Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Old City & Society Hill

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 Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Expect a line out the…
Top Choice Historic Building in Chinatown & Center City East

Masonic Temple

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 – that really blow visitors away. Fans of secret societies a…
Historic Building in University City & West Philadelphia

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 enormous neoclassical station's main concourse, with its coffer 95f…
Historic Site in Old City & Society Hill

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 about the 2080lb object's history and significance along the wa…
Historic Building in Philadelphia

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 William Strickland (architect of the Second Bank of the US and t…
Historic Site in Fishtown & Northern Liberties

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 Philly home still remaining, is now a small but interesting m…
Historic Building in Old City & Society Hill

Physick House

Home to the 'Father of American Surgery,' Philip Syng Physick, this stately house has been well preserved. Physick is credited with inventing the stomach pump, as well as introducing soda pop to the US and details o…
Historic Building in Philadelphia

Grumblethorpe

Built in 1744, this colonial stone home exemplifies Germantown's residential architecture of the time. It was constructed for the prominent Wister family and used as a summer retreat. Blood stains from the wounded a…
Historic Site in Old City & Society Hill

Franklin Court

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 1812 but you can still get a good impression of its dimensio…
Historic Building in Old City & Society Hill

Powel House

This elegant Georgian brick mansion was home to Samuel Powel, a mayor of Philadelphia in the colonial era, thus a focal point of the city's social life in the 18th century. Noteworthy guests included George and Mart…