600 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 925 8077
Lights of Liberty is a spectacular sound and light show. Experience the events leading up to the American Revolution while walking through Independence National Historic Park after dark. A personal headset with surround sound tells the story of the American Revolution, while beautiful hand-painted, 5-story-high images are projected onto the sides of historical buildings. In less than a mile and about one hour visitors experience five acts in five locations. Visit the place and be a part of the revolution!
419 South Sixth Street Philadelphia, PA 19147 +1 215 925 0616
Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church is the first A.M.E. church in the world. It was founded by free American blacks in the 1700s. The current building was constructed in 1889 and occupies the same location as three previous structures. Stained glass windows feature masonic and religious themes and the shrine of the church contains the tomb of Bishop Allen, his wife Sarah and Bishop Morris Brown. Purchased by Richard Allen in 1791, this site is the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African Americans. The Richard Allen Museum contains 19th century artifacts from the church. Traditionally, all other A.M.E. churches are designed along the plans of this building.
321 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 925 2800
Unlike many museums, the Liberty Museum faces a current problem instead of documenting the past. Three floors of displays and multi-media presentations are intended to reflect America's roots in freedom and equality and how it can be used today to confront bigotry and hatred. Glass is the medium used in many of the works on display to reflect the delicate balance between freedom and persecution. The most notable piece of the art collection is "The Flame of Liberty," a 20-foot glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly. The museum is open 7 days a week from Memorial Day to Labor Day, but is closed on Mondays the remainder of the year.
116 South 3rd Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 636 3300
Initially chartered in 1791 to combat the debt the United States had incurred from the war with Great Britain, the First Bank of the United States created uniform currency for the 13 original states. This brainchild of then-Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton was erected in the neo-classical style to echo the democracy of Ancient Greece. However, Congress abandoned the use of a national bank in 1811; legislators of the time felt it made the federal government too centralized by not giving enough power to the states. The space is now a portrait gallery featuring the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. There are many fine portraits here, particularly by Charles Wilson Peale. Other exhibits chronicle early currency and the bank's importance in American history are on display. The bank is also one of the first historic sites to use the bald eagle as a national symbol.
500 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 965 2305
These chambers are where the Congress of the fledgling United States held sessions until relocating to Washington, D.C. in 1801. The Bill of Rights ratification and the inaugurations of George Washington and John Adams occurred within these walls. Mahogany desks and studded leather chairs fill the first floor meeting room. The carpeting is a reproduction of the one used in the early 1790s. Upstairs, 28 of the 32 chairs and the Secretary's desk are authentic. Impressive images in the hall include the 19th-century fresco of an eagle holding an olive branch, signifying peace, and the oval sunburst design commemorating the thirteen original states with thirteen stars.
313 Pine Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 925 5968
Built in 1761, Saint Peter's was the early worship house of the Quakers that populated Colonial Philadelphia. Architect Robert Smith was commissioned to erect the Georgian church in 1758. The tower, spire, and two wooden angels were additions made by other architects in the 19th century. A row of Osage trees that surround the church are said to be planted with seeds from trailblazers Lewis and Clark. One of St. Peter's most notable worshipers was George Washington. The grave sites of historical figures such as artist Charles Wilson Peale and James K. Polk's Vice-President George Mifflin Dallas are on the premises.
Golden Tea House is West Philly's premium destination for live music. This place plays host to some of the best concerts in town. Featuring emerging bands and musicians from across the country, their stage is a great platform for local talent. Performances by Crybaby, Mutant Genes, No Stayer, Nightbirds, Sickoids, Everyone Everywhere, among others, contributes to an eclectic jam session of alternative rock genres to pop and funk.
A frat house of the nonsectarian fraternity known as Pi Lambda Phi, Pilam has been a major live music haunt for the students of the university. This eclectic music venue attracts the young and the hip crowd who just can't stop yelling out the lyrics of the songs played by the bands here - definitely not the kind of place for the ones who prefer a quieter ambiance to enjoy the music. In its glorious history of hosting live music, the venue has staged many local bands and performers like Stinking Liz, A Place to Bury Strangers, Wesley Willis, Elf Power and Brown Recluse Sings, with some of them having graced the stage more than once. Expect a riot of sorts in case you plan to visit an event at Pilam in the future.
3141 Chestnut Street Drexel University, Department of Athletics Philadelphia, PA 19104 +1 215 895 1977
The Daskalakis Athletic Center is the home of the Drexel Dragons and is also the watering hole of the university's swimmers. See the players pass, dribble and shoot the ball through the basket. It is always an exciting scene to see the varsity's Dragons cheered by the huge crowd of sports lovers. Swimmers fit and healthy dive into the pool at the crack of a pistol. Witness all this action and more, just at the Daskalakis Athletic Center here in Philadelphia. Check the website regularly for timings and dates.
3130 Walnut Street University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA 19104 +1 215 898 1923
University of Pennsylvania is considered to be one of the best educational institutions in US, but that doesn't hamper with this University's fun quotient. A perfect proof of that is Class of '23 Ice Rink. Hockey matches to spectacular performances-a venue that hosts spellbinding shows. Inter-University Ice Hockey Tournaments are the most awaited and usually has this place packed. While most of the activities held here are organized by the Campus Board of Activities and only University students are allowed, there are many shows that are open for public.
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