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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.
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.
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.”
Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions
Save 45% on the combined admission to four of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS, including The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, One Liberty Observation Deck and more.
Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom
The Liberty Bell stands prominently in a glass chamber overlooking Independence Hall. Throughout the expansive, light-filled Liberty Bell Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images bring the bell to life by exploring the facts and the myths surrounding it.
Third-largest art museum in the country and a must-see attraction
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.
All-in-one center for info, tickets to Independence Hall, tips from experts and more
Start your visit to Philadelphia at the Independence Visitor Center, where you can get personalized recommendations, tickets to popular attractions, souvenirs, maps and more.
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 foremost 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.
Mirrors Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture
The bilingual version of one of Philadelphia’s best-known landmarks lives in Sister Cities Park on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.View More
Officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza
A favorite destination for tourists and locals alike, John F. Kennedy Plaza gets its famed nickname “LOVE Park” due to its famous sculpture. Note: The park will be closed for renovations through summer 2017, and the LOVE sculpture has been temporarily removed for renovation.View More
An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period
Opening April 19, 2017View More
Set to open in spring of 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution promises 118,000 square feet full of art, manuscripts and printed works from the nation’s Revolutionary Period.
The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style
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.View More
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
First Friday of every monthView More
Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.
Philadelphia’s tallest building is also one of the country’s greenest
Standing at a robust 975 feet tall, the Comcast Center is the tallest building in Philadelphia (at least until the Comcast Technology Center opens in early 2018). And with its ambitious incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, it’s also the tallest “green” building in the country.View More
See and interact with more than 40 robots from all over the world
October 8, 2016 – April 2, 2017View More
See and interact with more than 40 robots at a new exhibition at The Franklin Institute.
Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®
Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®.View More
Creators of more than 3,600 city murals since 1984
Founded as an anti-graffiti program in 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia has evolved and expanded into an internationally recognized leader in community-based public art.View More
A 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and education
A 300-acre family farm dedicated to agriculture, entertainment and educationView More
A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture
The Second Bank of the United States packs a large punch in a relatively small space, filled with an extraordinary collection of portraits of the men so vital to 18th-century America’s development.View More
The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street
Elfreth’s Alley was home to the 18th-century artisans and trades-people who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia. While a modern city has sprung up around it, the alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details.View More
Relaxing waterfront respite in the heart of the city
The Race Street Pier on the Delaware River Waterfront is a relaxing respite in the heart of the city.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
A legendary concert promoter takes center stage in a rockin’ new exhibition
Opens September 16, 2016View More
Explore the history of legendary concert promoter Bill Graham via over 200 objects, including photos, film footage, concert posters and rock memorabilia, at the National Museum of American Jewish History.