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Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Philadelphia’s most artistic mile

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Like Philadelphia's Champs Elysées, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway hosts an impressive array of world-renowned museums and attractions. Credit: B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Description

Often compared to the Champs Elysées in Paris, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway stretches from Logan Circle to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and boasts many cultural institutions along its broad boulevard.

The beautiful, tree-lined parkway is a culturally rich area featuring world-renowned art museums including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, the Moore College of Art and Design and the Rodin Museum.

Embrace Ben Franklin’s legacy of science and education at The Franklin Institute or come face-to-teeth with a giant T-Rex skeleton at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. In the warmer months, families gather at Sister Cities Park to play in the kid-friendly fountains and refresh with a bite to eat at the on-site cafe.

History

Fountains, small parks, statues and monuments all lend a formality that gives the Parkway its own special aura. This, of course, was not an accident. Photographs of the area before World War I show the cathedral and a stretch of road from Logan Square to Fairmount Park and a mass of buildings with no space at all between them extending from Logan Square to what is now LOVE Park.

In the beginning the Parkway was an architect’s and a planner’s dream — something breathtakingly bold for the staid old city. Then it became a cultural mecca — a center for museums and educational institutions. Today the Parkway stands as a triumph in urban planning.

Explore the Parkway

Experience the Parkway virtually with our 3-D, interactive map. Discover the Parkway’s top attractions and features as you soar around the city. To view the map, click the button below.

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