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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.

    The Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps” — better known as the Art Museum Steps — are two of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia. Visiting the statue, running up the steps and taking a picture at the top is pretty much a must on your first visit to Philadelphia. It’s a rite of passage.

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  • The Roots Picnic

    A day of incredible music at Penn’s Landing

    The Roots Picnic

    May 30
    Now in its eighth 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 town homes near Rittenhouse Square, The Rosenbach Museum & Library houses one of the world’s great collections of manuscripts, literature and rare books.

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  • The Rotunda

    Performance space and community gathering place

    The Rotunda hosts live music, movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.

    Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda is now a smoke-free and drink-free space for world, soul, hip-hop, rock, jazz and experimental music. When bands aren’t playing, the socially conscious venue hosts movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.

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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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  • The Trocadero Theatre

    Long-standing venue for live music in Chinatown

    A onetime burlesque theater, the Trocadero Theatre in Chinatown is now a favorite spot for live music, special events and weekly movie screenings.

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  • The Union Library of Hatboro

    Second oldest library in the state, twelfth oldest in the country

    This library began in Hatboro’s Crooked Billet Tavern in August 1755, when 38 local citizens met and signed an “Instrument of partnership” to create the “Union Library Company of Hatboro.” The library, albeit with a shortened name, continues to operate under its original charter, making it the second oldest in Pennsylvania and the twelfth oldest in the United States.

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  • The Village of Arts and Humanities

    Arts based community development organization

    Arts based community development organization

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  • The Walter & Leonore Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library

    The intellect flourishes in this Ivy League inner sanctum

    Roots of the Ivy League go deep at the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania. On the sixth floor is an inner sanctum with a stunning array of book and manuscript collections mostly assembled in the 19th century and acquired by the university in the 20th century. They document nothing less than the history of intellect.

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  • The Wharton Esherick Studio and Museum

    A master woodworker’s creations, housed in his unique studio

    Exterior of the Wharton Esherick Studio.

    Nestled in the woods near Valley Forge, the Wharton Esherick Museum is truly a hidden treasure. Esherick, called “the Dean of American Craftsmen,” built his studio/home himself in an organic, flowing style–even the roofline is curved–over a span of forty years.

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  • The Wilma Theater

    Philadelphia’s most thought-provoking mid-size theater

    Outside the Wilma Theatre

    The Wilma is serious about theater as art. Think poetic vision. Think metaphor. Think philosophical interpretation of contemporary life.

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  • Theater of the Living Arts (TLA)

    South Street’s top music venue

    Some of the biggest acts to hit Philly perform at the TLA, a well-respected stage for performers of all genres.

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  • Theatre Exile

    Innovation. Exploration. Provocation

    Theatre Exile produces risky and challenging plays with Philadelphia grit and passion.

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  • Thomas Hockley House

    Frank Furness (1875/1894)

    The Hockley House demonstrates Furness’ distinctive use of brick to create rich texture and patterns.

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  • Three-Way Piece Number 1: Points

    1964 by Henry Moore

    Thee-Way Piece Number 1: Points.

    A giant tooth? A weirdly shaped bone or rock? Henry Moore’s chubby, one-ton bronze, poised on three delicate points, suggests different interpretations from different angles. Both prolific and highly respected, Moore has been called the most influential sculptor of the 20th century.

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  • Tides of Freedom
    African Presence on the Delaware River

    Compelling new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum

    Independence Seaport Museum on the Delaware River.

    Uncover 300-years of history and the African experience along in Philadelphia during Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River, a new exhibition at the Independence Seaport Museum.

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  • Tiger Strikes Asteroid

    Fast growing Callowhill art space

    In a few short years, this edgy artist-run space with a distinctly urban vibe has made its mark on the local art scene (there’s also a branch in New York). Work on view represents both local and national artists.

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  • Tin Angel

    A haven for singer-songwriter performances in Old City

    The Tin Angel, in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, is a cosmopolitan café, cozy, comfortable and perfect for its intimate presentations of classic folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Odetta.

    The Tin Angel, in the historic Old City section of Philadelphia, is a cosmopolitan café, cozy, comfortable and perfect for its intimate presentations of classic folksingers like Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Odetta.

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  • Underground Arts

    Great things are happening below ground

    Drawing on the nascent arts community taking root in the neighborhood, architect Gary Reuben established this “incubator” for new ideas and concepts.

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  • Union Transfer

    Incredible space for alternative sounds

    The city’s newest major concert hall distinguishes itself with excellent sound and light quality, along with a stellar selection of microbrews at the three full bars and tasty vegan fare. The lineup of all-ages shows, booked by R5 Productions, includes indie, hip-hop, punk and dance acts.

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  • United States Naval Asylum

    William Strickland (1827-33 / 1844)

    When built, the United States Naval Asylum was one of the largest Greek Revival hospitals in the country, modeled after the Temple of Ilissus in Athens.

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  • Venice Island Performing Arts
    and Recreation Center

    New waterfront community and performance arts space in Manayunk

    Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center in Manayunk.

    Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood has a new waterfront community destination with the recent opening of the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center along the Schuylkill River.

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  • Victor Cafe

    Italian with a side of opera

    If this looks familiar, it's because Victor Cafe was the stand-in for the fictitious “Adrian's” restaurant in 2006's Rocky Balboa.

    First opened in 1933, Victor Cafe is the only restaurant in Philadelphia that continues the old world tradition of waiters and waitress performing operatic arias for diners each and every night.

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  • Voltage Cafe

    Plug in for a good time

    Come for the pub grub and cheap drinks, stay for the funky hookahs and live entertainment.

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  • Vox Populi

    Callowhill’s long-running supporter of local arts

    A collectively run gallery founded in 1988, Vox Populi comprises a rotating membership of artists of multiple genres, representing the challenging and experimental edge of contemporary art. The Callowhill space hosts monthly exhibitions, gallery talks, performances, lectures and other programming.

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  • Walking Fish Theatre

    Alternative regional theater

    Performers in the Walking Fish Theater.

    This non-profit embraces alternative regional theater and produces entertainment for the whole family.

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