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Philadelphia History Museum

15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2313
+1 215-685-4830
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My adult children treated me to a day around the historical area. We live in the city and like to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Wow ...What a treasure!!! We stopped in on a dreary rainy day our only Full day in Philly mind you... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Christopher C
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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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  • Very good32%
  • Average20%
  • Poor4%
  • 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

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 3 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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
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...More

1  Thank randileese
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!!!!!

Thank thomas p
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...More

Thank flowerlady64
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...More

Thank Mike4TraveI
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....More

Thank jrhonj
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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