Extraordinary collections include those at Winterthur, the legendary mansion of Henry Francis du Pont, as well as Stephen Girard Collection at Girard College, and the world-renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Philadelphia Antiques Show, regarded as one of the nation’s premier antiques events, occurs each April.
Buildings representing 300 years of architecture, ranging from the Colonial-era Independence Hall, to the Second-Empire style Union League, to the Beaux-Arts style City Hall, to the International-style PSFS building, to the Post-Modern Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Spectacular outdoor spaces include Bartram’s Garden (the nation’s oldest), the 1,000 acres of Longwood Gardens, the Tyler Arboretum and the Morris Arboretum. The Philadelphia Flower Show, held each
March, is the largest indoor flower show in the world.
America’s “most historic square mile” is located right here, as is the dazzling National Constitution Center, celebrating American freedom. Historic sites are also found at Valley Forge, the Brandywine Valley, Washington’s Crossing, Fort Mifflin and Germantown.
Philadelphia boasts an amazing variety of historic houses dating from the Revolutionary period onward. Notable houses include National Trust properties Cliveden and Stenton and the Betsy Ross House, as well as the seven elegant Fairmount Park Houses, considered to be among the finest 18th century houses remaining in America.
Institutions such as the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Rosenbach Museum and Library, The Library Company, the Athenaeum, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania and the American Philosophical Society are only a sampling of our region’s great libraries. They hold rich collections of rare books, manuscripts and archival materials.
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Museums & Galleries
Philadelphia’s eclectic art scene has long attracted art lovers. World-class collections include the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes Foundation, The Rodin Museum, the Brandywine River Museum, the James A. Michener Art Museum and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Cutting edge contemporary art can be found at the Institute of Contemporary Art (University of Pennsylvania) and the Fabric Workshop and Museum. A variety of prestigious galleries, such as the Locks, Helen Drutt and Schwarz galleries, offer a selection for all tastes.
Additionally, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology houses one of the finest collections of Egyptian material on display in the United States.