Sights & Attractions in Philadelphia

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Name Category Location
 
Gazela of Philadelphia
Built in 1883 and formerly named Gazela Primeiro, this 177-foot...
Nautical Sites Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Academy of Music
The only surviving European-style opera house in America is the...
Arts / Performance Venues Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Academy of Natural Sciences
The dioramas of animals from around the world displayed in their...
Museums / Galleries Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
African American Museum in Philadelphia
The centerpiece of this museum is "Audacious Freedom: African...
Museums / Galleries Old City
 
American-Swedish Historical Museum
Near the sports complex in deep South Philly, this neoclassical...
Museums / Galleries Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Arch Street Meeting House
Constructed in 1804 for the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the...
Religious Sites Old City
 
Arthur Ross Gallery
Penn's official art gallery contains treasures from the university's...
Museums / Galleries University City
 
Athenaeum
Housed in a national landmark Italianate brownstone dating from...
Libraries Society Hill
 
Avenue of the Arts
Broad Street, the city's main north–south thoroughfare, has been...
Neighborhoods / Streets Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Bartram's Garden
Begun in 1728 by the pioneering botanist John Bartram (1699–1777)...
Gardens / Arboretums Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Battleship New Jersey
The World War II–era USS New Jersey, one of the most decorated...
Nautical Sites Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Belmont Plateau
Belmont Plateau has a view from 243 feet above river level, which...
Viewpoints Fairmount Park
 
Benjamin Franklin Bridge
When the bridge opened in 1926, its 1,750-foot main span made...
Bridges / Tunnels Old City
 
Bishop White House
Built in 1786, this restored upper-class house embodies Colonial...
Houses / Mansions Historic Area
 
Bouvier's Row
Three of the Victorian brownstones on a stretch of 3rd Street...
Neighborhoods / Streets Society Hill
 
Camden Children's Garden
Located adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium on the Camden waterfront...
Gardens / Arboretums Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Carpenters' Hall
This handsome, patterned red-and-black brick building dating...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
The basilica of the archdiocese of Philadelphia is the spiritual...
Religious Sites Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Cedar Grove
Five styles of furniture—Jacobean, William and Mary, Queen Anne...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Chinatown
Centered on 10th and Race streets two blocks north of Market...
Neighborhoods / Streets Center City
 
Christ Church
The Anglicans of the Church of England built a wooden church...
Religious Sites Old City
 
Christ Church Burial Ground
Weathered gravestones fill the resting place of five signers...
Cemeteries Old City
 
Clothespin
Claes Oldenburg's 45-foot-high, 10-ton steel sculpture stands...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Center City
 
The Comcast Center
Now Philadelphia's tallest building, the 975-foot Comcast Center...
Architectural Sites Center City
 
Congress Hall
Formerly the Philadelphia County Courthouse, Congress Hall was...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Curtis Center
The lobby of the Curtis Publishing Company building has a great...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Historic Area
 
Curtis Institute of Music
Graduates of this tuition-free school for outstanding students...
Arts / Performance Venues Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Declaration House
In a second-floor room that he had rented from bricklayer Jacob...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Delancey Place
At No. 2010 is the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Cypress Street...
Neighborhoods / Streets Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
Philadelphia's only mid-19th-century house-museum is a Victorian...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
One of America's most original writers, Edgar Allan Poe (1809–49)...
Houses / Mansions Old City
 
Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden
Bronze and granite sculptures by 16 artists stand in a series...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Fairmount Park
 
Faire Mount
This is now the site of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In 1812...
Viewpoints Fairmount Park
 
Fairmount Waterworks
Designed by Frederick Graff, this National Historic Engineering...
Architectural Sites Fairmount Park
 
Fireman's Hall Museum
Housed in an authentic 1876 firehouse, this museum traces the...
Museums / Galleries Old City
 
First Bank of the United States
A fine example of Federal architecture, the oldest bank building...
Government Buildings Historic Area
 
Fisher Fine Arts Library
One of the finest examples remaining of the work of Philadelphia...
Libraries University City
 
Fort Mifflin
There are number of strange, forgotten sights in Philadelphia...
Military Sites Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Franklin Square
One of five squares William Penn placed in his original design...
Parks Historic Area
 
Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia calls its vast public-library system the Fabulous...
Libraries Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Free Quaker Meeting House
This was the house of worship for the Free "Fighting" Quakers...
Religious Sites Old City
 
Gloria Dei
One of the few relics of the Swedes who settled Pennsylvania...
Religious Sites Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Historic RittenhouseTown
North America's first paper mill was built here in 1690 by Mennonite...
Historic Districts / Sites Germantown
 
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Following a merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies...
Libraries Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Horticulture Center
On the Horticulture Center's 27 wooded acres are a butterfly...
Gardens / Arboretums Fairmount Park
 
Independence Square
On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was first read...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Insectarium
In Northeastern Philly, a neighborhood not known for its tourist...
Zoos / Aquariums Old City
 
Institute of Contemporary Art
This museum, part of the University of Pennsylvania, has established...
Museums / Galleries University City
 
