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Yo! A Visitor’s Guide to Philadelphia
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*Starred museums are pretty small: you could see a few in one day.
Editorial comments by Karen Stern, lifelong resident of Philadelphia.

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Art Museums and Exhibits

  • Philadelphia Museum of Art: Be sure to see the Rocky Statue at the bottom of the steps on Eakins Oval before you head in, and then run up the stairs if you dare. They have a great art collection inside too! Also they have live music and events on Friday nights.
  • *Rodin Museum: The largest collection of Rodin’s work outside of France, in a small and manageable museum.
  • Barnes Foundation: This is a private teaching collection that is open to the public and has many works that the Art Museum doesn’t. Check what’s on display before you go, and make a reservation.
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Museum): “Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World: Reflections upon the splintered experience of identity, tradition, and culture within diasporic communities.”<
  • *Magic Gardens: This is an amazing collection of one artist’s mosaics. Most of it is outside, so it’s not really worth going if the weather is bad. About half is wheelchair accessible. Make a reservation for a timed entry.

Other Museums

  • The Franklin Institute: Learn about Ben Franklin’s inventions and modern science, walk through a giant human heart. They have rotating exhibits, an observatory, planetarium and IMAX movies. Fun for all ages.
  • *African American Museum in Philadelphia: “Experience the richness and vibrancy of African American heritage and culture come alive in four magnificent exhibition galleries filled with exciting history and fascinating art.”
  • Penn Museum: Has an exhibit on Native Americans, including the Lenape, original inhabitants of the Delaware Valley (Delaware was what the colonists called them), and other exhibits too.
  • *National Museum of American Jewish History: An exhibit on Rube Goldberg will be running.
  • National Liberty Museum: “The NLM brings liberty to life through stories of people whose character and courage have expanded liberty for all. The Museum’s exhibits, educational experiences and public programs inspire visitors to think about liberty as an ongoing human quest that we all share.”
  • *The Museum of the American Revolution: Mostly geared toward kids but interesting for history buffs.
  • *Mummers Museum: See what this unique Philly New Year’s Day tradition is all about.
  • Independence Seaport Museum: “Discover the history of the US Navy as you climb aboard life-sized model Schooner Diligence and National Historic Landmark ships Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna.”
  • The Mütter Museum: This is not for the squeamish! If you like odd medical exhibits, it’s the place for you. Seriously only click on the website and visit if you don’t mind looking at body parts in jars, etc.

More History (all free except Constitution Center and Betsy Ross House)

Other Places of Interest
Philadelphia is home to some amazing neighborhoods with long histories. Here are few, and other things to see.




  • See the Super Bowl Champion Eagles play, or the 76ers, or the Flyers.
    It’s easy to take the Broad Street Line subway south to the sports complex. Get on at City Hall and get off at the last stop, AT&T station, and proceed to the Wells Fargo Center or Lincoln Financial Field.


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