Arts & Culture in Philadelphia

From local plays to touring exhibitions, this is where local Airbnb hosts go to get in touch with their creative side.


Best of the best

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From Wiki: The collection includes 181 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 69 by Paul Cézanne, 59 by Henri Matisse, 46 by Pablo Picasso, 21 by Chaim Soutine, 18 by Henri Rousseau, 16 by Amedeo Mod... read more

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse ... read more

This collection used to reside at a Main Line mansion and was recently moved (with great controversy) downtown. The museum has replicated the walls of the home and the exact display. The collection... read more

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is great. There is wonderful art inside and across the street at the Perelman. There is also beautiful are outside on the frescos and the architecture. Plus the view ... read more

The museum has a fantastic comprehensive collection of everything from ancient Asian architecture to Impressionism and beyond. Tickets are good for two days, giving you the opportunity to explore t... read more

The Philadelphia Museum of Art was forever immortalized in the classic Rocky film franchise. While the “Rocky Steps” draw a stream of visitors who want to reenact Stallone’s on-screen training regi... read more

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Walk the campus of one of the oldest Ivy League schools in United States. Make sure to see The Quadrangle at 36th and Spruce. (University City)

Ivy League University within 15 minutes walking!

Right over the bridge is home to Philly's Ivy League college. A beautiful campus with lots of good food and shopping surrounding it.

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The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is a large performing arts venue located at 300 South Broad Street. Check out the Hamilton Garden for a unique view of the city and the building.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is a large performing arts venue and the the home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, one of America's Big Five symphony orchestras.

Home of the Philadelphia Orchestra and presenter of the Broadway in Philadelphia Series. The Kimmel Center manages several buildings, but the Center itself is an important architectural feature in ... read more

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Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers.Known for its grand ... read more

Historical, architectural gem right in the neighborhood. The penitentiary is now a museum with guided tours. The main attraction of the museum is Al Capone's cell when he was locked up at this pe... read more

Highly recommend! (We recommend the self-guided walking tour narrated by Steve Buscemi!) Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but st... read more

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The Institute has great exhibits. Something new just about every month or so. You can learn something and have a lot of fun. Makes us feel like kids again and it is only 5 miles down the drive. A must

Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of science education. The museum is known for blockbuster exh... read more

Science museum that is a lot of fun even if you're not bringing kids! Includes a wrap around IMAX theater and generally one limited time special exhibit.

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Drexel University is ~15 mins by train.

We are an easy walk from Drexel, as well as UPenn, so stopping by to check out the university can't get any easier

Where the Bar Code was created! Known for their Engineering and Nursing!

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Not for the faint of heart The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and patholog... read more

For something completely different and kind of creepy, check out the College of Physicians of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum. America's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays it... read more

The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models,... read more

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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is an encompassing mosaicked art environment envisioned and created by Philadelphia artist Isaiah Zagar in the 1960s. This site, Zagar’s largest public artwork, include... read more

Near Whole Foods. Walk there from the house - take South Street all the way there. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a nonprofit visionary art environment and community arts center located in... read more

Crazy and wonderful, this huge installation by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar is a must see for lovers of street, ceramic, and installation art. Plus, once you are familiar with Zagar's style you'll st... read more

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Especially if you have a car, this beautiful arboretum within city limits (but about a 25 min driver) is a beautiful space. Tree house too! Admission is NOT cheap but worth it if you like gardens.

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is the official arboretum of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Worth the drive. Spend a whole day. An amazing public garden run by the University of Pennsylvania. One of our favorite spots!

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Temple University is close by and our place would be a great retreat for Parents.

Are you Temple Made! Visit the Campus of one of Philadelphia's largest universities.

Temple University is 10 minutes by car.

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The oldest continuously operating theater in the English-speaking world and the oldest in the United States. (Lots of great shows)

The Walnut Street Theatre is said to be the oldest continuously operating theater in the English-speaking world and the oldest in the United States.

The Walnut Street Theatre, founded in 1809, is America's Oldest Theatre. Standing at the corner of Ninth and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia for two hundred years, Walnut Street Theatre's National ... read more

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Rodin Museum

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2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy·Map·Hours·Website·

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It's pay what you want, and the lavender garden is beautiful. Contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris.

The Rodin Museum is a museum located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris

Come and experience the Rodin Museum throughout the year. There are a variety of activities and ways to engage with the artworks, as you make new discoveries in the galleries each time you visit. L... read more

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Elfreth's Alley

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124-126 Elfreth's Alley·Map·Hours·Website·

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Dating back to the 1720’s, Elfreth’s Alley is known as the oldest continuously inhabited street in the country. Located in the heart of Old City, the museum tells the story of ordinary Philadelphians

Often considered to be the nation's oldest intact colonial-era residential street and one of the oldest continually occupied streets in the United States. First established in 1702.

