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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40 local reviews
Fairmount, Philadelphia
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Tex
One of the most famous museum around America. Highly recommend. The museum administers collections containing …
Peter
If arts and culture is your thing, the Philadelphia Museum or Art is a must see. Skip the Rocky line in front,…
Danielle
A must in Fairmount. Run up the iconic steps where Rocky stars. Take a picture with the famous statue. Don't m…
1. Fairmount
1. Fairmount
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40 local reviews
Fairmount, Philadelphia
Tex
Tex
One of the most famous museum around America. Highly recommend. The museum administers collections containing over 240,000 objects including…
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…
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…
2. Eastern State Penitentiary
2. Eastern State Penitentiary
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76 local reviews
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 215-236-3300
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Darius
Historical, architectural gem right in the neighborhood. The penitentiary is now a museum with guided tours. …
Fran
Historic prison now a museum offering tours, including award-winning seasonal Halloween tour
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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76 local reviews
2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 215-236-3300
Darius
Darius
Historical, architectural gem right in the neighborhood. The penitentiary is now a museum with guided tours. The main attraction of the mu…
Fran
Fran
Historic prison now a museum offering tours, including award-winning seasonal Halloween tour
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 N 20th St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+1 215-448-1200
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Folke & Johnny
Roughly a 5 minute Uber rider, or 25 minute walk, the museum is a Philadelphia must, but the Tuttleman IMAX is…
Nathan
While there are too many excellent museums in Philly to name them all, the Franklin Institute is one of the mo…
Kati
Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s o…
3. The Franklin Institute
3. The Franklin Institute
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61 local reviews
222 N 20th St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+1 215-448-1200
Folke & Johnny
Folke & Johnny
Roughly a 5 minute Uber rider, or 25 minute walk, the museum is a Philadelphia must, but the Tuttleman IMAX is also an amazing unforgettable…
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…
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…
4. Philadelphia Museum of Art
4. Philadelphia Museum of Art
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175 local reviews
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+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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175 local reviews
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+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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30 local reviews
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
+1 215-685-3936
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Jarrett
Just above the Museum of Art, row of ... rowing houses, picturesque spot on the river.
Josh
Local boating clubs take great pride in their 19th-century boat houses, which line the Schuylkill River just w…
Ravi
Lit beautifully in the night over the Schuylkill river.
5. Boathouse Row
5. Boathouse Row
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30 local reviews
1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia
+1 215-685-3936
Jarrett
Jarrett
Just above the Museum of Art, row of ... rowing houses, picturesque spot on the river.
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…
Ravi
Ravi
Lit beautifully in the night over the Schuylkill river.
6. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
6. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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54 local reviews
19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+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. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
6. The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
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54 local reviews
19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+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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10 local reviews
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 215-299-1000
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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…
Omar
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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10 local reviews
1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 10:00 AM
+1 215-299-1000
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…
Omar
Omar
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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31 local reviews
525 Arch St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+1 215-409-6700
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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…
Gina
This is the only museum dedicated to the US Constitution. Enjoy an interactive exhibit. Finish the tour by ta…
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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31 local reviews
525 Arch St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 9:30 AM
+1 215-409-6700
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…
Gina
Gina
This is the only museum dedicated to the US Constitution. Enjoy an interactive exhibit. Finish the tour by taking a selfie with your favori…
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 Drive
9. Kelly Drive
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27 local reviews
Kelly Dr, Philadelphia
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Tyler
This four-mile stretch of park is named after John B. Kelly Jr., brother of famous actress and Princess of Mon…
Jackie & Mike
This is the biking/hiking trail that leads to the city. Its technically the "Valley Forge Trail" it follows th…
Brian
Wonderful path to bike, run or just walk around on. Can take this down about 4 miles to Ben Franklin Parkway …
9. Kelly Drive
9. Kelly Drive
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27 local reviews
Kelly Dr, Philadelphia
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…
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 …
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 St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 215-309-5523
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Jean
This recreational trail follows the river and continuous from Valley Forge into Center City. It can be biked …
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 …
10. Schuylkill Banks
10. Schuylkill Banks
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8 local reviews
2501 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 6:00 AM
+1 215-309-5523
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…
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…
11. Liberty Bell
11. Liberty Bell
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101 local reviews
N 6th St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+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…
Sarah & Alex
Because... well, it's the libery bell! Cool little indoor/outdoor museum around it, and then you're right acr…
Meagan
This famous bell is located across from Independence Hall on the ground where the first presidents of the Unit…
11. Liberty Bell
11. Liberty Bell
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101 local reviews
N 6th St, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 9:00 AM
+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…
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…
Meagan
Meagan
This famous bell is located across from Independence Hall on the ground where the first presidents of the United States lived. The surroundi…
12. Barnes Foundation
12. Barnes Foundation
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97 local reviews
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+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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97 local reviews
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
Closed · Opens 11:00 AM
+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…