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The majestic City Hall, completed in 1901, stands 548ft tall in Penn Sq...
The tiny, cobblestone alleyway – a little slice of colonial America in miniature – is believed to be the oldest continuously occupied street in the USA...
Squares & Plazas
University City, separated from downtown Philly by the Schuylkill River, feels like one big college town...
Independence Hall is the 'birthplace of American government,' where delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776...
Arts, Culture & Literary
Philosophical Hall , south of Old City Hall, is the headquarters of the American Philosophical Society, founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin...
Physick House , the home of surgeon Philip Syng Physick, was built in 1786 by Henry Hill - a wine importer who kept City Tavern well stocked - and is the only freestanding, Federal-style mansion remaining in Society ...
Highly recommended for Civil War buffs is the comprehensive Civil War Library & Museum boasting artifacts and exhibitions; the museum is moving to a new location and will open, at the earliest, in early 2011.
Museums & Galleries
The University Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology is Penn's magical museum, containing archaeological treasures from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Mayan peninsula, Greece, Rome and North America.
On the east bank, Boathouse Row has Victorian-era rowing-club buildings that lend a lovely old-fashioned flavor to this stretch. Across the park are a number of early American houses that are open to the public.
The cool Clay Studio exhibits staid as well as oddball works in ceramic; it's been in Old City since 1974 and is partially responsible for the development of the area's burgeoning gallery scene.
Cliveden of the National Trust was the summer home of wealthy Benjamin Chew. It was built in 1760 and used as a de facto stronghold in the Battle of Germantown during the Revolutionary War in 1777.
Amid all the foodie frenzy is the Mummers Museum, celebrating the tradition of disguise and masquerade. It has an integral role in the famed Mummers Parade, which takes place here every New Year's Day.
This interactive riverside museum highlights Philadelphia's maritime history (its shipyard closed in 1995 after 200 years). You can hop aboard two ships, a 1892 Cruiser and a WWII submarine.
The National Portrait Gallery, in the old Second Bank of the US building has many paintings by Charles Willson Peale, America's top portraitist at the time of the American Revolution.
Be sure to stop into Elfreth's Alley Museum which was built in 1755 by blacksmith and alley namesake Jeremiah Elfreth; it's been restored and furnished to its 1790 appearance.
Just north of Germantown is Chestnut Hill with its quaint, small-town-like main strip of shops and eateries, and huge and historic residential homes and mansions.
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