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  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    One of the world’s foremost natural history museums

    Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Celebrating scientific discovery for more than 200 years.

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  • American Helicopter Museum

    The history of rotorcraft flight from the ground up

    Child playing at the Helicopter Museum.

    The 20,000-square-foot hangar full of 70 years’ worth of vintage helicopters is a rotorwing historian’s dream; here, vintage and modern aircraft demonstrate the copter’s roles in war and rescue missions, agriculture and police surveillance. You’ll see the only V-22 tilt-rotor Osprey in the world that’s on public display, and have the chance to climb into some of the helicopters to fiddle with the dials, switches and pedals.

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  • American Philosophical Society Museum

    Views of science and humanistic thought at Ben Franklin’s intellectual club

    American Philosophical Society Museum

    Snuggled behind the east wing of Independence Hall is Philosophical Hall, a brick building erected in the late 1780s that was our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Inside, changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of science, history and art. Jefferson’s handwritten copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Lewis and Clark journals are among the important documents, scientific specimens, patent models, portraits, maps, rare books and manuscripts that comprise this remarkable collection.

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  • American Swedish Historical Museum

    Paying tribute to the Delaware Valley’s first settlers

    Serving as the nation’s oldest Swedish museum, the building was founded in 1926, the year that marked the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The land on which the museum stands was given to colonist Sven Skute by Sweden’s Queen Christina in 1653.

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  • Audacious Freedom

    African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876

    Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776 – 1876

    Audacious Freedom, the major, new exhibit at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, explores the lives of people of African descent living in Philadelphia between 1776 and 1876.

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  • Battleship New Jersey

    Admiral “Bull” Halsey’s flagship and the nation’s most decorated battleship

    Fireworks off of the Battleship New Jersey

    At 887 feet of armor-plated steel, the 45,000-ton Battleship New Jersey dominates not only the New Jersey waterfront, but also American naval history.

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  • Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Revitalized museum dedicated to the life and legacy of America’s favorite Renaissance man

    Outside the Benjamin Franklin Museum in the Historic District.

    Dedicated to the life, times and legacy of Philadelphia’s famous founding father, the Benjamin Franklin Museum is now open following a major two-year revitalization.

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  • Bloomsday at the Rosenbach

    A daylong celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

    The Bloomsday festivities underway outside the Rosenbach Museum.

    This year marks the 106th anniversary of Leopold Bloom’s fictional journey through the streets of Dublin, as imagined in James Joyce’s novel, Ulysses, with the Rosenbach Museum’s day-long celebration of Bloomsday.

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  • Carpenters’ Hall

    Meeting Place of the First Continental Congress

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  • Christ Church

    Where Colonial America made its break with the Church of England

    The Christ Church Sanctuary

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

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  • CityPASS Philadelphia

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    Philadelphia CityPASS

    Save 46% on admission to Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS.

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  • Cliveden

    The suburban scene of a bloody revolutionary battle

    One of the most lavish mansions of its era, Cliveden is stocked with furniture and artifacts designed to evoke Colonial times.

    Now a six-acre oasis in the middle of a bustling Philadelphia neighborhood, Cliveden was an estate in the suburb of Germantown built just before the Revolutionary War by the Chew family. One of the most lavish mansions of its era, Cliveden is stocked with furniture and artifacts designed to evoke Colonial times.

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  • Declaration (Graff) House

    Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence here

    Declaration (Graff) House

    The all-important words that created a new nation were written by Thomas Jefferson at the home of Jacob Graff. Jr. Visitors can view first-floor exhibits and a short film regarding Jefferson’s endeavors at the home where he rented two second-floor rooms from Graff, a well-known bricklayer.

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  • Dinosaurs Unearthed at the
    Academy of Natural Sciences

    Come face-to-face with full-size, moving dinosaurs

    Dinosaur Hall at the Academy of Natural Sciences

    Dinosaurs Unearthed brings a stampede of life-size, roaring, moving, animatronic dinosaurs to the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for an incredible family-friendly experience.

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  • Dolley Todd (Madison) House

    Home of the woman who would become First Lady

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Radical 19th century prison designed to create social change

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Eastern State Penitentiary set the standard for penal reform, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and its founders’ Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals.

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  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

    The house where Poe wrote and published some of his greatest tales

    Edgar Allan Poe House

    Poe (1809-1849), one of America’s most original writers, lived in this red brick home with his wife, Virginia, and his mother-in-law, Maria Clemm, for about a year.

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  • Elfreth’s Alley

    The nation’s oldest continuously inhabited street

    Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia

    Butchers. Bakers. Candlestick-makers. Named for blacksmith and property-owner Jeremiah Elfreth, Elfreth’s Alley was home to the 18th century artisans and trades-people who were the backbone of colonial Philadelphia.

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  • Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

    The nation’s first municipal water treatment center

    Fairmount Water Works

    The Fairmount Water Works, one of Philadelphia’s architectural icons, now is an exciting combination of environmental education, architectural history and cultural heritage.

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  • Fireman’s Hall

    The history of firefighting in an old firehouse

    Outside Fireman's Hall

    Nestled in the narrow streets of Philadelphia’s historic district, Fireman’s Hall is dedicated to the art and science of firefighting through the last three centuries.

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  • Fonthill Castle & Museum

    Henry Mercer’s concrete castle, an American treasure

    Exterior of Fonthill Museum.

    Harvard-educated Henry Chapman Mercer built his storybook stone mansion with its turrets and balconies from the inside out, without using blueprints. Modeled after a 13th-century Rhenish castle, it has Gothic doorways, 32 sudden stairways, dead ends, and 44 rooms, each in a different shape.

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  • Fort Mifflin

    The fort that withstood the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution

    Fort Mifflin

    The fort that withstood the greatest bombardment of the American Revolution

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  • Franklin’s Print Shop

    Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century printing shop

    Benjamin Franklin’s 18th century printing shop.

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  • Freedom Foundation at Valley Forge

    A 52-acre wooded trail and living tribute to the nation’s medal of honor recipients

    Take a patriotic walk through the wooded trails of the Medal of Honor Grove.

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  • Germantown White House
    (Deshler-Morris House)

    George Washington’s White House in Germantown

    Deshler-Morris House

    George Washington’s White House in Germantown

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  • Glencairn Museum

    Centuries of religious artifacts in a modern castle

    Glencairn Museum

    Centuries of religious artifacts in a modern castle

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  • Historic Germantown Visitor Center

    Let the Germantown Historical Society welcome you

    The Historical Society’s 50,000 objects, library and archives guarantee a memorable experience.

    When William Penn offered tolerance and refuge, he found some takers in Europe’s German-speaking countries. Frankfort lawyer Daniel Francis Pastorius first settled Germantown in 1683. It was a remarkable place: home to the first written protest against slavery, site of a Revolutionary War battle and much more. The Germantown Historical Society has preserved and interpreted it all since 1901.

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  • Hopewell Furnace
    National Historic Site

    An early American “Iron Plantation” — a forerunner of today’s iron and steel industries

    Hopewell Furnace

    Forging weapons and ammunition for the American Revolution

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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 National Historical Park

    The birthplace of American democracy

    The Liberty Bell Philadelphia

    Known as the birthplace of American democracy, Historic Philadelphia’s Independence National Historical Park (INHP) is located on the site of many of the seminal events that carried the nation through its founding as a global leader of democratic ideals.

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