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  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia

    Celebrating and interpreting African American history and culture

    African American Museum in Philadelphia

    With a diverse collection of fine and folk art, photographs, memorabilia and costumes, this museum in Philadelphia’s historic district traces the experiences and contributions of African-Americans from the kingdoms of Africa through to the present. The museum’s exhibits tell the story of African American life, focusing on topics such as family life, the visual arts, entertainment, politics, and sports.

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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 Annual Center City House Tour

    A delight for the architecturally inclined

    A delight for the architecturally inclined

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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 Betsy Ross House

    The birthplace of the American flag

    Betsy Ross inside her home

    Did she or didn’t she? Ask Betsy Ross about her role in making the first American flag yourself when you visit the iconic home of America’s most famous flag maker.

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  • The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

    The Bishop White House

    Mansion of the Bishop who founded the American Episcopalian Church

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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 Christian C. Sanderson Museum

    A history buff’s astonishing personal collection

    Sanderson was a longtime teacher, radio broadcaster and square-dance caller in the area. A lover of history, he was a collector of the pack-rat variety, filling staircases and closets willy-nilly with his treasures. In his handwritten will, Sanderson stated that anything in his house that would help write his biography was to be turned over to Tom Thompson, who is now the curator of the collection.

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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 Constitutional Walking Tour of Philadelphia

    A walk through the birthplace of our nation

    Constitutional Walking Tours

    The Constitutional Walking Tour provides visitors with a primary overview of the Independence National Historical Park area by connecting the buildings and places where the events of the American Revolution transpired.

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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 Elmwood Park Zoo

    A community zoo dedicated to habitat conservation

    The zoo started as a municipal operation in 1924, but in 1985, Norristown turned over the management of what was then an eight-acre park to the Norristown Zoological Society. It has since doubled in size, adding an aviary in 1995, an indoor reptile house in 1996 and a grasslands exhibit in two phases in 1997 and 2002.

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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 Franklin Institute

    One of the oldest and most beloved science museums in the country

    Front of the Franklin Institute.

    An innovator in designing hands-on exhibits before “interactive” became a buzzword, The Franklin Institute is as clever as its namesake. Its eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space.

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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 Highlands Mansion and Garden

    Georgian mansion and two-acre formal garden

    The Highlands Mansion

    A glimpse of the massive stone walls on the grounds of this 18th-century Georgian mansion hints at the treat to be enjoyed within.

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  • The Historic Barns-Brinton House of Chadds Ford

    Pre-Revolutionary War homes on the National Register of Historic Places

    Re-enactor at the Barns-Brinton House

    Nestled into a sloping hillside, the three-story house is simple, in keeping with Chads’ Quaker beliefs, but comfortable.

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