Museums in Philadelphia

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Museums in Philadelphia

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  • Angela P
    Rolesville, NC9 contributions
    Fascinating and informative! We did the audio tour and spent nearly 3 hours at Eastern State Penitentiary. The audio tour was fantastic as were the many special exhibits and artists installations. This walk through history was so very engaging and is definitely a must visit in the Philadelphia area.
    Written October 3, 2022
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  • Joyce R
    6 contributions
    Love this museum. If you take your time and go through a lot of the interactive screens, you can learn a lot behind the items exhibited like where did silver, China, etc come from and how did it get to Philadelphia and who wS exploited to get these things. History is more inclusive now in museums. Would definitely come back for special exhibits.
    Written October 3, 2022
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  • GiselleB200
    Paarl, South Africa15 contributions
    Extraordinary collection of Impressionist art plus some art from other eras. Many reviews focus correctly on the sheer volume of art here particularly Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso. But the venue is not without its issues. You cannot wear any kind of light jacket although hoodies seemed acceptable. This is enforced very fiercely by the staff. The choice of who has to check their jacket in and who doesn’t also seemed pretty arbitrary. Heavy coats and big jackets I could understand. Several people like me having to walk around in thin shirts or tee shirts … and it’s not warm! Spoilt the experience. You also need your phone if you want any information about the paintings. Barnes also had a fairly eccentric and unique way to display the art meaning that paintings are piled high up the wall. Maybe it was because I got so cold but the visit could have been better.
    Written October 1, 2022
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  • Judy M
    Redondo Beach, CA112 contributions
    A truly interesting museum of the runup to the Revolution .Gave me a better understanding of the diverse points of view and the incredible effort to stitch a country together. Worth a good look!
    Written September 20, 2022
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  • hrobinson1114
    Nashville, TN2,588 contributions
    I’m rating five stars based mainly on the Harry Potter exhibit. Honestly, the rest is the museum seems to be geared toward kids and is a bit dated. But the institute seems to have innovating, interesting, fun rotating exhibits.

    The Potter exhibition was well done. Lots of wardrobe pieces, interesting behind the scenes info, and cool, colorful scenes perfect for Instagram.

    Though there isn’t a lot here a Potter fan wouldn’t know, I did find out a few cool facts, like how one of Voldermort’s robes ended up having over 160 feet of fabric. There were fun quotes and insights from crew and stars.

    I did the VIP experience and went mid day on a weekday, but from what I hear, it can get crowded at peak times.

    Again, I wouldn’t make this a special trip for the regular/permanent exhibits, but would check out the rotating exhibits regularly.
    Written September 1, 2022
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  • Huw W
    London, UK373 contributions
    Set in a lovely garden, this is a quick tour with 4-5 galleries of Rodin's sculptures. Well displayed, not crowded, and free entry with the Philadelphia Art Museum ticket- recommended.
    Written September 26, 2022
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  • Lee A
    Philadelphia, PA224 contributions
    So glad to have the National Museum of American Jewish History reopened. It is an important resource and symbol on Independence Mall.
    Written September 25, 2022
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  • rikarich04
    Charlotte, NC31 contributions
    We visited the Please Touch Museum on the last day of our vacation to Philadelphia this week, and I’m really glad we didn’t skip it. We were very worn out (or at least the adults were) from walking all around the city and venturing to Hershey, but the kids were insistent that we go to this museum as we had already researched it together online. We spent about 2 hours at the museum before heading to the airport and we’re very impressed. The girls easily could have stayed an additional hour or so to spend more time in each of the rooms.

    The building itself is very large and impressive and feels like a real museum (as opposed to other children’s museums I’ve visited, which are clearly set up for that function). The museum has its exhibits laid out in a very attractive manner for children to flow through and explore each section. There’s currently a Doc McStuffins exhibit which my youngest daughter really enjoyed and wanted to spend all of her time in there, before being prompted to the fact that there was a whole additional level on the bottom with her favorites - like a pretend grocery store and kitchen. The Alice in Wonderland exhibit was very unique and was my personal favorite.

    There is even a carousel inside the museum, which is available for an additional five dollars per child which purchases you unlimited rides.

    The only reason I cannot give the place 4 stars is cleanliness. We grabbed a slice of pizza before heading out and the cafeteria seating area needed URGENT attention - sticky and crumbs everywhere. My oldest daughter refused to sit and eat. The rest of the museum looked and felt pretty clean but the cafeteria leaves one to wonder…Please hire more cafeteria staff.

    Overall the kids enjoyed themselves and wanted to stay longer. There’s a ton to see. Plan at last 3 hours if you want your children to enjoy each section without having to rush from room to room. Overall - very well done!
    Written July 9, 2022
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  • outofedinburgh
    Edinburgh, UK56 contributions
    As UK visitors, this really helped us understand more about the timeline and context of the Constitution. We were also impressed by the knowledge and enthusiasm of the staff. John’s stories about the life size figures really brought them to life. There were different levels of information on display which was great for giving more depth to some of the issues.
    Written September 21, 2022
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  • bea96720
    Hilo, HI16 contributions
    This was a surprisingly fun, good side trek we took. You need to make a reservation to go in, but it's well worth it. Very interesting and beautiful art pieces. Because it involved many different artists, it's a miah Mash of ideas and styles. But they all seem to work. It is definitely worth the time to visit. You do need to pay attention to the weather, as most of the work is outdoors.
    Written October 3, 2022
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  • tosl
    Jersey City, NJ618 contributions
    It has been a while since we have been here, at least 8 years. Some of the old favorites, like Egypt, are still on view, but we were stunned by the new Ur exhibit - outstanding displays with interactives. Easy parking and no crowds on a sunny Saturday in late February. My 13-year-old twin daughters also stayed engaged over a couple of hours.
    Written February 26, 2022
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  • Chris M
    Pocono Mountains Region, PA429 contributions
    Have always wanted to visit and heard a lot about it. Was not quite what I expected. It has, unfortunately, to me, a bit of the circus freak show element to it. The displays were hard to read because the lighting was dim and the glass distorts the words. Some might find the exhibits disturbing but I thought they were no worse than what you would see on TV. I did think it would be a larger museum.
    Written September 13, 2022
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  • dave911nj
    Pipersville, PA1,057 contributions
    Definitely worth a trip for any car enthusiasts. 70+ cars in display, all in beautiful working condition. They even have demo day where they show them driving.
    Written August 7, 2022
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  • Christina M
    Burleson, TX58 contributions
    The staff that work here are what makes this visit worthwhile. The entry to the museum is not really worth it and there should be a notification that it is not easily accessible (lots of narrow stairways going up and down).

    But the women that work here are an absolute delight and share wonderful stories with visitors! And the giftshop has some fun treasures as well.
    Written July 6, 2022
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  • Kathleen S
    11 contributions
    This should be rated as a TOP museum in Trip Advisor. It tells you SO MUCH about Ben Franklin and it has a cheap admission. National Park rangers are here that are full of information to share. I highly recommend this place!
    Written July 22, 2022
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