Top Choice Historic Building in Philadelphia

Independence Hall

The 'birthplace of American government,' a modest Quaker building, is where delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. Entrance is at the corner of Chestnut and 5t…
Top Choice Notable Building in Philadelphia

City Hall

Completed in 1901, City Hall takes up a whole block, and, at 548ft, not counting the 27-ton bronze statue of William Penn, it's the world's tallest structure without a steel frame. The view from the observation deck…
Historic Building in Philadelphia

Physick House

Home to the "Father of American Surgery," Philip Syng Physick, who also took credit for introducing soda pop to the US, this stately home has a small medical museum inside. The Federal-style mansion was build in 178…
Historic Building in Philadelphia

Powel House

The 18th-century Georgian brick mansion was home to Samuel Powel, a mayor of Philadelphia in the colonial era. Its interior is a simulacrum – the original was stripped away decades ago and installed in the Philadelp…
Historic Building in Philadelphia

Masonic Temple

Fans of secret societies and over-the-top interior design will love a tour of this church-like building. Each meeting room sports an astonishingly detailed theme – Moorish, Egyptian, Renaissance and more.
Historic Building in Philadelphia

Dream Garden

In the east lobby of the Curtis Center is a masterpiece of American craft: a luminous wall-size Tiffany mosaic of more than 100,000 pieces of glass, depicting a lush landscape by Maxfield Parrish.
Historic Building in Philadelphia

Congress Hall

Congress Hall is where the first legislators met, when Philly was the nation's capital. Entrance (no ticket necessary) is through the security checkpoint at Chestnut and 5th Sts.
Historic Building in Philadelphia

United States Mint

Take the 45-minute self-guided tour to see coins being made, and to admire the Tiffany mosaics inside this stately building.