Best museums in Philadelphia

Check out the top museums in Philadelphia, reviewed and ranked by the city’s locals
1. Fairmount
1. Fairmount
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39 local reviews
Fairmount, Philadelphia
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Danielle
A must in Fairmount. Run up the iconic steps where Rocky stars. Take a picture with the famous statue. Don't m…
Peter
If arts and culture is your thing, the Philadelphia Museum or Art is a must see. Skip the Rocky line in front,…
Tex
One of the most famous museum around America. Highly recommend. The museum administers collections containing …
1. Fairmount
1. Fairmount
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39 local reviews
Fairmount, Philadelphia
Danielle
Danielle
A must in Fairmount. Run up the iconic steps where Rocky stars. Take a picture with the famous statue. Don't miss the Art Museum itself. A b…
Peter
Peter
If arts and culture is your thing, the Philadelphia Museum or Art is a must see. Skip the Rocky line in front, and see some of the finest ar…
Tex
Tex
One of the most famous museum around America. Highly recommend. The museum administers collections containing over 240,000 objects including…
2. Eastern State Penitentiary
2. Eastern State Penitentiary
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75 local reviews
2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia
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+1 215-236-3300
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Fran
Historic prison now a museum offering tours, including award-winning seasonal Halloween tour
Darius
Historical, architectural gem right in the neighborhood. The penitentiary is now a museum with guided tours. …
Mike
Oldest penitentiary in the USA. Very interesting museum to tour including Al Capone's old cell block and the n…
2. Eastern State Penitentiary
2. Eastern State Penitentiary
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75 local reviews
2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia
Open now
+1 215-236-3300
Fran
Fran
Historic prison now a museum offering tours, including award-winning seasonal Halloween tour
Darius
Darius
Historical, architectural gem right in the neighborhood. The penitentiary is now a museum with guided tours. The main attraction of the mu…
Mike
Mike
Oldest penitentiary in the USA. Very interesting museum to tour including Al Capone's old cell block and the nationally recognized Terror Be…
3. The Franklin Institute
3. The Franklin Institute
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61 local reviews
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia
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+1 215-448-1200
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Sarah & Alex
Science museum that is a lot of fun even if you're not bringing kids! Includes a wrap around IMAX theater and…
Kati
Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s o…
Nathan
While there are too many excellent museums in Philly to name them all, the Franklin Institute is one of the mo…
3. The Franklin Institute
3. The Franklin Institute
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61 local reviews
222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia
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+1 215-448-1200
Sarah & Alex
Sarah & Alex
Science museum that is a lot of fun even if you're not bringing kids! Includes a wrap around IMAX theater and generally one limited time sp…
Kati
Kati
Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s oldest and premier centers of s…
Nathan
Nathan
While there are too many excellent museums in Philly to name them all, the Franklin Institute is one of the most interesting, family-friendl…
4. Philadelphia Museum of Art
4. Philadelphia Museum of Art
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179 local reviews
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
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+1 215-763-8100
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Kati
As one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from aroun…
Joshua
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is great. There is wonderful art inside and across the street at the Perelman. …
David
The museum has a fantastic comprehensive collection of everything from ancient Asian architecture to Impressio…
4. Philadelphia Museum of Art
4. Philadelphia Museum of Art
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179 local reviews
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
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+1 215-763-8100
Kati
Kati
As one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its ren…
Joshua
Joshua
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is great. There is wonderful art inside and across the street at the Perelman. There is also beautiful are ou…
David
David
The museum has a fantastic comprehensive collection of everything from ancient Asian architecture to Impressionism and beyond. Tickets are g…
5. Boathouse Row
5. Boathouse Row
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31 local reviews
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
+1 215-685-3936
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Josh
Local boating clubs take great pride in their 19th-century boat houses, which line the Schuylkill River just w…
Jarrett
Just above the Museum of Art, row of ... rowing houses, picturesque spot on the river.
Ravi
Lit beautifully in the night over the Schuylkill river.
5. Boathouse Row
5. Boathouse Row
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31 local reviews
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
+1 215-685-3936
Josh
Josh
Local boating clubs take great pride in their 19th-century boat houses, which line the Schuylkill River just west of the Philadelphia Museum…
Jarrett
Jarrett
Just above the Museum of Art, row of ... rowing houses, picturesque spot on the river.
Ravi
Ravi
Lit beautifully in the night over the Schuylkill river.
