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Historical Sites and Museums
Academy of Natural Sciences
Longwood Gardens
Old Barracks Museum
Barnes Foundation
Mercer Museum
Pennsbury Manor
Fonthill Museum
Michener Art Museum
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Franklin Institute
Moravian Pottery & Tile Works
Railroad Museum of PA
Hope Lodge / Mather Mill
New Jersey State Aquarium
Summerseat
Independence Seaport Museum
New Jersey State Museum
Winterthur Museum

Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia was founded in 1812 “for the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences, and the advancement of useful learning.” The unique aspect of this statement of purpose lies in the word "useful," a mandate the Academy has continuously redefined through research and education that reflects the societal needs of the times.

The Academy's history mirrors the evolution of the relationship between the American people and the natural world. The oldest natural sciences institution in the Western Hemisphere, the Academy was founded when the United States hugged the Atlantic coastline, and Philadelphia was the cultural, commercial, and scientific center of the new nation. Classic expeditions to explore the western wilderness, such as those led by Stephen Long and Ferdinand Hayden, were organized at the Academy. These explorers brought back new species of plants and animals, which were studied and catalogued; they formed the foundation of the Academy's scientific collections which now contain over 25,000,000 specimens. For More Info...

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Philadelphia, PA Phone: (215) 299-1000.

   
   
   
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Barnes Foundation

Our collections of early French Modern and Postimpressionist paintings are among the finest in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists unavailable elsewhere. Our works by Picasso, Seurat, Rousseau, Modigliani, Soutine, Monet, Manet, Degas and others do not tell the complete story. They are only part of an incredible collection. Our arboretum was once a forgotten jewel in our crown. Recent restoration efforts and plans for a new greenhouse complement our exceptional collections of Stewartia, lilacs, roses and over 1,500 woodland species. With 70,000 digitized historical documents from its recently inventoried archives, The Barnes Foundation is much more than an art collection; it is the vibrant reflection of a life inspired by humanity and creative expression. For More Info...

 

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Fonthill Museum

Henry Mercer (1856-1930) built Fonthill as his home between 1908 and 1912. The concrete castle boasts 44 rooms, 18 fireplaces and more than 200 windows of varying size and shape. The interior walls, floors and ceilings are elaborately adorned with an incredible array of Mercer's original handcrafted tiles. Recently featured on A&E's "America's Castles." The Castle is richly decorated with tile and laden with treasures from his around-the-world explorations. Call for reservations and tour times. For More Info...

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E. Court St., and Rte. 313, Doylestown, PA 18901 (Near Swamp Rd.) Phone: (215) 348-9461

   
   
   
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Franklin Institute

Benjamin Franklin lived a rich and fascinating life that spanned 84 years (1706-1790). He certainly lived true to his own advice. He is remembered not only as a printer, but also as a scientist, inventor, philanthropist, statesman, writer, and genius. Widely known as a master inventor, Franklin is probably best remembered for his electrical experiments. Although his famous kite experiment was very dangerous, it gave him important insights into the nature of electricity. Inventions credited to Franklin are the Franklin stove, the lightning rod, the home ventilating system, the glass armonica, and the bifocal.

Want to find out what's inside The Franklin Institute Science Museum? Explore our exhibits. The wonders of science await. Learn About Silly Putty Visit Us The Basic Visit Guide For More Info...

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222 North 20th Street Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

   
   
   
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Hope Lodge / Mather Mill

You will see two time periods represented in the house. Some rooms are shown as the house would have been furnished when it was first built by Samuel Morris, in the Colonial era -- 1743 to 1770. Other rooms are shown as the house was lived in by the last private owners, William and Alice Degn, from 1922 to 1953. Although the Colonial period had been over for a century, the Degns decorated with colonial objects to preserve both the objects and the house. This style of furnishing is now known as Colonial Revival. The combination of rooms will allow you to learn the difference between the actual Colonial period and the Colonial Revival period at Hope Lodge.

