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Sightseeing and landmarks in Philadelphia

Art museums

Art Museum
“Maybe it's a bit trite, but no visit to Philadelphia would be complete without a run up the Art Museum steps. As a bonus, those steps are connected to a world-renowned collection of paintings, sculptures, and photographs. After you've conquered the iconic climb, make sure to get a picture with the Rocky statue off to the right of the steps at street level.”
  • 454 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Besides the spectacular architecture of the building and the zen grounds that surround it, The Barnes in Philadelphia is home to one of the world's greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings.”
  • 258 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Admission to the Rodin Museum is Pay What You Wish; the garden is free year-round and it is closed on Tuesdays. This location contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris. ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“University of Pennsylvania museum exhibits photography, paintings & other forms of modern art.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Art Museum
“A museum and art school founded in 1805. The first and oldest art museum and art school in USA.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Art Museum
“This massive Pantheon-style structure once stood at the center of the heated banking wars between financier Nicholas Biddle and President Andrew Jackson.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Check out the Philadelphia Museum's Perelman Building, which houses their archives, a great shop and cafe, and modern photography, street art, contemporary design.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Performing Arts Venue

History museums

History Museum
“This was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Take a tour or check their calendar for the numerous events, including Terror Behind The Walls that starts at about the last week of September and runs through the first week of Nov. ”
  • 187 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Constitution Center serves as America's leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling our congressional charter “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution.”
  • 55 locals recommend
History Museum
“Elfreth's Alley is a National Historic Landmark with homes dating back to as early as 1702. It's history is interesting, the homes are beautiful and people actually still live there. Situated in Old City Philadelphia, it is comprised of about 35 homes and will leave you plenty of time to see the other colonial-era sites such as The Liberty Bell, The Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall. There are also plenty of trendy restaurants and shops and in the summer time a Farmers Market on Thursday evenings on 2nd St just south of Market.”
  • 67 locals recommend
History Museum
“Philadelphia’s newest museum brings to life the world-changing American War of Independence through an unmatched collection of artifacts, including weapons, documents, personal items, works of art and General George Washington’s headquarters tent. With powerful films, digital touchscreens and historical vignettes, the museum recreates the drama and the details of the country’s dramatic birth etc. ”
  • 36 locals recommend
Boat or Ferry
“USS New Jersey (BB-62) is an Iowa-class battleship, and was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named after the US state of New Jersey.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Tourist Information Center
“The Independence Visitor Center supplies visitors to Philadelphia with useful information about where to go, what to see and how to get there.”
  • 23 locals recommend
History Museum
“Located on Independence Mall, the National Museum of American Jewish History delves into the story and contributions of Jewish people in the U.S., from early settlers to history-makers such as Albert Einstein, industry giants like Esteé Lauder and artists and entertainers including Barbra Streisand and Steven Spielberg. Four floors of artifacts, memorabilia, and artwork tell the narrative in chronological order.”
  • 20 locals recommend
History Museum
“Artifacts & exhibits detailing the life of the historic figure, including a steel "ghost house."”
  • 20 locals recommend

Scenic lookouts

Park
“ The new trails and walkways are friendly for bikes and pedestrians and take you right along the river ”
  • 132 locals recommend
History Museum
“Elfreth's Alley is a National Historic Landmark with homes dating back to as early as 1702. It's history is interesting, the homes are beautiful and people actually still live there. Situated in Old City Philadelphia, it is comprised of about 35 homes and will leave you plenty of time to see the other colonial-era sites such as The Liberty Bell, The Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall. There are also plenty of trendy restaurants and shops and in the summer time a Farmers Market on Thursday evenings on 2nd St just south of Market.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Philly is one of the prettiest cities in America. Don’t believe us? Check out the view from these scenic spots in Philadelphia, and you’ll soon be singing a different tune.”
  • 31 locals recommend
History Museum
“Elfrith's Alley is the very oldest residential street in all of America. Private residences since 1702! Its really neat to see -- enjoy a walk through the 18th century and truly understand what historic Philadelphia is all about.”
  • 6 locals recommend
History Museum
“The history of Philadelphia dates back more than 330 years. One area of the city, Elfreth's Alley, is nearly that old. Houses on this street date back to 1728. That makes it the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the United States, as noted by uncoveringPA.com. Visitors can walk down the narrow alley and step on the same stones the founding fathers once walked on. You can also tour one of the homes. The Elfreth's Alley Association ensures that homes on Elfreth's Alley don't become casualties of neighborhood development programs.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Field
“This spot in Fairmount Park is a must see for the best view of the Philly skyline. As mentioned by Will Smith in “Summertime,” you’ve got to check out the Plateau! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Harbor / Marina
“The plaza has an outdoor roller rink throughout the summer and an outdoor skating rink and wood stoves throughout the winter.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Want a little bit of solitude in the city? This pier turned nature park gives great views of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge.”
  • 3 locals recommend

Historic sites

Historic Site
“This is one of the most iconic symbols of Philadelphia. Any trip to the historical sites would be incomplete without stopping to see the bell and hear a bit about its history.”
  • 191 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It first opened in 1753. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
  • 196 locals recommend
History Museum
“This was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Take a tour or check their calendar for the numerous events, including Terror Behind The Walls that starts at about the last week of September and runs through the first week of Nov. ”
  • 187 locals recommend
National Park
“This landmark-filled park covers 20 city blocks with museums, Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Betsy Ross House is a landmark in Philadelphia purported to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross lived when she sewed the first American Flag.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Historic Site
“The Betsy Ross House is a landmark in Philadelphia purported to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross lived when she is said to have sewed the first American Flag”
  • 35 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Plan for a morning Sunday Hike on one of the many trails in Wissahickon followed by brunch at this spot! ”
  • 22 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Serene environment where visitors can learn about traditional Japanese culture.”
  • 18 locals recommend

Libraries

Library
“Enjoy reading and learning at all major branches of the Philadelphia Free library system including author events, classes, and various interesting events. ”
  • 14 locals recommend
Museum
“Chronicling the history of the annual folk parade with past costumes & a gift shop since 1976.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Local community space & coffee house- support Black/ Woman owned neighborhood business!!!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Science Museum
“We love this natural history museum. It’s a travel back in time to a museum that was ground breaking in the mid 1800s.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Museum
“The Chemical Heritage Foundation is like the Smithsonian for wet labs, industrial manufacturing, distillers, alchemy, basically everything about how chemistry has changed our world. I particularly enjoyed the exhibit on plastics, and why synthetics quickly revolutionized manufacturing. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“Our nation's first "Think Tank" for science. Currently featuring an amazing exhibit on Thomas Jefferson.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Library
“Borrow dvd's, books or use their computers. This is a lovely historic library with an award winning garden.”
  • 2 locals recommend