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American Philosophical Society Museum

104 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387
+1 215-440-3440
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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104 S 5th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3387
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Saw the Peales exhibition. Nothing dumber down here. Excellent melding of art, history and intellectual subject matter. Cost space. Always free. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

Philosophical Society museum is located on 5th and Chestnut. It's a small Museum but chock-full of great history. The new exhibit in Franklin's footsteps 275 years of American philosophical Society opens April 13th. You can also attend lectures. The next lecture will be on Margaret...More

Thank Sharon P
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Reviewed December 30, 2017

Very small venue. (No public restrooms). Excellent as a side trip in the heart of the old Liberty Hall section of town. Charming building. The small compact and well-curated exhibits are always presented with an eye on providing new insights to old subjects.

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Reviewed October 3, 2017

This was a surprise! We were headed to another museum, saw this, and are so glad that we did. It is FREE, beautifully laid out, with ample descriptions and informative docents on hand to answer any questions. This is a great way to spend a...More

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Reviewed October 3, 2017 via mobile

Founded by Benjamin Franklin. This is still an Active Library and apparently you need proper research ID to enter past the lobby area. Would've liked to go inside to the research area and look around. Some historical documents in the lobby to observe.

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Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

The Peales and their extended family (including their Sellers descendants) were great contributors to the arts and sciences of the early Republic. This exquisite installation surveys their achievements and includes some fine examples of their work. The great portraitist Charies Willson Peale is especially well-represented...More

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Reviewed June 2, 2017

This could have been the motto for this enterprising, energetic, very modern 18th century Peale family that left its indelible mark on Philadelphia and early American life. The exhibition, Curious Revolutionaries, the Peales of Philadelphia, on view at the American Philosophical Society through December 2017...More

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Reviewed May 24, 2017

So, I'm joking with my husband (a philosophy professor) about what could possibly be an a philosophy museum (a box with/without a cat in it perhaps?), when we find out that it's a society about science (my specialty), and it's my favorite type of museum:...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2017

This attraction is a nice 'love letter' to the Peales' and their love and knowledge and the desire to share it with the world. I especially enjoyed seeing the original documents from the Lewis and Clark Exhibition.

Thank Brandi M
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Reviewed April 22, 2017

The Society was started by Ben Franklin and his friends, and their interest in "useful knowledge" This museum has fascinating exhibitions. We saw one about the Peale family of Philadelphia - noted natural philosophers and painters. The museum is small, but well organized and fascinating....More

Thank Robert S
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