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Philadelphia History Museum

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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Good background on Philly

The displays were very nice, very organized and informative. The large room has a map of Philly on... read more

Reviewed August 27, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts

Overlooked yet essential museum dedicated to the history of this great city. Enjoyed the films... read more

Reviewed May 17, 2019
Marlton, New Jersey
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Just steps from the Liberty Bell the new Philadelphia History Museum showcases an array of historical objects, art, and artifacts that tell the story of Philadelphia, from its founding in 1680 to present day. The Museum features eight renovated...more
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15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2313
City Center East
+1 215-685-4830
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Reviewed May 17, 2019

Overlooked yet essential museum dedicated to the history of this great city. Enjoyed the films, staff, and exhibits.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed January 18, 2019

Museum is a very interesting exhibition related to the history local history. I have received many interesting information about the history of city and also the Pennsylvania state. Also stuff was very friendly and engaging.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank JaroslavNecas
Reviewed June 9, 2018 via mobile

make time for this treasure of a museum and dont miss the gibbett! (sp?)...i was told they had one by the sweet greeter but she did not tell me what it was. you will be enlightened that human beings thought about making this. unreal. bring...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

This little museum is a a hidden gem but well worth the visit and making the effort to find I found it my accident, I was going to see declaration house but it was closed so I continued down the street and came across here...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Conor01
Reviewed May 18, 2018

We had been to Philadelphia a number of times but did not visit this museum until our last trip. We were impressed with the quality of the displays, paintings, and staff. We would certainly recommend this museum to anyone visiting Philadelphia; it is located fairly...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Andy5573
Reviewed May 17, 2018 via mobile

We came across a TripAdvisor review for this Museum which celebrates the making of the Philadelphia, through both the buildings and the people who have helped create the City today. Not far off Chestnut Street and close to the main attractions, it should be better...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

This is a lovely little museum but the highlight for me was chatting to the staff as they have so much to say! I only planned to spend about an hour in here but just before I went in I grabbed a muffin and hot...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank VikkiBee
Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

This is a small museum near the independence mall. It's mostly paintings of famous Philadelphians but I enjoyed the Norman Rockwell Post covers.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed September 11, 2017 via mobile

What set this museum apart from others in the city was the focus on daily life in Philly for all genders, classes, and races through the founding to today. I really enjoyed the questions about what things like boxing gloves, doll houses, and drinking glasses...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Traci D
Reviewed August 27, 2017

The displays were very nice, very organized and informative. The large room has a map of Philly on the floor that you can walk around and get a feel for where things are. We found the best part to be a film that they showed...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Response from TirreniaMike | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other gentleman. The film on William Penn is 30 minutes, and a must see. When we were there, we also saw an exhibit about fabric sellers who operated from pushcarts in the early part of the 1900s. There is... More