Philadelphia Living - Places - Museums - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
  • African Amer: The African American Museum in Philadelphia; the heritage of African Americans; themes include: the African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative
  • Acad Nat Sci: The Academy of Natural Sciences; founded 1812; museum includes dinosaurs, dioramas, and events; Dinosaur Hall
  • Art Barnes: Barnes Foundation; notable collection of impressionist and post-impressionist paintings; Philadelphia campus
  • Art Drexel: The Drexel Collection™; paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, porcelain; at Drexel Univeristy
  • Art ICA: Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania; presentation of contemporary art
  • Art Online:; shows an online collection of work by local, national, and international artists
  • Art PAFA: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; nation's oldest museum and school of fine arts, founded 1805; American art, ranging from colonial Robert Feke, John Singleton Copley, and Benjamin West, to contemporary including Richard Diebenkorn, Red Grooms, and Faith Ringgold
  • Art PMA: Philadelphia Museum of Art; over 225,000 works of art in 200 galleries covering two millennia and six continents
  • Art Rodin: Rodin Museum; Auguste Rodin (French, 1840–1917), sculptor; houses 124 sculptures, including The Thinker, The Burghers of Calais, Eternal Springtime, Apotheosis of Victor Hugo, and The Gates of Hell
  • Art Romanian: Romanian Folk Art Museum
  • Atwater/History: Atwater Kent Philadelphia's history museum; objects include William Penn's wampum belt and personal effects of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin; located near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell
  • Battleship NJ: Battleship New Jersey museum; notable US Navy battleship BB-62 produced at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard; notable service in World War II, Vietnam, Mediterranean; decommissioned in 1991; museum on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from Center City Philadelphia
  • Childrens/Please Touch: Please Touch Museum; for families with children; learning through play
  • Civil War: Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia; founded in 1888 by veteran Union Army, Navy and Marine Corps officers; oldest chartered Civil War institution in America; formerly the Civil War Library and Museum
  • Constitution: National Constitution Center; aims to increase public understanding of the United States Constitution; established by the Constitution Heritage Act of 1988; located within Independence National Historical Park
  • Elfreth’s Alley: Residential street since 1702; museum houses
  • Fabric: Fabric Workshop and Museum; creating new work in fabric and other materials
  • Fairmount Water: The Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center; restored buildings housing water works used to supply drinking water from the Schuylkill River to Philadelphia from 1822 to 1909; exhibits; Engine House restaurant; Greek Revival buildings
  • Franklin Inst: Science Museum; includes the Wright Brothers Aeronautical Engineering Collection, Fels Planetarium, Tuttleman IMAX Theater
  • Glen Foerd: Glen Foerd Estate; house museum and grounds
  • Glencairn: educates visitors about the history of religion; art and artifacts; Bryn Athyn, PA
  • Independence: Independence National Historical Park sites; Independence Hall and the related historical buildings; many of the sites display historical objects; sites include: Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Great Essentials Exhibit (copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution of the United States), Congress Hall, Old City Hall, Second Bank of the United States, New Hall Military Museum, Carpenters' Hall, Franklin Court, Christ Church, Bishop White House, Todd House, Declaration House, City Tavern, Deshler Morris House, Mikveh Israel Cemetery, Philosophical Hall (American Philosophical Society), National Constitution Center, Independence Visitor Center, Free Quaker Meeting House, Merchants' Exchange Building; National Park Service
  • Jewish Hist: National Museum of American Jewish History; the history of Jews in America; more than 10,000 artifacts and 300 years of American Jewish life
  • Landmarks: four house museums: Powell House, Grumblethorpe, Physick House, Waynesborough; The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks; Elderhostel
  • Liberty: National Liberty Museum; celebrates the heritage of freedom in the United States; galleries and art collection show exhibits related to freedom, heroism, diversity, and faith
  • Masonic: Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania; Masonic objects including the apron presented in 1784 by Marquis de Lafayette to General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin's 1779 Masonic sash, portraits and works of art, jewelry, regalia, timepieces, curiosa and Masonic history; presented by The Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania
  • Mütter: Medical museum; College of Physicians of Philadelphia; collection includes fluid-preserved anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments, anatomical and pathological models, memorabilia of scientists and physicians, medical illustrations, and the Philadelphia General Hospital X-Ray Teaching File; named after Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter who gave his personal collection to the College of Physicians
  • Penn: University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; materials from Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Bible Lands, Mesoamerica, Asia and the ancient Mediterranean World; artifacts from peoples of the Americas, Africa and Polynesia; founded in 1887
  • Philosophical: Museum of the American Philosophical Society; "rational amusement" for the general public about history, art, and science; focus on the early days of Philadelphia and the nation; historic Philosophical Hall
  • Polish: Polish American Cultural Center and Museum
  • Print Ctr: Gallery; printmaking and photography
  • Prison ESP: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site; opened in 1829; used for 142 years; housed Al Capone; radial floor plan served as template for hundreds of US prisons; in Center City Philadelphia in the Fairmount Neighborhood
  • Rosenbach: Rosenbach Museum and Library; rare books and manuscripts in a historic townhouse filled with fine art and antiques; Bloomsday (June 16)
  • Seaport: Independence Seaport Museum; science, history and art of boats and boat building; at Penn's Landing waterfront; submarine Becuna and cruiser Olympia
  • Stenton: House museum; Georgian architecture circa 1730 mansion
  • Swedish: American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia; preserving and promoting Swedish and Swedish-American cultural heritage; founded in 1926
  • Wyck Hse: Historic home since 1690
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