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University of Pennsylvania

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Neighbourhood: University City
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Address: 3101 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104-3437
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This Ivy League institution counts, among its founders, Ben Franklin.

This Ivy League institution counts, among its founders, Ben Franklin.

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Pleasant walk on college campus

Wonderful campus, not very different from other old large universities, but yet distinct and memorable. Lots of places to stop, shop and eat and beautiful buildings. Many signs... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Fort Lee, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Wonderful campus, not very different from other old large universities, but yet distinct and memorable. Lots of places to stop, shop and eat and beautiful buildings. Many signs in commemoration of achievements and graduating classes. Very 'ivy' feel as expected. Overall very pleasant walk, recommend to anyone with high school age kids as well as those who enjoy great city... More 

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Burlington, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited this campus many times and find it pleasant and comfortable. It is one of the outstanding academic institutions in the country. For a University situated in the middle of an old city it is protected and secured. Like many of the old Ivy League schools the city has grown around them over hundreds of years and then... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is no one focal point, but the campus is bustling with eager students. We liked the feel of it. We were able to walk into some buildings and look around. The location is very close to Drexel University and not far from Center City Philadelphia.

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Here in Philadelphia for family. Took teenage great nephew and great nieces to where I went to school and where their grandfather met their grandmother. Changes yes still recognizable buildings, shops and smells. Because of recent hospitalization might not make it back for big celebration but this was celebration enough

Thank RavAsher
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Penn is the Ivy League's southern-most outpost, and definitely worth a tour. There are beautiful buildings by architects including Frank Furness, Louis Kahn, Tod WIlliams and Billie Tsien, and many others, to say nothing of museums with outstanding exhibitions, interesting programming, and a leafy, easy-to-walk campus.

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I admit to enjoying roaming college campuses and Penn offers visitors one of the most scenic ones to wander. The buildings, open spaces, slight hills, active students, and statues combine to make the campus special.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

How did Alexander Liberman’s Covenant, Claes Oldenburg’s Split Button, Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture and Dennis Oppenheim’s Wave Forms come to be displayed on the Penn campus? Intrigued, I went to explore. Until the expansion of the University of Pennsylvania from a commuter to a residential college, Benjamin Franklin, sitting on a bench in the center of the campus, reigned supreme... More 

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Concord, California, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

This campus is packed with art of all sorts. We saw fountains, statues, murals. All these were quite available to the public, as they are outside. The landscaping was also attractive. There is also an Art Museum on campus. It is quite extensive. Make sure to allow enough time to enjoy the exhibits here.

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Pecos, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Bookstore is great to go hangout for a cup of coffee and a treat. It was great to go on Jan 20 because it was raining. Good selection of items for what you might need.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

Staying on campus is fine but once you leave the protected zone of the University you are in a high crime area without much to do.

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