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Philadelphia's role in the creation of the new nation, as well as its strategic location as a booming port and city of immigrants, ensures its historic significance, and its museums in turn ensure that the heartbeat behind the city can be explored and shared by millions.

From the Franklin Institute celebrating scientific curiosity and exploration to the Institute of Contemporary Art standing at the vanguard of the international contemporary art scene, Philadelphia's museums provide an opportunity to explore a wide range or art, culture, and science.

Philadelphia | Museums

Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Academy of Natural Sciences
  • Grounded in Philadelphia's historic position as a cultural, commercial, and scientific center of the new nation, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia was founded in 1812 "for the...
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African American Museum
  • African American Museum
  • Located in Philadelphia's historic district, the African American Museum in Philadelphia was founded in 1976 in celebration of the nation's Bicentennial, and is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans.
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American Swedish Historical Museum
Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • Fabric Workshop and Museum
  • The rotating exhibits and small size of the Fabric Workshop and Museum create a homespun atmosphere in a building dedicated to the material that has decorated walls, people, and furnishings for thousands of years.
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Franklin Institute Science Museum
  • Franklin Institute Science Museum
  • Imagine designing a 350-ton train, casually strolling through the complex atriums and ventricles of the human heart, or having the infinite world of outer space right at your fingertips. The Franklin Institute Science Museum in Philadelphia offers such opportunities.
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Helicopter Museum
  • Helicopter Museum
  • To fly has been the dream of humankind since it first laid eyes on the lucky bird, and West Chester, Philadelphia commemorates the imagination and craftsmanship that turned that dream into a reality. In this Philadelphia suburb, the U.S.
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Institute of Contemporary Art
  • Institute of Contemporary Art
  • The vanguard of the contemporary art scene since its opening in 1963, the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania is known for identifying promising artists and showcasing their work, even if controversial. Among the more famous exhibits was Andy Warhol's in 1965.
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Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
  • The Penn Museum keeps one eye on the past and one on the future in its extensive assortment of relics from civilizations past and present, documenting human history, how it was made, and how it continues to develop.
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Mutter Museum
  • Mutter Museum
  • If the idea of a human skull collection makes your stomach churn or if you get squeamish at the thought of an object being extracted from a human throat, steer clear of the historical Mutter Museum.
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National Liberty Museum
  • National Liberty Museum
  • The United States Declaration of Independence guarantees us the inalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and it is the National Liberty Museum's proud mission to celebrate those freedoms.
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Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
  • Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of The Arts is the oldest museum and art school in the country and is internationally known for its 19th and 20th Century American paintings and...
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Philadelphia Athletics Museum
  • Philadelphia Athletics Museum
  • The Philadelphia Athletics Museum is dedicated to the city's former baseball team, who relocated to Kansas City in 1954 before ultimately settling in Oakland, California.
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Philadelphia Insectarium
  • Philadelphia Insectarium
  • Children have the chance to get up close and personal with the creepiest of crawlies at the Philadelphia Insectarium, the country's largest insect museum.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art stands at the end of the grand broad boulevard Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where it houses over 225,000 works of art and presides over a continuous and rich...
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Please Touch Museum
  • Please Touch Museum
  • Rainy days in Philadelphia may put a damper on some, but children can look forward to crowding into the Please Touch Museum and playing the afternoon away.
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Polish American Cultural Center
The Comcast Experience
  • The Comcast Experience
  • Inside the Winter Garden lobby of the Comcast Center in Philadelphia lies a striking 2,100 square foot video wall that blends creativity, energy, and technology to provide 18 hours a day of unique entertainment.
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Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Wagner Free Institute of Science
  • Established through the unique curiosity and dedication of Philadelphia merchant William Wagner, the Wagner Free Institute of Science was conceived as a vehicle for Wagner to offer free educational science courses to anyone who would attend.
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Woodmere Art Museum
  • Woodmere Art Museum
  • In the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia among six acres of manicured greenery, the stony expanse of a 19th century Victorian mansion has been home to the Woodmere Art Museum since first opening its doors in 1940.
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