Sights & Attractions in Philadelphia

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Name Category Location
 
Gazela of Philadelphia
Built in 1883 and formerly named Gazela Primeiro,...
Nautical Sites Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Academy of Music
The only surviving European-style opera house in...
Arts / Performance Venues Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Academy of Natural Sciences
The dioramas of animals from around the world...
Museums / Galleries Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Adventure Aquarium
This high-tech, hands-on science education...
Zoos / Aquariums Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
African American Museum in Philadelphia
The centerpiece of this museum is "Audacious...
Museums / Galleries Old City
 
American-Swedish Historical Museum
Near the sports complex in deep South Philly,...
Museums / Galleries Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Arch Street Meeting House
Constructed in 1804 for the Philadelphia Yearly...
Religious Sites Old City
 
Arthur Ross Gallery
Penn's official art gallery contains treasures...
Museums / Galleries University City
 
Athenaeum
Housed in a national landmark Italianate...
Libraries Society Hill
 
Avenue of the Arts
Broad Street, the city's main north–south...
Neighborhoods / Streets Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Bartram's Garden
Begun in 1728 by the pioneering botanist John...
Gardens / Arboretums Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Battleship New Jersey
The World War II–era USS New Jersey, one of the...
Nautical Sites Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Belmont Plateau
Belmont Plateau has a view from 243 feet above...
Viewpoints Fairmount Park
 
Benjamin Franklin Bridge
When the bridge opened in 1926, its 1,750-foot...
Bridges / Tunnels Old City
 
Betsy Ross House
It's easy to find this little brick house with...
Museums / Galleries Old City
 
Bishop White House
Built in 1786, this restored upper-class house...
Houses / Mansions Historic Area
 
Boathouse Row
These architecturally varied 19th-century...
Architectural Sites Fairmount Park
 
Bouvier's Row
Three of the Victorian brownstones on a...
Neighborhoods / Streets Society Hill
 
Camden Children's Garden
Located adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium on the...
Gardens / Arboretums Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Carpenters' Hall
This handsome, patterned red-and-black brick...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
The basilica of the archdiocese of...
Religious Sites Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Cedar Grove
Five styles of furniture—Jacobean, William and...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Chinatown
Centered on 10th and Race streets two blocks...
Neighborhoods / Streets Center City
 
Christ Church
The Anglicans of the Church of England built a...
Religious Sites Old City
 
Christ Church Burial Ground
Weathered gravestones fill the resting place of...
Cemeteries Old City
 
City Hall
Topped by a 37-foot bronze statue of William...
Government Buildings Center City
 
Cliveden
The grounds take up an entire block, and its...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Clothespin
Claes Oldenburg's 45-foot-high, 10-ton steel...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Center City
 
The Comcast Center
Now Philadelphia's tallest building, the 975-foot...
Architectural Sites Center City
 
Congress Hall
Formerly the Philadelphia County Courthouse,...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Curtis Center
The lobby of the Curtis Publishing Company...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Historic Area
 
Curtis Institute of Music
Graduates of this tuition-free school for...
Arts / Performance Venues Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Declaration House
In a second-floor room that he had rented from...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Delancey Place
At No. 2010 is the Rosenbach Museum and Library....
Neighborhoods / Streets Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site
Designed by John Haviland and built in 1829,...
Jails Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
Philadelphia's only mid-19th-century...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
One of America's most original writers, Edgar...
Houses / Mansions Old City
 
Elfreth's Alley
This alley is the oldest continuously occupied...
Historic Districts / Sites Old City
 
Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial Sculpture Garden
Bronze and granite sculptures by 16 artists...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Fairmount Park
 
Faire Mount
This is now the site of the Philadelphia...
Viewpoints Fairmount Park
 
Fairmount Waterworks
Designed by Frederick Graff, this National...
Architectural Sites Fairmount Park
 
Fireman's Hall Museum
Housed in an authentic 1876 firehouse, this...
Museums / Galleries Old City
 
First Bank of the United States
A fine example of Federal architecture, the...
Government Buildings Historic Area
 
Fisher Fine Arts Library
One of the finest examples remaining of the...
Libraries University City
 
Fort Mifflin
There are number of strange, forgotten sights in...
Military Sites Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Franklin Court
This highly interactive and informative museum...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
The Franklin Institute
Founded more than 175 years ago to honor Benjamin...
Museums / Galleries Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Franklin Square
One of five squares William Penn placed in his...
Parks Historic Area
 
Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia calls its vast public-library system...
Libraries Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Free Quaker Meeting House
This was the house of worship for the Free...
Religious Sites Old City
 
Germantown Historical Society
The headquarters of the society has a historical...
Museums / Galleries Germantown
 
Germantown White House
Formerly called the Deshler-Morris House, the...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Gloria Dei
One of the few relics of the Swedes who settled...
Religious Sites Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Grumblethorpe
The blood of General James Agnew, who died after...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Head House Square
This open-air Colonial marketplace, extending...
Squares Society Hill
 
Historic RittenhouseTown
North America's first paper mill was built...
Historic Districts / Sites Germantown
 
Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Following a merger with the Balch Institute for...
Libraries Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Horticulture Center
On the Horticulture Center's 27 wooded acres...
Gardens / Arboretums Fairmount Park
 
Independence Hall
The birthplace of the United States, this...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Independence Seaport Museum
Philadelphia's maritime museum houses many...
Museums / Galleries Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Independence Square
On July 8, 1776, the Declaration of Independence...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Independence Visitor Center
This is the city's official visitor center as...
Information Centers Historic Area
 
Insectarium
In Northeastern Philly, a neighborhood not known...
Zoos / Aquariums Old City
 
Institute of Contemporary Art
This museum, part of the University of...
Museums / Galleries University City
 
Italian Market
It's more Naples than Philadelphia: vendors crowd...
Markets / Bazaars Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Japanese House
This reconstructed 16th-century guest house was...
Architectural Sites Fairmount Park
 
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum
Part of the appeal of this refuge is its truly...
Nature Preserves Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Johnson House
After bringing visitors through the hidden back...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
Intended to make a contemporary design statement,...
Arts / Performance Venues Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Laurel Hill
Built around 1767, this Georgian house on a...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Laurel Hill Cemetery
John Notman, architect of the Athenaeum and many...
Cemeteries Fairmount Park
 
Lemon Hill
An impressive example of a Federal-style country...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Liberty Bell
The bell fulfilled the words of its inscription...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) Historic Area
 
Liberty Place One and Two
One Liberty Place is the 945-foot office building...
Architectural Sites Center City
 
Library Company of Philadelphia
Founded in 1731, this is one of the oldest...
Libraries Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Library Hall
This 20th-century building is a reconstruction of...
Libraries Historic Area
 
Logan Circle
One of William Penn's five squares, Logan Circle...
Squares Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
A Love Letter To You
You don't have to walk very far to encounter...
Public Art (Mural / Sculpture / Statue) University City
 
Loxley Court
One of the restored 18th-century houses in this...
Neighborhoods / Streets Old City
 
Macy's
The former John Wanamaker department store, this...
Stores / Malls Center City
 
Mario Lanza Museum
In this museum you'll find memorabilia devoted to...
Museums / Galleries Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Masonic Temple
The temple is one of the city's architectural...
Archaeological Sites Center City
 
Mikveh Israel
Nathan Levy, a Colonial merchant whose ship, the...
Religious Sites Old City
 
Morris Arboretum
This is one of the best arboretums in the...
Gardens / Arboretums Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy
 
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church
Society Hill holds a notable landmark in the...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Mt. Pleasant
Built in 1761 by John Macpherson, a Scottish sea...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Mummers Museum
Even if you aren't in Philadelphia on New Year's...
Museums / Galleries Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Mütter Museum
Skulls, antique microscopes, and a cancerous...
Museums / Galleries Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
National Constitution Center
This 160,000-square-foot museum brings the U.S....
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
National Liberty Museum
Using interactive exhibits, video, and works of...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
National Museum of American Jewish History
Established in 1976, this museum in 2011 moved...
Museums / Galleries Old City
 
New Hall Military Museum
The original of this reconstructed 1790 building...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Old City Hall
Independence Hall is flanked by Congress Hall to...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church
Designed by Robert Smith in 1768 as a simple...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Old St. Joseph's Church
In 1733 a tiny chapel was established by Jesuits...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Old St. Mary's Church
The city's second-oldest Catholic church, circa...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue
Though its name has been changed many times, this...
Hotels Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks
No trip to South Philly would be complete...
Restaurants Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Penn Park
This 24-acre park stretches along the western...
Parks University City
 
