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Inside the fine 18th-century original buildings of the oldest hospital in the United States are the nation's first medical library and first surgical amphitheater (an 1804 innovation, with a skylight). The hospital also has a portrait gallery, early medical instruments, art objects, and a rare-book library with items dating from 1762. The artwork includes the Benjamin West painting Christ Healing the Sick in the Temple. Today Pennsylvania Hospital is a full-service modern medical center four blocks southwest of the Athenaeum. There are self-guided tours weekdays and guided tours on Monday, Thursday, and Friday (call ahead for times and reservations). The suggested donation is $4 per person.

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  • Address: 800 Spruce St., on 8th and Spruce Sts. Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Map It
  • Phone: 215/829–3370
  • Cost: $4 suggested donation
  • Hours: Weekdays 9–4
  • Website:
  • Location: Society Hill
Updated: 05-19-2011

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    OK for a quick pop-in

    Interesting architecturally, good for a quick look-in when in the region. Don't confuse this older area with the modern part of the hospital, which has no tourist interest.

    by bachslunch, 10/20/08

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