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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
- Dilworth Park
- Fishtown RiverCity Festival
- Old City Fest
- Chocolate: The Exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences
- Mt. Airy Street Fare
- Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall
- Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz
- Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
- Revolutionary Germantown Festival
- Fairmount Park Horticulture Center
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- Reminder: Opera On The Mall Takes Over Independence Mall To Present A Free Broadcast Of Opera Philadelphia’s The Barber Of Seville, Saturday, September 27; Registration Still Available!
- The Philadelphia Orchestra Debuts Its 2014-2015 Season With Season Begins At The Kimmel Center, This Weekend, September 26-28
- The Art-Reach Fall Festival Brings Interactive Arts, Live Entertainment, Food Trucks And More To West Fairmount Park, Saturday, September 27
- Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live Brings Free Admission To 16 Museums Throughout The Philadelphia Area, This Saturday, September 27
- Photo of the Day: It’s Officially Fall In Philadelphia
- Philly Mag Shops Gathers The City’s Top Retailers For A One-Day Warehouse Sale On Sunday, October 5; Score $5 Off Tickets With Code VISITPHILLY
- Opening Alert: The Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, The Awesome Over-The-Water Extension Of The Schuylkill River Trail, To Officially Open On Thursday, October 2
- Main Line Restaurant Week Returns To More Than 20 Restaurant Starting, Today, September 22 And Running Through September 28
- The Fat Ham In University City Launches Weekly Sunday Suppers This Fall, Starting Sunday, October 5
- The Rittenhouse Row Fall Fashion Crawl Returns This Tuesday, September 23 To Spotlight The Neighborhood’s Top Shops And Best Cocktails
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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.
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
Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood
Celebrate fall in the Fishtown neighborhood during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront.View More
Two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into alfresco eating-and-entertainment meccas for Old City Fest, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.View More
Indulge your sweet tooth at an exhibit about everyone’s favorite candy
If you’re a fan of chocolate (and who isn’t?), mark your calendar to visit the tastiest exhibition in town this fall and winter. Simply titled Chocolate: The Exhibition, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University aims to trace the story of “food of the gods” from its origin as a unique rainforest tree to the sensuous sweet millions of people crave today.View More
Sip, savor and stroll along Germantown Avenue
Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.View More
Multiple beer tents, traditional eats, live music and more
Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall hosts one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party on Frankford Avenue.View More
Beer, brats and a block party
Brauhaus Schmitz is going all out for Oktoberfest with a week of German-inspired events all leading up to an incredible block party on South Street on Saturday, September 20.View More
Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia
After a successful summer event in June, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning in September for an evening of live music and $1 deals.View More
A special day to discover America’s history along Germantown Avenue
You are never far from history when in Germantown, one of Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhoods. That’s never more true than during the Revolutionary Germantown Festival, a day-long festival that celebrates the rich history of Germantown and features the annual reenactment of the Battle of Germantown, the only military battle ever fought within the borders of Philadelphia.View More
Home of the Centennial Arboretum — 27 acres of majestic Asian, European and North American trees
With a small pond, a creek, a wetland and a network of paths, picnics are a favorite family activity at this historic arboretum in Fairmount Park.View More