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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.
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- LOVE Statue
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- The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre
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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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Save 47% on the combined admission to five of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS, including The Franklin Institute, the Philadelphia Zoo, the National Constitution Center and more.
Dramatic 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 Liberty Bell Center, larger-than-life historic documents and graphic images explore the facts and the myths surrounding the Bell.
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.
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.
1976 sculpture by Robert Indiana
The City of Brotherly Love’s best-known landmark is LOVE itself — the Robert Indiana sculpture in John F. Kennedy Plaza, northwest of City Hall. Installed in 1976, LOVE was briefly snatched away in 1978, but popular demand brought it back where it belongs.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. NoteStarting on February 16, 2016, the park will be closed for renovations through spring 2017, and the LOVE sculpture has been moved across the street to Dilworth Park.View More
Beautiful professional performances and dance education for all ages
Koresh Dance Company offers both breathtaking performance-viewing opportunities of its professional dance troupe, as well as interactive classes catered to all styles and levels at its School of Dance.View More
More than 100 bronze plaques pay tribute to legendary musicians whose origins are rooted in the area
Take a walk down Broad Street and view over 100 bronze plaques that pay tribute to legendary musicians whose origins are rooted in the area.View More
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
Vivid and emotional stories by William Shakespeare
Always contemporary, always relevant, the Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre’s productions create the vitality of the play and reflect modern day hopes and fears.View More
Learn the legendary story of King Midas and his Golden Touch
February 13 – November 27, 2016View More
The Penn Museum hosts a premiere, nine-month exhibition featuring the legendary “Golden Touch” King Midas and more than 120 objects found at the tomb of his father.
The first festival of its kind in the Northeast U.S. comes to Philadelphia
April 22 – June 12, 2016View More
Franklin Square will glow this spring with more than 25 illuminated lanterns for the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival in the Northeast United States.
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
Friday, March 4, 2016View 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.
The world’s largest indoor flower show
March 5-13, 2016View More
The annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world's oldest and largest indoor flower show.
Philly’s longest-running comedy show
ComedySportz, Philadelphia’s longest-running comedy show, is improv comedy played as a sport, an interactive show with fans shouting out suggestions and even joining the “players” on the “field.”View More
Major works in the country’s most historic opera house
Philadelphia’s only producer of grand opera, the Opera Philadelphia is home to some of the industry’s brightest singers, composers, directors and conductors.View More
A brand-new live music venue in a former metal factory in Fishtown
The Fillmore Philadelphia, the city’s newest entertainment space, offers three venues inside a converted 125-year-old former metal factory in Fishtown.View More
A top notch spot for sky-high views of Philadelphia and the surrounding region
Now openView More
From high atop the 57th floor of Liberty Place, visitors to the One Liberty Observation Deck will be gobsmacked by the 360° landscapes that stretch for miles while also hearing tidbits of Philadelphia’s past and its evolution into a major American city.
The ocean’s secrets revealed at Camden’s riverfront aquarium
The fifth largest aquarium in the country, Adventure Aquarium features nearly 200,000 square feet of marine and wild life, including hippos, a hammerhead shark and more.View More