The original city of Philadelphia is over 300 years old. It is the fifth largest city in the United States. During the nation’s quest for freedom it was even the nation’s capital for a short time. This city is a walkers’ paradise as the proximity of the attractions allows students to walk all day and visit many sites. A few of the choices include:
Academy of Natural Sciences one of the world’s foremost natural history museum, where students will see plenty of dinosaurs, interact with live butterflies in their tropical habitat, and visit with live animals.
National Constitution Center step inside and be inspired by interactive exhibits, live performances, rare artifacts, and hands-on activities that bring the Constitution to life for all ages. This is the only museum dedicated solely to the US Constitution.
Liberty Bell Center is where Forest Rangers will tell the fascinating story of the transformation of an ordinary bell into the hallowed symbol of liberty in this museum. The first bell was casted to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Penn’s Charter of Privileges. There have been several times when the bell has been cracked and seems to be left to debate , how many times and for what reason. Its most famous ring may have been on July 8, 1776, when it summoned the citizens of Philadelphia to the State House Yard to hear the Declaration of Independence read by Colonel John Nixon.
Franklin Institute Science Museum is an entire city block with 4 floors of permanent and special exhibits as well as a unique mixture of adventures. In the science museum, you can experience the science of yesterday and today. You can visit the Wright Brothers Cycle Shop, board a jet fighter, and ride a locomotive without leaving the museum.
New Hall Military Museum this Army-Navy Museum houses flags, guns, swords, epaulets, uniforms and medals. A diorama in the museum depicts the mustering of the Continental Marine Corps which was organized in Philadelphia in 1775. There are ship models on display and history comes alive by means of an interactive display.
Pennsylvania Academy & Museum of the Fine Art America’s first Art Museum is a magnificent national historic landmark filled with historic and contemporary masterpieces.
Philadelphia’s History Museum, the Atwater Kent Philadelphia’s history museum tells the Philadelphia story from its beginning more than 300 years ago to the present. It has many exciting hands on attractions.
Institute of Contemporary Art has many different exhibitions of contemporary art.
Philadelphia Museum of Art is unique among American Museums in its integrated presentations of a full range of fine and applied arts from Asia, Europe and the United States. Spanning more than 2,000 years, the collection includes masterpieces of painting, sculpture, prints and drawings as well as a wide range of furniture, silver, glasswork, architectural elements and furnished rooms from historic houses.
Barnes Foundation one of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post- Impressionist paintings.
Valley Forge National Park was the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army. The park commemorates the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation and honors the ability of citizens to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.
Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most expensive buildings in the USA and was once the most famous prisons. Built in the 1820's it was the model for prisons throughout the world. Its design was built on the Quaker ideals for reforming prisoners through strict isolation and labor. Al Capone was once imprisoned here.
Wagner Free Institute of Science houses a natural history collection including fossils, shells, minerals, skeletons and
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