Philadelphia was home to some of early America’s best and brightest scholars. Inventions, declarations and liberties were all created in this bustling metropolis. Many homes and places of business still stand today and have been turned into museums for all to enjoy. Horse drawn carriages ride down cobblestone streets just like they did 300 years ago. Take a ride to the entrance of one of Philadelphia’s museum.
Named after Benjamin Franklin, the 200-year-old Franklin Institute hosts exhibits inspired by creativity, forward thinking, and scientific discovery. Peer out into the heavens at the Fels Planetarium or see a newly released movie on the towering 40 feet high by 70 feet wide Tuttleman IMAX Theater; an experience not for the faint of heart. Another popular permanent attraction is The Giant Heart. The Heart is a larger than life construction of a human heart complete with veins, capillaries and valves that allow you to go inside and hear it beating. Past rotating exhibits include relics from the Titanic, human remain from Body Works and an Egyptian mummy display which included King Tut.
The perfect place for your child to learn and grow is inside the 38,000 square foot Please Touch Museum. As the name of the museum requests, every element is meant for touching and playing. Create a masterpiece on The Walking Piano by hopping from key to key. Story Castle hosts daily story time readings, meet and greet with your favorite story characters and areas to curl up with your own book. Play house inside City Capers, a miniature version of Philadelphia, which includes grocery shopping at Shoprite, viewing x-rays at the Medical Center and measuring feet at Pat’s Shoe Store. Play dress up in Wonderland, have tea with the Mad Hatter and get dizzy staring into the distortion mirror.
Run up the stairs like Rocky on your way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The iconic Sylvester Stallone character has a statute right in front that tourists and locals love to pose with. Summit the stairs and enter the museum that holds over 225,000 pieces of art. Sculptures, photographs and paintings collected from all over the world are housed in one of 200 main galleries. It may take all day to roam the halls, so strap on your sneakers for a day of art exploration.
Philadelphia has so many museums to offer, it is hard to choose just one. Check out their websites to see featured exhibits, admission times and the easiest way to get to each one. Enjoy an afternoon of culture, history and learning in the city of Brotherly Love.