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
This High Victorian Gothic structure is a work of...
Museums / Galleries Center City
 
Pennsylvania Convention Center
It's big: a massive expansion completed in 2011...
Convention Centers Center City
 
Pennsylvania Hospital
Inside the fine 18th-century original...
Hospitals Society Hill
 
Philadelphia Contributionship for the Insurance of Houses from Loss by Fire
The Contributionship, the nation's oldest fire...
Museums / Galleries Society Hill
 
Philadelphia History Museum
Formerly known as the Atwater Kent Museum, this...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Philadelphia Merchant's Exchange
Designed by the well-known Philadelphia architect...
Architectural Sites Historic Area
 
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The city's premier cultural attraction is one of...
Museums / Galleries Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Philadelphia Zoo
Opened in 1874, America's first zoo is home to...
Zoos / Aquariums Fairmount Park
 
Philosophical Hall
This is the headquarters of the American...
Architectural Sites Historic Area
 
Physick House
Built in 1786, this is one of two remaining...
Houses / Mansions Society Hill
 
Please Touch Museum
Philadelphia's children's museum occupies one of...
Museums / Galleries Fairmount Park
 
Powel House
The 1765 brick Georgian house purchased by Samuel...
Houses / Mansions Society Hill
 
The President's House
This site commemorates the location of the...
Historic Districts / Sites Historic Area
 
Race Street Pier
The first in a planned series of pocket parks...
Promenades / Boardwalks Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Reading Terminal Market
The market is nothing short of a historic...
Markets / Bazaars Center City
 
Rittenhouse Square
Once grazing ground for cows and sheep,...
Neighborhoods / Streets Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Rodin Museum
This jewel of a museum holds the biggest...
Museums / Galleries Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Rosenbach Museum and Library
This 1863 three-floor town house and an adjoining...
Museums / Galleries Rittenhouse Square and Avenue of the Arts South
 
Samuel S. Fleisher Art Memorial
The result of founder Samuel S. Fleisher's...
Museums / Galleries Queen Village and South Philadelphia
 
Second Bank of the United States
When Second Bank President Nicholas Biddle held a...
Museums / Galleries Historic Area
 
Sister Cities Park
This formerly run-down park marking the city's...
Parks Benjamin Franklin Parkway
 
Smith Civil War Memorial
Built between 1897 and 1912 with funds donated by...
Memorials / Monuments Fairmount Park
 
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse
Founded in 1899, this beloved facility has been...
Parks Fairmount Park
 
South Street
Philadelphia's most bohemian neighborhood is...
Neighborhoods / Streets Society Hill
 
St. Peter's Episcopal Church
Founded by members of Christ Church in Old City...
Religious Sites Society Hill
 
Stenton
James Logan may not be a household name, but he...
Houses / Mansions Germantown
 
Strawberry Mansion
The largest of the Fairmount Park Historic...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Sweetbriar
This three-story Federal mansion dating from 1797...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
A Polish general who later became a national...
Museums / Galleries Society Hill
 
Todd House
Built in 1775 by John Dilworth, Todd House has...
Houses / Mansions Historic Area
 
Transit Museum
Located, appropriately enough, in the...
Museums / Galleries Center City
 
United States Mint
The first U.S. mint was built in Philadelphia at...
Museums / Galleries Old City
 
University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Rare treasures from the deepest jungles and...
Museums / Galleries University City
 
USS Becuna
You can tour this 318-foot-long "guppy class"...
Nautical Sites Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
USS Olympia
Commodore George Dewey's flagship at the...
Nautical Sites Penn's Landing and Camden Waterfront
 
Valley Green (Wissahickon Park)
There are many great sections of Fairmount Park,...
Parks Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy
 
Washington Square
This leafy area resembling a London park has been...
Squares Society Hill
 
Welcome Park
A scale model of the Penn statue that tops City...
Parks Historic Area
 
The Wissahickon
Of the Philadelphia areas that William Penn...
Parks Fairmount Park
 
Woodford
The Naomi Wood collection of antique household...
Houses / Mansions Fairmount Park
 
Woodmere Art Museum
This modest-sized museum has trouble drawing a...
Museums / Galleries Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy
 
Wyck
Between the 1690s and 1973, Wyck sheltered nine...
Houses / Mansions Germantown

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