Museums in Philadelphia offer something for everyone from fine arts, history, culture and science. Families love the Please Touch Museum and the Philadelphia Zoo. Art connoisseurs appreciate the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. History buffs can't get enough of historic Philadelphia with the Liberty Bell, Constitution Center and National Liberty Museum.
Nearby museums in Philadelphia include:
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. It has collections of more than 227,000 objects that include world-class holdings of European and American paintings, prints, drawings and decorative arts.
The Franklin Institute
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of learning. This is Pennsylvania's most-visited museum and is dedicated to a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education.
The Barnes Foundation
The foundation possesses more than 2,500 objects, including 800 paintings, estimated to be worth about $25 billion. These are primarily works by Impressionist and Modernist masters, but the collection includes many other paintings by leading European and American artists, as well as ancient works from other cultures.
This renowned museum contains the largest collection of sculptor Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris. For the first time since the museum opened in 1929, the doors were closed for a three-year, $9 million renovation which brought this museum back to its original splendour. Doors were reopened to the public on July 12, 2012.
Institute of Contemporary Art
Since its founding in 1963, ICA has established a reputation for identifying artists of promise who later emerge in the international spotlight. The ICA has exhibited the first museum shows of Andy Warhol, Laurie Anderson, Agnes Martin and Robert Indiana. There is no permanent collection at the ICA, but new exhibits are shown three times a year, with 12 shows annually.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)
Founded in 1976, this is the first institution funded and built by a major municipality to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. The AAMP is committed to telling the story of African Americans in all of its permutations: family life, the Civil Rights movement, arts and entertainment, sports, medicine, architecture, politics, religion, law and technology.
Academy of Natural Sciences
The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, formerly Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia, is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the New World. Many of the museum’s live animals are featured in shows throughout the day. Don’t miss the small but dazzling gem and crystal collection.
Independence Seaport Museum
Founded in 1960 as the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, this facility is the region's primary repository of art, artifacts and archival materials documenting the diverse maritime history of the Greater Delaware Valley, the Port of Philadelphia, and other major urban ports along the Delaware River.
Mütter Museum and the Historical Medical Library
The Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.