Must-see attractions in Philadelphia

  • Carpenters' Hall, Independence National Historical Park.

    Independence National Historical Park


    This L-shaped Philadelphia park, bound by 6th, 2nd, Walnut and Arch Sts, protects and honors the institutions that formed the foundation of the United…

  • Exterior of the Philadelphia Art Museum entrance at night.
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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    The premier cultural institution in Philadelphia, this epic art museum would stand out even without Rocky's famous antics on the east steps. Every visitor…

  • The Barnes Foundation Art Museum facade, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Barnes Foundation

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    Since 2012, Dr Albert C Barnes' eye-popping collection of artworks – predominantly focused on French masterpieces from the late 19th and early 20th…

  • Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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    Independence Hall


    The 'birthplace of American government', this modest, early 18th-century Georgian building is where delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the…

  • NOVEMBER 18, 2016: customers shopping at the Reading Terminal Market.
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    Reading Terminal Market

    Chinatown & Center City East

    Getting the balance just right between food shopping hub and dining destination, Reading Terminal Market opened way back in 1893 and it's been a…

  • The Egyptian Hall at the Masonic Temple in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Masonic Temple

    Chinatown & Center City East

    Although the fortress-like exterior of this 1873 building is pretty impressive, it's the spectacular interiors – which took a further 15 years to complete…

  • Philadelphia City Hall

    City Hall


    Completed in 1901 following 30 years of construction, City Hall takes up a whole block, and at 548ft is the world's tallest structure without a steel…

  • Museum of the American Revolution


    This impressive, multimedia-rich museum will have you virtually participating in the American Revolution; interactive dioramas and 3-D experiences take…

  • Rail Park


    The old Reading Viaduct is the location of the first phase of this ambitious project to reuse 3 miles of decommissioned rail lines between Fairmount Park…

  • Benjamin Franklin Museum


    This underground museum is dedicated to Franklin's storied life as a printer (he started the nation's first newspaper), inventor (Bifocals! Lightning rods…

  • Trees and walkways at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    Fairmount Park

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    The snaking Schuylkill River bisects this 2050-acre green space, the largest city park in the US, splitting it into east and west sections. On either side…

  • 15-ton Sphinx and its surrounding pillars and gateways at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

    Penn Museum


    U Penn's magical museum, the largest of its type in the US, contains archaeological treasures from ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Mayan world and more…

  • The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

    Franklin Institute

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    You could easily spend the better part of the day touring this world-class science museum. As well as being the venue for temporary blockbuster science…

  • Exterior of the Mütter Museum at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.

    Mütter Museum


    Maintained by the College of Physicians, this unique, only-in-Philadelphia attraction is a museum dedicated to rare, odd or disturbing medical conditions…

  • Wissahickon Creek in Wissahickon Valley Park.

    Wissahickon Valley Park


    Covering 2042 acres, this beautiful, wooded park follows the Wissahickon Creek from its confluence with the Schuylkill River up to the city's northwest…

  • Shofuso Japanese House and Garden in spring, Philadelphia, PA.

    Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    This picturesque house, built in Nagoya in 1953 to a 17th-century design, has been set in 1.2 acres of traditional Japanese gardens in Fairmount Park…

  • 30th St Station


    The grandness of Graham, Anderson, Probst and White's 1930s design for this station makes it worth a visit even if you're not catching a train. The…

  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


    This prestigious arts school, founded in 1805, occupies two buildings including a masterwork of Victorian Gothic architecture designed by Frank Furness…

  • Liberty Bell Center


    A glass-walled building protects this icon of Philadelphia history from the elements. You can peek from outside, or join the line to file past, reading…

  • Rodeph Shalom Synagogue


    Home to the oldest Jewish Ashkenazi congregation in the US, Rodeph Shalom is one of the most beautiful pieces of religious architecture in Philadelphia…

  • Church of the Advocate


    A fine example of Gothic Revival architecture, this 1897 Episcopal church was a center of activism during the Civil Rights movement and the site of the…

  • Parkway Central Library

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    Worth visiting for its splendid architecture, this main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia has free tours at 10am on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday…

  • Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

    South Philadelphia

    The ongoing life's work of mosaic mural artist Isaiah Zagar, this is a folk-art wonderland of mirror mosaics, bottle walls and quirky sculpture. Zagar's…

  • Fairmount Waterworks

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    A National Historic Engineering Landmark, this beautiful Greek Revival complex was built in 1815 and pumped water from the Schuylkill River for the city's…

  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    The modern prison didn't just happen – it was invented, and Eastern State Penitentiary was the first one, opened in 1829 and finally closed in 1971. A…

  • Rosenbach Museum & Library


    The list of famous authors in the collection here could fill a book itself: Edgar Allan Poe, James Joyce, Maurice Sendak, George Washington, Lewis Carroll…

  • Please Touch Museum

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    Parents will have a lot of fun at what's definitely a kiddo goldmine: splash around learning about bubbles, race toy cars, wander through a 'wonderland'…

  • Rodin Museum

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    This is the only institution outside of Paris dedicated to the French sculptor Auguste Rodin. The superb collection is based on works amassed by Jules E…

  • Wyck


    Set in lovely gardens, which are open year-round, Wyck was the ancestral home of a Germantown family between 1690 and 1973. The house was renovated by…

  • Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site


    Often called the creator of the horror story, Edgar Allan Poe lived for six years in Philadelphia, in five different houses. This historic site, his only…

  • Fabric Workshop & Museum

    Chinatown & Center City East

    The only such organization of its kind in the US is a wonderful place to discover how creative artists and craftspeople can be with textiles and fabrics…

  • Wagner Free Institute of Science


    More than 100,000 natural-history specimens, from dinosaur bones and a stuffed saber-toothed cat to starfish and mounted butterflies, remain preserved…

  • Schuylkill Banks


    This wonderful outdoor recreation area covers around 8 miles of Schuylkill River, mostly on the east bank from below the Fairmount Dam through the heart…

  • Produce vendor at Italian Market.

    South 9th Street Italian Market

    South Philadelphia

    One of the most vibrant parts of South Philadelphia, this several-blocks-long commercial strip is lined with produce stalls that sell their wares under…

  • National Constitution Center

    National Constitution Center


    This whiz-bang museum makes the US Constitution jump off the page, starting with a dramatic theater-in-the-round presentation by a single actor relating…

  • Independence Seaport Museum


    This kid-friendly museum honors Philadelphia's history of shipbuilding. In the main building you can sound foghorns and steam whistles, gaze upon nautical…

  • Washington Monument Philadelphia, cropped again from original GettyRF_578992171.jpg

    Washington Monument

    Logan Square & Fairmount

    Rudolf Siemering's 1897 monument to General George Washington is a marvelous ensemble. Proudly mounted astride his horse, the first US president sits atop…

  • Navy Yard

    South Philadelphia

    US Naval ships were built and repaired in this yard up until 1996. Although the Navy continues to house decommissioned vessels here, the site now…

  • Mother Bethel AME Church


    This major historical building is the birthplace of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church and is the oldest piece of real estate continually owned…

  • Franklin Square


    Ringed by busy roads, this square – one of the originals from William Penn's masterplan for his new city – feels somewhat cut off from the other sights of…

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