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  • Summer Concert Series
    at Penn’s Landing

    Outdoor concerts on the Delaware River Waterfront all summer long

    All summer long, Penn's Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    All summer long, Penn’s Landing is home to exciting live music on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Swann Memorial Fountain

    1924 by Alexander Stirling Calder

    Swann Memorial Fountain.

    The center of Logan Square belongs to a popular fountain sculpture by Alexander Stirling Calder, son of the City Hall artist. Designed with architect Wilson Eyre, the work memorializes Dr. Wilson Cary Swann, founder of the Philadelphia Fountain Society.

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  • Swarthmore College Libraries

    Unparalleled collections exploring Quakers, peace and literature

    Friends Historical Library originated with a gift in 1871, when Anson Lapham created a collection “exclusively for matters pertaining to friends.” With additional acquisitions related to Quaker activity in literature, science, business, and government, the Friends Historical Libary’s holdings grew to more than 39,000 books, 2,500 microfilm reels, 4,000 volumes of Quaker Meeting records, 275 manuscript collections, pictures and artifacts.

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  • Temple University Libraries – The Special Collections Department

    Preserving everyday life – and a few special highlights

    Temple’s premise is simple: wealth is at hand. Founder Russell Conwell spread the word in his signature sermon, “Acres of Diamonds,” a parable of a man whose worldwide search for riches ends in failure. Digging the man’s grave on his own land, his family finds he owned acres of diamonds all along. This people’s university extends Conwell’s message and mission with its special collections.

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  • The 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show

    The world’s largest indoor flower show

    Experience Articulture at the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show.

    The annual PHS Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center is the world’s oldest and largest indoor flower show.

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  • The Academy of Music

    The Grand Old Lady of Locust Street

    The Academy of Music

    The oldest known opera house continuously in use in the U.S., the Academy is home to the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and “Broadway at the Academy,” a series of national productions.

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  • The Academy of Vocal Arts

    Advanced training for opera singers

    Iolanta at the Academy of Vocal Arts

    The singing starts on a high note at the fully staged productions in the AVA’s historic headquarters, a 19th-century townhouse that includes the 150-seat Helen Corning Warden Theater.

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  • The Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

    Variety programming of established international artists

    Banners on the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.

    Since its founding in 1971, Annenberg has been an East Coast leader in presenting a multiplicity of performing arts. Now under the umbrella of Penn Presents it embraces The Zellerbach Theatre, Harold Prince Theatre, and Irvine Auditorium, all on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus. Its reach has grown far beyond the campus, drawing audiences from the suburbs and surrounding counties.

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  • The Architectural Archives
    & Kroiz Gallery

    Preserving and presenting architecture – in a National Historic Landmark

    How bombastic-yet logical! In the bowels of architect Frank Furness’s most outrageous work-a structure that looks more like a steamboat than a library-resides an archive celebrating the dynamism of architecture. University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Archives preserves drawings, sketchbooks, models and manuscripts of more than 400 designers who worked over three centuries.

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  • The Athenaeum of Philadelphia

    National center for architectural history

    The Athenaeum was founded as a member-supported library in 1814, and continued for more than a century and a half as a British-style reading room on one of the city^s original squares. During the last quarter century, the Athenaeum built its collections, restored its building, and transformed itself into a national center for the history of architecture and design. The Athenaeum stands only one block from Independence Hall, overlooking leafy Washington Square.

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  • The Awesome Fest

    8 weeks of free outdoor movie screenings in parks across the city

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

    The Awesome Fest returns for the summer with free movie nights at multiple locations all across Philadelphia.

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  • The Barbary

    Rocking out encouraged

    This 200-person music venue presents the latest in rising local and touring indie music on the first floor and DJ dance parties upstairs.

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  • The Barnes Foundation

    One of the world’s leading 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 Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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  • The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection

    Stories from the Underground Railroad to Paul Robeson

    From his early childhood in nearby Norristown, Charles L. Blockson accumulated a stellar collection of rare materials documenting the story of African-Americans. Thirty years ago, this historian and author donated the core of his collection to Temple University. Blockson continues to serve as its curator and advocate. The collection thrives as a research facility for visitors from high school students to advanced scholars.

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  • The China Gate

    1984 by Sabrina Soong with Chinese engineers and artisans

    Chinatown Gate

    Community members collaborated with architect Sabrina Soong to plan the grand gateway for Chinatown. The brightly painted portal follows a traditional Qing Dynasty style, using tiles from Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin. Engineers and artisans from China did the construction.

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  • The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia

    Interpreting the great music of our time

    Interpreting the great music of our time

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  • The Comcast Center

    Philadelphia’s tallest building is also one of the country’s greenest

    The Comcast Center

    Standing at a robust 975 feet tall, the newly opened Comcast Center is the tallest building in Philadelphia. And with its ambitious incorporation of eco-friendly technologies, the Center is also the tallest “green” building in the country.

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  • The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall – Comcast Center

    A mesmerizing digital video display in the lobby of the Comcast Center

    The Comcast Experience HD Video Wall

    A breathtaking LED video wall in the public lobby of the Comcast Center

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  • The Curtis Institute of Music

    Prodigies flock to the world’s most select conservatory

    The Curtis Institute of Music

    Prodigies flock to the world’s most select conservatory

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  • The David Library of the American Revolution

    Revolutionary War documentation on sacred historical ground

    Studying at the David Library.

    The David Library was founded by Sol Feinstone (1888-1980), a businessman and collector who dreamed of turning his Washington Crossing farm into a library devoted to the study of the Revolution. The library, opened in 1974, contains Feinstone’s personal collection, which continues to grow through the nonprofit foundation he established to support it.

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  • The Drexel Collection

    Prestigious art collection on campus

    Drexel University’s two galleries, the Anthony J. Drexel Picture Gallery and the Paul Peck Center Alumni Gallery, were originally established in 1892 to showcase the collection of Drexel’s founder. Today, they house 19th-century paintings and sculpture contributed by friends and family of the university and an 18th-century David Rittenhouse astronomical musical clock, considered one of the most prestigious clocks in the country.

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  • The El Bar

    Head beneath the tracks for cheap beer and live music

    The El Bar

    Situated, as the name implies, under SEPTA’s Market-Frankford elevated rail line (or “The El”), this quasi-dive bar attracts a loyal following.

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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 Fire

    Burnin’ up

    A classic gritty rock club alternative to some of the neighborhood’s flashier venues, The Fire does two things — loud rock and cheap beer — and does them very well.

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  • The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania

    A century of ancestor tracking, bit by byte

    Since 1892, the Society has been expanding its collections and serving researchers in person, through the mail, and more recently, by email: execdir@genpa.org. Few genealogical societies in the United States have been serving genealogical needs as long, and only a scant few collect and preserve vital and personal records from unpublished sources. The society is run largely by volunteers.

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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 Irish Memorial

    2002 by Glenna Goodacre

    The Irish Memorial

    For the 150th anniversary of Ireland’s Great Hunger of the 1840s, Glenna Goodacre created this 30-foot-long bronze set in a park over I-95. With more than two dozen life-sized figures, the sculpture tells the story of the multitudes who died in the old country as well as the hundreds of thousands who crowded onto disease-ridden ships for the Great Migration to America.

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  • The Liberty 360 3-D Show
    at the PECO Theater

    Let history surround you in this revolutionary, new 3-D show

    Audience members at the new 3-D Liberty 360

    See Philadelphia’s history in a very new way! Liberty 360 in the state-of-the-art PECO Theater is Philadelphia’s first indoor, 360-degree, 3-D panoramic show, designed to the immerse viewers in the symbols of freedom.

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