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Rodin Museum

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Stroll through the largest collection (outside of Paris) of sculptor Auguste Rodin’s work in a formal garden and museum. Free. — Travel + Leisure

The newly renovated museum has Rodin's great works The Thinker and Burghers of Calais. — Lonely Planet

The largest collection of the sculptor’s work outside Paris — Where

Devoted to the French Impressionist and home to one of Philadelphia’s loveliest gardens. — Condé Nast Traveler

The beautiful, intimate Rodin Museum, in a 1929 Paul Cret building, exhibits the largest collection of the master's work (129 sculptures) outside the Musée Rodin in Paris. — Frommer's

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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At this sprawling world-famous museum, see major works of fine and decorative art from across the globe, including a number of works by Philadelphia artists — Where

America's third-largest art museum from City Hall -- a resplendent, huge, beautifully proportioned Greco-Roman temple on a hill. — Frommer's

Home to myriad artistic and cultural treasures, including Impressionist masterpieces and modernist forebears. — Condé Nast Traveler

Founded as a museum of decorative arts during the 1876 Centennial Exposition and inspired by Greek temples, the PMA sits on nine acres and still gets a lot of Rocky-imitating traffic. — Concierge

Excellent collections of Asian art, Renaissance masterpieces, post-impressionist works and modern pieces by Picasso, Duchamp and Matisse. — Lonely Planet

Independence Hall

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The most cynical among us can't help but be moved once inside. — Afar Magazine

The birthplace of the United States, this redbrick building with its clock tower and steeple is one of the nation's greatest icons. — Fodor's

Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence in the hall, which also saw the adoption of the Articles of Confederation in 1781 and the ratification of the US Constitution in 1787. — Michelin Guide

Home of the first gay rights protests in 1965! Also signing of Constitution, et al. — Not For Tourists

Independence Hall is the 'birthplace of American government,' where delegates from the 13 colonies met to approve the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. — Lonely Planet

City Hall

City Center West 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The majestic City Hall, completed in 1901, stands 548ft tall in Penn Sq. — Lonely Planet

The charming building is still in use as the mayor's office and is home to offices from the Register of Wills to city courtrooms to city council's quarters. — Frommer's

Its the largest municipal building in the world. — Not For Tourists

This elaborate towering structure was once famed for its revolutionary height.  — Atlas Obscura

City Hall still functions as Philadelphia's ceremonial "palace". — Michelin Guide

Elfreth's Alley

City Center East 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Visitors can stroll the cobblstoned way named for Jeremiah Elfreth, taking in such quaint details as brass doorknobs, small-paned windows with window boxes and brickwork. — Where

The modern Benjamin Franklin Bridge shadows Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited street in America. — Frommer's

One of the prettiest streets is Elfreth’s Alley, a stone-lined pedestrian way lined with homes built in the 18th century. — Condé Nast Traveler

The oldest residential street in the US, baby. — Not For Tourists

This alley is the oldest continuously occupied residential street in America, dating back to 1702. — Fodor's

The Franklin Institute

City Center West 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Founded more than 175 years ago to honor Benjamin Franklin, this science museum is as clever as its namesake, thanks to an abundance of dazzling hands-on exhibits. — Fodor's

The Franklin Institute isn't just kid stuff. All ages love this thoroughly imaginative trip through the world of science. — Frommer's

The walk-through, pulsing model of the human heart at this well-heeled science emporium is macabre enough to enchant children. — Travel + Leisure

The city’s celebrated, family-friendly science museum explores the history and future of science through hands-on exhibits such as "Your Brain," "Changing Earth," and "Electricity — Where

IMAX, Planetarium and lots of kiddie-fare. — Not For Tourists

The Barnes Foundation

Philadelphia 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Dr Barnes' $25 billion private collection of art and arboretum.  — Atlas Obscura

The collection's controversial move to the city is to your benefit. Go! — Not For Tourists

Exceptionally fine collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early French modern paintings, including works by Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Renoir and Van Gogh. — Lonely Planet

One of Philadelphia’s newest and most exciting museums showcases Albert C. Barnes’ collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modernist paintings. — Travel + Leisure

