The African American Museum in Philadelphia
701 Arch Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.574.0380
The African American Museum in Philadelphia is the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans.
Hours: Thursday thru Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM; Sunday
12 Noon - 5 PM
Admission: $14 for adults, $10 for seniors, children (4-12) and students with ID. Members and children under 4 are free.
Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History
15 South 7th Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.685.4830
Right around the corner from the Liberty Bell, the Museum presents the history of the city of Philadelphia. Founded by A. Atwater Kent, a radio pioneer, the museum is housed in the original home of the Franklin Institute.
Hours: Open every day but Tuesday, 10:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for Students and Teens (13-18), members and children under 12 are free.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Philadelphia, PA 19130 | 215.640.0171
300 North Latch's Lane | Merion, PA | 610.667.0290
Collections include early French Modern and Post-Impressionist paintings by such masters as Renoir, Cezanne, and Matisse. Works by Picasso, Seurat, Rousseau, Modigliani, Soutine, Monet, Manet, Degas and others. The foundation also contains exceptional collections of Stewartia, lilacs, roses and over 1,500 woodland species. Philadelphia location opens May, 2012. See website for visitor hours, and admission/ticketing information.
Benjamin Franklin Museum
Franklin Court | Philadelphia, PA
The Benjamin Franklin Museum is dedicated to the life, times, and legacy of Benjamin Franklin. The museum features artifacts, computer animations, and interactive displays. The exhibits are geared toward visitors of all ages, with displays that are educational, challenging, and fun. Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Timed entry tickets are available at the door and must be purchased on the day of your visit. There are a limited number of tickets available each day. Plan to allow at least one hour for your visit.
Franklin Institute Science Museum222 N. 20th Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.448.1200
Hundreds of hands-on exhibits, live demonstrations, high-tech theaters and special programs designed to open the world of science. IMAX films at Tuttleman Omniverse Theater.
Hours: 9:30 AM-5:00 PM Daily
General Admission: Adults $19.95. Children (3-11) $15.95.
001 Cathedral Road | Bryn Athyn, PA | 215.914.2993
A remarkable collection that illustrates varied religions such as ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Medieval Christian, Islamic, Asian and Native American. About 1 mile from NE Philadelphia.
Institute of Contemporary Art
University of Pennsylvania | 36th & Sansom Streets |
Philadelphia, PA | 215.898.7108
Exhibits by contemporary artists. No permanent collection. Check ahead for current schedule. Handicapped accessible.
Thursday & Friday, 11am–6pm
Saturday & Sunday, 11am–5pm
Monday & Tuesday, closed
First Union Science Park
222 N. 20th Street | Olde City | Philadelphia, PA | 215.925.2800
The Franklin Institute Science Museum and the Please Touch Museum combined to create an interactive outdoor park for parents and children.
Hours: Open 7 days, weather permitting May-October.
Museum of the American Revolution
101 South 3rd St | Philadelphia, PA | 215.253.6731
The museum tells the story of the creation of the American nation, how people from all walks of life found a bond in the soaring ideals of equality, freedom, and self-governance. The museum owns a distinguished collection of several thousand objects including artwork and sculpture, textiles and weapons, manuscripts and rare books. Permanent and special exhibition galleries, theaters and large-scale tableaux will bring to life the original "greatest generation," and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution.
Admission: Open daily 10AM–5PM. Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There is a charge for admission.
National Liberty Museum
21 Chestnut Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.925.2800
The National Liberty Museum is a new museum located in the heart of historic Philadelphia. It was created to help combat America's growing problem with violence and bigotry by celebrating our nation's heritage of freedom and the wonderful diverse society it has produced.
National Museum of American Jewish History
210 N. 21st Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.923.3811
The National Museum of American Jewish History is dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the Jewish people in America.
Hours: Tuesday to Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm*,
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am - 5:30pm
* From Memorial through Labor Days, the Museum stays open until 8:00pm on Wednesday evenings. Admission after 5:00 is pay-what-you-wish.
Admission: Adults $12. Children, Students, Seniors $11.
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Broad & Cherry Streets | Philadelphia, PA |
Exhibits American artists. The permanent collection features over 300 works.