Japanese House
This reconstructed 16th-century guest house was reassembled here...
Architectural Sites Fairmount Park
 
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Part of the appeal of this refuge is its truly strange location...
Nature Preserves Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Johnson House
After bringing visitors through the hidden back entrance of this...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Intended to make a contemporary design statement, the Kimmel...
Arts / Performance Venues Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Laurel Hill
Built around 1767, this Georgian house on a laurel-covered hill...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Laurel Hill Cemetery
John Notman, architect of the Athenaeum and many other noted...
Cemeteries Fairmount Park
 
Lemon Hill
An impressive example of a Federal-style country house, Lemon...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Liberty Place One and Two
One Liberty Place is the 945-foot office building designed by...
Architectural Sites Center City
 
Library Company of Philadelphia
Founded in 1731, this is one of the oldest cultural institutions...
Libraries Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Library Hall
This 20th-century building is a reconstruction of Franklin's...
Libraries Historic Area
 
Logan Circle
One of William Penn's five squares, Logan Circle was originally...
Squares Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Loxley Court
One of the restored 18th-century houses in this lovely court...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old City
 
Macy's
The former John Wanamaker department store, this building is...
Stores / Malls Center City
 
Mario Lanza Museum
In this museum you'll find memorabilia devoted to the famous...
Museums / Galleries Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Masonic Temple
The temple is one of the city's architectural jewels, but it...
Archaeological Sites Center City
 
Mikveh Israel
Nathan Levy, a Colonial merchant whose ship, the Myrtilla, brought...
Religious Sites Old City
 
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Society Hill holds a notable landmark in the history of African-Americans...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Mt. Pleasant
Built in 1761 by John Macpherson, a Scottish sea captain, Mt...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Mütter Museum
Skulls, antique microscopes, and a cancerous tumor removed from...
Museums / Galleries Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
National Constitution Center
This 160,000-square-foot museum brings the U.S. Constitution...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
National Liberty Museum
Using interactive exhibits, video, and works of art, the museum...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
National Museum of American Jewish History
Established in 1976, this museum in 2011 moved to a new, $150...
Museums / Galleries Old City
 
New Hall Military Museum
The original of this reconstructed 1790 building briefly served...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Old City Hall
Independence Hall is flanked by Congress Hall to the west and...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church
Designed by Robert Smith in 1768 as a simple brick Georgian-style...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Old St. Joseph's Church
In 1733 a tiny chapel was established by Jesuits for Philadelphia's...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Old St. Mary's Church
The city's second-oldest Catholic church, circa 1763, became...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue
Though its name has been changed many times, this building will...
Hotels Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Pennsylvania Convention Center
It's big: a massive expansion completed in 2011 covers 20 acres...
Convention Centers Center City
 
Pennsylvania Hospital
Inside the fine 18th-century original buildings of the oldest...
Hospitals Society Hill
 
Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire
The Contributionship, the nation's oldest fire insurance company...
Museums / Galleries Society Hill
 
Philadelphia History Museum
Formerly known as the Atwater Kent Museum, this museum chronicling...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Philadelphia Merchant's Exchange
Designed by the well-known Philadelphia architect William Strickland...
Architectural Sites Historic Area
 
Philosophical Hall
This is the headquarters of the American Philosophical Society...
Architectural Sites Historic Area
 
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
The result of founder Samuel S. Fleisher's invitation to the...
Museums / Galleries Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Second Bank of the United States
When Second Bank President Nicholas Biddle held a design competition...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Smith Civil War Memorial
Built between 1897 and 1912 with funds donated by wealthy foundry...
Memorials / Monuments Fairmount Park
 
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
Founded in 1899, this beloved facility has been completely refurbished...
Parks Fairmount Park
 
South Street
Philadelphia's most bohemian neighborhood is crammed with crafts...
Neighborhoods / Streets Society Hill
 
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Founded by members of Christ Church in Old City who were living...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Stenton
James Logan may not be a household name, but he was a seminal...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Strawberry Mansion
The largest of the Fairmount Park Historic Mansions is scheduled...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Sweetbriar
This three-story Federal mansion dating from 1797 was the first...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
A Polish general who later became a national hero in his homeland...
Museums / Galleries Society Hill
 
Todd House
Built in 1775 by John Dilworth, Todd House has been restored...
Houses / Mansions Historic Area
 
Transit Museum
Located, appropriately enough, in the headquarters of the Southeastern...
Museums / Galleries Center City
 
USS Becuna
You can tour this 318-foot-long "guppy class" submarine, which...
Nautical Sites Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
USS Olympia
Commodore George Dewey's flagship at the Battle of Manila in...
Nautical Sites Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Washington Square
This leafy area resembling a London park has been through numerous...
Squares Society Hill
 
Welcome Park
A scale model of the Penn statue that tops City Hall sits on...
Parks Historic Area
 
The Wissahickon
Of the Philadelphia areas that William Penn encountered, the...
Parks Fairmount Park
 
Woodford
The Naomi Wood collection of antique household goods, including...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Wyck
Between the 1690s and 1973, Wyck sheltered nine generations of...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
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