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  • Physick House

    The 18th-century mansion of the “Father of American Surgery”

    Dr. Philip Syng Physick was one of the most accomplished physicians of his time, and a tour of his 18th-century mansion in Society Hill includes some of the medical and surgical tools he invented.

    Dr. Philip Syng Physick was one of the most accomplished physicians of his time, and a tour of his 18th-century mansion in Society Hill includes some of the medical and surgical tools he invented.

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  • Pizza Brain

    The world’s first pizza museum

    Widely known as the world’s first pizza museum, this Fishtown destination features plenty of pizza-themed memorabilia and serves up tasty brick-oven pies

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  • Please Touch Museum

    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.

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  • Polish American Cultural Center

    Presenting the customs and spirit of Poland

    Presenting the customs and spirit of Poland

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  • Pottsgrove Manor

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  • Powel House

    A luxurious mid-Georgian 18th-century mansion

    Once the home of Elizabeth and Samuel Powel, an 18th-century power couple, the Powel House simply drips elegance.

    The home of Samuel Powel, Philadelphia’s first mayor, is the epitome of 18th-century elegance. On any given evening during its heyday, the guest list frequently included Washington, Adams, Franklin, the Marquis de Lafayette and other luminaries.

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  • Rodeph Shalom Synagogue

    A 1920s-era architectural marvel and home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art

    This synagogue, built in 1927, is an outstanding example of the Byzantine style. The building, which places home to the Philadelphia Museum of Jewish Art, is free and open to the public.

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  • Rodin Museum

    The largest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside France

    The greatest hits of the famed 19th-century sculptor are all here – bronze casts of Eternal Springtime, The Gates of Hell, The Burghers of Calais, and, of course, The Thinker. Bold, energetic and emotionally intense, these works are set in a temple-like building down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which administers the collection.

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  • Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

    Fashion and modern design highlight the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s first major expansion

    The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.

    Enthusiasts of fashion and modern design will relish a visit to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, the first major expansion of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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  • Schuylkill River Heritage Center at Phoenixville

    A 120-year-old building repurposed to highlight Phoenixville’s Iron and Steel legacy

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Center is a unique, interpretive way to experience the pictures and pieces of the past to give a better understanding of Phoenixville’s Iron and Steel legacy

    The Schuylkill River Heritage Center, which sits on the site of the former Phoenix Iron and Steel Company, is a unique, interpretive way to experience the pictures and pieces of the past to give a better understanding of Phoenixville’s Iron and Steel legacy and its place in the Schuylkill River’s history.

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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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  • Shoe Museum

    Tiptoe through the ages with the story of footwear

    Tiptoe through the ages with the story of footwear

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  • Simeone Foundation Museum

    One of the world’s most remarkable collections of race cars

    Within the walls of the newly opened Simeone Foundation Museum, you'll find 60 of the world's rarest and most famous race cars.

    Within the walls of the Simeone Foundation Museum — the only museum of its kind in North America — you’ll find 60 of the world’s rarest and most famous race cars. And if luxury is your style, names like Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar and Maserati are pretty tough to beat.

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  • Stephen Girard Collection

    The treasures of a man of good taste and good deeds

    Stephen Girard Collection

    The treasures of a man of good taste and good deeds

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  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

    Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer

    Philadelphia residence of the Revolutionary War’s Polish military engineer. View More
  • 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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  • 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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  • The Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    The home of the famous seamstress is a must-see historic attraction for visitors and locals alike.

    Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag-maker.

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  • The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

    The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

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  • The Christian C. Sanderson Museum

    A history buff’s astonishing personal collection

    Sanderson was a longtime teacher, radio broadcaster and square-dance caller in the area. A lover of history, he was a collector of the pack-rat variety, filling staircases and closets willy-nilly with his treasures. In his handwritten will, Sanderson stated that anything in his house that would help write his biography was to be turned over to Tom Thompson, who is now the curator of the collection.

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  • The Fabric Workshop and Museum

    Devoted to artists creating new work in fabrics and other materials

    Interior of the Fabric Workshop and Museum.

    The only museum of its kind in the world, The Fabric Workshop and Museum counts among its permanent collection works by well-known names (architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, sculptor Louise Bourgeois, photographer Carrie Mae Weems, artist Robert Morris) working in, for them, a different medium.

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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 Grundy Museum

    Victorian-era home of Senator Joseph R. Grundy

    The former home of Senator Joseph Ridgway Grundy sits on the banks of the Delaware River.

    Victorian-era home of Senator Joseph R. Grundy

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  • The Historical Society of Pennsylvania

    American history starts here, at 13th and Locust Streets

    The Historical Society of Pennsylvania building

    The American Revolution was fading from memory after nearly 50 years, and Philadelphians preserved the past by saving papers, portraits and even furniture. More than a century and three-quarters later, the massive collection was augmented by a merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies.

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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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  • 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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  • The Library Company of Philadelphia

    The country’s first lending library still displays its vast holdings

    The Library Company still pays homage to Ben Franklin, its founding member. Just as in 1731, individuals can buy a “share” of the library. Founded when Ben was 25, subscription libraries were the first of many innovations. When Philadelphia was the U.S. capital, it was, in effect, the Library of Congress. It is now the only major intact Colonial library.

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  • The Mario Lanza Museum

    A glimpse at the life of America’s opera and movie icon

    Gallery at the Mario Lanza Museum.

    The Mario Lanza Museum grew out of the Mario Lanza Institute, which was founded in 1962 to help provide scholarship money for classical vocal students. As more and more Lanza artifacts have been donated, the museum, now in its fourth location, has grown.

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  • The Philadelphia Contributionship

    A compelling collection of firefighting and fire insurance memorabilia

    A compelling collection of firefighting and fire insurance memorabilia.

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  • The Philadelphia Doll Museum

    Presenting black dolls as artifacts of history and culture

    In the mid-1980s, Barbara Whiteman started a doll collection as an adult hobby, but it grew, so to speak, topsy-turvy-like. School groups and adult collectors frequently came to her home to see her collection, so in 1996, she founded the museum in a storefront along the Avenue of the Arts in North Philadelphia to accommodate more visitors. She’s currently the executive director.

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