1314 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 +1 215 546 3181
The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, was the first circulating library in America. Today, it is an independent research library with more than a half a million books, graphics and other rare printed items from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Library Company is the only major early American library to survive intact and as such, it provides an interesting example of the book culture of early America. The library has an extensive collection of English and American novels, plays, poems and narratives.
320 South Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 +1 215 717 6161
The University anchors the newly renovated South Broad Street "Avenue of the Arts," a cluster of top cultural organizations that form a hub for arts and entertainment. The University's neighbors include the Academy of Music, the Wilma Theater, and the new Regional Performing Arts Center. In addition to training in all the arts, the University owns several theatres, including the Arts Bank and the Merriam, where professional dance and theatre performances are regularly scheduled.
1906 Rittenhouse Square Ethical Society Philadelphia, PA 19103 +1 215 629 1995
Reconstructionists at Center City's Leyv Ha-Ir have a strong commitment to tradition and to their search for contemporary meaning. They define Judaism as an ever-evolving product of history that must be continuously re-examined and restated for each age. When a particular Jewish value or custom becomes meaningless, Reconstructionist rabbis work with committed lay members to formulate guidelines for future Jewish practices. In this way, each generation of Jews can subtly reshape the faith and traditions of the Jewish people so that Judaism becomes a dynamic, ever-changing vision for the future.
44 North 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 922 5446
Congregation Mikveh Israel was founded in 1740 and is the second oldest congregation in the United States. Benjamin Franklin contributed to the building fund and a letter that George Washington wrote to the Congregation can be viewed when you visit here. Early members of the Congregation include Nathan Levy, whose ship brought the Liberty Bell to America, and Isaac Leeser, who was the first to translate the Hebrew Bible into English for Jewish readers. Congregation Mikvey Israel is one of four congregations in the world that utilizes the Sephardic, Spanish/Portugese Rite.
1300 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 +1 215 732 6200
The society's collection is highlighted by the continuing exhibit, "Finding Philadelphia's Past." Over 500 antiques and personal items chronicle the city's history through 1900, including the wampum belt of Pennsylvania founder William Penn and George Washington's desk. Videos delving into Philadelphia's rich history can be viewed in the "Trolley Car Theater." Check website for further information.
127 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 +1 215 665 8138
In operation for more than 30 years, the Gross McCleaf Art Gallery caters to those who prefer pieces that are geared more toward contemporary realism than abstract work from local and regional artists. Gross McCleaf Gallery carries an extensive inventory that is rotated around three locations.
15th and Market Streets Philadelphia, PA 19102 +1 215 639 0300
This 1976 Claes Oldenburg sculpture carries the same bit of quirk found in many of his other works about the city. If you take a stroll through Philadelphia, you'll find it is not that odd to find a 20-foot tall, red clothespin in the middle of high activity areas. The Clothespin also provided the background for a scene with Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Ankroyd in the film "Trading Places." There are other Claes Oldenburg sculptures around town, including the giant broken button on the Penn campus at 36th and Locust Walk.
2008 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103 +1 215 732 1600
The Rosenbach Museum & Library is cozily nestled away, much like many of its exhibits, in a residential area. The 19th Century townhouse boasts original manuscripts and handwritten copies of some of the world's most important literary works. The most highly prized of all the rarities on display is the original handwritten manuscript for James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. The museum celebrates 'Ulysses' every June 16th with the Bloomsday festival.
118 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 +1 215 972 7600
In the 19th century, the Academy was the American equivalent of the best European art schools. A host of genres and mediums from the most prominent names in American art are constantly on display, with new pieces rotating their way into the collection. Some of America's best artists either taught or were students here, including Thomas Eakins and Mary Cassatt. The building itself is a work of art designed by Frank Furness, an influential 19th-century American architect.
1222 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 +1 215 568 1111
Casual visitors, artists and fabric buyers alike enjoy the fusion of the brilliant textile displays and on-site working fabric design shop of this unique museum. Located in an industrial loft, original designs from some of the most notable names in the fabric art world are on display. The institution also gets the community involved with the Apprentice in Training program that educates students about every characteristic of the textile production process and the artistic aspect. The gift shop also sells prints and other items.
As the name suggests, this tour takes you through the
stalls and shops of the oldest ethnic market, the Italian Market. Get acquainted with Italian cold cuts like Sopresseta and Prosciutto and sample Italian savories. Guests receive discount cards ...
It's hard to state simply exactly what the Art Alliance
does. There are exhibits of contemporary work, such as the Andy Warhol retrospective, but there are also poetry readings, art and travel lectures, play readings, chamber concerts, and the ...
This remarkable hotel is within walking distance of Philadelphia's top
attractions, including Independence Hall and the Franklin Institute. City Hall and the Pennsylvania Convention Center are four blocks from the hotel and Philadelphia International Airport is just 15 minutes ...