Philadelphia Museums Walking Tour, Philadelphia (Self Guided)

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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Philadelphia Museums Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Philadelphia Museums Walking Tour
Guide Location: USA » Philadelphia (See other walking tours in Philadelphia)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: leticia
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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 12:00 – 5:00 pm; Wednesday-Thursday 12:00 – 8:00 pm;
Friday 12:00 – 5:00 pm; Saturday-Sunday 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Walking Tours in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Creating your own self-guided walk in Philadelphia is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Old City History Walk

Old City History Walk

Let Philadelphia tell you about the great history of the United States through its outstanding historic places. Learn more about America’s founding fathers, key events during the 18th century, the country’s long-awaited independence and its glorious attainment of liberty. Take the following tour to discover Philadelphia’s history.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 1

Souvenir Shopping Part 1

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
Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia Landmarks Walking Tour II

Philadelphia contains a variety of interesting buildings and houses, from homes dating to the 18th and 19th centuries and Victorian buildings to stylish modern towers. It's also home to a vast range of magnificent and interesting landmarks. Among them are the famous LOVE Park, the impressive Benjamin Franklin National Memorial, fabulous Logan Circle, the creative Shakespeare Memorial and much...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount Area Sights Walk

Fairmount is a neighborhood in the North Philadelphia area. The name "Fairmount" itself derives from the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits. Later, the name was applied to the street that runs from the foot of Fairmount hill through the heart of the neighborhood. The area is sometimes referred to as the "Art Museum Area," for its proximity to and...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

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: 4.8 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Philadelphia is one of the most outstanding historic places in the USA. It is the homeland of the Liberty Bell and the Independence Hall where the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed. Here you will also find many art museums one of which is named in the memory of Benjamin Franklin who made Philadelphia famous. Here is a list of the most famous attractions in Philadelphia.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Philadelphia for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Philadelphia has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Philadelphia, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.