Philadelphia Museums & History

Philadelphia Museums & HistoryThe Birthplace of America has as rich a history as its nickname implies. With dozens of buildings and landmarks dedicated to various aspects of history, science, art and culture, Philadelphia offers residents and visitors plenty of opportunities to learn about the past, present and future by exploring the multitude of diverse and unique museums.

African American Museum in Philadelphia
For over 35 years, the African American Museum in Philadelphia has been honoring the history, art and culture of African Americans. This museum is particularly notable as the first of its kind to be funded and built by a municipality. Explore the four galleries and auditorium to learn more about the AAMP’s three main themes: The African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story and the Contemporary Narrative.

Address: 701 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 - MAP
Phone: (215) 574-0380
Web: www.aampmuseum.org

Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia
Discover the city’s past at the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia, also known as the Philadelphia History Museum. More than just a collection of artifacts, the Atwater Kent Museum tells the elaborate story about the growth of the city as well as narratives about the people who lived in it.

Address: 15 S 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 - MAP
Phone: (215) 685-4830
Web: www.philadelphiahistory.org

Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia
Spend some time exploring the oldest chartered facility dedicated solely to the American Civil War: the Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia. This museum features a collection of distinct artifacts such as weapons, uniforms, journals and other belongings. Learn about the people who played pivotal roles in the Civil War as well as everyday citizens whose lives were affected by it.

Address: 1805 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 - MAP
Phone: (215) 735-8196
Web: www.civilwarphiladelphia.org

Fabric Workshop & Museum
Want to explore the city’s culture in a completely different way? Visit the Fabric Workshop & Museum to see how local, national and international artists are transforming their work through experimentation with new materials and media. This contemporary art museum features pieces done by artists-in-residence from across the globe.

Address: 1214 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 - MAP
Phone: (215) 561-8888
Web: www.fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Independence Seaport Museum
While you may not sail the great blue seas, you can explore the history they played in Philadelphia’s development at the Independence Seaport Museum. A museum dedicated to the maritime history of Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley and Pennsylvania, the Independence Seaport Museum is suitably located along Penn’s Landing, the historic site where William Penn first docked when he arrived in America.

Address: 211 S Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106 - MAP
Phone: (215) 925-5439
Web: www.phillyseaport.org

Independence Hall
Found in Independence National Historical Park, Independence Hall is perhaps one of the best-known icons of Philadelphia. It was in this building that the Declaration of Independence was signed and the US Constitution was drafted. Outside of this monumental building is the legendary Liberty Bell, another memorable, patriotic symbol.

Address: 143 S 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 - MAP
Phone: (215) 597-8787
Web: www.nps.gov

National Constitution Center
Learn more about the United States Constitution at the National Constitution Center in the Independence National Historical Park. Expand your knowledge and understanding of this vital document as you explore the multimedia exhibitions, watch live performances in the institute’s theater or listen to speakers at one of the center’s many events.

Address: 525 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 - MAP
Phone: (215) 409-6600
Web: www.constitutioncenter.org

National Liberty Museum
Find out how precious and fragile democracy is when you enter the National Liberty Museum. This expansive eight-gallery museum is dedicated to preserving freedom and democracy by educating people about good character, civic responsibility and respect using 78 exhibits, 179 works of contemporary art and 2,000 stories of American heroes.

Address: 321 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19195 - MAP
Phone: (215) 925-2800
Web: www.libertymuseum.org

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Plan to spend quite a bit of time inside once you enter the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one of the largest art museum in the country with over 225,000 objects. Take your time exploring everything from pre-historical art to classical masterpieces to works by contemporary artists from all across the world. And that’s just the permanent collection!

Address: 26th St and the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy,
Philadelphia, PA 19130 - MAP
Phone: (215) 763-8100
Web: www.philamuseum.org

Rodin Museum
Fans of Auguste Rodin will not miss the Rodin Museum for the world. This famous French artist created works such as The Gates of Hell, the Burghers of Calais and The Thinker. In fact, the last piece greets visitors as they enter the courtyard. Enjoy the largest collection of the magnificent sculptor’s work seen outside of Paris!

Address: Benjamin Franklin Pkwy and 22nd St.,
Philadelphia, PA 19130 - MAP
Phone: (215) 763-8100
Web: www.rodinmuseum.org

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, referred to more commonly as simply the Penn Museum, was founded in 1887 and grew into one of the most internationally renowned education and research institutions dedicated to the understanding of cultural diversity. View some of the artifacts that have unlocked mysteries of the past and explore the worlds of other cultures found across the globe.

Address: 3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19104 - MAP
Phone: (215) 898-4000
Web: www.penn.museum

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The Franklin Institute

Address: 222 N 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 - MAP
Phone: (215) 448-1260
Web: www2.fi.edu

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

Address: 222 N 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 - MAP
Phone: (215) 448-1260
Web: www2.fi.edu

Betsy Ross House

Address: 239 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 - MAP
Phone: (215) 686-1252
Web: www.historicphiladelphia.org

Mütter Museum

Address: 19 S 22nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19103 - MAP
Phone: (215) 563-3737
Web: www.collphyphil.org

Fort Mifflin

Address: Fort Mifflin & Hog Island Roads, Philadelphia, PA 19153 - MAP
Phone: (215) 685-4167
Web: www.fortmifflin.us