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  • ballet dancers en pointe perform in "The Nutcracker"
    Academy of Music

    The academy, built in 1855–57, is the oldest opera house in the United States still used for its original purpose. It is home to the Philadelphia Ballet and Opera Philadelphia.

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    Photo credit: B. Krist for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
  • a dinosaur skeleton dominates an exhibit hall
    Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    The nation’s oldest natural history museum, founded in 1812, is home to spectacular collections of dinosaurs and butterflies.

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    Photo credit: Mike Servedio/ANS
  • seated children watch an exhibit in the museum
    African American Museum in Philadelphia

    The museum was the first built by a major city to preserve, interpret, and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. The core exhibit, Audacious Freedom, highlights the contributions of African Americans in Philadelphia from 1776-1876.

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    Photo credit: J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
  • actors perform a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream
    Arden Theatre

    The Arden has been in Old City since the mid-1990s, though the company itself dates to 1988. Apart from eclectic seasons, it is known for its productions for children.

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    Photo credit: Arden Theatre Company
  • two men look at paintings hanging on a gallery wall
    The Barnes Foundation

    The world’s largest private collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and early-Modern paintings. Works by Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse, and Picasso share space with antiques, African art and early American decorative arts and crafts.

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    Photo credit: C. Smyth for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
  • a man dressed as Ben Franklin poses at the entrance to the museum grounds
    Benjamin Franklin Museum

    A museum dedicated to the life and legacy of Philadelphia’s famous founding father. Learn about Franklin and the 18th century through personal artifacts and interactive displays.

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    Photo credit: R. Kennedy for GPTMC Rusty Kennedy
  • four people in colonial dress unfurl an early-design American flag
    Betsy Ross House

    One of the most-visited tourist sites in Philadelphia, the Betsy Ross House is celebrated as where Betsy Ross lived when she sewed the first American flag.

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    Photo credit: M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
  • the basilica's highly-decorated rotunda celing
    Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul

    Completed in 1864, the largest Catholic cathedral in the city is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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  • Chinatown

    With origins in the 1800s, Philadelphia’s Chinatown is home to many restaurants and shops. A wide selection of delicious Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Burmese cuisine may be found there.

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    Photo credit: Jimmy Woo, Unsplash
  • a side view of Christ Church
    Christ Church

    Founded in 1695 as a Church of England parish, Christ Church was integral to the founding of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the U.S. Its Neighborhood House is now a performance venue.

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    Photo credit: Dan Mall, Unsplash
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