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Philosophical Hall

  • 104 S. 5th St. Map It
  • Historic Area
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Updated 05/19/2011

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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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104 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, United States

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  • Oct.–Feb., Fri.–Sun. 10–4; Mar.–Sept., Thurs.–Sun. 10–4.; May–Aug., Wed. 5–8

Updated 05/19/2011


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Oct 20, 2008

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.

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