Museums Walking Tour I (Self Guided), Philadelphia

Philadelphia is home to many outstanding museums. Dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, these buildings feature great collections, interesting expositions and the best exhibits. Take the following tour to visit Philadelphia’s great museums!
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Museums Walking Tour I Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour I
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 Km or 3 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Rodin Museum
  • The Franklin Institute
  • Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
  • Mutter Museum
  • Rosenbach Museum & Library
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

1) Philadelphia Museum of Art (must see)

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. It is located at the west end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. The Museum was established in 1876 in conjunction with the Centennial Exposition of the same year. Originally called the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art, its founding was inspired by the South Kensington Museum (now the Victoria and Albert Museum) in London, which grew out of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Each year the Museum puts on 15 to 20 special exhibitions and is visited by 800,000 people.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday: open until 8:45 p.m.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rodin Museum

2) Rodin Museum (must see)

The Rodin Museum is a museum located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania which contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris. The Museum was the gift of movie-theater magnate Jules Mastbaum (1872–1926) to the city of Philadelphia. The best-known of Rodin's works, The Thinker (1880–1882), sits outside the museum in the entry courtyard. Though no longer used, visitors once entered through a cast of The Gates of Hell, located at the entrance into the museum. This massive 5.5-m-tall bronze doorway was originally created for the Museum of Decorative Arts (which was to have been located in Paris but never came into existence).

Hours: Wednesday-Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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The Franklin Institute

3) The Franklin Institute (must see)

The Franklin Institute (named after the noted American scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin) is a museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the United States, dating to 1824. The Institute also houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial. The Science Center includes many pertinent attractions that are not museum exhibits. The Budd BB-1 Pioneer, in front of the museum, was the first stainless steel airplane built by the Edward F. Budd Manufacturing Corporation and has been on display since 1935. Starting 1824, The Franklin Institute has maintained the longest continuously awarded science and technology awards program in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

4) Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas. It was founded in 1812, by many of the leading naturalists of the young American republic with an expressed mission of "the encouragement and cultivation of the sciences". For over two centuries of continuous operations, the Academy has sponsored expeditions, conducted original environmental and systematics research, and amassed natural history collections containing more than 17 million specimens. The Academy also has a long tradition of public exhibits and educational programs for both schools and the general public.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mutter Museum

5) Mutter Museum (must see)

The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The original purpose of the collection, donated by Dr. Thomas Dent Mütter in 1858, was medical research and education. For a fee one may personally view the museum. The Mütter Museum is best known for the Hyrtl Skull Collection and other anatomical specimens including a wax model of a woman with a horn growing out of her forehead along with several wax molds of untreated conditions of the head.

Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Rosenbach Museum & Library

6) Rosenbach Museum & Library

The Rosenbach Museum & Library is housed in a beautiful, historic townhouse, the former home of brothers Dr. A.S.W. and Philip Rosenbach. The former brother was a known dealer and collector of rare books and manuscripts, while the latter was an expert in fine and decorative arts. Established in 1954 to preserve the brothers' personal collections and archive, the Rosenbach museum has had its holdings grown further. Today it is a major cultural institution and a research center boasting one of the greatest in the United States collections of rare books and manuscripts, complete with just as impressive collection of fine art and antiques.

Hours: Tuesday-Thursday: 12:00 – 8:00 pm; Friday: 12:00 – 5:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm
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University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology

7) University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology (must see)

This museum is one of the most interesting in the city. It has conducted more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world. The museum houses artifacts of cultures of Americas, Africa, and Oceania. The newest exhibits bring the visitors into the Ancient Mediterranean World.

Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 Km or 2.2 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 Km or 1.6 Miles
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Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles

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