Mather Mill is also called Farmar's Mill. It was probably built in the late 17th century by Edward Farmar and was included in the 150 acres purchased by Samuel Morris. Samuel Morris's brother sold the mill and four acres of land to Isaac Mather, whose son built the present mill in 1820. It continued in operation until the late 19th century. Today, the structure is used for meetings, displays, and special programs. The Mill is a block from Hope Lodge. For More Info...

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553 S. Bethlehem Pk., Fort Washington, PA 19034. Phone: (215) 646-1595

   
   
   
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Independence Seaport Museum (Located at Penns Landing)

Independence Seaport Museum

History & Tour Admiral Dewey's Flagship “Olympia”

“Faithful Comrade"

This state of the art, cultural learning center opened its doors in July, 1995 after more than 35 years of rich history as The Philadelphia Maritime Museum. The multi-million dollar, 100,000 sq. ft. museum features more than 20 interactive exhibits and audiovisual games throughout the galleries, Admiral Dewey's 1898 flagship at the Battle of the Manila Bay, OLYMPIA, and a WWII submarine, the BECUNA, a wooden boat shop, changing exhibition galleries and nautical gift shop. All of these are just part of the reason Independence Seaport Museum was named Philadelphia Magazine's Best New Museum for Kids in 1996.

 

The Olympia and Becuna, familiar sights on Penn's Landing, officially became a part of Independence Seaport Museum in January, 1996. Coined the Historic Ship Zone, visitors can step into our nation's past with self-guided explorations of each vessel. The acquisition of the 1892 cruiser Olympia and World War II submarine Becuna is the first phase of a long range effort to add to the collection of historic ships. For More Info...

 

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Penns Landing, 211 S. Columbus Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19106

Philadelphia, PA; Just off of Interstate 95 at the Vine St. Exit. Visit historic ships and enjoy seasonal events on the Delaware waterfront. (The New Jersey Aquarium in Camden may be accessed by a ferry from Penn’s Landing)

   
   
   
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Longwood Gardens

Welcome to the world’s premier horticultural display garden. Longwood Gardens was created by industrialist Pierre S. du Pont (and is sometimes referred to as the DuPont Gardens) and offers 1,050 acres (425 hectares) of gardens, woodlands, and meadows; 20 outdoor gardens; 20 indoor gardens within 4 acres (1.6 hectares) of heated greenhouses; 11,000 different types of plants; spectacular fountains; extensive educational programs including horticultural career training and internships; and 800 horticultural and performing arts events each year, from flower shows, gardening demonstrations, courses, and children’s programs to concerts, organ recitals, musical theatre, and fireworks displays. Longwood is open every day of the year and attracts more than 900,000 visitors annually. Exhibits change seasonally. For More Info...

View Our Special Fireworks Displays During the Summer Months

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Located Route 1 near the intersection of 52 North, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

Phone: (610) 388-1000

Mediterranean Garden
Orangery in Winter
East Conservatory
     
Rose House
Eye of Water
Large Lake
     
Water Lily Garden
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Mercer Museum

Towering castle houses dramatic displays of the implements, folk art and furnishings of early America before mechanization. Walk into the Central Court and see a Conestoga wagon, whaling boat, carriages and an antique fire engine suspended overhead. There are 50,000 tools of more than 60 early American crafts and trades displayed. Constructed in 1916, it is a National Historic Landmark. For More Info...

 

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Michener Art Museum

In 1988, with the support of many dedicated citizens, the James A. Michener Art Museum opened as an independent, nonprofit cultural institution dedicated to preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the art and cultural heritage of the Bucks County region. The Museum is named for Doylestown's most famous son, the Pulitzer-Prize winning writer and supporter of the arts who had first dreamed of a regional art museum in the early 1960's.

