Architecture

City Hall Spectacular late 19th-century building topped by giant statue of William Penn.

30th St Station One of Philadelphia's most impressive spaces is this grand 1930 railway terminus.

Anne & Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Building One of the finest remaining works by Frank Furness.

Parkway Central Library Join one of the free architectural tours around this splendid public building.

Fairmount Waterworks Beautiful Greek Revival complex that was once one of Philadelphia's biggest tourist attractions.

Boathouse Row The mock Tudor and Victorian boathouses in Fairmount Park are an attractive ensemble.

Kimmel Center Designed by Rafael Viñoly this contemporary complex is the city's premier performing-arts venue.

Center / Architecture + Design Drop by to view exhibitions on contemporary architecture around the city.

History

Museum of the American Revolution Exhibition bringing the birth of the nation spectacularly to life.

Liberty Bell A visit to historic Philly isn't complete unless you've seen the famous cracked bell.

Independence Hall Here's where the Declaration of Independence was made.

Elfreth's Alley Take a walk down America's oldest residential street.

Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent Exhibitions on the city's richly endowed past.

American Swedish Historical Museum A gem of a historical museum in FDR Park.

African American Museum in Philadelphia Learn about notable local African Americans and the modern black experience.

Arts & Crafts

Philadelphia Museum of Art The big one, a storehouse of art from throughout the ages.

Barnes Foundation Some 180 Renoirs and much more in this fabulous art collection.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts In an astonishing building designed by Frank Furness and George Hewitt.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens Mosaic art wonderland that is the masterwork of artist Isaiah Zagar.

Institute of Contemporary Art The art zeitgeist where Andy Warhol had his first major show.

Second Bank of the US Many works by Charles Willson Peale hang in the portrait gallery here.

Fabric Workshop & Museum Admire material creations by top artists.

Crane Arts Photography and performance art are showcased here.

Unusual Attractions

Eastern State Penitentiary Wander the former cell blocks and ponder the phenomena of modern mass incarceration.

Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site Visit the creepy cellar that inspired Poe's masterpiece The Black Cat.

Mütter Museum This collection of medical oddities and examples is not for the squeamish.

Masonic Temple Lovers of theatrical design will swoon over the gobsmacking interiors of this historic lodge.

Wagner Free Institute of Science Extraordinary natural-history collection unchanged since the 1890s.

Mummers Museum See many of the fabulous costumes worn at past parades and try some on.

Rosenbach Museum & Library Tour this storied literary library in a beautiful townhouse.

Battleship New Jersey Explore the 'Black Dragon' a marvel of naval engineering docked in Camden.

Museums & House Museums

National Constitution Center Many interactive exhibits plus a live performance on the evolution of the Constitution.

Penn Museum Mummies, both human and animal, are among the many fascinating items on display here.

National Museum of American Jewish History Detailed exhibitions illuminate the role of Jewish culture in the US.

Physick House Society Hill house of the 'Father of American Surgery,' with attractively furnished rooms.

Wyck The gardens at this Germantown property are planted with scores of historic roses.

Cliveden Where the Patriots lost the Battle of Germantown to the British in 1777.

Historic Strawberry Mansion The largest historic property in Fairmount Park houses some fine antiques.

African American History & Culture

African American Museum in Philadelphia Learn about trailblazing activists at this museum charting black history.

Johnson House See where fleeing slaves were hidden in this Germantown home.

Mother Bethel AME Church Birthplace of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and the oldest piece of continuously owned real estate by African Americans in the US.

President's House Site Learn about the lives of the slaves who were part of George Washington's household.

A Quest for Parity: The Octavius V Catto Memorial A 2017 monument to a 19th-century African American activist.

Martin Luther King Mural & Monument 10,000 people gathered here in 1965 to listen to the Civil Rights leader.

Belmont Mansion Call to see if the Underground Railroad Museum at this historic house is open.

Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books Specializing in black writers and literature, Bobbie's hosts readings and other events.

Green Spaces

Fairmount Park The largest city park in the US is bisected by the Schuylkill River.

Rail Park Check out the first stage of this new park on a long-disused rail track.

Bartram's Garden National Historic Landmark garden dating back to 1728.

Shofuso Japanese House & Garden Admire the manicured horticulture of this garden in West Fairmount Park.

Wissahickon Valley Park It's hard to believe this densely wooded park is within the city limits.

Rittenhouse Sq Prestigious urban park planted with lofty trees and with a central fountain.

FDR Park 340-acre recreation space in South Philly popular with skateboarders, joggers and picnicers.

Spruce Street Harbor Park Swing in a hammock at this seasonal park on the Delaware.

Free Stuff

Independence Hall Get free tickets for this historic location from the Independence Visitor Center.

Liberty Bell Center Watch the video that explains the significance of this iconic cracked bell.

Elfreth's Alley Wander the cobblestone street named after 18th-century blacksmith Jeremiah Elfreth who lived here.

Franklin Court Visit the historic printing press in this peaceful courtyard dedicated to Ben Franklin.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge Hike over the Delaware on this 1.8 mile suspension bridge.

Reading Terminal Market Gourmet hot spot that's also a visual feast and great for souvenir shopping.

South 9th Street Italian Market Soak up the old-school street market atmosphere of this South Philly institution.

United States Mint Take a free guided tour of the place where money is made.

Religious Buildings

Gloria Dei Church Late 17th-century Swedish community church that is one of the city's oldest buildings.

Christ Church In the 1750s Christ Church's steeple made it North America's tallest man-made structure.

Church of the Advocate Be dazzled by the 1970s black power art of this Neo-Gothic church's murals.

Rodeph Shalom Synagogue Spectacular decoration both inside and out at this Jewish house of worship.

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Gorgeously decorated and the oldest building on Logan Sq.

National Shrine of St John Neumann Pay your respects to the US's first Catholic saint.

Arch Street Meeting House The largest Quaker meetinghouse in the US is built on land donated to the church by William Penn.