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The Barnes Foundation
#1 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Philadelphia has always been a great city for museums with the Franklin Institute, The Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum all readily accessible along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, but there is yet another museum...
... a much larger, newly constructed space in a museum in Center City Philadelphia, close to the other art museums on the Ben Franklin Parkway, i.e. the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art of Rocky Ste...
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Eastern State Penitentiary
#2 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Fascinating, interesting and very different environment than typical museums.
ESP is walking distance to many Center City hotels and Philly's greatest museums.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
#3 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
so much to see and do wonderful scenery the rocky statue the art museum steps the gorgous water fountain the museums great condo and apartments great food amazing atmosphere
I've been to great art museums throughout Europe and it's amazing to have one nearby that matches many for its collection of modern art and impressionists.
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Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
#4 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
This car museum delivers the same excitement and showmanship as some of the most popular and largely funded car museums that I’ve visited around the world.
Whenever we travel we try to find reciprocal museums to enjoy for free with those memberships.
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Museum of the American Revolution
#5 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
It is one of best museums i have visited and since it is walking distance to many of the great historical landmarks in Philadelphia, you can make a day out of experiencing the making of America.
We moaned as a fifth grade class fieldtrip caught up with us, but quickly learned there was plenty of space for us all without the auditorium echo of some other big museums we've visited.
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
#6 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Pippin became a well known African American painter with solo shows in major museums and paintings of various genres in public and private collections.
In a city replete with fabulous art collections displayed at museums on the Parkway this jewel is often overlooked.
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Rodin Museum
#7 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
I would love to catch a tour here but I think they only do one a day and we started at the museum of art (admission covers both museums).
The building is beautiful and close to other art Museums.
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National Museum of American Jewish History
#8 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Among the greatest Jewish museums of the world, the National Museum of American Jewish History offers the most comprehensive overview of American Jewish history available anywhere.
Usually Jewish History museums are just endless walls of reading but this was a delightful surprise & I definitely needed more time here.
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Penn Museum
#9 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
This is a small museum (compared to the large museums), but we were impressed with the types of artifacts and the diversity of cultures they covered.
Apparently the museum does have reciprocal relationships with certain museums out of town, but I showed them my membership cards to the MFA and MoS in Boston and they weren't in the right network...but I appreciat...
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Please Touch Museum
#10 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
It was a tad pricey, but I live in MD where all National DC museums are free.
We picked to visit the Please Touch Museum after seeing it was rated one of the top Autism-friendly museums in the country.
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National Constitution Center
#11 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
With Philly having so many great museums, it's impressive that museums like this continue to find creative ways of teaching their stories.
My husband was the one who really wanted to go to the National Constitution Center and I'm so glad we did because as the title states, this is one the BEST museums I've ever been to.
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National Liberty Museum
#12 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
This is a humungous task, but the Museum rises to the challenge through inter-active exhibits, contemporary works of art and illustrated stories of heroes from all walks of life and backgrounds.
While their Chihuly centerpiece alone is worth a visit, the real allure of The Liberty Museum is their heartfelt and thought provoking displays of the real trials of human liberty, from the Creation to Ghandi, Ann...
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The Franklin Institute
#13 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Truly one of the best, most educational, thoughtfully designed and engaging and wonderful museums for kids of ALL ages.
Great movies, special exhibits and permanent exhibit that is made more accessible for visitors with memberships to other science museums through reciprocity program.
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
#14 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
A small museum and open art space dedicated to mosaic with a variety of objects.
I really enjoyed the museum and it really opens your eyes you what a single man can do with a vision.
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Benjamin Franklin Museum
#15 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
That is very high praise indeed, especially when you consider that we also visited 4 of the famous Smithsonian museums in Washington DC on the same vacation.
Great man , great updated interactive displays-really one of the best museums in the city
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Independence Seaport Museum
#16 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Together these are two of the best floating museums/restored ships we have visited.
A great little museum on the Delaware Riverfront but the highlight was the fact that admission ($17 adults and $12 seniors and students) gets you onto the Spanish-American War cruiser 'Olympia' and the WWII submar...
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Mutter Museum
#17 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
The museum itself is very small compared to other museums but the specimens exhibited there were so well preserved and are truly magnificent if you are interested in anything that has to do with medicine or into t...
We only stopped by the Mutter Museum because it was part of the Philadelphia Go Pass, but it was one of the most interesting museums that we visited in Philly.
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Fireman's Hall
#18 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
This is one of those museums that runs on the dedication of volunteers and other community advocates.
Danny, a full time firefighter on duty at the museum today, was enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable about all the exhibits on display.
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Betsy Ross House
#19 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
We only had a short time to see museums before our flight home and we choose this and it was a good decision.
Well preserved home and museum dedicated to Colonial living, Betsy Ross and the story of the Stars and Stripes.
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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
#20 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Happy we were able to bring our own lunch and to sit in their cafeteria which honestly was cheaper then some other eateries in museums.
Admission is pretty pricey, but thanks to our membership at a reciprocal museum we were able to get in for free!! My son was in heaven with all the dinosaur skeletons!
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Old City Hall
#21 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
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Second Bank of the United States
#22 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
If you have an interest in the American Revolution or U.S. history in general for that matter, this is an important stop, even in a city with many important historic places and museums to visit.
Side rooms contasin other exhibits with a large exhibit of portraits collected and displayed by Peale in his museum.
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Franklin Court
#23 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Museum is filled with interactive exhibits that surprised and astonished me as I learned about Franklin and fossils, astronomy, and volcanoes (??).
Nice little courtyard area, with the Ben Franklin museum, old print shop, and functioning post office.
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Science History Institute
#24 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
CHF is centrally located to many other interesting museums as well.
I think that it is great that the Science History Institute has this museum open to the public free of charge!
Philadelphia History Museum
#25 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
In addition to the kindness of the staff at the entrance (some of which happen to be historians and are ready to share their knowledge with you), this museums leverages successfully new mediums of communication: v...
This was one of the best small museums we have ever visited.
Rosenbach Museum and Library
#26 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
If you love books, or history, or the history of books; this museum is for you!
Practically or should I say "literally" the only museum open today in Philadelphia.
USS Becuna
#27 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
There is, however, a very clean set of bathrooms within walking distance in the main building of the Independence Seaport Museum.
The Seaport Museum, The Olympia, and the Becuna, are a great way to spend the day!!
Franklin Print Shop
#28 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
There is a small fee for the museum, but everything else in Franklin Court, including the Print Shop, is free, and visitors are able to stroll about the courtyard at their leisure.
Start with the Franklin Museum to learn about Franklin and then see the rangers provide a demonstration of the printing process.
Woodmere Art Museum
#29 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
Other programs offered by the museum include lectures, music recitals, family art making & story telling, docent tours, adult art classes, classic film showings, etc. if you're a lover of the arts or just casually...
This lovely art museum is located in a 19th century stone mansion in the historic and beautiful Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.
Wells Fargo Museum
#30 of 108 Museums in Philadelphia
"Tales of Wells Fargo!" Jim Hardie would be happy to see this almost hidden gem of a wonderful Center City Philadelphia museum.
A very pleasant surprise to find this small but very interesting museum, it certainly brought back childhood memories of the famous Wells Fargo Stagecoaches.