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Physick House

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The Barnes Foundation

Both Physick House and The Barnes Foundation are recommended by professional reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, The Barnes Foundation is the choice of most writers compared to Physick House. The Barnes Foundation comes in at 87 with approval from 7 reviews including Fodor's, Not For Tourists and Afar Magazine.

Both Physick House and The Barnes Foundation are recommended by professional reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, The Barnes Foundation is the choice of most writers compared to Physick House. The Barnes Foundation comes in at 87 with approval from 7 reviews including Fodor's, Not For Tourists and Afar Magazine.

tripexpert score
82
#18 in Philadelphia
location

321 S Fourth St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

endorsements
  • 5 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's

    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). Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    Like the Powel House, the Physick House combines attractive design and historical interest. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    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. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    Philanthropists Walter and Lenore Annenberg purchased the property and funded the renovation that turned the house into a Federal-period showpiece. Full Review →

  • 59

    Where

    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. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Philadelphia

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

  • 10 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    While the statistics are impressive—81 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 7 Van Goghs, 6 Seurats (and many more)—almost more inspiring is this soaring marble-and-glass museum. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This world-renown museum is stuffed with some 8,000 largely Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

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

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    In a superb contemporary building (Todd Williams and Billie Tsienelle) is the exceptional collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, including work by Renoir, Cézanne and 60 by Matisse. Full Review →

  • 59

    Where

    The Barnes holds a superb collection of Impressionist, post-Impressionist and early-Modern paintings, as well extensive collections ranging from African sculpture to antiquities from Europe and Asia. Full Review →

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