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  • Bottle Bar East

    A new craft beer haven

    With an eight-tap bar, dartboard, foosball table and local art installations, this new craft beer haven entices both Fishtowners and visitors.

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  • Brandywine River Museum

    Art and nature come together in a scenic riverside setting

    Experience artwork from the Wyeth family at the Brandywine River Museum.

    It’s hard to imagine a more bucolic place in which to explore art than the Brandywine River Museum run by the Brandywine Conservancy on a nature preserve. As you stroll its galleries, remember that the very settings which inspired much of the art on view-rolling hills, snowy drifts, and, always, the river-surround you. For many, this landscape, at once rough and gentle, has become synonymous with Andrew Wyeth, whose work is exhibited here in abundance.

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  • Breadboard

    The intersection of art and technology

    Breadboard is a facility designed to push the boundaries of hands-on creative innovation in a state-of-the-art workshop environment.

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  • Brickbat Books

    Literary retreat on Fabric Row

    Rare first-edition poetry tomes and brand-new graphic novels populate the wooden shelves of this Fabric Row shop. With creaky floors and a quiet atmosphere, it’s a great spot to discover a fondness for Edward Gorey or to rediscover that once-obsessed-over children’s book.

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  • Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections

    A place for serious purpose and peaceful reflection

    Philadelphia railroad barons put a line through and renamed dusty, rural Humphreyville, Bryn Mawr. The college was founded in 1885, and an image was reversed. Observers noted how “striking Gothic architecture and rolling landscape foster a sense both of serious purpose and of peaceful reflection.” Bryn Mawr’s collections are comprised of literature, women’s studies, the college, history, travel and exploration, art of the book, and art.

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  • Bulletin Building

    George Howe’s last major commission

    Designed with Louis McAllister Jr., this simple modern structure was built as the offices and production plant for the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin newspaper.

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  • Calvary Center for Culture and Community

    The meeting place

    A true reflection of Cedar Park’s diverse population and collaborative energy, the Calvary Center plays host to faith-based gatherings, community groups, music, theater, radio and more.

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  • Campus Philly College Day

    Philly welcomes back its students

    Campus Philly

    Philadelphia’s college students are welcomed back in grand fashion during Campus Philly College Day on Saturday, September 28.

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  • Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs

    Infamous imagery on display at the National Constitution Center

    Famous photo of soldiers raising an American flag at Iwo Jima by Joe Rosenthal, winner of the 1945 Pulitzer Prize

    View one of the most comprehensive collections of influential images during Capture the Moment: The Pulitzer Prize Photographs at the National Constitution Center.

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  • Cathedral Basilica of
    Saints Peter and Paul

    The largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania

    Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

    Opened in 1864, the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter of Paul serves as the principal or Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as it houses the chair or “cathedra” of the Archbishop.

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  • Centennial Bank

    Frank Furness (1876)

    Centennial Bank

    Centennial Bank, restored by Drexel University, includes such typical Furness devices as squat columns, pointed windows, and decorative brick patterns.

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  • Center City District Sips

    Happiest hours all summer long

    The Plaza Cafe at Table 31 participates in Center City Sips.

    Happy hour is more joyful in the summer thanks to Center City District Sips — discounted drinks and appetizers every Wednesday evening.

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  • Center City Jazz Festival

    Day-long celebration of jazz in Philadelphia

    Chris' Jazz Cafe is one of four venues hosting the Center City Jazz Festival.

    Spend the day relaxing with live jazz during the third annual Center City Jazz Festival. Part of Jazz Appreciation Month, the day-long festival features 16 bands performing at four Center City venues.

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  • Center for Advanced Judaic Studies

    Preserving for researchers the venerable history of Jewry

    More often than not, libraries are dispersed at the demise of their host institutions. When Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning failed, its library became an exception. Thanks to the late philanthropist Walter Annenberg, the library founded by 19th century Philadelphian Moses Aaron Dropsie was kept intact in a new research facility. A few years later the collection joined the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Center for Architecture

    Home of the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Community Design Collaborative

    The Center for Architecture offers walking tours, exhibitions, lectures, kids workshops, films, book talks and other events on the topics of architecture, urban planning, and design.

