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Philosophical Hall

  • 104 S. 5th St. Map It
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Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

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, has a handsome arched entrance, and houses the Society's museum, open to the public. The society's library is across the street in Library Hall.

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104 S. 5th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA

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Published 01/10/2017


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