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.

Locals’ favorite places

1. Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
211local recommendations
Karl & Antonio
Karl & Antonio says “From Wiki: The collection includes 181 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 69 by Paul Cézanne, 59 b...” ·
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2. Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
404local recommendations
Joshua
Joshua says “The Philadelphia Museum of Art is great. There is wonderful art inside and across the street at the ...” ·
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3. University of Pennsylvania
82local recommendations
Anna & Vlad
Anna & Vlad says “Walk the campus of one of the oldest Ivy League schools in United States. Make sure to see The Quadr...” ·
4. Kimmel Center
300 S Broad St
50local recommendations
Joe & Steve
Joe & Steve says “The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts is a large performing arts venue located at 300 South Broa...” ·
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5. Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
153local recommendations
Suzanne
Suzanne says “Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands to...” ·
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6. The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th St
132local recommendations
Jackie & Mike
Jackie & Mike says “The Institute has great exhibits. Something new just about every month or so. You can learn somethin...” ·
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7. Drexel University
3141 Chestnut St
40local recommendations
Steve
Steve says “Drexel University is ~15 mins by train.” ·
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8. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S 22nd St
119local recommendations
David
David says “For something completely different and kind of creepy, check out the College of Physicians of Philad...” ·
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9. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
1020 South St
108local recommendations
David
David says “Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is an encompassing mosaicked art environment envisioned and created by ...” ·
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10. Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
100 E Northwestern Ave
23local recommendations
Michelle
Michelle says “Especially if you have a car, this beautiful arboretum within city limits (but about a 25 min driver...” ·
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11. Temple University
1801 N Broad St
23local recommendations
Michael
Michael says “Temple University is close by and our place would be a great retreat for Parents.” ·
12. Walnut Street Theatre
825 Walnut St
23local recommendations
Aaron
Aaron says “The oldest continuously operating theater in the English-speaking world and the oldest in the United...” ·
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13. Rodin Museum
2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
66local recommendations
Eden & Greg
Eden & Greg says “It's pay what you want, and the lavender garden is beautiful. Contains the largest collection of scu...” ·
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14. Elfreth's Alley
124-126 Elfreth's Alley
56local recommendations
Marco & Kristin
Marco & Kristin says “Dating back to the 1720’s, Elfreth’s Alley is known as the oldest continuously inhabited street in t...” ·
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15. National Constitution Center
525 Arch St
57local recommendations
Sandy
Sandy says “Interactive all-ages museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution featuring rare artifacts & a theater.” ·
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16. Free Library of Philadelphia
1901 Vine St
15local recommendations
Becky And Oscar
Becky And Oscar says “The Free Library of Philadelphia often has free events for kids and families.” ·
17. Arden Theatre Company
40 N 2nd St
12local recommendations
Charles & Cheryl
Charles & Cheryl says “A block away and wonderful live theater!” ·
18. Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St
12local recommendations
Sarah
Sarah says “Known for inexpensive Monday movie nights.” ·
19. Academy of Music
240 S Broad St
13local recommendations
Matt
Matt says “Ferenc Liszt, the famous Hungarian composer founded the Academy of Music in 1875 and in a short peri...” ·
20. The Wilma Theater
265 S Broad St
11local recommendations
Vish
Vish says “Great plays at subsidized prices!” ·
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21. Penn Museum
3260 South St
35local recommendations
Gwynne
Gwynne says “Historic anthropology museum, hosting the largest sphinx in America (if you're interested in institu...” ·
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22. Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 Lancaster Ave
9local recommendations
Lillie
Lillie says “Wonderful Independent Movie Theater. Highly recommended.” ·
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23. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
30local recommendations
Johnny
Johnny says “It was created to encourage the cultivation of science and advancement of useful learning. The histo...” ·
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24. Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffmans Mill Rd
25local recommendations
Anne
Anne says “Brandywine River Museum exhibits art by the Brandywine River School including N. C. Wyeth and his so...” ·
25. Helium Comedy Club
2031 Sansom St
11local recommendations
Johnny
Johnny says “Helium Comedy Club is a Philadelphia institution that has gained a reputation as an excellent venue ...” ·
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26. Please Touch Museum
4231 Avenue of the Republic
47local recommendations
Jackie & Mike
Jackie & Mike says “Hands-on museum where adults and children can learn and explore together. But lets be real, its for ...” ·
27. FringeArts
140 N Christopher Columbus Blvd
6local recommendations
Meagan
Meagan says “FringeArts hosts ecclectic local and international theater and dance performances. It also has a res...” ·
28. The Mann Center
5201 Parkside Ave
16local recommendations
Jackie & Mike
Jackie & Mike says “A place for rich tradition as the Greater Philadelphia Region's premiere outdoor cultural arts cente...” ·
29. International House Philadelphia
3701 Chestnut St
5local recommendations
Angela
Angela says “This venue plays many international and independent films either free or at a low cost.”
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30. Institute of Contemporary Art
118 S 36th St
15local recommendations
Melissa J.
Melissa J. says “Great contemporary art museum. Free too! Events every Wednesday. Talks & lectures every week.” ·