Hours:Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and legal holidays.
Admission: Adults $15. Students with ID, Seniors (60+) $12. Youth (13-18) $8, Children 12 and under and military personnel (excluding groups): Free.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway | Philadelphia, PA | (215) 763-8100
More than 200 galleries filled with incredible treasures from a collection of over 400,000 works of art.
Hours: Tues. - Sun. 10 am - 5pm. Wed. - Fri. evenings until 8:45pm. Closed Mondays and legal holidays.
Admission: Adults: $20
Seniors (65 & over): $18
Students (with valid ID): $14
Youth (13–18): $14
Children (12 & under): Free
First Sunday of Every Month and Every Wednesday after 5:00 p.m.: Pay What You Wish
Philadelphia History Museum
15 South 7th Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.685.4830
The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent was founded by City Ordinance in 1938 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia. Its 1826 building at 15 South 7th Street was designed by John Haviland as the original home of the Franklin Institute. The Museum provides historical context for issues of contemporary urban life using its premier collection of over 100,000 objects, paintings, and photographs in exhibitions, programs, and electronic media.
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, $6 for students and teens (13-18), and children 12 and under free. Active members of the military are free and Museum Members are free.
Please Touch Museum
55 North 5th Street | Independence Mall East | Philadelphia, PA | (215) 581-3181
Please Touch Museum is a hands-on museum for children ages one to seven. Adults and children can learn and explore together. Activities are
educational, fun and safe.
Hours: Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. & Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve*: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
New Year's Day: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
CLOSED: Thanksgiving and Christmas Days
Admission: Children and Adults: $17
The Mummers Museum
1100 South 2nd Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.336.3050
Opened in 1976 and is dedicated to the Philadelphia celebration of New Years. The Museum houses a rich collection of Mummer's paraphernalia and memorabilia, from which the museum draws, to demomstrate the tradition of Philadelphia Mummery.
Hours: October thru April: Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm
Sunday 12:00n - 5:00pm
May thru September:Tuesday 9:30am - 9:30pm
Wednesday-Saturday 9:30am - 5:00pm,
Sunday 12:00n - 5:00pm.
Closed Mondays, all Holidays, and Sundays in July and August
Admission: Adults $3.50
Child (under 12) $2.50
Senior (AARP) $2.50
Polish American Cultural Center Museum
308 Walnut Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.922.1700
Exhibits throughout the museum highlight Polish customs, folk art, and other information about Poland's history and traditions during the last one thousand years.
Hours: Mon - Sat 10am - 4pm. Free admission. Closed holidays.
22nd Street & Ben Franklin Parkway | Philadelphia, PA | 215.763.8100
Considered the greatest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside of Paris. 124 sculptures, including a bronze cast of The Thinker. See our PhotoOp Gallery Tour of the Museum.
Hours: Wednesday-Monday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Closed: Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and the 4th of July
Suggested Admission: Adults: $10
Seniors (65+): $8
Students (with valid ID): $7
Youth (13-18): $7
Children (12 & under): Free
Philadelphia Museum of Art Members: Free
Rosenbach Museum and Library
2010 Delancey Street | Philadelphia, PA | 215.732.1600
Original manuscripts (e.g. James Joyce's "Ulysses"), rare letters, first editions, ancient maps and archives (e.g. Maurice Sendak).
Hours: Tuesday — Noon - 5pm
Wednesday — Noon - 8pm
Thursday — Noon - 8pm
Friday — Noon - 5pm
Saturday — Noon - 6pm
Sunday — Noon - 6pm
Admission: Adults: $10.00
Seniors (ages 65 & older): $8.00
Students & Children: $5.00
Children under 5: Free
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology & Anthropology
33rd & Spruce Streets | Philadelphia, PA | 215.898.4000
Ancient Egyptian, Mayan, African, Greek, Native American, Asian, Polynesian and Mesopotamian galleries.
Hours: Tues - Sat 10am - 4:30pm. Closed Mondays, holidays and summer Sundays from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
Admission: Adults $15. Seniors $13. Children 6 to 17 and full-time students with college ID &10. Children under 6 free.
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