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Here in the City of Brotherly Love there are so many things you’ll love to see. Starting with, naturally, the iconic LOVE Statue by Robert Indiana, located in John F. Kennedy Plaza. Or if movies are your passion, visit the Rocky Steps, which are part of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Art-lovers will also be in awe at the amazing Rodin Museum. True patriots will want to visit both the Liberty Bell and the home of Betsy Ross. Kids of all ages will want to see the Academy of Natural Sciences, where you can learn about butterflies and check out ancient dinosaur bones. No matter your age, or what you like to do, there is plenty of fun to be had in our great city of Philadelphia.
Just steps from Loews Philadelphia Hotel is the newly renovated Dilworth Plaza at City Hall. The new Plaza features a Jose Garces café that serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and drinks. And, four tree groves have also been created in the park, creating an oasis in the center of Philadelphia. Learn more
The Barnes Foundation
Discover the legendary collection of the Barnes Foundation, one of the world's finest holdings of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings, African sculpture, metalwork, and more. See pieces by such masters as Cezanne, Modigliani, Picasso and others. Learn more
Betsy Ross House
No visit to historic Philadelphia would be complete without a stop at the home of America's most famous flag-maker. The Betsy Ross House is located in the heart of Philadelphia's most historic square mile. Learn more
The seat of government for the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At 548 feet (167 m ), including the statue, it is the world's second-tallest masonry building, only 1.6 feet shorter than Mole Antonelliana in Turin. The weight of the building is borne by granite and brick walls up to 22 feet (6.7 m) thick. Rather than steel, the principal exterior materials are limestone, granite, and marble. Stop by the visitors’ center in the heart of City Hall for your chance to experience a tour and a bird’s eye view of the city from the tower. Learn more
Benjamin Franklin’s house once stood in this courtyard. What is known of the house is that it was three stories high, had 10 rooms and covered 33 square feet. The house was built in 1812. Because no historical records of the look of the exterior exist, the space once occupied by the house is marked by a wonderful, oversized "Ghost Structure" designed by world-famous architect Robert Venturi and built in 1976 for the bicentennial. You can look through portals to see into Franklin's privy pits, wells, and foundation. An extremely rare Bristol punchbowl and other ceramic artifacts were found in the privy pit. Learn more
Construction of the Pennsylvania State House, which came to be known as Independence Hall, began in 1732. It was a symbol of the nation to come. At the time it was the most ambitious public building in the 13 colonies. The provincial government paid for construction as they went along, so it was finished piecemeal. It wasn't until 1753, 21 years after the groundbreaking, before it was completed. It was the original “Philadelphia lawyer”—none other than Andrew Hamilton–who oversaw the planning and worked to guarantee its completion. Hamilton had won renown for his successful 1735 defense of Peter Zenger in New York that was to become a freedom-of-the-press landmark. Learn more
Liberty Bell Center
The old cracked Bell still proclaims Liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People." Explore Ben Franklin's Philadelphia and learn about the past and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' Declaration that "all men are created equal." Learn more
LOVE is a sculpture by American artist Robert Indiana. It consists of the letters LO (with the O canted sideways) over the letters VE. Learn more
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center in historic Philadelphia is America's most interactive history museum. Located just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, it is the only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution and the story of “We the People”. This piece of American history is a must-see Philadelphia attraction. Learn more
Philadelphia Museum of Art and the “Rocky Steps”
Besides its architecture and collections, The Philadelphia Museum of Art is also well-known for its role in Rocky. Run up the Rocky Steps and recreate the movie’s most memorable scene. Then visit one of the museum’s featured exhibitions with masterpieces on loan from museums worldwide. Learn more
The zoo is 42 acres (170,000 square meters) and is home to more than 1,300 animals, many of them rare and endangered. The zoo features a children’s zoo, a balloon ride, a paddleboat lake and many interactive and educational exhibits. Learn more
Markets have been a part of Philadelphia’s history since the city’s development by William Penn in the late 17th century. When William Penn’s managers established the town of Philadelphia, one of their first actions was to herd the ragtag crowd of farmers, fisherman, and huntsman, who were hawking their goods all over the bustling settlement, into an open area at the foot of what was known as High Street, along the Delaware River. By the middle of the 19th century, the string of market sheds had become six blocks long, making the eastern-most mile of the city’s main street a veritable babble of farmers and food purveyors on most days. Today, Reading Terminal offers an exhilarating selection of baked goods, meats, poultry, seafood, produce, flowers, ethnic foods, cookware and eclectic restaurants. Learn more
The best-known of Rodin's works, The Thinker (1880-1882), sits outside the museum in the entry courtyard. Though no longer used, visitors once entered through a cast of The Gates of Hell, located at the entrance into the museum. This massive (just over 20 feet tall) bronze doorway was originally created for the Museum of Decorative Arts (which was to have been located in Paris but never came into existence). Rodin sculpted more than 100 figures for these doors from 1880 until his death in 1917. This casting is one of the three originals; several others have been made since. Several of his most famous works, including The Thinker, are actually studies for these doors which were later expanded into separate works. Learn more
The municipal park system of Philadelphia. It consists of 63 parks, with 9,200 acres, all overseen by the Fairmount Park Commission. Learn more
The Franklin Institute
Named after the noted American scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin, the Institute is a museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the United States. The Institute itself comprises three centers—The Science Center, The Franklin Center, and The Center for Innovation in Science Learning. It also houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. Learn more
United States Mint
The Mint was created by Congress with the Coinage Act of 1792, and placed within the Department of State. Per the terms of the Coinage Act, the first Mint building was located in Philadelphia, then the U.S. capital. It was the first building of the Republic raised under the Constitution. Learn more
Academy of Natural Sciences
Founded in 1812, this is the oldest continuously operating scientific research exhibit in the Western Hemisphere, featuring plenty of dinosaurs sure to delight fans of all ages. Learn more
African American Museum
This museum houses one of the most significant collections of African-American history and culture in Pennsylvania. Learn more
While similar in concept to the "Chinatowns" of many major U.S. cities, this ethnic enclave possesses a great deal of distinctly Philadelphian architecture and cultural character. Learn more
National Museum of Jewish History
Behind the striking glass façade that looks out across the Mall, the 100,000-square-foot museum offers three floors of core exhibition space. The core exhibition explores more than 350 years of American Jewish history through the use of evocative objects, telling moments and state-of-the-art interactive technologies. Explore more than 1,200 artifacts and documents as well as 2,500 images taken from the Museum’s own collection, 30 original films and 13 state-of-the-art interactive media displays. Learn more
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
The University of Pennsylvania's treasure trove of ancient history is as much a resource for scholars as it is entertainment for visitors. Founded in 1887, the building houses some 32 exhibit galleries with more than one million objects, from mummies to Native American tools to Buddhist artifacts. On weekends and holidays, the museum holds workshops and demonstrations, children's events, lectures and cultural festivals in conjunction with its exhibits. Learn more
For more ideas on what to see during your Philadelphia travel, please speak with our concierge.
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