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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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  • The Woodlands Cemetery and Mansion

    1840s cemetery and Federal-style mansion

    The Woodlands Cemetery and Mansion.

    Renowned for his work in horticulture, landscape design and botany, William Hamilton, Andrew’s grandson, was asked by Thomas Jefferson to plant some seeds harvested during Lewis and Clark’s expeditions. Eventually, the estate boasted more than 10,000 species of plants. Today, more than 720 historic trees and plants have survived and are scattered throughout the property.

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  • The World Is an Apple:
    The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne

    Premiere exhibition at the Barnes Foundation

    Paul Cézanne, Still Life with Fruit and Glass of Wine (Nature morte avec fruits et verre de vin), 1877-1879, oil on canvas

    Experience the works of post-impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) this summer at the Barnes Foundation. The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne features 21 paintings by the master artist ranging from his early paintings to his late works.

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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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  • 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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  • Treasures from Korea:
    Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty

    Rare look into Korean art and culture at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Ceremonial robes worn by Hyeon Baek-Un, a high-ranking government official in the late Joseon period.

    Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culsture of the Joseon Dynasty 1392-1910 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is the first full-scale survey in the United States to focus on the art of the celebrated Joseon dynasty.

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  • Trenton Avenue Arts Festival

    One-of-a-kind shopping, human-powered vehicle floats and family-friendly programming

    Trenton Avenue Arts Festival

    A beloved celebration of Fishtown and Kensington’s many artisans, this festival also works food, drink and live music into the outdoor mix.

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  • Triangle Dog Park

    How a co-op dog park takes shape

    A real treat for local dog owners, this community-run dog park is fenced in behind a double-gated entrance, meaning pets can run off-leash.

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  • Tyler Arboretum

    One of the region’s oldest and largest arboreta

    Tyler Arboretum

    A 650-acre arboretum featuring 20 miles of trails, educational programs and history

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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 Mint

    Where pocket change and commemorative coins are made

    Front of the United States Mint in Philadelphia.

    The first U.S. Mint opened in 1792 at 7th and Arch Streets, only two blocks from the current facility; it was the first new government structure in the new country. George Washington, who lived nearby, was said to have donated his own silver to make some of the first coins. The current building, opened in 1969, is the fourth Philadelphia Mint.

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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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  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Where the spirit of the Revolution received its sternest test

    Running at Valley Forge.

    With more than 3,600 acres of rolling hills and well-worn trails, Valley Forge is now a magnet for runners, bicyclists and picnickers as well as history buffs.

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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 “Adrienne’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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  • Victorian Christmas Celebration at Pennypacker Mills

    Step back into the past for the holidays

    Prepping the tree for the holidays at Pennypacker Mills

    Take a step back in time for a Victorian Christmas celebration at historic Pennypacker Milles, the 18th-century mansion used by General George Washington as temporary headquarters during the Revolutionary War.

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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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  • Wagner Free Institute of Science

    An unusual natural science and history museum in its original Victorian setting.

    The Wagner Free Institute of Science in Philadelphia

    An unusual natural science and history museum in its original Victorian setting

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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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  • Walnut Street Theatre

    America’s oldest theater

    The Walnut Street Theatre

    With its centuries-old bricks attractively exposed in places, you can actually touch the theater’s history.

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  • Walnut Street Theatre Independence Theatre on 3

    Intimate variety theater, revues and plays

    Outside the Walnut Street Theatre

    These theaters are the venues for many smaller and emerging companies in the area and, thus, a place to sample fresh work.

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  • Warmdaddy’s

    Southern classics and live jazz, blues and R&B

    Warmdaddy's has a down-home vibe, a down-home Southern menu and a get-down lineup of national jazz, blues and R&B artists every night.

    Warmdaddy’s has a down-home vibe, a down-home Southern menu and a get-down lineup of national jazz, blues and R&B artists every night.

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