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Museums & Attractions
Philadelphia plays home to an astounding collection of museums, artistic venues and historical attractions. There’s the Liberty Bell, of course — plus amazing art installations, jazz venues, architectural landmarks and much more.
Our Insider’s Guide plots a veritable “what’s what” of Philadelphia’s cultural world, with instant access to more than 350 fact-filled Web pages for more than 500 visitor-ready experiences.
The attractions are searchable by category, location and special interest, while introductory pages for each of the main categories provide even more insider insight — so you’ll be ready to hit the streets and take in the City of Brotherly Love.
Don’t miss these hotspots
- Weekend Picks: Friday Night Happenings At The Barnes And PMA, Visit Philly Beer Garden Series At Independence Beer Garden, Summer Concert At City Tap House, Spruce Street Harbor Park And More
- The Philadelphia Flea Market Fills The Kimmel Center With Antique And Vintage Treasures, This Saturday, August 23
- The Brandywine River Museum Of Art Opens A New Exhibit Spotlighting Charles Burchfield And An Installation By Matthew Jensen, Saturday, August 23
- Reminder: The Second-To-Last Week Of The Visit Philly Beer Garden Series Hits Independence Beer Garden Today, August 22 At 4 P.M.
- Tonight Picks: Go Taney Dragons(!), Free Concert At Spruce Street Harbor Park, Outdoor Movie Screenings, Pop-Up Alfreso Dinner Parties Across Philadelphia And More
- Contest Alert: Enter To Win A Free Trapeze Class For Two With Fly School Circus Arts Via Philly 360°
- Save The Date: The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Fall Festival Returns To The Navy Yard With A Yards Beer Garden, The Franklin Flea Market And More, Saturday, September 20
- The Ukrainian Folk Festival Returns To Horsham With Traditional Performances, Vendors, Food And More, Sunday, August 24
- Deal Feed: The Fat Ham Launches A Burger, Beer And Bourbon Special On Friday And Saturday Nights After 9 P.M. This Friday, August 22
- Rock Out At City Tap House As It Teams Up With The Blockley And Brooklyn Brewery For Two Outdoor Concerts, Saturdays, August 23 And 30
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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.
America’s oldest farmers’ market
Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”
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Dramatic new home of the internationally known symbol of freedom
The Liberty Bell has a new home, and it is as powerful and dramatic as the Bell itself. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell.
The Art Museum covers 10 acres and houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years
Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.
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.
Start at the Visitor Center
The Independence Visitor Center is the perfect place to begin your visit to the Philadelphia region.
One of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the country
An innovator in designing hands-on exhibits before “interactive” became a buzzword, The Franklin Institute is as clever as its namesake. Its eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space.
One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway inspires discovery with the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.
Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss
The city’s award-winning children’s museum is fun-filled, totally hands-on, and so delightful that adults are entertained, too. Each nook and cranny has a different theme — from the fantastic to the practical.
Long-standing venue for live music in Chinatown
A onetime burlesque theater, the Trocadero Theatre in Chinatown is now a favorite spot for live music, special events and weekly movie screenings.View More
First major U.S. art exhibition for the renowned filmmaker
A comprehensive look at the art of David Lynch at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine ArtsView More
Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces
Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park is undergoing a major transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space.View More
Italian with a side of opera
First opened in 1933, Victor Cafe is the only restaurant in Philadelphia that continues the old world tradition of waiters and waitress performing operatic arias for diners each and every night.View More
City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts
For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.View More
A Northern Liberties gastropub with Jazz Brunch Sundays
Formerly a corner-bar relic in Northern Liberties, Jerry’s Bar has been transformed into a raved-about gastropub serving house-smoked meats, bistro bar favorites and a stellar brunch.View More
A grand mansion with a fascinating — and bloody — history
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.View More
An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm
The hills of Schwenksville, Pennsylvania come alive every summer with the sound of folk music during the long-running Philadelphia Folk Festival at Old Poole Farm near Schwenksville, Pennsylvania.View More
The birthplace of the American flag
Did she or didn’t she? Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag maker.View More
Let the Germantown Historical Society welcome you
The Germantown Historical Society has preserved and interpreted Germantown’s nearly 350-year history since 1901.View More