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Philadelphia History Museum

15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2313
+1 215-685-4830
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Lovely Museum With Wonderful Staff!

This is a lovely little museum but the highlight for me was chatting to the staff as they have so... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
VikkiBee
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Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom
Norman Rockwell art

This is a small museum near the independence mall. It's mostly paintings of famous Philadelphians... read more

Reviewed 17 October 2017
Jgchicag
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Just steps from the Liberty Bell the new Philadelphia History Museum showcases an array of historical objects, art, and artifacts that tell the story of Philadelphia, from its founding in 1680 to present day. The Museum features eight renovated galleries, containing stunning items from its vast holdings of over 100,000 objects, and provides various interactive elements to enhance the visitor experience. On view are items ranging from George Washington’s 1790s writing desk to Joe Frasier’s 1970s Championship boxing gloves. Visitors can also take a tour of the city by walking on the world’s largest map of Philadelphia.
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15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2313
City Center East
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+1 215-685-4830
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"william penn"
in 8 reviews
"norman rockwell"
in 3 reviews
"informative film"
in 2 reviews
"field trip"
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"elementary school"
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"free admission"
in 3 reviews
"city of brotherly love"
in 3 reviews
"interesting exhibits"
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"special exhibit"
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"walk around"
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"atwater"
in 9 reviews
"boxing"
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"portraits"
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"gloves"
in 7 reviews
"george"
in 9 reviews
"wampum"
in 3 reviews
"fabric"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely little museum but the highlight for me was chatting to the staff as they have so much to say! I only planned to spend about an hour in here but just before I went in I grabbed a muffin and hot...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

This is a small museum near the independence mall. It's mostly paintings of famous Philadelphians but I enjoyed the Norman Rockwell Post covers.

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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

What set this museum apart from others in the city was the focus on daily life in Philly for all genders, classes, and races through the founding to today. I really enjoyed the questions about what things like boxing gloves, doll houses, and drinking glasses...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

The displays were very nice, very organized and informative. The large room has a map of Philly on the floor that you can walk around and get a feel for where things are. We found the best part to be a film that they showed...More

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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

Nice museum with unique Philadelphia history. Enjoyed the life sized map of the city imprinted on the floor. Be sure to catch the movie first.

Thank davecrosson
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Reviewed 10 July 2017

It's clearly set up for school kids tours with a HUGE map of Philadelphia covering the the main room in the floor. The permanent parts are are barely interesting, the special exhibit we saw while there was worth the price of admission, but then again...More

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Reviewed 4 July 2017

During a recent visit to the PHA a white beaded wampum belt with 2 men - one Indian, one white, holding hands in friendship - caught my attention. I soon learned, that this belt played an important role in the early relations between the Lennie...More

Thank Elisabeth B
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

This historic 1836 building was the original Franklin Institute. It became the Atwater Kent museum in the 1940s, named for the businessman who saved the building and opened the museum. It has the largest map of Philadelphia which you can walk on. There are many...More

Thank Pnemiller
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Reviewed 29 June 2017

Wonderful museum spanning all parts of Philly's history. They have the largest walkable map of Philadelphia and the immediately surrounding region so it is fun to find your house and stand on it! All objects are original artifacts - check out George Washington's desk and...More

Thank jessicaaleighton
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Reviewed 6 June 2017

My adult children treated me to a day around the historical area. We live in the city and like to see it from the tourist point of view occasionally. This was our main stop this time. I had not been there for many years so...More

Thank MsRae28
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I agree with the other gentleman. The film on William Penn is 30 minutes, and a must see. When we were there, we also saw an exhibit about fabric sellers who operated from pushcarts in the early part of the 1900s. There is... More
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