

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  • Christ Church Burial Ground

    Visit the graves of Benjamin Franklin and other early American leaders

    Christ Church Burial Ground Visit the graves of Benjamin Franklin and other early American leaders View More
  • CityPASS Philadelphia

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save 46% on admission to Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS.

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  • Elfreth’s Alley

    The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited street

    Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia

    Butchers. Bakers. Candlestick-makers. Named for blacksmith and property-owner Jeremiah Elfreth, Elfreth’s Alley was home to the 18th century artisans and trades-people who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia.

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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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  • Fireman’s Hall

    The history of firefighting in an old firehouse

    Old fashioned fire engines

    Nestled in the narrow streets of Philadelphia’s historic district, Fireman’s Hall is dedicated to the art and science of firefighting through the last three centuries.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Penn’s Landing

    A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

    Penn's Landing

    The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

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  • The Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    Betsy Ross inside her home

    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.

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    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.

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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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  • 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

    The President's House on Independence Mall.

    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.

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