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  • 1 Liberty Bell Pavilion Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Housed in a glass-fronted pavilion on Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell was crafted in London's Whitechapel Foundry in 1751, but developed a crack soon after its arrival in Philadelphia and had to be recast by local metalsmiths John Pass and John S..

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

    Museums and art

    N. 26th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

    This is one of the most significant art museums in the US. Its 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 m..

  • 3 City Hall Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Broad & Market Sts.

    This 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 ..

  • 4 South Street Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    South Street

    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

    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.

    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"..

  • Opened in 1824, the bank was one of the world's most powerful financial institutions until President Andrew Jackson revoked its charter in 1836. Since its restoration in 1974, the building has provided a permanent home for People of Independence, an ..

  • 8 The Franklin Institute Science Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    222 N. 20th St.

    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

    This 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.

    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

    This elegant Georgian brick edifice (1754) boasts a tower and a "Philadelphia steeple." The church's Royalist congregation changed dramatically during the Revolution, when George Washington and 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence ..

  • 12 Franklin Court Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    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.

    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 Primate House, and some of the world's most endangered species in the Rare Anim..

  • 14 Rodin Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2201 Benjamin Franklin Pky

    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

    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.

  • Dating from 1812, the Academy is one of the oldest science research institutions in the Western Hemisphere. On the first floor, the acclaimed Discovering Dinosaurs exhibit displays skeletons and details the rigors of uncovering fossils. Life-size dio..

  • 17 Historic Houses Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    In the 18C and ealry 19C, well-heeled Philadelphians built rural retreats on the bluffs above the Schuylkill River. Today the seven elegant homes open to the public provide fine examples of domestic period architecture. Among them is the oldest, 1746..

  • 18 Betsy Ross House Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    239 Arch St.

    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

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

  • 20 Congress Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    520 Chestnut St

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

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