Displays works by masters like Matisse, Cézanne, and Renoir in a peaceful salon-style setting. — Condé Nast Traveler

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Philadelphia 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This High Victorian Gothic structure is a work of art in itself. — Fodor's

Housed in an ornate brick and limestone Victorian structure (1876, Frank Furness and George Hewitt), the museum exhibits three centuries of artistic styles. — Michelin Guide

The nation's oldest museum and school of fine arts, founded in 1805, preens in the middle of Center City. — Concierge

Two blocks north of City Hall is the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), a wonderful museum and teaching facility that was the first art school in the country. — Frommer's

This National Historic Landmark houses America's first art museum and art school, as well as one of the world's largest collections of American art. — Where

National Constitution Center

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Located just two blocks from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, this dynamic and modern museum tells the story of the U.S. Constitution through interactive and multimedia exhibits.  — Where

The 160,000-square-foot museum, designed by I.M. Pei's firm and opened in 2003, is a must-see on the historic trail. — Concierge

A Presidential wonderland. — Not For Tourists

Opened July 4, 2003, on Philadelphia's redesigned Independence Mall, the stunning, modern National Constitution Center is the first museum in the world devoted to the U.S. Constitution. — Frommer's

This 160,000-square-foot museum brings the U.S. Constitution alive through a series of highly interactive exhibits. — Fodor's

Liberty Bell Center

City Center East 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Liberty Bell is the subject of much legend; one story says it cracked when tolled at the funeral of Chief Justice John Marshall in 1835. Actually, the bell cracked slowly over a period of years. — Fodor's

The Liberty Bell, long associated with the American Revolution, actually pre-dates the Revolution. — Afar Magazine

The 2,080-pound bell with its famous crack rang on July 8, 1776 to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence — Where

The only reason anyone ever visits us. — Not For Tourists

Housed in a glass-fronted pavilion on Independence Mall, the Liberty Bell hung in the State House belfry for almost 100 years. Today it is a national symbol of freedom. — Michelin Guide

Masonic Temple

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Quite apart from its Masonic lore, the temple -- among the world's largest -- is one of America's best on-site illustrations of the use of post-Civil War architecture and design. — Frommer's

This Medieval Norman-style granite structure (1873) marked by spires and towers was conceived by Masonic brother James Windrim. — Michelin Guide

Giant staircases and oak appointments. — Not For Tourists

Fans of secret societies and over-the-top interior design will love a tour of this church-like building. — Lonely Planet

This 1873 National Historic Landmark features seven richly decorated halls and serves as the home to the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania. — Where

Christ Church

City Center East 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The most beautiful Colonial building north of Market Street has to be Christ Church (1727-54). — Frommer's

Founded in 1695, this Episcopal church was where many Founding Fathers prayed — Where

The Anglicans of the Church of England built a wooden church on this site in 1697. When they outgrew it, they erected a new church, the most sumptuous in the colonies. — Fodor's

Dogs, squirrels, and OC workers on lunch breaks. — Not For Tourists

Christ Church , completed in 1744, is where George Washington and Franklin worshiped. — Lonely Planet

Mutter Museum

City Center West 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The museum has hundreds of anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments, and organs removed from patients, including a piece of John Wilkes Booth's neck tissue. — Fodor's

America's most famous museum of medical oddities, and home to the remains of Einstein's Brain.  — Atlas Obscura

Skip med school and visit this seriously twisted museum to learn all about the history of medicine in the US. — Lonely Planet

The Mütter Museum is like nothing else. Though it’s exhibits might not sit well with those weak (or full) in the stomach, the collection is fascinating. — On the Grid

At The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, explore this fascinating museum full of anatomical and pathological artifacts and anomalies, medical instruments and skeletons — Where

Philadelphia Zoo

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The Philadelphia Zoo, opened in 1874, was the nation's first. — Frommer's

America's first zoo is a Victorian-landscaped, 42-acre area housing more than 1,300 animals in naturalistic habitats — Where

Modeled on a Victorian pleasure garden, the grounds feature paths that ramble past more than 1,700 animals from around the globe. — Michelin Guide

