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Philadelphia History Museum

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Address: 15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2313
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+1 215-685-4830
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Tue - Sat 10:30 - 16:30

Just steps from the Liberty Bell the new Philadelphia History Museum...

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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A smaller but interesting snapshot of Philadelphia history

rather small compared to most museums, but very interesting for anyone wanting to get a sense for Philly culture and history. if you've ever lived in/near Philly, this provides... read more

Reviewed 16 November 2016
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Chicago, Illinois
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I found this to be a gem of a museum away from the hustle and bustle of the usual popular tourist attractions in the city. When I arrived I was greeted by a very nice docent who took the time to tell me about the museum and some of its exhibits. She was very enthusiastic about explaining details about the... More 

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Reviewed 6 April 2017

I LOVE this museum! I went there with my 2 kids, ages 2 and 5, and my nieces, ages 8 and 11. The staff were so nice - they gave us scavenger hunts and a little prize for completing. The man at the front desk encouraged us to watch the video but when I heard it was 30 minutes long... More 

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Bruxelles, Belgique
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

The museum is fairly small, but rich of various angles taken to explain Philadelphia, its history and culture. In addition to the kindness of the staff at the entrance (some of which happen to be historians and are ready to share their knowledge with you), this museums leverages successfully new mediums of communication: videos, projections... there is even a little... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 January 2017

This was a great small museum jammed packed with relics, information and a ton of historical facts. The 28 minute movie was so interesting and the best part was our 'tour guide' Bob Sands. He was chock ful of information and stories. We were entertaining a guest from Canada and he was captivated by the entire experience! I highly recommend... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016

experience the cities over 300 year old building 1826 Stories of philly for over 70 years a must see I highly think you will be happy you did!!!!!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

This was one of the best small museums we have ever visited. Very well laid out, telling the story of Philadelphia using items in their collection. They try to give you something to think about and tell their stories from different angles - good and bad. We particularly liked the Norman Rockwell display. Staff were pleasant and helpful too. Certainly... More 

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Queens, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016

The day after Thanksgiving was "Pay What You Wish" This was my 3rd time here. The 1st was before they renovated it about 20 years ago and it had quite a few informative exhibits. I looked forward to them reopening after they closed for renovations and was disappointed. It seemed a lot smaller and a lot of the old exhibits... More 

Thank Mike4TraveI
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Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

We visited the museum over Thanksgiving weekend, and what a treat it was. Our oldest daughter is a museum exhibit coordinator in Washington, DC and she was very impressed by the museum's collection and it's presentation of Philadelphia artifacts, art and stories. We were, too. Not the largest of museums, we spent over two hours getting to better know the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 19 November 2016

I'd never been to Philly before this trip, and knew very little about it. I thought this museum was the perfect size--not overwhelmingly large, like those in DC, where I live--so we were able to get through it in about 1.5-2 hours and had the space almost entirely to ourselves (which is maybe why the smaller exhibits and rooms didn't... More 

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White Haven
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

rather small compared to most museums, but very interesting for anyone wanting to get a sense for Philly culture and history. if you've ever lived in/near Philly, this provides plenty of nostalgia. the map of the city that you can walk around on top of is really neat. if you are in the historic section of the city, i'd highly... More 

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