6. Mütter Museum
6. Mütter Museum
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57 local reviews
19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia
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+1 215-560-8564
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Zak
The Mütter Museum is a riveting storehouse for the anatomically strange. The museum’s display of 20,000 provoc…
David
For something completely different and kind of creepy, check out the College of Physicians of Philadelphia's M…
Nikki
Not for the faint of heart The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelph…
6. Mütter Museum
6. Mütter Museum
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57 local reviews
19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia
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+1 215-560-8564
Zak
Zak
The Mütter Museum is a riveting storehouse for the anatomically strange. The museum’s display of 20,000 provocative items is designed to giv…
David
David
For something completely different and kind of creepy, check out the College of Physicians of Philadelphia's Mutter Museum. America's finest…
Nikki
Nikki
Not for the faint of heart The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains …
7. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
7. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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9 local reviews
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
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+1 215-299-1000
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Omar
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia…
Zak
The discoveries that rocked the world then and now share four floors of exhibit space. The fully constructed T…
Gary
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia…
7. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
7. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University
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9 local reviews
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
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+1 215-299-1000
Omar
Omar
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, is the oldest natural scienc…
Zak
Zak
The discoveries that rocked the world then and now share four floors of exhibit space. The fully constructed Tyrannosaurus Rex that towers o…
Gary
Gary
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, is the oldest natural scienc…
8. National Constitution Center
8. National Constitution Center
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29 local reviews
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
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+1 215-409-6600
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Marcie
Right in the heart of the historic area, this museum is a wonderful, interactive, museum which is all about th…
Patty
Dedicated to the four most powerful pages in America's history, the National Constitution Center examines "We …
Nathan
Excellent museum for those interested in Revolutionary history, the Constitution and the birth of America. Loc…
8. National Constitution Center
8. National Constitution Center
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29 local reviews
525 Arch Street, Philadelphia
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+1 215-409-6600
Marcie
Marcie
Right in the heart of the historic area, this museum is a wonderful, interactive, museum which is all about the roots and history of America…
Patty
Patty
Dedicated to the four most powerful pages in America's history, the National Constitution Center examines "We the People." As many as 350,00…
Nathan
Nathan
Excellent museum for those interested in Revolutionary history, the Constitution and the birth of America. Located near the Liberty Bell and…
9. Kelly Dr
9. Kelly Dr
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25 local reviews
Kelly Dr, Philadelphia
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Jackie & Mike
This is the biking/hiking trail that leads to the city. Its technically the "Valley Forge Trail" it follows th…
tyler
This four-mile stretch of park is named after John B. Kelly Jr., brother of famous actress and Princess of Mon…
Brian
Wonderful path to bike, run or just walk around on. Can take this down about 4 miles to Ben Franklin Parkway …
9. Kelly Dr
9. Kelly Dr
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25 local reviews
Kelly Dr, Philadelphia
Jackie & Mike
Jackie & Mike
This is the biking/hiking trail that leads to the city. Its technically the "Valley Forge Trail" it follows the Schuykill River straight to …
tyler
tyler
This four-mile stretch of park is named after John B. Kelly Jr., brother of famous actress and Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly. It runs alon…
Brian
Brian
Wonderful path to bike, run or just walk around on. Can take this down about 4 miles to Ben Franklin Parkway and the Art museum.
10. Schuylkill Banks
10. Schuylkill Banks
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8 local reviews
2501 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
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+1 215-309-5523
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Carl and Barbara
Bike, walk, jog, skateboard this paved river trail, which takes you as far as you want to go! It goes past th…
Eric
This park is walking distance from our house. The path goes up the river for miles and takes you past iconic …
Jean
This recreational trail follows the river and continuous from Valley Forge into Center City. It can be biked …
10. Schuylkill Banks
10. Schuylkill Banks
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8 local reviews
2501 Walnut Street, Philadelphia
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+1 215-309-5523
Carl and Barbara
Carl and Barbara
Bike, walk, jog, skateboard this paved river trail, which takes you as far as you want to go! It goes past the Art Museum and along both si…
Eric
Eric
This park is walking distance from our house. The path goes up the river for miles and takes you past iconic Boathouse row and the Philly a…
Jean
Jean
This recreational trail follows the river and continuous from Valley Forge into Center City. It can be biked or walked. It goes behind the…
11. Liberty Bell
11. Liberty Bell
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99 local reviews
North 6th Street, Philadelphia
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+1 215-965-2305
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David
A must see for any visitor to Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell is on view to the public for free, no ticket requ…
Makayla
The Liberty Bell is one of the biggest sights in Philly. It is a little museum and free to walk through, super…
Sarah & Alex
Because... well, it's the libery bell! Cool little indoor/outdoor museum around it, and then you're right acr…
11. Liberty Bell
11. Liberty Bell
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99 local reviews
North 6th Street, Philadelphia
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+1 215-965-2305
David
David
A must see for any visitor to Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell is on view to the public for free, no ticket required, but you may need to wait…
Makayla
Makayla
The Liberty Bell is one of the biggest sights in Philly. It is a little museum and free to walk through, super cute and right in the middle …
Sarah & Alex
Sarah & Alex
Because... well, it's the libery bell! Cool little indoor/outdoor museum around it, and then you're right across the street from Independen…
12. Barnes Foundation
12. Barnes Foundation
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94 local reviews
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
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+1 215-278-7000
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Tommy
The Barnes is one of the most popular attractions for guests. It is a unique and beautiful museum that locals…
Pesamino
This collection used to reside at a Main Line mansion and was recently moved (with great controversy) downtown…
Michael
Watch the documentary, The Art of the Steal, and you will know why this is one of the most important and contr…
12. Barnes Foundation
12. Barnes Foundation
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94 local reviews
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Open now
+1 215-278-7000
Tommy
Tommy
The Barnes is one of the most popular attractions for guests. It is a unique and beautiful museum that locals and guests thoroughly enjoy. …
Pesamino
Pesamino
This collection used to reside at a Main Line mansion and was recently moved (with great controversy) downtown. The museum has replicated th…
Michael
Michael
Watch the documentary, The Art of the Steal, and you will know why this is one of the most important and controversial museums in the world…