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Philadelphia History Museum

15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2313
+1 215-685-4830
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Nice museum with unique Philadelphia history. Enjoyed the life sized map of the city imprinted on... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Hatfield, Pennsylvania
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Time your visit for a special exhibit you want to see.

It's clearly set up for school kids tours with a HUGE map of Philadelphia covering the the main... read more

Reviewed 10 July 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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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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  • Terrible2%
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15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2313
City Center East
+1 215-685-4830
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice museum with unique Philadelphia history. Enjoyed the life sized map of the city imprinted on the floor. Be sure to catch the movie first.

Thank davecrosson
Reviewed 10 July 2017

It's clearly set up for school kids tours with a HUGE map of Philadelphia covering the the main room in the floor. The permanent parts are are barely interesting, the special exhibit we saw while there was worth the price of admission, but then again...More

Thank Scott_A_Drake
Reviewed 4 July 2017

During a recent visit to the PHA a white beaded wampum belt with 2 men - one Indian, one white, holding hands in friendship - caught my attention. I soon learned, that this belt played an important role in the early relations between the Lennie...More

Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 29 June 2017

This historic 1836 building was the original Franklin Institute. It became the Atwater Kent museum in the 1940s, named for the businessman who saved the building and opened the museum. It has the largest map of Philadelphia which you can walk on. There are many...More

Thank Pnemiller
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Wonderful museum spanning all parts of Philly's history. They have the largest walkable map of Philadelphia and the immediately surrounding region so it is fun to find your house and stand on it! All objects are original artifacts - check out George Washington's desk and...More

Thank jessicaaleighton
Reviewed 7 June 2017

My adult children treated me to a day around the historical area. We live in the city and like to see it from the tourist point of view occasionally. This was our main stop this time. I had not been there for many years so...More

Thank MsRae28
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

Wow ...What a treasure!!! We stopped in on a dreary rainy day our only Full day in Philly mind you, to be greeted by Bob who made this an Awesome experience for us!!!Starting with making us feel Welcomed and to make the Most out of...More

Thank Christopher C
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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...More

Thank UrbanDozer
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...More

1  Thank Kristina L
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),...More

Thank Orich
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31 July 2016|
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Response from mkorsonsky | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the other gentleman. The film on William Penn is 30 minutes, and a must see. When we were there, we also saw an exhibit about fabric sellers who operated from pushcarts in the early part of the 1900s. There is... More