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The Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Philadelphia has a particular penchant for the performing and visual arts. From the city’s authentic jazz clubs to the oldest art museum in the county to the storied Avenue of the Arts, the region’s creative side expresses itself through hundreds of music venues, art galleries and theaters.

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  • Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

    Philly honors Asian American films and filmmakers

    The Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival screens films celebrating Asian-American filmmakers and actors at locations throughout the city, including International House.

    November 10-20, 2016
    The ninth annual Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival (PAAFF) celebrates Asian American films and filmmakers via screenings of documentaries and feature films, panels, discussions, parties and much more.

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  • First Person Arts Festival

    The only festival of its kind dedicated to personal stories from everyday people

    Poet Sonia Sanchez

    November 7-19, 2016
    The only festival of its kind in the world, the 15th annual First Person Arts Festival is a celebration of people and the stories they have to share. Artists and everyday individuals from across the country take part in the annual event, sharing their personal experiences on stage.

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  • Mural Arts Philadelphia

    Creators of more than 3,600 city murals since 1984

    A Philadelphia Mural.

    Founded as an anti-graffiti program in 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia has evolved and expanded into an internationally recognized leader in community-based public art.

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  • Penn’s Landing

    A hub of family-friendly activity throughout the year

    Every Thursday night in July and August, a different film will be screened outdoors on a big screen at Penn’s Landing.

    The Delaware River Waterfront, just a short walk from Old City and Historic Philadelphia, hosts family-friendly attractions and events all year long.

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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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  • Opera Philadelphia

    Major works in the country’s most historic opera house

    Opera Philadelphia presents the East Coast Premiere of <em>Cold Mountain</em> from February 5-14, 2016.

    Philadelphia’s only producer of grand opera, the Opera Philadelphia is home to some of the industry’s brightest singers, composers, directors and conductors.

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  • Prince Theater

    Contemporary performance space for live entertainment and film

    The sign outside Prince Theater in Philadelphia.

    Home to the Philadelphia Film Society, the Prince Theater is a contemporary performing arts venue in the heart of Center City featuring live performances and film screenings.

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  • The PFS Roxy Theater

    Home of independent cinema in Rittenhouse Square

    The exterior of the PFS Roxy Theater in Rittenhouse Square.

    Run by the Philadelphia Film Society, the PFS Roxy Theater brings top independent cinema to Rittenhouse Square.

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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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  • Stratus Lounge

    Enjoy DJ-spun music every weekend at this posh spot

    Eleven stories above the city’s most historical treasures, party people dance to the sounds of DJ-spun music every Friday and Saturday night at Stratus Lounge.

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  • Brasil’s Nightclub

    Latin dance club in Old City

    This upstairs club gets packed on weekends with fleet-footed Latin dancers.

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  • Bleu Martini

    Nightlife, restaurant, bar and club in Old City

    This restaurant, bar and club bathed in cobalt blue offers a VIP scene and an edgy DJ soundtrack.

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  • The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

    A century of ancestor tracking, bit by byte

    In the heart of Center City Philadelphia, volunteers of The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania delve into the past.

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  • American Philosophical Society Museum

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

    The American Philosophical Society Museum, a brick building erected in the late 1780s, served our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science.

    American Philosophical Society Museum was erected in the late 1780s and served as our nation’s first museum, national library and academy of science. Today, changing exhibitions highlight the intersections of science, history and art.

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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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