Elfreth's Alley is a street in Philadelphia which is referred to as "Our nation's oldest residential street," dating to 1702. As of 2012, there are 32 houses on the street, which were built between... read more

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Interactive all-ages museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution featuring rare artifacts & a theater.

Dedicated to the four most powerful pages in America's history, the National Constitution Center examines "We the People." As many as 350,000 museum-goers per year come to explore exhibits and arti... read more

The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America's most hands on history museum. Located just two blocks from the Liberty Bel. The National Constitution Center inspires active ... read more

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The Free Library of Philadelphia often has free events for kids and families.

The large library with books, information, computers and printers

Enjoy reading and learning at all major branches of the Philadelphia Free library system including author events, classes, and various interesting events.

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A block away and wonderful live theater!

Regional theater group stages plays in 2 separate venues along with educational & community efforts.

Excellent 7 show season (5 shows for adults, 2 family shows)

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Known for inexpensive Monday movie nights.

Music concert/venue in the heart of Chinatown. Lots of big performers. Check out who's playing tonight

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Ferenc Liszt, the famous Hungarian composer founded the Academy of Music in 1875 and in a short period of time, it became one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Europe. The Art Nouveau... read more

Opera, ballet,orchestra, Broadway shows, spoken word, etc. The Academy is almost 150 years old. I saw my first concert there when I was 6 years old. Liza Minelli. Stunning architecture and great ... read more

Opera, Broadway, Ballet. Local secret: Two hours before a show, head over to the ticket box office in person while you are around center city. Ask if they have any rush tickets available (these ... read more

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Great plays at subsidized prices!

Powerhouse shows in a wonderful new venue.

If you like theatre, this is a good one.

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Historic anthropology museum, hosting the largest sphinx in America (if you're interested in institutionally legitimized colonial plunder)

If you called its 15-ton Egyptian sphinx “one in a million,” you’d be right: It is just one in a collection of nearly a million objects at the Penn Museum — one of the world’s finest archaeological... read more

“Philadelphia is indeed a world-class visual arts city... Penn Museum houses nearly one million artifacts, including many renowned works of art from throughout time and around the world, and offers... read more

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Wonderful Independent Movie Theater. Highly recommended.

Great old time movie theater. New releases, independent film and re-releases of classics.

This independent, non profit movie theater is one of my favorite things about my neighborhood. It is walking distance and recently renovated with four screens showing digital films. Great movies, ... read more

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It was created to encourage the cultivation of science and advancement of useful learning. The history of the academy has a close relationship between the natural world and the people of America.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the New World.

The discoveries that rocked the world then and now share four floors of exhibit space. The fully constructed Tyrannosaurus Rex that towers over Dinosaur Hall stands as one of the main attractions. ... read more

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Brandywine River Museum exhibits art by the Brandywine River School including N. C. Wyeth and his son, Andrew Wyeth. You can even visit the artists' studios.

Don't miss this . . . The Brandywine River Museum is a stunning museum, filled with the original artwork of N. C. Wyeth, Andrew Wyeth. Sign up for the studio tours; definitely worth it.

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Helium Comedy Club is a Philadelphia institution that has gained a reputation as an excellent venue for both regionally- and nationally-known funny men and women. Wednesday through Sunday!

Iconic comedy club in Center City Philly with consistently hilarious entertaiment!

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Please Touch Museum

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4231 Avenue of the Republic·Map·Hours·Website·

47 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hands-on museum where adults and children can learn and explore together. But lets be real, its for kids to run around and have fun. Only 3 miles from our house and a nice scenic drive on the way.

Great Museum for young kids. Highly interactive. A great place to burn off rainy day energy.

Interactive and hands on center for kids - I've brought my nephews anywhere from age 3 to 8. Is pretty large so doesn't feel like absolutely crazy all the time, but is popular.

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FringeArts

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140 North Christopher Columbus Boulevard·Map·Hours·Website·

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FringeArts hosts ecclectic local and international theater and dance performances. It also has a restaurant and bar, and the view is pretty great.

See incredible local and internationally curated Fringe theatre! And have a drink indoors or out.

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A place for rich tradition as the Greater Philadelphia Region's premiere outdoor cultural arts center. Enjoy a concert or a play at this famed outdoor theater. Close fo Avenue of the Republic.

Absolute best Covered roof, outdoor concert venue. Aucustic sound system is unmatched in the world. Concert ranging from Jazz, Opera, Funk, Heavy Metal, to R &B… Find a concert you like and wow!

This outdoor music venue is great for summer concerts in good weather. You can BYOB and put out a blanket. They have some concessions or bring your own food too... Lawn tickets are affordable.

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This venue plays many international and independent films either free or at a low cost.

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Great contemporary art museum. Free too! Events every Wednesday. Talks & lectures every week.

Photography, painting, and other modern art.

Free museum on Penns Campus, great exhibits. Closed Monday and Tuesday