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Physick House

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Address: 321 S. Fourth St., Philadelphia, PA 19106-4218
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+1 215-925-7866
12:00 - 17:00
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Stately mansion built in 1780 for a wealthy physician, Dr. Philip Syng...

Stately mansion built in 1780 for a wealthy physician, Dr. Philip Syng Physick.

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We toured this house primarily because we like seeing old houses. This is a large house in an extremely nice residential area. The tour provided some information on the house... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 October 2016
Springfield, IL
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Springfield, IL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

We toured this house primarily because we like seeing old houses. This is a large house in an extremely nice residential area. The tour provided some information on the house which was informative. But much of the tour focused on Dr. Physick and his work. While that was also informative, after awhile it became overwhelming since it isn't an interest... More 

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Lancaster, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

It doesn't take long to see, but it's worth it, especially if you like places like this where they attempt to furnish it with either pieces that actually came from the house, or pieces that would have been from the same time period. I love seeing places that are furnished like that because I feel like I've stepped back in... More 

Thank Eddie B
Bourbonnais, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

While visiting over the 4th of July, I took advantage of the free tours being offered of the Physick House! The guide was very knowledgeable and courteous. We were given a handout to help with a self guided tour for the rest of the house. Especially interesting was the "museum room" with artifacts and tons of information about the medical... More 

Thank kiwiandmolly
Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

This is a hidden gem! It is a beautiful house of a pioneering surgeon and the inventor of soda pop. Our guide was great and answered every question we threw at her. But the family ticket to get a free bottle of the soda at the end of the tour.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

We were fortunate to have our tour led by the site manager of the Physick House, previously a college professor, so our visit was layered with fascinating history from this knowledgeable young woman. Dr. Physick gave himself in the care of others, despite his own many ailments, and pioneered many medical treatments. Truly a Renaissance man, he collaborated with Ben... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2016

The Physick House has a guided tour that tells you more than it shows you, but does show you several of the rooms and the things that went on in Physick's life and how they were done. There is a room for his surgical equipment, which is gruesome but educational. Not for the faint of heart.

Thank MrSaturn64
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015

On a cool Fall day I decided to visit the Physick House. Located in Olde City, I was surprised to learn from the tour guide, John Dean, this is a mansion. Nestled in between apartment brownstones, I was taken back by the large interior and the many rooms living, meeting areas and surgical procedures performed on the most prominent people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2015

We had a tour on 10/16/15 of the Physick House by one of his descendants- a great-great-great grandson. There were 4 ophthalmologists in the group, so they ( and all of us) were interested to hear about Philip Syng Physick's place in Philadelphia medical history. Del, our guide, injected humor into his tour. There were also many references to the... More 

Thank love2travel082
Alexandria, Louisiana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

the house is fairly nice but it needs better curation and better docents who dont bore you to death. I love this type of tour but this was just not good. It was very hard keeping the docent on topic. did not really get to learn about the furniture in the house. Luckily I knew enough to be able to... More 

Thank lpmenache
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2014

Given his largely unknown but integral role in Colonial history, even history buffs will be surprised to learn the story of Dr. Philip Physick & his magnificent house - to say nothing of his invention of America's first flavored carbonated beverage. Much of the original handsome furnishings, paintings & silver remain & the experience is enhanced by an engaging tour... More 

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