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Rodin Museum

Philadelphia 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The largest collection of the sculptor’s work outside Paris. Casts of his most famous works, such as “The Thinker” and “The Gates of Hell,” are nestled into this renovated oasis on the... — Where

This jewel of a museum holds the biggest collection outside France of the work of sculptor Auguste Rodin (1840–1917). — Fodor's

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

The small 1920s Beaux-Arts structure and its surrounding gardens, designed by Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber, house 124 sculptures by French artist Auguste Rodin (1840-1917). — Michelin Guide

If you are a fan of sculpture this is a must. — Afar Magazine

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia 93 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A “must-do” list for Philly visitors... include the Rocky statue, a run (or walk) up the museum steps, and a visit to the museum. — Afar Magazine

The city's premier cultural attraction is one of the country's leading museums. One of the greatest treasures of the museum is the building itself. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Independence Hall

City Center East 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

Elfreth's Alley

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

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

This charming colonial pathway is the oldest continuously used residential street in the U.S.  — Atlas Obscura

A quaint quiet street with houses dating back to the beginning of America! — Afar Magazine

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

The tiny, cobblestone alleyway – a little slice of colonial America in miniature – is believed to be the oldest continuously occupied street in the USA. — Lonely Planet

The Franklin Institute

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

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." IMAX... — Where

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

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

Founded in 1824 to teach science to artisans and mechanics, the Franklin Institute and its museum have made science entertaining. — Michelin Guide

Be diligent about spending some time at Pennsylvania’s most visited museum. — Afar Magazine

The Barnes Foundation

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

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

This world-renown museum is stuffed with some 8,000 largely Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. — Frommer's

Includes more paintings by Renoir than anywhere else in the world, and more works by Cézanne than in all the museums of Paris. — Afar Magazine

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

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

City Hall

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

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

Topped by a 37-foot bronze statue of William Penn, City Hall was Philadelphia's tallest building until 1987. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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

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

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, including works by... — Where

A prestigious academy that has a museum with works by American painters, including Charles Willson Peale and Thomas Eakins. — Lonely Planet

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

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the nation's first museum and school of fine arts, and home to an outstanding permanent collection of American art, including Thomas Eakins’... — Afar Magazine

National Constitution Center

City Center East 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A Presidential wonderland. — Not For Tourists

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

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... — Where

This highly recommended museum makes the United States Constitution sexy and interesting for a general audience through theater-in-the-round reenactments. — Lonely Planet

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 2,080-pound bell with its famous crack rang on July 8, 1776 to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. These days, visit the world’s most famous bell in... — Where

Philadelphia's top tourist attraction, the Liberty Bell was commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Charter of Privileges. — Lonely Planet

The bell fulfilled the words of its inscription when it rang to "proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof," beckoning Philadelphians to the State House... — Fodor's

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

Philadelphia 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Giant staircases and oak appointments. — Not For Tourists

The temple is one of the city's architectural jewels, but it remains a hidden treasure even to many Philadelphians. — Fodor's

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

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

The city's best-kept secret, this ornate 19th-century temple designed to house the state's Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania hides in plain sight across from City Hall. — Concierge

Philadelphia Zoo

Philadelphia 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The country's oldest zoo has tigers, pumas, polar bears – you name it – in naturalistic habitats. — Lonely Planet

The magnificent City Hall of Philadelphia stands planted at the center of the two major streets, Broad and Market. Completed in 1901, it was originally designed by John McArthur Jr. to be... — Afar Magazine

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

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. Attractions include the Zooballoon, a children's zoo, a butterfly... — Where

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

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

The dioramas of animals from around the world displayed in their natural habitats give this natural history museum an old-fashioned charm. — Fodor's

Kid-pleasing exhibits such as a butterfly room and a terrific dinosaur exhibition where you can dig for fossils and bones. — Lonely Planet

Founded in 1812, The Academy is the oldest natural history museum in the Americas. Families can experience the feel of a live legless lizard, the towering terror of a T-rex and the... — Where

The acclaimed Discovering Dinosaurs exhibit displays skeletons and details the rigors of uncovering fossils. Life-size dioramas ... showcase native animals. — Michelin Guide

If you're looking for dinosaurs, the academy is the best place to find them. Kids love the big diorama halls, with cases of various species mounted and posed in authentic settings. — Frommer's

Mutter Museum

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

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. Technically residing within the... — On the Grid

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

A collection of curiosities—medical and otherwise—housed in a gorgeous Beaux Arts building. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

Kids will be fascinated, possibly frightened, and definitely grossed out by this hugely entertaining collection of medical oddities in an appropriately dark, dank, Harry Potter-ish setting. — Frommer's

Independence National Historical Park

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

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

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

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, not to... — Where

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... — Condé Nast Traveler

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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 →

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

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

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Christ Church

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

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

This elegant Georgian brick edifice (1754) boasts a tower and a "Philadelphia steeple." — Michelin Guide

Founded in 1695, this Episcopal church was where many Founding Fathers prayed. Services: Su 9 am and 11 am. Open M-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 1 pm-5 pm. Free admission, but $5 donation suggested. — 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

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

Independence Seaport Museum

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

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

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

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

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

A wonderful and spacious maritime museum, located on Penn’s Landing, offers interactive exhibits and an operational boat workshop. Just outside, visitors can tour the decks and depths of... — Where

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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 →

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

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

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

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

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

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Italian Market

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

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

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

Philadelphia’s most famous farmers’ market is also the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States. Hundreds of family-owned businesses offer delicious eats, meats,... — Where

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

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

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