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  • American Helicopter Museum

    The history of rotorcraft flight from the ground up

    Child playing at the Helicopter Museum.

    The 20,000-square-foot hangar full of 70 years’ worth of vintage helicopters is a rotorwing historian’s dream; here, vintage and modern aircraft demonstrate the copter’s roles in war and rescue missions, agriculture and police surveillance. You’ll see the only V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey in the world that’s on public display, and have the chance to climb into some of the helicopters to fiddle with the dials, switches and pedals.

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  • Arch Street Friends Meeting House

    1804 Quaker meeting house is the largest of its kind in the world

    The Arch Street Friends Meeting House

    William Penn himself would have likely felt at home in this large symmetrical meeting house, which hasn’t changed much since 1804.

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  • Awbury Arboretum

    A wee bit of England transplanted to Germantown

    Awbury Arboretum

    The entrance to Awbury transports visitors from city streets into a country retreat that’s the largest remaining oasis of open space in Germantown. Trails weave through 55 acres landscaped in the English romantic style, with open meadows, ponds, woods and rolling hills.

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  • Bastille Day Festival
    at Eastern State Penitentiary

    Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you in this celebration of all things French at Bastille Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

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  • Battleship New Jersey

    Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s flagship and the nation’s most decorated battleship

    Fireworks off of the Battleship New Jersey

    At 887 feet of armor-plated steel, the 45,000-ton Battleship New Jersey dominates not only the New Jersey waterfront, but also American naval history.

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  • Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man

    Outside the Benjamin Franklin Museum in the Historic District.

    Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia’s famous founding father, the Benjamin Franklin Museum is now open following a major two-year revitalization.

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  • Brandywine Battlefield Park

    The peacefully preserved remains of one of Washington’s few defeats

    George Washington's headquarters at Brandywine Battlefield

    Most preserved battlefield sites memorialize winning fights, but the Revolutionary Army actually lost ground at Brandywine. Still, the rolling hills of Brandywine Battlefield Park serve as a memorable addition to any Revolutionary War tour of the Philadelphia area. George Washington used the Benjamin Ring House for his headquarters before the battle, and though the house burned in the 1930s, it is now preserved to be what it looked like in 1777.

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  • Bulletin Building

    George Howe’s last major commission

    Designed with Louis McAllister Jr., this simple modern structure was built as the offices and production plant for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin newspaper.

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  • Carpenters’ Hall

    Meeting Place of the First Continental Congress

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  • Cathedral Basilica of
    Saints Peter and Paul

    The largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania

    Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

    Opened in 1864, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter of Paul serves as the principal or Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as it houses the chair or “cathedra” of the Archbishop.

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  • Centennial Bank

    Frank Furness (1876)

    Centennial Bank

    Centennial Bank, restored by Drexel University, includes such typical Furness devices as squat columns, pointed windows, and decorative brick patterns.

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  • Chester County Historical Society

    Focusing a spotlight on local history and handicrafts

    This gem of a small museum displays its permanent collections as regally and thoughtfully as any major museum. Exhibits afford a glimpse into the life of the early residents, the local iron industry and the artistry of the Welsh settlers who decorated furniture with a unique line and berry inlay design. The History Lab, a large room full of hands-on activities for tots through teens, is especially inviting, with its Chippendale-style chair to construct and a Civil War officer’s coat to don.

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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
  • City Hall

    The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style

    Philadelphia City Hall

    City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out.

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  • Cliveden

    The suburban scene of a bloody revolutionary battle

    One of the most lavish mansions of its era, Cliveden is stocked with furniture and artifacts designed to evoke Colonial times.

    Now a six-acre oasis in the middle of a bustling Philadelphia neighborhood, Cliveden was an estate in the suburb of Germantown built just before the Revolutionary War by the Chew family. One of the most lavish mansions of its era, Cliveden is stocked with furniture and artifacts designed to evoke Colonial times.

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  • Coryell’s Ferry Historic Boat Rides

    Cruise by historic New Hope aboard a Mississippi-style riverboat

    A relaxing ride aboard this paddlewheel boat offers beautiful scenery and a boats-eye view of the Delaware River’s varied wildlife.

    Cruise by historic New Hope aboard a Mississippi-style riverboat

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  • Declaration (Graff) House

    Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence here

    Declaration (Graff) House

    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.

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  • Dolley Todd (Madison) House

    Home of the woman who would become First Lady

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Radical 19th century prison designed to create social change

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Eastern State Penitentiary set the standard for penal reform, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and its founders’ Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals.

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary Tour

    See Al Capone’s prison cell

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Philadelphia’s massive prison features several dramatic vistas in the prison’s cathedral-like cellblocks.

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  • Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

    Victorian mansion of the upper-middle and upper class

    Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

    The simplicity of Philadelphia’s Quaker background was no match for the excess of the Victorian era.

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  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

    The house where Poe wrote and published some of his greatest tales

    Edgar Allan Poe House

    Poe (1809-1849), one of America’s most original writers, lived in this red brick home with his wife, Virginia, and his mother-in-law, Maria Clemm, for about a year.

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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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  • Erdman Hall Dormitory (Higher Education)

    Louis I. Kahn (1914)

    A recent restoration by Bryn Mawr College has returned the distinctive slate and concrete structure to its original condition.

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  • Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

    The nation’s first municipal water treatment center

    Fairmount Water Works

    The Fairmount Water Works, one of Philadelphia’s architectural icons, now is an exciting combination of environmental education, architectural history and cultural heritage.

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  • Fireman’s Hall

    The history of firefighting in an old firehouse

    Outside Fireman's Hall

    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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  • Fort Mifflin

    The fort that withstood the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution

    Fort Mifflin

    The fort that withstood the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution

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  • Franklin’s Print Shop

    Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century printing shop

    Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century printing shop.

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  • Germantown White House
    (Deshler-Morris House)

    George Washington’s White House in Germantown

    Deshler-Morris House

    George Washington’s White House in Germantown

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