See and Do in Philadelphia
The city’s unique mixture of attractions and green spaces mean that there is always something to see and do in Philadelphia. Culture lovers will enjoy a wealth of museums and historic landmarks, while those with a taste for the bizarre will enjoy attractions such as the Mütter Museum. Young expats won’t feel left out either, since the city has its fair share of child-friendly attractions.
Popular attractions in Philadelphia
One of the most iconic symbols of American independence, the Liberty Bell started off as a way to get state lawmakers to meetings on time. The bell’s inscription, proclaiming liberty throughout the land and for all who live in it, became a rallying cry for abolitionists and then a symbol of national unity in the aftermath of the American Civil War. Throughout its history, it has inspired causes from women’s suffrage to civil rights.
Not for the faint-hearted, the Mütter Museum houses a collection of unusual medical specimens and antique medical equipment. This includes slides of Albert Einstein’s brain, the mummy of the Soap Lady and the Hyrtl Skull Collection, which was used to debunk the idea that anatomy and race were linked to intelligence.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
One of the biggest art museums in the USA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has been open since 1877 and houses close to 240,000 artefacts. There are collections from Asia, Europe and the USA with works spanning from 2,000 years ago to the present day. The museum houses pieces by artists such as Van Gogh, Picasso and Salvador Dali, as well as more contemporary exhibitions.
Home to more than 1,300 animals, the Philadelphia Zoo is set in a 42-acre Victorian garden that welcomes over 1 million visitors every year. The first zoo in the USA, expats will get a chance to see some of the rarest animals in the world. The most unique feature of the zoo is the Zoo360, a network of see-through mesh trails that enable animals to roam above the zoo grounds.
Please Touch Museum
Since 1976, the Please Touch Museum has been teaching children through interactive learning and play. The museum is divided into themed exhibition zones, each with its own activities. Children can learn about physical science by rowing a flying machine, navigate a series of riddles and optical illusions in Wonderland, or experience history by riding on a carousel that dates back to 1908.
The Franklin Institute
Dating back to 1824, the Franklin Institute is one of the most prominent and entertaining centres of science education in the USA. Operating in the same spirit of inquiry and discovery as its namesake, Benjamin Franklin, the museum has a variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions on display that will educate and entertain visitors of all ages.