Philadelphia Sights

Today you can find Philadelphia's compact 5-square-mile downtown (William Penn's original city) between the Delaware and the Schuylkill (pronounced skoo-kull) rivers. Thanks to Penn's grid system of streets—laid out in 1681—the downtown area is a breeze to navigate. The traditional heart of the city is Broad and Market streets (Penn's Center Square), where City Hall now stands. Market

Street divides the city north and south; 130 South 15th Street, for example, is in the second block south of Market Street. North–south streets are numbered, starting with Front (1st) Street, at the Delaware River, and increasing to the west. Broad Street is the equivalent of 14th Street. The diagonal Benjamin Franklin Parkway breaks the rigid grid pattern by leading from City Hall out of Center City into Fairmount Park, which straddles the Schuylkill River and Wissahickon Creek for 10 miles.

Although Philadelphia is the fifth-largest city in the nation (about 1.5 million people live in the city, 6.4 million in the metropolitan area), it maintains a small-town feel. It's a cosmopolitan, exciting, but not overwhelming city, a town that's easy to explore on foot yet big enough to keep surprising even those most familiar with it.

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Academy of Music

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The only surviving European-style opera house in America is the current home of the Opera Company of Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania...

Avenue of the Arts

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Broad Street, the city's main north–south thoroughfare, has been reinvented as a performing arts district. Although most of the cultural...

Curtis Institute of Music

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Graduates of this tuition-free school for outstanding students include Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Ned Rorem, and Anna Moffo. The...

Delancey Place

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At No. 2010 is the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Cypress Street, north of Delancey Place, and Panama Street (especially the 1900 block,...

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

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Following a merger with the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, this superlative special-collections library now contains more than 500,000...

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

  • Arts/Performance Venue

Intended to make a contemporary design statement, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts has some architectural oomph with its dramatic...

Library Company of Philadelphia

  • Library/Archive

Founded in 1731, this is one of the oldest cultural institutions in the United States and the only major Colonial American library that...

Mütter Museum

  • Museum/Gallery

Skulls, antique microscopes, and a cancerous tumor removed from President Grover Cleveland's mouth in 1893 form just part of the unusual...

Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue

  • Hotel–Sight

Though its name has been changed many times, this building will always be "the Bellevue" to Philadelphians. The hotel has had an important...

Rittenhouse Square

  • Neighborhood/Street

Once grazing ground for cows and sheep, Philadelphia's most elegant square is reminiscent of a Parisian park. One of William Penn's original...

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