In November of 1999, the James A. Michener Art Museum publicly announced the largest single gift in the institution's history. Marguerite and Gerry Lenfest gave the Museum an extensive collection of fifty-nine paintings by important regional artists of the Pennsylvania Impressionist School. The museum is now home to the finest collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings in public or private hands. For More Info...

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138 S. Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901

   
   
   
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Moravian Pottery and Tile Works

The Moravian Pottery and Tile Works was established by noted anthropologist, antiquarian, artist, writer, and tile-maker Henry C. Mercer, a leader in the turn-of-the-century Arts and Crafts movement, in an effort to recreate early Pennsylvania pottery manufacturing techniques. In style, the Tile Works is an adaptation of the California Mission Church, partly chosen because Mercer believed good art came from religious faith; in construction it reflects the early use of reinforced concrete for industrial purposes.

The Moravian Tile Works is his second building, constructed after the first was destroyed by fire. The name Moravian is derived from his collection of old Moravian stove plates. Mercer's factory produced tiles depicting Pennsylvania flora and fauna. Mercer was awarded a gold medal at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition and a 1921 gold medal from the American Institute of Architects. The Tile Works is owned by the Bucks County Historical Society and is open to the public as a museum illustrating Mercer's tile making techniques. Phone 215-345-6722 For More Info...

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130 Swamp Road (Rte 313) in Doylestown, PA 18901

   
   
   
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New Jersey State Aquarium

Discover the New Jersey State Aquarium, located on the beautiful Delaware River waterfront overlooking the Philadelphia skyline. New Jersey State Aquarium offers exciting, all-ages experiences that includes over 80 exhibits with more than 5,000 fish and aquatic animals of some 800 species.

Get up close and personal with the over 1,500 fabulous fish and marine life that reside in our 760,000-gallon Open Ocean Tank, one of the largest in North America. Watch divers swim in our shark infested waters without fear of these predators.

Delight in watching our African Penguins frolic and laugh at the playful antics of our adorable seals. Experience a totally new, totally fun, good time when you come face-to-face with our totally C.O.O.L. (Conservation Outreach and Observation Lab) exhibit.

Your family will experience an underwater paradise conveniently located minutes from Philadelphia on the waterfront in Camden, NJ, minutes from Center City, Philadelphia and only one mile from the Liberty Bell. For More Info...

Phone: (609) 365-3300 or (800) 616-JAWS

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1 Riverside Dr., Camden, NJ 08103

   
   
   
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New Jersey State Museum & Planetarium

Established in 1895, the New Jersey State Museum is a general museum that collects, exhibits and interprets in four broad areas of interest: natural history, archaeology/ethnology, cultural history, and fine art.

The New Jersey State Museum features a four-level main building, an adjacent 416-seat auditorium, and an adjoining 150-seat state-of-the-art Planetarium. All space on the first level of the main building is devoted to changing exhibitions. Other galleries allocated for short-term exhibitions are devoted to showcasing New Jersey Arts, as well as the New Jersey State Museum's permanent collections. Second floor and lower level exhibitions feature the natural history of New Jersey, and selections from the New Jersey State Museum's collection of fine arts, cultural history, archaeology and ethnology, all organized thematically or contextually.

The New Jersey State Museum also offers hands-on workshops, talks, gallery walks, demonstrations, performing arts events, children's theatre, group tours, and seasonal educational planetarium sky shows and Laser Shows set to music. Planetarium shows vary in price from $1.00 For More Info...

Entrance to the Museum FREE

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205 West State St, Trenton, NJ 08625-0530

   
   
   
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Old Barracks Museum

In 1758, the Barracks was the biggest building in Trenton. About 300 British and Irish soldiers were the first to live here. The building was made of stone and had dark red woodwork. There were about 20 soldiers rooms, each with two windows, a door and a fireplace. Twelve soldiers were put in a room. Two men slept in each wooden bunk. The soldiers received rations of food, firewood, candles, cider, salt, and vinegar. There was a kitchen in the cellar, but most soldiers cooked in their rooms. In the center of the building was a little house with a staircase to For More Info...

