Philadelphia's Best Museums: Your Opportunity to Explore, Learn and Share



Heading out for a day in the city often means visiting a museum, especially if you're an out of towner or hosting  such a guest. Fortunately, Philadelphia boasts a vibrant museum scene, with topics for all ages and interests. Got an art lover in your crowd? Make your way to the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art for beauty inside and out of the building. You can also couple your visit with a trip to the neighboring Rodin Museum for a look at beautiful sculptures. Your group comprised of creature-loving kids? Nothing beats the Academy of Natural Sciences for the younger set. Philadelphia boasts the ability to entertain, educate and enrich the lives of all kinds of visitors through its many museum choices. Many are located in Center City, while others offer cultural experiences nearby. Some take most of the day to explore, or even multiple trips, while others can be explored quite well in an afternoon. None are the same, and all offer visitors a way to see the city, themselves, their world and their history in a new light. Take family, both young and old, as well as friends, coworkers, guests, and dates to somewhere new, or re-experience and old favorite for a step wonderful back into history.


National Museum of American Jewish History


Founded in 1976, this museum is devoted to preserving and sharing American Jewish history. An abundance of artifacts charts the more than 360 years of Jewish culture in the States, elucidating domestic and work lives, culture, immigration,...  Read More


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Academy of Natural Sciences


This internationally-renowned museum dates back to 1812 and serves as a public forum for environmental research and education. Numerous interactive exhibits are particularly fun for children, and include live animals, dinosaurs, and insects....  Read More


University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


With one of the best archeology and anthropology collections in the United States, this museum boasts over 30 galleries displaying items from around the world. Exhibits range from Egyptian mummies to Greek coins, from musical instruments from...  Read More


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts


The building itself is a National Landmark and a worthy example of American architecture. The museum offers a variety of works by renowned American artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Mary Cassatt, and Thomas Eakins, as well as contemporary artists...  Read More


Mutter Museum
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Though it's officially called The College of Physicians of Philadelphia Mutter Museum, it's best known by its nicknames, the Mutter Museum or just the Museum of Medical Oddities. Whatever you choose to call it, this is not an attraction for the...  Read More


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This museum, located on between the Barnes Foundation and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, is known mostly as a sculpture museum. It is solely devoted to the works of Auguste Rodin and the largest collection of his works outside of Paris. It...  Read More


African – American Museum in Philadelphia


Built on the grounds of a historic black community, and just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell, this is the country's first museum devoted to African-American history and culture, with more than 400,000 items on display. Exhibits cover the...  Read More


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Please Touch Museum
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No "Do Not Touch" signs – a dream come true in a kid's museum setting! Designed to promote the arts, sciences, and humanities, exhibits here promise educational entertainment for the young and the young-at-heart. There is an incredible...  Read More


National Constitution Center


A visit to the National Constitution Center starts with a powerful multi-media theater presentation that describes the main points of our country's most important document. After the presentation,visitors are free to roam about the building...  Read More




The Philadelphia Museum of Art offers a stellar collection from artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, Pissarro, Picasso, and Rodin. Surrealist art is well represented by Dali, De Chirico, Max Ernst, and Magritte, with pre-modernist work from the...  Read More


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