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Benjamin Franklin Museum

Benjamin Franklin Museum

Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia's famous founding father, the Benjamin Franklin Museum invites you to explore a variety of exhibitions. Credit: R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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.

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  • National Constitution Center

    The world’s only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution

    The National Constitution Center is 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.

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    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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  • Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    With Philadelphia CityPASS, save more than 40% off admission on some of Philadelphia’s most popular museums and attractions, including with The Big Bus Company.

    Save more than 40% 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.

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  • The Liberty Bell Center

    Dramatic home of the internationally known symbol of freedom

    Visit the Liberty Bell in Independence National Historic Park and grab a photo with Independence Hall in the background.

    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.

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Third-largest art museum in the country and a must-see attraction

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art

    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.

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  • Independence Hall

    Birthplace of both the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution

    Independence Hall

    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.

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  • Independence Visitor Center

    All-in-one center for info, tickets to Independence Hall, tips from experts and more

    Independence Visitor Center

    Start your visit to Philadelphia at the Independence Visitor Center, where you can get personalized recommendations, tickets to popular attractions, souvenirs, maps and more.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    The Museum of the American Revolution lays just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

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  • The Franklin Institute

    One of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the country

    Front of the Franklin Institute.

    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.

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  • The Barnes Foundation

    One of the world’s foremost collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings

    Gallery space at The Barnes Foundation, arranged as originally intended.

    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.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 2-3, 2017
    The Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, is set to return in 2017.

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  • The Philadelphia Insectarium

    One man’s tribute to the wonderful world of insects

    At the Philadelphia Insectarium.

    In 1991, Steve Kanya, owner of Steve’s Wildlife & Pest Control, found a way to tease the business owners across the street, who hated insects. He put a 55-gallon aquarium in his window to display “the catch of the day,” such as a rat or scorpion. Neighbors started coming by to marvel and a light bulb went off. A year later, Kanya opened the Insectarium, the only insect museum in the tristate area.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia is filled with Colonial characters and gives an exclusive opportunity to explore inside of Independence Hall at night.

    May – October, 2017 (Select dates)
    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.

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  • Sesame Place

    Nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning television show, Sesame Street®

    Meet your favorite furry friends at Sesame Place.

    Opening Day: April 29, 2017
    Sesame Place is the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®.

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  • Museum of the American Revolution

    An expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    A new museum in the heart of Philadelphia’s Historic District, the Museum of American Revolution brings an expansive collection of art and artifacts from the nation’s Revolutionary Period

    The Museum of the American Revolution lays just steps from Independence Hall and in the heart of a city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution. Through immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts, the museum traces the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation. Highlights include General Washington’s original headquarters tent, Revolutionary War weapons, centuries-old military documents and hundreds of other authentic objects.

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  • Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions

    With Philadelphia CityPASS, save more than 40% off admission on some of Philadelphia’s most popular museums and attractions, including with The Big Bus Company.

    Save more than 40% 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.

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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Center City Jazz Festival offers a day-long spring feast of hot riffs and cool jams from over 20 bands at five different venues, including TIME Restaurant.

    April 29, 2017
    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the sixth annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features more than 20 bands performing at five venues all within walking distance.

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  • Celebration of Black Arts

    One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country

    The Art Sanctuary hosts the annual Celebration of Black Writing in the month of May.

    May 1-31, 2017
    Now in its 32nd year, the Celebration of Black Arts is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the country. Hosted by Art Sanctuary, the month-long celebration features events appealing to all ages, backgrounds and interests.

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  • The Roots Picnic

    A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    June 3, 2017
    Now in its ninth year, the Roots Picnic is bigger and better than ever with a day of incredible and diverse music at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

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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

    July 15, 2017
    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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  • XPoNential Music Festival

    Three amazing days filled with music from both local and national performers

    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun during the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront.

    July 28-30, 2017
    Experience three amazing days of great music and family fun at the annual XPoNential Music Festival on the Camden Riverfront. Produced by WXPN, the musical extravaganza features performances by 30 local and national artists on three stages.

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  • 2017 Fringe Festival

    City-wide celebration of though-provoking progressive performing arts

    “The Adults” by New Paradise Laboratories

    September 7-23, 2017
    For fans of new and experimental theater, the Fringe Festival presented by FringeArts features hundreds of must-see performances each September.

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  • Philadelphia Folk Festival

    An exciting weekend of music, food and fun on the grassy hills of Old Poole Farm

    he 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.

    August 17-20, 2017
    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.

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  • 2nd Street Festival

    Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties

    Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street between Germantown Avenue and Spring Garden for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

    August 6, 2017
    Every August, thousands pack a six-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.

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  • DesignPhiladelphia

    Philadelphia’s city-wide celebration of design and innovation

    Over the course of ten days each October, venues citywide host exhibitions, panel discussions and special events to celebrate the design community within Philadelphia and beyond.

    October 5-14, 2017
    Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia.

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