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Philadelphia Museums

Were Benjamin Franklin, the city’s first museum patron, to come back to 21st Century Philadelphia, he would marvel at what he had started. Philadelphia’s museums are small and massive, historic and modern, interactive and exclusive, eccentric and unexpected.

There are grand places like The Franklin Institute Science Museum and those that are intimate, like the Polish American Cultural Center Museum. There are the irreverent, like The Philadelphia Insectarium, and the specialized, like the Philadelphia Athletics Museum.

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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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Please Touch Museum

    Where kids ages 1 – 7 are boss

    Ride on the restored 1908 carousel at the Please Touch Museum.

    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.

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  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building

    Gallery in the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    A jewel nestled in the heart of Center City, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hosts vast collection of American art boasts treasures by local and national luminaries such as Charles Willson Peale (founder of the Academy), Thomas Eakins (who taught here), and Violet Oakley.

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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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  • The African American Museum
    in Philadelphia

    Celebrating and interpreting African-American history and culture

    African American Museum in Philadelphia

    The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans.

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  • Penn Museum

    Transforming understanding of the human experience

    A Sphinx at the University of Pennsylvania Archeology and Anthropology Museum

    If you called its 15-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: it is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the Penn Museum (also known as the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology)—one of the world’s finest archaeological and anthropological museums.

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  • National Museum of American Jewish History

    Preserving and interpreting the American Jewish experience

    The National Museum of Jewish History is located in Philadelphia’s Historic District at 5th and Market streets.

    Rising five stories above Independence Mall in the heart of historic Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America.

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  • Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

    The oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans

    Founded in 1787, the Mother Bethel AME Church rests upon the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans.

    Walk on hallowed ground when you visit Mother Bethel AME Church, the mother church of the nation’s first black denomination. Founded in 1787, the church rests upon the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans.

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  • The Johnson House
    Historic Site, Inc.

    Germantown’s vital stop on the Underground Railroad

    Constructed in 1768, the Johnson House in Germantown was owned by four generations of the abolitionist Johnson family.

    It’s easy to imagine 19th-century freedom fighters Harriet Tubman and William Still meeting at this Quaker home in Germantown, owned by four generations of the abolitionist Johnson family.

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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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  • 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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  • 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

    Now Open
    The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution. Three blocks from Independence Hall — the command center for the Revolution — this high-tech exploration into U.S. history reveals the strategic wins, crushing losses and the personal and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People.

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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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  • Robot Revolution
    at The Franklin Institute

    See and interact with more than 40 robots from all over the world

    Interact with more than 40 robots at a The Franklin Institute’s Robot Revolution exhibition.

    Through April 2, 2017
    See and interact with more than 40 robots at a new exhibition at The Franklin Institute.

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  • Second Bank of the United States

    A who’s who of Revolutionary War-era portraiture

    The Second Bank is known for its extensive collection of portraits by Charles Willson Peale.

    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.

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  • Elfreth’s Alley

    The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited residential street

    While a modern city has sprung up around it, Elfreth’s Alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details.

    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.

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  • Bill Graham and the Rock and Roll Revolution at the National Museum of American Jewish History

    A legendary concert promoter takes center stage in a rockin’ new exhibition

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    Opens September 16, 2016
    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.

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  • National Liberty Museum

    Honoring real-life heroes and our heritage of freedom

    Discover the stories of freedom at the National Liberty Museum.

    Liberty comes to life at the National Liberty Museum in Historic Philadelphia. Discover the story real life heroes, including Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Jim Henson and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, at the museum’s interactive exhibitions and inspirational galleries.

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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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  • Christ Church

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

    Steeped in history, Christ Church is where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England.

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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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  • 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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