Monkeys are funny. — Not For Tourists

It's small and well landscaped enough to feel pleasantly intimate, and the naturalistic habitats allow you to get close enough to hear the animals breathe. — Fodor's

Independence National Historical Park

City Center East 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Now juxtaposed against modern architecture, the historical park includes the country's most revered icons of liberty: Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. — Michelin Guide

More of a district than a small green space, this national park—which spans more than 55 acres in Old City—is home to major Phildelphia attractions like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. — Condé Nast Traveler

This L-shaped park, along with Old City, has been dubbed 'America's most historic square mile.'. — Lonely Planet

The park spans over 55 acres on 20 city blocks and includes Colonial sites like Independence Hall, Christ Church, Carpenters’ Hall, Old City Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Museum. — Where

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Franklin Court

City Center East 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Franklin Court is an imaginative, informative, and downright fun (and free) museum run by the National Park Service. — Frommer's

This highly interactive and informative museum built on the site that was Benjamin Franklin's first permanent home in Philadelphia is scheduled to reopen in early 2013. — Fodor's

Museum and "ghost" sculpture of Franklin's digs. — Not For Tourists

An underground museum houses an ingenious array of audiovisual presentations that celebrate Franklin's life and genius. — Michelin Guide

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Independence Seaport Museum

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This interactive riverside museum highlights Philadelphia's maritime history (its shipyard closed in 1995 after 200 years). — Lonely Planet

The premier attraction of the city's waterfront, the Seaport Museum additionally boasts the docked cruiser Olympia and the submarine Becuna. — Frommer's

Philadelphia's maritime museum houses many nautical artifacts, figureheads, and ship models. — Fodor's

A wonderful and spacious maritime museum, located on Penn’s Landing, offers interactive exhibits and an operational boat workshop — Where

Covering 130,000sq ft, this contemporary waterfront facility features five permanent maritime exhibits, as well as a traditional wooden-boat-building workshop. — Michelin Guide

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Physick House

City Center East 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Built in 1786, this is one of two remaining freestanding houses from this era in Society Hill (you will see plenty of the famous Philadelphia row houses here). — Fodor's

Like the Powel House, the Physick House combines attractive design and historical interest. — Frommer's

Philanthropists Walter and Lenore Annenberg purchased the property and funded the renovation that turned the house into a Federal-period showpiece. — Michelin Guide

Physick House, the home of surgeon Philip Syng Physick, was built in 1786 by Henry Hill ... and is the only freestanding, Federal-style mansion remaining in Society Hill. — Lonely Planet

Dr. Philip Syng Physick, the “Father of American Surgery” and “Soda’s Pop,” lived in this four-story brick house, the only freestanding Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill. — Where

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Italian Market

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These days, the country's oldest outdoor market is as much Mexican as Italian and you'll probably find more taquiles than prosciutto; however, it's still a highlight of South Philadelphia. — Lonely Planet

For the last 100 years, this open-air market in South Philadelphia has beckoned the hungry masses with butcher, baker, and cheese stands. — Travel + Leisure

You'll find fresh pastas, cheeses, spices, meats, fruits and vegetables, and dry goods and kitchen equipment, as well as junky dollar-stores and funky boutiques. — Fodor's

Philadelphia’s most famous farmers’ market is also the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States — Where

A mecca for traditional shopping in immigrant South Philly, this boisterous market boasts a panoply of produce stalls and meat, fish and poultry. — Michelin Guide

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Eastern State Penitentiary

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These days... an audio-guided stroll through Eastern State's beautifully decrepit halls is creepily entertaining. — Frommer's

Do some time here yourself, wandering through the stark interior and learning about the fascinating history of this unique site. — Afar Magazine

Once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, Eastern State Penitentiary is now a haunting, crumbling, abandoned place remembered for its notorious captives — Where

World's first "penitentiary," meant to be humane, drove men insane.  — Atlas Obscura

Tour this massive former prison where Al Capone spent time. Autumn brings the popular Halloween-themed “Terror Behind the Walls” tours. — Travel + Leisure

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