Things to Do in Philadelphia

Top Things to Do in Philadelphia

Things to Do in Philadelphia


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Top Attractions in Philadelphia

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  • SDB4
    New Jersey2,406 contributions
    My family visited the penitentiary on a sunny (but cold) winter afternoon. It's shocking to see what appears to be a castle/medieval fort rise up in the middle of the city.
    There was a line to get in, but it moved quickly. We opted for the self-guided tour, but once we were done with that portion, we spent some time walking throughout and listening to the other topics of interest posted. (ex: women and children, Al Capone, the escape, the art installations, etc)
    There's a strong educational component, that's eye opening and heartbreaking at the same time. The information was presented in various formats, all of which captured our interests.
    Philadelphia is filled with the history of our nation, and this is another piece we highly recommend visiting.
    Written February 21, 2024
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  • thewolf180
    Peterborough & the Kawarthas, Canada33 contributions
    Great tour trip. I’m a Canadian so I sure learned a lot about American history. This for my wife and me was a great experience.
    Written January 25, 2024
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  • tanagogo1
    Marlow, UK1,049 contributions
    Such a wonderful experience and delight to the senses! Visually interesting, lovely smells and wonderful flavours. You could spend all day walking round deciding where to eat first! Our favourite was a pastrami sandwich at Hershel’s. Loved it!
    Written February 19, 2024
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  • Raf Roggeman
    Asse, Belgium103 contributions
    Big museum. Make your choice which parts you want to see. They sure have a lot of quality in art in different styles and from different times.
    Written December 25, 2023
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  • Mike G
    54 contributions
    Room after room of remarkable art. It is almost too much. Imagine 181 works by Renoir alone! See the orientation to the Barnes which i done hourly. The special exhibit of the work of Marie Laurenein is also quite wonderful. Our only disappointment was the cafe which has a very limited offering compared to other comparable museums (we should have tried the Garden Restaurant).
    At one time there was a limited admission policy and timed tickets but this no longer seemed to be the case.
    Written December 21, 2023
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  • tinylass
    Sheffield, UK4,397 contributions
    Free to visit and no need to book a slot in January; I imagine it gets extremely busy in high season. We only had a short 5 minute line to go through security.
    Lots of information and photos can be seen before you reach the Bell at the end of the room. We were lucky to visit on a quiet Saturday so got to see it all without crowds of people so we could get right up to the Bell and see it clearly.
    I would highly recommend going to see if from inside the building instead of from the outside but I'd plan ahead during busy periods as I imagine the security line can get pretty long!
    Written January 23, 2024
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  • Kevin B
    Mount Juliet, TN2,315 contributions
    There's so much history here and it's amazing! My wife and I hadn't been to Independence Hall since we were kids, so we took a detour on a recent trip back to PA and visited these sites. Independence National Historical Park covers many historical attractions in Old City and we were lucky enough to visit several of them. We booked a tour of Independence Hall (via recreation.gov) and it was a lovely tour. Our guide was knowledgable and entertaining and it's so humbling to be standing where The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution were signed and adopted. It really gives you chills. We also got to see the Liberty Bell and tour Christ Church. One of the highlights was definitely visiting Christ Church Burial Ground and seeing Benjamin Franklin's grave and Benjamin Rush's grave. There's just so much to see here and you really can't do it all in a day. I highly recommend coming here if you're a lover of American history!
    Written January 24, 2024
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  • tanagogo1
    Marlow, UK1,049 contributions
    A must do in Philly. When we went there was a modest queue (line) that took about 15 mins to get through to the front. Be warned! There was a lady there at the front who gave the impression of being an official. On questioning she freely admitted she was not and that any tips were voluntary, but there was certainly pressure to pay her for taking your photo. My advice, agree with the person in front of you to take each others photo and don’t pay the “official” guide
    Written February 19, 2024
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  • pitt1998
    Arlington, VA10 contributions
    The Washington Field tent alone is worth seeing and the way it is presented is extremely well-done. Why do I give it only four stars instead of five?

    While among the better museums in the area, it falls short in terms of the number of artifacts actually displayed. There is much to read within a well-organized, engaging presentation, but the lack of artifacts is why it isn't an A-rated "museum" and it often feels more like a very high-end "visitors center" with a small number of artifacts tacked on to make it a "museum". This is the same mistake that Gettysburg made when they built a new visitor center that actually displays fewer objects than the old center it was meant to replace.

    The lack of a dedicated interpretation of the prison ships (HMS Jersey and others) is a major miss since more patriots died there (11,000+) than in all battles combined. In a future renovation, a section on the Jersey could be added to the existing Privateer ship display by placing it the hull below deck to allow visitors to feel the sense of being imprisoned there.

    I like that it covered other aspects of the war (Indian involvement, foreign politics, etc.) and not as "battle focused" which is handled better by other museums at various battlefields. It allows one to get the bigger picture without getting bogged down.

    The gift shop needs a refresh as they didn't have many unique colonial-themed items from around the area. They should take a page from Mount Vernon's amazingly varied inventory and displays.

    I enjoyed my visit and recommend it for visitors, but not on days with school trips or in the summer. The museum's layout is simply not meant for large, loud groups and is best visited on weekdays in the off-season (winter) for a more enjoyable experience.
    Written January 31, 2024
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  • tinylass
    Sheffield, UK4,397 contributions
    We popped in here to use the free toilets, visit the gift shop, read some info on the city and generally warm up as it was freezing outside! It was a warm and clean building with some good info on Independence Hall. Worth popping in.
    Written January 24, 2024
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