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Wagner Free Institute of Science

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.

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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology

33rd and Spruce Sts. 215/898-4000.
Tues-Sat, 10am-4:30 p.m. Sun, 1-5pm. Partial opening summer Sundays: “Amarna,” Lower Egyptian Galleries only open (and reduced admission). Closed Mondays, and May 27, July 4, Sept. 2, Thanksgiving. Adults $8; Children (6-17), Students & Seniors $5.
This world-renowned museum features ancient Egyptian, Mesoamerican, African, Asian, Polynesian, Native American, and ancient Mediterranean world galleries. Visit the Museum shops and café.

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Wells Fargo Science Park

Located behind The Franklin Institute on 21st Street at Cherry. . 215/448-1200.
May-September, seven days a week from 10am-3pm, weather permitting.
The Franklin Institute Science Museum and Please Touch Museum have joined forces to create the First Union Science Park, and interactive outdoor park for parents and children.

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Schuylkill Academy of Fine Art

421 North 7th Street, Suite 400, Philadelphia, PA 19123. 215/922-2430. E-Mail.

Schuylkill Academy of Fine Art is an educational institution committed to the instruction and promotion of the arts of drawing, painting, and sculpture within the classically based figurative traditions. While it is primarily a school, there are faculty and student exhibitions throughout the year, as well as a series of lectures.

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Rosenbach Museum and Library

2008-2010 Delancey Place. 215/732-1600. E-Mail.
Tues-Sun 10-5, Wed 10-8. Closed Mondays and National Holidays $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Children under 5 are free.
The Rosenbach Museum houses the original manuscript of James Joyce’s Ulysses, first editions, and rare letters (such as a collection of letters written by Greta Garbo to Mercedes de Acosta).

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Rodin Museum

22nd St & Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215/763-8100.
Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm. A contribution of $3 per person is suggested.
Considered the greatest collection of Auguste Rodin sculptures outside of Paris.

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Polish American Cultural Center Museum

308 Walnut St. 215/922-1700.
Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm. Closed on holidays. Free admission.
smeagleAmerican Cultural Center MuseumOngoing museum features displays on Polish history and culture and paintings of Great Men and Women of Poland, a pictorial display of Poland at Arms, with World War II photographs from 1939-1944.

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Please Touch Museum

Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park 4231 Avenue of the Republic (formerly North Concourse Drive) Philadelphia, PA 19131. 215/963-0667. E-Mail.
Monday thru Saturday 9am–5pm, Sunday 11am–5pm CLOSED: New Year’s, Thanksgiving and Christmas Days. Children and Adults: $15; Under the age of one: Free, Members: Free; Groups of 15 or more: please call (215) 581-3168 or (215) 581-3170 for reservations and discount group rates.
Please Touch Museum is designed for children one to seven years old. It’s a place where Learning is Childs’ Play!

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

26th & Ben Franklin Pkwy. 215/763-8100 or 684-7500.
Tues-Sun, 10am-5pm. Fri until 8:45pm. Closed Mondays and legal holidays. Adults $20. Seniors (65+) $18, students with ID & youth ages 13-18 $14. Children 12 and under FREE. First Sundays of the month are Pay What You Wish all day. Some special exhibits require an additional ticket and reservations.
pmacolor_250This museum houses over 200 galleries filled with treasures spanning continents and cultures, drawn from a collection of more than 225,000 works of art. Over 200 works on view.
In addition to the art collection, there is a concert series and other special events.

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Philadelphia History Museum

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.

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