Museums Walking Tour II (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 II Map

Guide Name: Museums Walking Tour II
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: Caroline
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Independence Seaport Museum

1) Independence Seaport Museum (must see)

The Independence Seaport Museum is a museum dedicated to the maritime history of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the Delaware Valley. It is located in the Penn's Landing complex along the Delaware River in Philadelphia. The museum was founded in 1961 by J. Welles Henderson and has dozens of exhibits including the warship USS Olympia and the submarine USS Becuna. There are many maritime artifacts, ship models, and full-sized boats in the permanent and interactive exhibitions. The exhibits focus on the Port of Philadelphia, trade, immigration, shipbuilding, and deep sea submersibles.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Museum of the American Revolution

2) Museum of the American Revolution (must see)

The Museum of the American Revolution (formerly The American Revolution Center) is a Philadelphia museum dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution. The museum owns a distinguished collection of several thousand objects including artwork and sculpture, textiles and weapons, manuscripts and rare books. Permanent and special exhibition galleries, theaters and large-scale tableaux will bring to life the original "greatest generation," and engage people in the history and continuing relevance of the American Revolution. The museum serves as a portal to Philadelphia's other Revolutionary landmarks, enriching the existing heritage community and making Philadelphia an engaging and authentic destination for those interested in discovering America's founding.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Fireman's Hall

3) Fireman's Hall (must see)

This specialty museum is staffed by actual firemen. It houses artifacts that were used once in fighting with fire in Philadelphia. Here you can also go shopping.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
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The African American Museum in Philadelphia

4) The African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is notable as the first museum funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Opened during the 1976 Bicentennial celebrations, the AAMP is located in historic Philadelphia, a few blocks away from the Liberty Bell. AAMP currently houses four galleries and an auditorium, each of which offers exhibitions anchored on one of three dominant themes: The African Diaspora, the Philadelphia Story, and the Contemporary Narrative. The Museum is home to more than 750,000 objects, images and documents that are made available for research, exhibitions, for loan to other museums, and used in the Museum’s many educational programs. Temporary exhibits, as well as a variety of family events, workshops, films, tours, symposiums, and concerts relating to African-American culture and history are offered.

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

5) Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site (must see)

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is a preserved home once rented by American author Edgar Allan Poe. Though Poe lived in many houses over several years in Philadelphia (1837 to 1844), it is the only one which still survives. The site combines both Poe's former residence and two adjoining houses which were not built until after Poe left Philadelphia.The rooms of the house are left in arrested decay and are not furnished to look like they did during Poe's time.The neighboring residences include a welcome area, gift shop, a film screening room, and some minor exhibits. The site also includes a reading room decorated based on Poe's theories in "The Philosophy of Furniture". This, the only room on the site furnished to look like the 19th century, is not part of Poe's original home. The room includes a complete collection of Poe's works, including criticism, and audio interpretations of his work.

A statue outside of the home depicts a large raven, representative of one of Poe's most famous poems, "The Raven". The cellar in the house resembles one described in "The Black Cat", also written while Poe lived in Philadelphia. Though the house does not include any items originally owned by the Poe family, many items are collected nearby at the Free Library of Philadelphia. The home is open to the public Fridays through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with guided tours on the hour or self-guided tours at any time. Admission is free. Paid membership in the Friends of Poe Society, which also sponsors events throughout the year, aids in the upkeep of the home.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia Religious Buildings Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.6 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
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Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour I

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Philadelphia features a vast range of wonderful landmarks, which are very interesting from an historical point of view. Monuments, memorials, statues, squares or parks, all of them are worth visiting. Take the following tour to see the most prominent landmarks in Philadelphia!

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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It would be a pity to leave Philadelphia without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Philadelphia, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 km
Museums Walking Tour I

Museums Walking Tour I

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!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km

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