Best Museums in Philadelphia


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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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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

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

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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

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

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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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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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

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

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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Rodin Museum

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2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy·Map·Hours·Website·

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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

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

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

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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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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“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

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

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

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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

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.

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.

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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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Please Touch Museum

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

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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.

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.

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

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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

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Exhibits of artifacts & documents detailing the region's maritime history, plus tours of 2 ships.

This museum doesn't get much attention but very good. If you are looking for interesting things to check out, I recommend it...

Great history of the Philadelphia Waterfront

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Located on the site of Ben Franklin's house, the tiny museum includes a look into the old foundations of the house, and the preserved print shop and post office from when Franklin lived on site. P... read more

Artifacts & exhibits detailing the life of the historic figure, including a steel "ghost house."

This museum is a little hidden, but it's a really neat museum if this type of history interests you.

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Art and rotating exhibitions by local and regional artists.

Nice little art museum not far from the house.

Friday nights are Jazz Nights at the Woodmere Art Museum.

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Wharton Esherick was an extraordinarily creative artist. This museum is the home/studio he built for himself on the top of nearby Valley Forge Mountain. He was a genius with wood; buildings, sculpt... read more

Amazing home of wood worker Wharton Esherick who made his home his masterpiece carving everying from furniture to stairs. Requires a reservation for the tour, but well worth a little planning to vi... read more

Early American Craftsman and artist. The home is a National Historic landmark, left in tact with furnishings and sculptures. The tour is interesting, and touching is many times encouraged.

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The Winterthur estate at www.Winterthur.org has a lot to offer; the vast and well appointed mansion often includes special exhibits. The current exhibit through January 7th, 2018 is about forgeries... read more

Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is ... read more

Gorgeous property and gardens. Touring mansion is fascinating.

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It is nearby and frozen in the 70s....If you are not familiar with the Philadelphia Mummer tradition on New Year's Day, google it and check it out!

The history of our neighborhood New Year's Day Parade is legendary. This Museum tell the whole story

Chronicling the history of the annual folk parade with past costumes & a gift shop since 1976.

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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Mercer collected pre-industrial hand tools and other implements of the past. He believed that the story of human progress and accomplishments was told by ... read more

"built to house Henry Mercer's extensive collection of objects representing everyday life in the pre-industrial age." Perfect for the whole family.

Amazing concrete castle, amazing period details and fully appointed rooms to view.

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Standing with 887 feet of armor-plated steel, the 45,000-ton Battleship New Jersey dominates not only the New Jersey waterfront, but also American naval history. Winding through tight, narrow compa... read more

Visitors can tour the decommissioned battleship's 887-ft.-long deck & sailors’ living quarters.

The battleship is anchored across the river and offers tours. Very cool. On News Year Eve you can spend the night. You can take the ferry from Penn's Landing across the river to Camden. The ferr... read more

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Features a history center in West Chester that features exhibits, letters, diaries and documents found in library and archives

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A unique Philadelphia attraction that provides guests with the opportunity to learn fun and interesting facts about early statesman Benjamin Franklin and his family.

Franklin Court is complex of museums, structures, and historic sites within Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia,

See Ben Franklin's post office (still in use), printing press, and remains of his house.

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The Museum’s artifact collection represents the broad spectrum of American Jewish life and illustrates such universal themes as immigration, worship, hard work, entertainment, and community and fam... read more

Fascinating account of the arc of the lives of Jewish people in America and interesting exhibits about the immigrant experience. Currently one on baseball as a path into American life.

The National Museum of American Jewish History presents educational programs and experiences that preserve, explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America.(Old City)

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Interactive displays & exhibits preserve African-American heritage in 4 separate galleries.

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We recommend it for the Maurice Sendak Collection (authored Where the Wild Things Are), and unique exhibiitons and rare books and manuscripts. Nice for adults and children alike.

A 19th Century mansion in Center City with an unusual collection and exhibits ranging from Shakespeare to Sendak. Check out the site online for current exhibits.

Unique collection of furniture, interior decor, original manuscripts & 1st editions of major authors!

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Enjoy Science? The Museum at CHF features permanent and changing exhibits that explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world. Enjoyed this exhibit.

Interesting collection on display in the Museum.

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Beautiful English Estate with trails!

It's free. The trail connects two state parks that are a couple of miles apart.

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If you want to see how the rich really lived in the 1920s, this DuPont mansion is amazing. Gardens laid out after Versailles and a bowling alley in the basement. Reminiscent of Great Gatsby.

Just recently opened to public. DuPont estate beautifully restored