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 and the first Sunday of the month, and at 2pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. From Monday to Saturday there's a tour at 11am of the Rare Book Department, with its collection of works and manuscripts relating to Charles Dickens, Edgar Allan Poe and Americana.

Also based in the library is the Culinary Literacy Center, which offers a wide range of programs for those interested in learning about cooking and nutrition.

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Nearby Logan Square & Fairmount attractions

1. Barnes Foundation

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

2. Logan Square

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3. Franklin Institute

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4. Academy of Natural Sciences

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6. Rodin Museum

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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…

8. Comcast Center

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