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Pennsbury Manor

The recreated country home of William Penn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, provides a peaceful contrast to the hurry of modern American life. The construction of the original manor was an expression of Penn's belief that life in the country was more wholesome than in the worldly atmosphere of crowded cities. Pennsbury Manor is permeated with the spirit of this kindly, devout humanitarian, and it gives the visitor a sense of the unhurried grace and charm of those years when Pennsylvania was William Penn's "Holy Experiment." For More Info...

   
   
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400 Pennsbury Memorial Rd., Morrisville, PA 19067 (Near Tullytown, off Bordentown Rd., near Rte. 13, between Bristol & Morrisville.)

   
   
   
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art--in partnership with the city, the region, and art museums around the globe--seeks to preserve, enhance, interpret, and extend the reach of its great collections in particular, and the visual arts in general, to an increasing and increasingly diverse audience as a source of delight, illumination, and lifelong learning.

Over 200 galleries filled with treasures drawn from a permanent collection of more than 400,000 works of art, including paintings, sculpture & historic rooms. Open year ‘round. For More Info...

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26 th St. & Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130

   
   
   
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Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania houses one of the most significant collections of historic railroad artifacts in the world. Devoted to preserving and interpreting the broad impact of railroad development on society, the Museum:

 
  • Displays over 100 locomotives and cars from the mid-19th and 20th centuries, including the priceless Pennsylvania Railroad Historical Collection.
  • Has restored many of these unique survivors to original appearance, and pursues a major restoration program.
  • Conducts educational programs for all ages, provides tours and holds special events, many in cooperation with outside organizations. The new Railway Education Center allows even more pioneering activity.
  • Houses extensive exhibits of railroad artifacts, plus priceless art work, books, photographs and corporate railroad material.
  • Recognizes that railroad history is alive and continues being made in this new millennium. The Museum uses new technologies to preserve and interpret the unfolding story.
  • Seeks to enhance its world-class status through a process of steady improvements involving public-private partnerships

Located in Strasburg in Lancaster County's Amish farm country in Southeastern Pennsylvania, there are many other nearby attractions, including the historic steam Strasburg Rail Road. We're open most days around the year. We hope you will agree with us that railroads are relevant to our past and present. The Museum is administered by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, with the active support of the Friends of the Museum (FRM), which welcomes new members. For More Info...

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Summerseat

Few buildings in the United states can match the historic significance of Summerseat, a stately Georgian mansion built in the late 1760s about a half-mile from the falls of the Delaware in what is now the Borough of Morrisville, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Summerseat served as a headquarters for the American forces throughout the war, a fact substantiated by correspondence between For More Info...

George Washington’s headquarters from December 8 to 14, 1776. Also owned by Robert Morris and George Clymer, signers of the Declaration of Independence and Constitution. FREE

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Legion & Hilcrest Ave., Morrisville, PA 19067. Phone: (215) 295-7339

 
   
   
   
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Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library

Explore and enjoy our museum, garden and library. See the museum's magnificent collection of American antiques celebrating the best in style and craftsmanship. Delight your senses with a stroll through the glorious 60-acre garden and surrounding landscape of hills, waterways, and rolling meadows. Discover the nationally renowned research library that is a center for the study of American art and material culture.

Our tours give you an overview of the collection of American decorative arts (or antiques) housed within the museum at Winterthur. We begin the tour in a room with a special dresser full of dishes because behind it is the story of how the museum was started. Henry Francis du Pont, the museum's founder, saw this dresser in the home of his friend Electra Webb in Vermont. He was captivated by its design, the color of the dishes, and their history. Inspired, he began to collect objects that had been used in American homes between 1640 and 1840. Today, the collection's date range has been extended to 1860, and it now contains 85,000 objects in 175 period rooms. The tour you will take here (and its counterpart at the museum) highlights certain rooms and objects within this large complex. For More Info...

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