Philadelphia

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Philadelphia - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Barnes Foundation

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Museum/Gallery

    Nearly sequestered from public view for a century in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, this legendary collection of 19th- and 20th-century masterpieces...Read More

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  • 2. Independence Hall

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    The birthplace of the United States, this redbrick building with its clock tower and steeple is one of the nation's greatest icons. America...Read More

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  • 3. National Constitution Center

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    This 160,000-square-foot museum brings the U.S. Constitution alive through a series of highly interactive exhibits tracing the development and...Read More

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  • 4. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    Center City | Museum/Gallery

    This High Victorian Gothic structure is a work of art in itself. Designed in 1876 by the noted, and sometimes eccentric, Philadelphia architects...Read More

  • 5. Philadelphia Museum of Art

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Museum/Gallery

    The city's premier cultural attraction is one of the country's leading museums. One of the greatest treasures of the museum is the building...Read More

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  • 6. Rodin Museum

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Museum/Gallery

    This jewel of a museum holds the biggest collection outside France of the work of sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). Occupying a 20th-century...Read More

  • 7. The Franklin Institute

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Museum/Gallery

    Founded more than 175 years ago to honor Benjamin Franklin, this science museum is as clever as its namesake, thanks to an abundance of dazzling...Read More

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  • 8. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount | Museum/Gallery

    The dioramas of animals from around the world displayed in their natural habitats give this natural history museum an old-fashioned charm. The...Read More

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  • 9. African American Museum in Philadelphia

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    The centerpiece of this museum is "Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776–1876," a permanent exhibit that uses video and...Read More

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  • 10. American-Swedish Historical Museum

    South Philadelphia | Museum/Gallery

    Near the sports complex in deep South Philly, this neoclassical building with big stone arches in FDR Park celebrates Swedish contributions...Read More

  • 11. Arthur Ross Gallery

    University City and West Philadelphia | Museum/Gallery

    Penn's official art gallery contains treasures from the university's collections and traveling exhibitions. The gallery shares its historic...Read More

  • 12. Betsy Ross House

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    It's easy to find this little brick house with the gabled roof: just look for the 13-star flag displayed from its second-floor window. Whether...Read More

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  • 13. Carpenters' Hall

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    This handsome, patterned red-and-black brick building dating from 1770 was the headquarters of the Carpenters' Company, a guild founded to support...Read More

  • 14. Congress Hall

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    Formerly the Philadelphia County Courthouse, Congress Hall was the meeting place of the U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800—one of the most important...Read More

  • 15. Declaration House

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    In a second-floor room that he had rented from bricklayer Jacob Graff, Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) drafted the Declaration of Independence...Read More

  • 16. Fireman's Hall Museum

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in an authentic 1876 firehouse, this museum traces the history of firefighting, from the volunteer company founded in Philadelphia by...Read More

  • 17. Franklin Court [The Benjamin Franklin Museum]

    Old City | Museum/Gallery

    This highly interactive and informative museum built on the site that was Benjamin Franklin's first permanent home in Philadelphia was thoroughly...Read More

  • 18. Germantown Historical Society

    Northwestern Philadelphia | Museum/Gallery

    The headquarters of the society has a historical and genealogical library and a museum showcasing noteworthy furniture, textile, and costume...Read More

  • 19. Independence Seaport Museum

    Penn's Landing | Museum/Gallery

    Philadelphia's maritime museum houses many nautical artifacts, figureheads, and ship models, as well as interactive exhibits that convey just...Read More

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  • 20. Institute of Contemporary Art

    University City and West Philadelphia | Museum/Gallery

    This museum, part of the University of Pennsylvania, has established a reputation for identifying promising artists and exhibiting them at a...Read More