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  • Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s best-known chamber orchestra

    Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia

    The celebrated ensemble has performed with such guest artists as Sylvia McNair, the Romeros Guitar Quartet and the late Luciano Pavarotti.

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  • Chapterhouse Café & Gallery

    Carefully poured coffee and fine art

    A historic townhouse transformed into a cleanly modern venue for cutting-edge art shows, and great fair trade coffees and teas. Though Chapterhouse is big, its many tables are typically crowded with students and lingerers.

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  • Chester County Historical Society

    Focusing a spotlight on local history and handicrafts

    This gem of a small museum displays its permanent collections as regally and thoughtfully as any major museum. Exhibits afford a glimpse into the life of the early residents, the local iron industry and the artistry of the Welsh settlers who decorated furniture with a unique line and berry inlay design. The History Lab, a large room full of hands-on activities for tots through teens, is especially inviting, with its Chippendale-style chair to construct and a Civil War officer’s coat to don.

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  • City Hall

    The largest municipal building in the country and the finest example of the Second Empire style

    Philadelphia City Hall

    City Hall is the largest municipal building in the United States, containing over 14.5 acres of floor space. It is an architectural treasure inside and out.

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  • Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

    1927 by Hermon Atkins MacNeil

    Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial

    Completed in 1927, the twin 40-foot pylons by Hermon Atkins MacNeil were intended as a gateway to Parkway gardens. Though moved to the northern edge of the square, they still function as a ceremonial entrance to the upper Parkway.

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  • Clothespin

    1976 by Claes Oldenburg

    Oldenburg’s Clothespin outside City Hall

    Philadelphia’s City Hall has inspired many reactions, but perhaps none quirkier than Claes Oldenburg’s. City Hall is formal, ornate late 19th century. Oldenburg’s 45-foot steel Clothespin, directly across 15th Street, is sleek, ultramodern, whimsical. Everyone has an opinion about the Clothespin. What’s yours?

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  • Community Education Center

    Incubating artistry in West Philadelphia

    The Community Education Center is a non-profit serves as a support system for artists of all stripes, providing time, space and resources to Philly’s talented creative class.

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  • Covenant

    1974 by Alexander Liberman

    Covenant by Alexander Liberman

    Forty-five feet high, the red tubes of Alexander Liberman’s steel structure span Locust Walk, creating a focal point for Penn’s residential area. As the title indicates, the artist wanted to convey a feeling of bonding together for a high purpose. Besides being a pioneer in large abstract sculpture, Liberman had a major impact on fashion publishing, serving as art director for Vogue and editorial director of Condé Nast Publications.

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  • Cowboy

    1908 by Frederic Remington

    Frederic Remington's Cowboy

    The only large bronze by famous Western artist Frederic Remington, the Cowboy stares toward the river while his steed shies from a precipice. Remington himself chose this dramatic setting. The work is easy to miss if you’re speeding by, but unforgettable once you’ve seen it.

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  • Crane Arts

    Warehouse space for contemporary arts

    Contemporary art flourishes at the Crane Arts building, a former plumbing warehouse that the building’s owners have restored into a haven for creative folks.

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  • Curio Theatre Company

    West Philly thespians

    The professional ensemble company dedicates itself to producing diverse and high-quality theatrical works at an affordable ticket price. Productions range from traditional Shakespeare to modern adaptations of old classics.

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  • Da Vinci Art Alliance

    Nurturing creation

    Founded in 1931 by a team of Italian-American artists, Da Vinci is a non-profit space dedicated to showcasing the best creative Philly has to offer.

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  • Danger Danger Gallery

    Underground sound

    The vibe here is one of a house party, but these aren’t your typical college bands. Great underground music, hipster clientele and a definitely unfancy feel make this a classic West Philly haunt. Tip: Grab a growler from Dock Street Brewery before heading to the BYOB show.

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  • DesignPhiladelphia

    Philadelphia’s city-wide celebration of design and innovation

    The Design Philadelphia logo

    Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia

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  • Dilworth Plaza

    Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces

    Rendering of the renovated Dilworth Plaza, opening in 2014.

    Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Plaza is undergoing a major transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space.

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