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  • The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

    New and improved history near Independence Hall

    City Stories Gallery at the Philadelphia History Museum.

    History renews itself this fall at the reopened and renovated Philadelphia History Museum. The historic 1826 building, located just around the corner from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, has been an exciting gateway into Philadelphia History for nearly 70 years.

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  • The Philadelphia Insectarium

    One man’s tribute to the wonderful world of insects

    At the Philadelphia Insectarium.

    In 1991, Steve Kanya, owner of Steve’s Wildlife & Pest Control, found a way to tease the business owners across the street, who hated insects. He put a 55-gallon aquarium in his window to display “the catch of the day,” such as a rat or scorpion. Neighbors started coming by to marvel and a light bulb went off. A year later, Kanya opened the Insectarium, the only insect museum in the tristate area.

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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 Philadelphia Zoo

    Animals and plants thrive at America’s first zoo

    Philadelphia Zoo

    Animals and plants thrive at America’s first zoo

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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 Physick House

    The 18th century mansion of the “Father of American Surgery”

    Medical drama. Great wealth. Marital scandal. Forced by his father to study medicine, Dr. Philip Syng Physick became one of the most accomplished physicians of his time.

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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 Powel House

    A luxurious mid-Georgian 18th-century mansion

    Once the home of Elizabeth and Samuel Powel, an 18th-century power couple, this mansion simply drips elegance.

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  • The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation

    Commemorating the lives of nine enslaved Africans at the nation’s first executive mansion

    The President's House on Independence Mall.

    President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation explores the paradox of slavery and freedom at the nation’s first executive mansion, in which Presidents George Washington and John Adams lived during their terms and where nine enslaved people served the first president.

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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

    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 Rothman Ice Rink
    at Dilworth Park

    Three months of ice skating in the shadow of City Hall

    This winter, the transformation of the west side of City Hall continues with the premiere of the brand-new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park.

    Open through February 22
    The brand-new Dilworth Park has transformed the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public plaza. This winter, the transformation continues — this time, in the form of an awesome ice rink.

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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 Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge

    Sample some of Philly’s best BBQ outside the ballpark

    The annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge pits some of the city's best BBQ dishes against each other — then has attendees vote on the best. Bonus: It's all for a good cause.

    The annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge pits some of the city’s best BBQ dishes against each other — then has attendees vote on the best. Bonus: It’s all for a good cause.

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  • The Stoogeum

    World’s only museum dedicated to Moe, Larry, Curly and even Shemp

    The Stoogeum is filled with thousands of pieces of memorabilia.

    The Stoogeum, filled with thousands of pieces of Stooges memorabilia, including movie posters, props, personal effects, mass-produced toys, games and more.

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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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  • 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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