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Philadelphia Sights

Pennsylvania Hospital

  • 800 Spruce St. Map It
  • Society Hill
  • Hospital–Sight

Updated 05/19/2011

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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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800 Spruce St., on 8th and Spruce Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, United States

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Sight Details:

  • $4 suggested donation
  • Weekdays 9–4

Updated 05/19/2011


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