Carpenters' Hall


Erected as a calling card for the skillful work of the Carpenters' Company of Philadelphia in 1774, this is where the First Continental Congress met.

The building also served as the first home of the First Bank of the US before that institution moved into grander digs around the corner in 1797.

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Nearby Philadelphia attractions

1. First Bank of the US

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Although closed to the public, it's impossible to ignore the grand neoclassical architecture of this 1797 building that housed the First Bank of the US…

2. Science History Institute

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A must-stop for scientists and young explorers, this museum offers not just a look back at the history of chemicals and the materials made from them, but…

3. Museum of the American Revolution

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

4. Philadelphia Merchants Exchange

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Designed by William Strickland this impressive 1834 building adopts the Greek Revival style. It originally served as a commercial and financial center as…

5. Second Bank of the US

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Modeled after the Greek Parthenon, this 1824 marble-faced Greek Revival masterpiece now houses a Portrait Gallery. Many of the paintings are by Charles…

6. 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…

7. Franklin Court

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This peaceful courtyard, which can be accessed from both Market and Chestnut St, is where Benjamin Franklin's home once stood. The house was demolished in…

8. American Philosophical Society

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The oldest learned society in the US was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin with the aim of 'promoting useful knowledge.' It continues on its mission by…