Arts and Culture
Home to an impressive collection of museums, libraries, and historical sites - experience the arts and culture of Philadelphia when you visit.
Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dynamic story of the American Revolution using its expansive collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, dynamic theaters, and recreated historical environments bring to life the events, people, and ideals of our nation’s founding and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution.
National Constitution Center
The only institution in the U.S. that was established by Congress to educate the public on the Constitution sits opposite of Independence Hall in the center of Old City. The National Constitution Center offers a variety of interactives that invites families to engage with the subject of civil liberties and the impact these founding documents have today.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
One of the nation's leading art museums with over 200 galleries spanning over 2,000 centuries from the first century CE to the mid-1800's of western artwork. Over 240,000 objects are housed with the museum, with three buildings to devote to various forms of artwork. The museum also offers a number of public programming daily, including late night hours on Wednesday and Friday.
Philadelphia History Museum
Founded in 1938 to be the city's history museum, this city landmark houses over 80,000 objects to its name. The museum takes visitors through Philadelphia's extensive history through interactive displays. For those looking to get more of their history, the museum also offers dynamic public programming.
National Museum of American Jewish History
At 5 stories high next to Independence Park, the National Museum of American Jewish History holds a powerful story within its walls. The interactive exhibitions and additional public programming aims to educate, preserve, and celebrate Jewish heritage in America. From top down, displays feature the Jewish colonies that began in early Colonial America and their roles during the founding of a new country.
African American Museum in Philadelphia
The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. Throughout its evolution, the museum has objectively interpreted and presented the achievements and aspirations of African Americans from pre-colonial times to the current day.
American Philosophical Society
The American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, was founded in 1743 by Benjamin Franklin for the purpose of “promoting useful knowledge.”
Independence Seaport Museum
The Independence Seaport Museum dedicates itself to educating visitors on the maritime history of the Delaware River. The story of the Delaware River covers a variety of topics for museum-goers, including the conflict between American sailors and pirates as well as the founding of the U.S. Navy in their exhibition Patriots and Pirates.
Polish American Cultural Center Museum
The exhibition hall at the Polish American Cultural Center displays the history of their people and growth in the United States. The exhibitions feature various biographical objects and stories of famous Polish and Polish American individuals, educating visitors on Polish culture and history.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is the oldest natural history museum in the Americas. The excitement and wonder of the natural world come to life for visitors of all ages through hands-on exhibits, live-animal shows, video presentations, dynamic speakers, special workshops and classes and evening programs with environmental themes.
Known as the oldest surviving botanic garden in North America, the 45-acre National Historic Landmark is free to the public with tours running from April-October. The garden also boasts a ball field, picnic areas, boat docks, and a playground.
A science museum founded in 1824 in honor of Benjamin Franklin. Visitors can explore the passion of science and its development through the numerous exhibitions, programs, and live demonstrations the museum run daily.
National Liberty Museum
At the National Liberty Museums, audiences can learn about real life heroes through eight galleries and 179 works of contemporary art. Powerful stories are told in every floor of the museum, inspiring visitors to engage with their own community.
American Swedish Historical Museum
The oldest Swedish-American museum in the United States, the building is modeled after a 17th Century mansion. The exhibitions combine Swedish art and culture to tell the story of Swedish immigrants settling in New Sweden.
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Founded by Henry Francis du Pont, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, reflecting both early America and the du Pont family’s life here. Its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among the country’s best, and its research library serves scholars from around the world. We invite you to visit and explore this place of beauty, history, and learning.
Hagley Museum and Library
The site of 1802 gunpowder works founded by E.I. Du Pont. Along with the museum and library, visitors can explore the vast site that includes the restored mill and home and gardens of the Du Pont family. The library specializes in the development of American technology and business enterprises from the late 1800s to the present.
Brandywine River Museum
The Brandywine River Museum features American and regional art, particularly that of the Wyeth family. Converted from a 19th-Century mill, its permanent collection also features American landscape, still life, and illustrations within the galleries.