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  • 1 Liberty Bell Pavilion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Philadelphia PA 19106

    Crafted in London's Whitechapel Foundry in 1751, the bell developed a crack soon after its arrival in Philadelphia and had to be recast by local metalsmiths John Pass and John Stowe. Beginning in 1753, the 2,000-pound bell hung in the State House bel..

  • 2 Philadelphia Museum of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    N. 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy USA - Philadelphia PA

    The museum's roots trace back to the late 19C, when the state legislature called for the building of a permanent structure to serve as an art gallery during the 1876 Centennial Exposition. Today the museum houses a superb collection comprising more t..

  • 3 City Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Broad & Market Sts. USA - Philadelphia PA 19107

    700-room French Second Empire structure designed by John McArthur was completed in 1901. The enormous structure with its solid masonry walls was almost obsolete, and in the early 20C there was talk of demolishing it. The very cost of demolition saved..

  • 4 South Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    South Street USA - Philadelphia PA 19147

    Forming the southern border of Society Hill, trend South Street has been a mecca for the counterculture since the 1960s. The blocks between the waterfront and 10th Street are lined with myriad shops, hip restaurants and cutting-edge clubs.

  • 5 Physick House Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    321 S. 4th St USA - Philadelphia PA 19106

    This stately home (1786) was occupied by the Physick family until 1940, when it was willed to the Pennsylvania Hospital. In the 1960s, philanthropists Walter and Lenore Annenberg purchased the property and funded the renovation that turned the house ..

  • 6 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Broad & Cherry Sts. USA - Philadelphia PA 19102

    Housed in an ornate brick and limestone Victorian structure (1876, Frank Furness and George Hewitt), the museum exhibits three centuries of artistic styles. Arranged in chronological order, galleries display works from the 18C "Grand Manner"..

  • 7 Second Bank of the United States / National Portrait Gallery Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    420 Chestnut St. USA - Philadelphia PA 19106

    Opened in 1824, the bank was one of the world's most powerful financial institutions until President Andrew Jackson revoked its charter in 1832.

  • 8 The Franklin Institute Science Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    222 N. 20th St. USA - Philadelphia PA 19103

    Founded in 1824 to teach science to artisans and mechanics, the Franklin Institute and its museum have made science entertaining. Inside, three floors of exhibits treat subjects from communications and transportation to computer technology and geolog..

  • 9 Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1723 Race St USA - Philadelphia PA

    Copper-domed Italian Renaissance cathedral (1846) features interior highlights which include a coffered, barrel-vaulted ceiling overarching the transept and nave, and a dome oculus painted by Constantine Brumidi.

  • 10 Masonic Temple Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    1 N. Broad St. USA - Philadelphia PA 19107

    This Medieval Norman-style granite structure (1873) marked by spires and towers was conceived by Masonic brother James Windrim. Elaborate interior rooms-designed by George Herzog-are decorated in motifs reflecting the orders of Masonry: Moorish, Goth..

  • 11 Christ Church Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    20 N American St USA - Philadelphia PA 19106

    The church's Royalist congregation changed dramatically during the Revolution, when George Washington and 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence worshipped here. The 600-year-old baptismal font in the back of the church first served in an Angl..

  • 12 Franklin Court Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    USA - Philadelphia PA 19106

    Demolished long ago, the residence has been re-created as a steel-frame "ghost structure," as has the 1786 print shop Franklin built for his grandson. An underground museum houses an ingenious array of audiovisual presentations that celebra..

  • 13 Philadelphia Zoo Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    3400 W. Girard Ave. USA - Philadelphia PA 19104

    Modeled on a Victorian pleasure garden, the grounds feature paths that ramble past more than 1,700 animals from around the globe. Be sure to see the rare white lions, the new Primate House, and some of the world's most endangered species in the Rare ..

  • 14 Rodin Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2201 Benjamin Franklin Pky USA - Philadelphia PA 19101

    The small 1920s Beaux-Arts structure and its surrounding gardens, designed by Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber, house 124 sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin (1840-1917).

  • 15 Rosenbach Museum and Library Interesting

    Museums and art

    2010 Delancey St USA - Philadelphia PA 19103

    A fine group of decorative arts complements the library's 30,000 books and 300,000 manuscripts; a prize among the latter is James Joyce's handwritten Ulysses manuscript.

  • 16 The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Interesting

    Museums and art

    USA - Philadelphia PA 19103

    On the first floor, the acclaimed Discovering Dinosaurs exhibit displays skeletons and details the rigors of uncovering fossils. Life-size dioramas throughout the four-level facility showcase native animals from North America, Asia and Africa.

  • 17 Historic Houses Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Philadelphia PA 19132

    Among them is the oldest, 1746 Cedar Grove, a fieldstone farmhouse (off Lansdowne Dr.); the 18C Neoclassical gem Lemon Hill (off Kelly Dr.); elegant Mount Pleasant (off Fountain Green Dr.) with its elaborate interior woodwork; and the 1756 late-Georg..

  • 18 Betsy Ross House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    239 Arch St. USA - Philadelphia PA 19106

    Betsy Ross, who is credited with making the first Stars and Stripes flag, lived here after her husband, Patriot John Ross, died in 1776. Her living quarters and shop are preserved in the brick, gable-roofed home (c.1740).

  • 19 Gloria Dei Church / Old Swedes Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    916 S Swanson St USA - Philadelphia PA 19147

    The oldest church in Philadelphia (c.1700), founded by Swedish Lutherans.

  • 20 Congress Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    520 Chestnut St USA - Philadelphia PA 19106

    The meeting place for the House of Representatives and Senate of the fledgling United States from 1790 to 1800.

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