15 S 7th St. 215/685-4830 Philadelphiahistory.org Reopened to the public in September of 2012 with the completion of a total interior renovation, the Philadelphia History Museum unveiled redesigned galleries to showcase its outstanding collection of historical objects, art and artifacts. The Museum, founded by city ordinance in 1938 to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution in Philadelphia, is housed in an historic 1826 building, 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 premiere collection of over 100,000 objects, paintings, and photographs in exhibitions, programs and interactive media.
220 S. 34th St. 215/898-2083.
Tues-Fri 10-5; Sat & Sun 12-5
Housed in a National Landmark Building, the Arthur Ross Gallery, now in its 25th year, presents exhibitions in all media from antiquity to contemporary times from public and private collections around the world.
1900 Pattison Ave. South Phila. 215/389-1776.
Tues-Sun, 10am-4pm. Weekends 12noon-4pm. Closed Mondays and holidays. Adults $6. Seniors, students with ID & youth ages 12-18 $5. Children under 12 Free.
ASHM is a place where people of all nationalities who enjoy Swedish architecture, art, history and tradition come together. Three of the museums twelve permanent galleries tell the story of the Delaware Valley’s earliest European settlers and their New Sweden Colony(1638-1655). Other rooms highlight contributions of 19th century Swedes and Swedish Americans including soprano Jenny Lind, feminist Fredericka Bremer, engineer John Ericsson and inventor Alfred Nobel. The fine arts collection includes works by Carl Milles, Carl Larsson, Anders Zorn, and special exhibitions feature contemporary artists.
1700 W. Montgomery Avenue (North Philadelphia, near Temple University). 215/763-6529.
For calendar of evening courses and special Saturday programs, call Beth at extension 13. Courses and museum are free. Tues-Fri, 9:00am to 4:00pm.
A National Historic Landmark, the collection includes skeletons, fossils, shells, minerals, and mounted animals. Founded in 1855, the Wagner houses a natural history collection begun by William Wagner in the early nineteenth century and expanded by naturalist Joseph Leidy in the 1880s.
525 Arch St, Independence Mall. 215/409-6600.
Mon-Fri, 9:30-5; Sat 9:30-6; Sun noon-5. Adults $12, Seniors $11, Children 4-12 $8. Extra charge for some special exhibits.
The National Constitution Center is dedicated to honoring the U.S. Constitution. This dynamic and modern museum tells the story of the Constitution through interactive and multimedia exhibits.
701 Arch St. 215/574-0380.
Tues-Sat, 10am-5pm. Sun, noon-5pm. Open Dr. Martin Luther King Day with related programs. Closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Adults $8, Students and Seniors $6.
This museum houses one of the most significant collections of African-American history and culture in Pennsylvania.
Once a prison, now a world-class art museum. Housed on the site of once was the Bucks County Jail, the Michener Art Museum is an American art institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Delaware Valley region and beyond. Welcoming 135,000 visitors each year, the Michener showcases a world-class collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings as well as many special and permanent exhibitions that include the work of historical and contemporary painters, sculptors, photographers, and furniture designers. Art Transforms. Let us show you how.
Ample free parking available. Wheelchair accessible.
Admission: Adult $15, Senior $13, College students $8, Ages 6-18 $5, Children under 6 free
Open Tuesday through Friday 10am-4:30pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 12pm-5pm, closed Monday
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 215-299-1066.
Mon-Fri, 10am – 4:30pm. Weekends and holidays, 10am-5pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day. Adults $10. Children (3-12) $8. $2/person for Live Butterflies exhibit.
Experience dinosaurs, butterflies, and live animals–all under one roof! Visit the Academy today.
19 S 22nd St. 215/563-3737 ext. 242. E-Mail.
Mon-Sun, 10am-5pm. All Group tours must be scheduled in advanced at 215/563-3737 ext.293. Adults, $12. Children 6-18, Senior Citizens, and Students, $8.
Someone thought it a good idea to preserve 19th and 20th century medical equipment and anatomical specimens for forensic research, not realizing that having 20,000 of these specimens in one place spells fun for the not-faint of heart. If you’ve ever wondered what happened to Florence Nightengale’s sewing kit or President Grover Cleveland’s jaw tumor, look no further. Possibly the most requested museum among young tourists out to test their date’s capacity for the unusual. The collection is in fact a useful archive of medical information, despite the popular conception.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 215/278-7200 barnesfoundation.org
The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings, with extensive holdings of works by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, Picasso, Rousseau and Modigliani as well as American and Old masters, important examples of African sculpture and Native American ceramics, jewelry and textiles, and more. Open Wednesday-Monday 9:30am-6pm and until 10pm on Fridays.