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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have been serving genealogical needs as long, and only a scant few collect and preserve vital and personal records from unpublished sources.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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  • 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 M Room

    Live music and craft brews

    Short for The Manhattan Room, The M Room features its performance venue on one side and its bar/restaurant on the other.

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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 Marvelous

    Let the record play

    The Cedar Park music shop with the awesome name harkens to a time when vinyl ruled the airwaves. A reliable source for staying on top of local music, The Marvelous also sells instruments and equipment and hosts performances.

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  • The Media Theatre

    Professional theater in the heart of Delaware County

    Interior of The Media Theater

    The Media Theatre is one of the Philadelphia region’s most popular venues for live theater. Located in a charming vintage building in downtown Media, it’s an exciting place to see a show without trekking into the city.

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  • The PFS Roxy Theater

    Home of independent cinema in Rittenhouse Square

    The PFS Roxy Theater in Rittenhouse Square.

    The new home of the Philadelphia Film Society (PFS), the The PFS Roxy Theater brings top independent cinema to Rittenhouse Square.

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  • The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society

    Supporting and savoring the art of classical guitar

    Philadelphia aficionados founded the society in 1966 to inform, educate and bliss out devotees of the quiet instrument popularized by Andres Segovia.

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  • The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts

    Sound the horn

    A neighborhood institution, the Clef Club’s mission is to preserve Philly’s rich musical history through regular performances and programming.

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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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  • The Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center

    Discovering and preserving Philadelphia’s Jewish past

    The archives has provided a refuge for threatened records since 1972. It was the first community-sponsored archives of its kind in the nation, established as a joint project of the Philadelphia Center of the American Jewish Committee and the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Its graphics are used extensively in publications and exhibitions throughout the United States and Israel.

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  • The Philadelphia Orchestra

    Hear why they are “The Fabulous Philadelphians”

    Music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the orchestra.

    This is the place to hear Brahms, Mahler, Beethoven and Debussy polished to a sheen — and in a venue that gleams.

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  • The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre

    Vivid and emotional stories by William Shakespeare

    Always contemporary, always relevant, the productions create the vitality of the play and reflect modern day hopes and fears.

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  • The Philly Pops

    Beethoven, Big Band and Broadway

    Peter Nero & the Philly Pops entertain outside Independence Hall on the 4th of July

    Philadelphia’s accomplished and versatile orchestra features upbeat programs for music lovers.

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  • The Piazza at Schmidts

    A European-style open space surrounded by shops, restaurants and galleries

    Above the Piazza at Schmidts

    A European-style open space surrounded by shops, restaurants and galleries

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  • The Rocky Statue and the Rocky Steps

    Two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philadelphia

    The famous East Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    One of Philadelphia’s most famous pieces of public art is a bigger-than-life boxer… literally.

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  • The Roots Picnic

    A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    Now in its seventh year, The Roots Picnic is bigger and better than ever with a day of incredible and diverse music at the Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing.

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  • The Rosenbach Museum and Library

    A wonderland for lovers of books and antiques

    The Rosenbach Museum

    Tucked away among the elegant 19th-century townhomes near Rittenhouse Square, The Rosenbach Museum & Library houses one of the world’s great collections of manuscripts, literature and rare books.

    A list of some of the treasures amassed by the Rosenbach brothers is amazing in itself – Lewis Carroll’s own copy of Alice in Wonderland, a first edition of Don Quixote, James Joyce’s handwritten manuscript for Ulysses, and the earliest extant letter from George Washington – but the real treat is to see them among the Egyptian statuary, Persian rugs, 18th-century furniture and Thomas Sully paintings that graced the 1860s mansion during the Rosenbachs’ lifetime.

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  • The Rotunda

    Performance space and community gathering place

    Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda now comprises two spaces that host arts and cultural events.

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  • The Sculpture Park
    at Abington Art Center

    27 acres of environmentally conscious outdoor art

    Sculpture Park at Abington Art Center is set among the rolling lawns of an elegant manor house.

    Raising environmental awareness through the arts is the focus of the Sculpture Park at Abington Art Center, set among the rolling lawns of an elegant manor house. Art lovers aren’t the only ones drawn to this outdoor gallery. Birdwatchers and picnickers also enjoy the grounds, while children are invited to participate in a range of hands-on activities.

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  • The Spirit of Enterprise

    1950–1960 by Jacques Lipchitz

    A muscular pioneer strides forward, scanning the horizon.

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  • The Starlight Ballroom

    Dance the night away

    A former roller rink, the down-and-dirty Starlight hosts DJs, dance parties and largescale events.

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  • The Thinker

    Rodin’s iconic statue sits in quiet reflection on the Parkway

    The Thinker at the Rodin Museum

    Silently perched along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Auguste Rodin’s iconic sculpture greets visitors as they enter the Rodin Museum.

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