Things To Do In Philadelphia

There are so many great things to see and do in Philadelphia! Here is just a sampling of the attractions around the city that you’ll want to take advantage of during your visit.




Philadelphia Museum of Art
Classical Splendor: Painted Furniture for a Grand Philadelphia House
Classical Splendor showcases a suite of furniture designed in 1808 by Benjamin Henry Latrobe for the house of Philadelphia merchant William Waln and his wife, Mary. Inspired by the classical art of ancient Greece and Rome, the pain ted and gilded furniture is one of the greatest artistic triumphs of the early national period. This exhibition will present ten pieces from the Walns’ original set—all from the Museum’s collection—in a new light after comprehensive research and conservation treatment.




The Barnes Foundation –
The Barnes Foundation was established by Albert C. Barnes in 1922 to “promote the advancement of education and the appreciation of the fine arts and horticulture.” The Barnes holds one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, with extensive works by Pierre-Auguste RenoirPaul CézanneHenri MatissePablo PicassoHenri RousseauAmedeo ModiglianiChaim Soutine, and Giorgio de Chirico, as well as American masters Charles DemuthWilliam GlackensHorace Pippin, and Maurice Prendergast, old master paintings, African sculpture, American paintings and decorative arts, antiquities from the Mediterranean region and Asia, and Native American ceramics, jewelry, and textiles.




Rodin Museum -
The Rodin Museum is one of the defining icons of Philadelphia, housing one of the most comprehensive public collections of work outside Paris by one of the world's most renowned sculptors.




Franklin Institute -
Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country.  Today, the Institute continues its dedication to public education and creating a passion for science by offering new and exciting access to science and technology in ways that would dazzle and delight its namesake.





Mutter Museum -
America’s finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th-century “cabinet museum” setting. The museum helps the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body and to appreciate the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.




Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania 
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to present "The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now." This large-scale group exhibition links the vibrant legacy of avant-garde jazz and experimental music of the late 1960s (particularly within the African American arts scene on the South Side of Chicago) and its continuing influence on contemporary art and culture today. The exhibition will occupy the entire museum and will be on view from September 14, 2016 through March 19, 2017.




National Constitution Center -
The National Constitution Center is the first and only institution in America established by Congress to “disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a non-partisan basis in order to increase the awareness and understanding of the Constitution among the American people.” The Constitution Center brings the United States Constitution to life by hosting interactive exhibits and constitutional conversations and inspires active citizenship by celebrating the American constitutional tradition.




Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University -
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science.




PENN Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology –
Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in our care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.




Philadelphia City Pass – Save on Philadelphia’s most popular attractions: Save 45% on the combined admission to four of Philadelphia’s must-see attractions with Philadelphia CityPASS. You’ll skip most ticket lines, too.

Must-See Historic Attractions in Philadelphia
15+ must-see historic attractions in Historic Philadelphia. The quintessential stops for those who love a rich story (steeped in history).

Philadelphia PHLASH Downtown Bus Loop
The PHLASH is the quick, easy and inexpensive connection to key Philadelphia historic attractions and cultural institutions.




Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia's original public market was located where High (later Market) Street intersected Front Street, close to the Delaware River. The city built its first market house in the middle of Second and High Streets. By 1809, city-owned market sheds, called shambles, lined the middle of High Street, extending west to Sixth Street. New markets opened in other parts of the city as the population grew.

Today's Reading Terminal Market had its roots in the Butchers' and Farmers' and Franklin Markets, both located on the 1100 block of Market Street. In 1890 the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad Company purchased this block for its new terminal. The merchants' refusal to relocate for the new building resulted in an agreement to erect a new market tucked beneath the train shed and tracks.




City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Tours -
The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program is the nation’s largest public art program, dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.




Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a nonprofit visionary art environment and community arts center located in Isaiah Zagar’s largest public artwork.

Spanning half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street, the museum includes an immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. Zagar created the space using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The site is enveloped in visual anecdotes and personal narratives that refer to Zagar’s life, family, and community, as well as references from the wider world such as influential art history figures and other visionary artists and environments.




Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden is a traditional-style Japanese house and nationally-ranked garden in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park that reflects the history of Japanese culture in Philadelphia, from the 1876 Centennial Exposition to present day. Shofuso hosts over 30,000 visitors each year from more than 20 different countries.




Rittenhouse Square
One of five original squares planned by city founder William Penn in the late 17th century, Rittenhouse Square sits in the middle of some of the most desirable addresses in Philadelphia. The family-friendly park is one of the most lovely and peaceful spots in which to paint, read, relax on a park bench or catch-up with friends.