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  • 1 Philadelphia Museum of Art Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy (corner of N. 26th St.) USA - Philadelphia, PA

    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..

  • 2 Independence National Historical Park Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Now juxtaposed against modern architecture, the historical park includes the country's most revered icons of liberty: Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

  • 3 Liberty Bell Center Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    526 Market St., between 5th St. & 6th St. USA - Philadelphia, PA 19106

    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..

  • 4 University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    3260 South St. USA - Philadelphia, PA 19104

    A massive collection of art and artifacts divided into galleries representing major ancient and modern civilizations.

  • 5 Franklin Court Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Market St. / Chestnut St., between 3rd St. & 4th St. 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..

  • 6 Independence Hall Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    520 Chestnut St., between 5th St. & 6th St. USA - Philadelphia, PA 19106

    This steepled Georgian brick building (1756) was constructed as the Pennsylvania State House. In May 1775, delegates of the Second Continental Congress met here to determine the colonies' response to increasing British hostility. The following year, ..

  • 7 Physick House Interesting

    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 ..

  • 8 Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Interesting

    Museums and art

    118‑218 N. Broad St. 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"..

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

  • 10 Rodin Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    2154 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).

  • 11 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.

  • 12 National Portrait Gallery in the Second Bank of the United States Interesting

    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 1836. Since its restoration in 1974, the building has provided a permanent home for People of Independence, an ..

  • 13 Franklin Institute Science Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    222 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..

  • 14 Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Interesting

    Religious buildings

    1723 Race St USA - Philadelphia, PA

    This copper-domed Italian Renaissance cathedral (1864) features interior highlights which include a coffered, barrel-vaulted ceiling overarching the transept and nave, and a dome oculus painted by Constantino Brumidi.

  • 15 Fairmount Park Houses Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    USA - Philadelphia, PA 19132

    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..

  • 16 Independence Seaport Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    211 S. Columbus Blvd. USA - Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Covering 130,000sq ft, this contemporary waterfront facility features five permanent maritime exhibits, as well as a traditional wooden-boat-building workshop.

  • 17 Masonic Temple Interesting

    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..

  • 18 Christ Church Interesting

    Religious buildings

    2nd St., north of Market St. USA - Philadelphia, PA 19106

    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 ..

  • 19 Elfreth's Alley Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Between N. 2nd St. & Front St. USA - Philadelphia, PA 19106

    Named for its mid-18C owner, blacksmith Jeremiah Elfreth, this charming block-long alleyway dates back to the early 18C. Several of its 30 brick row houses have stood here since 1725 and today house urbanites.

  • 20 City Hall Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd, between 15th St. & 13th St. USA - Philadelphia, PA 19107

    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 ..

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