Best Museums in Philadelphia

Locals’ favorite places

1. Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
404local recommendations
Joshua says “The Philadelphia Museum of Art is great. There is wonderful art inside and across the street at the ...” ·
2. Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave
153local recommendations
Kati says “Highly recommend! (We recommend the self-guided walking tour narrated by Steve Buscemi!) Eastern St...” ·
3. The Franklin Institute
222 N 20th St
132local recommendations
Kati says “Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of A...” ·
4. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 S 22nd St
119local recommendations
Nikki says “Not for the faint of heart The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of ...” ·
5. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
1020 South St
108local recommendations
David says “Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is an encompassing mosaicked art environment envisioned and created by ...” ·
6. 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...” ·
7. 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...” ·
8. National Constitution Center
525 Arch St
57local recommendations
Sandy says “Interactive all-ages museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution featuring rare artifacts & a theater.” ·
9. Penn Museum
3260 South St
35local recommendations
Gwynne says “Historic anthropology museum, hosting the largest sphinx in America (if you're interested in institu...” ·
10. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
30local recommendations
Johnny says “It was created to encourage the cultivation of science and advancement of useful learning. The histo...” ·
11. Brandywine River Museum of Art
1 Hoffmans Mill Rd
25local recommendations
Anne says “Brandywine River Museum exhibits art by the Brandywine River School including N. C. Wyeth and his so...” ·
12. 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 ...” ·
13. 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.” ·
14. Independence Seaport Museum
211 S Christopher Columbus Blvd
10local recommendations
Sandy says “Exhibits of artifacts & documents detailing the region's maritime history, plus tours of 2 ships.” ·
15. Benjamin Franklin Museum
317 Chestnut St
9local recommendations
Sarah says “This museum is a little hidden, but it's a really neat museum if this type of history interests you.” ·
16. Woodmere Art Museum
9201 Germantown Ave
9local recommendations
Andrea says “Art and rotating exhibitions by local and regional artists.” ·
17. Wharton Esherick Museum
Horse Shoe Trail
7local recommendations
Charles says “Wharton Esherick was an extraordinarily creative artist. This museum is the home/studio he built for...” ·
18. Winterthur
7local recommendations
Michele And Sean
Michele And Sean says “Gorgeous property and gardens. Touring mansion is fascinating.” ·
19. Mummers Museum
1100 S 2nd St
10local recommendations
Sandy says “Chronicling the history of the annual folk parade with past costumes & a gift shop since 1976.” ·
20. Mercer Museum
84 S Pine St
5local recommendations
Jerilyn says “"built to house Henry Mercer's extensive collection of objects representing everyday life in the pre...” ·
21. Battleship New Jersey
100 Clinton St
7local recommendations
Sandy says “Visitors can tour the decommissioned battleship's 887-ft.-long deck & sailors’ living quarters.” ·
22. Chester County Historical Society
225 N High St
4local recommendations
Heather says “Features a history center in West Chester that features exhibits, letters, diaries and documents fou...”
23. Fragments of Franklin Court
322 Market St
8local recommendations
Kristin says “See Ben Franklin's post office (still in use), printing press, and remains of his house.” ·
24. Wagner Free Institute of Science
1700 W Montgomery Ave
2local recommendations
25. National Museum of American Jewish History
101 S Independence Mall E
16local recommendations
Anna & Vlad
Anna & Vlad says “The National Museum of American Jewish History presents educational programs and experiences that pr...” ·
26. The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch St
4local recommendations
Sandy says “Interactive displays & exhibits preserve African-American heritage in 4 separate galleries.”
27. The Rosenbach
2008 Delancey Pl
5local recommendations
Andy says “We recommend it for the Maurice Sendak Collection (authored Where the Wild Things Are), and unique e...” ·
28. Science History Institute
315 Chestnut St
2local recommendations
Wesley says “Interesting collection on display in the Museum.” ·
29. Rockwood Park
4651 Washington Street Extension
2local recommendations
Patrick says “Beautiful English Estate with trails!” ·
30. Nemours Estate
850 Alapocas Dr
3local recommendations
Anne says “If you want to see how the rich really lived in the 1920s, this DuPont mansion is amazing. Gardens l...” ·