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Philosophical Hall

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This is the headquarters of the American Philosophical Society, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743 to promote "useful knowledge." The members of the oldest learned society in America have included Washington, Jefferson, Lafayette, Emerson, Darwin, Edison, Churchill, and Einstein. Erected between 1785 and 1789 in what has been called a "restrained Federal style" (designed to complement, not outshine, adjacent Independence Hall), Philosophical Hall is brick with marble trim and has a handsome arched entrance. The society's library is across the street in Library Hall.

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  • Address: 104 S. 5th St., Historic Area, Philadelphia, PA, 19106 | Map It
  • Phone: 215/440–3400
  • Cost: $1
  • Hours: Oct.–Feb., Fri.–Sun. 10–4; Mar.–Sept., Thurs.–Sun. 10–4.; May–Aug., Wed. 5–8
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  • Location: Historic Area
Updated: 05-19-2011

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    One more historic building

    Another historic building in this area of Philly. Has a small museum dedicated to temporary exhibits. Another quick look-see if you're in the area.

    by bachslunch, 10/20/08

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