Philadelphia is one of the most history-rich cities in the United States. Here is a quick look at 10 things to see while visiting Philadelphia.
In a city full of historic attractions, The Liberty Bell is one of the most popular. The Liberty Bell is on display in The Liberty Bell Center on Market Street, right across from Independence Hall. There is a video presentation and exhibits about the bell can also be seen. The Bell was originally created in London for the Pennsylvania State House, but it cracked shortly after arriving in Philadelphia. It was then repaired, only to crack again.
While you’re visiting The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall is another historic landmark that must be seen. Independence Hall was the birthplace of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Admission is free, however, tickets are needed.
The National Constitution Center is the only museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. There are interactive exhibits and displays to learn the history of the Constitution, and one of the original public copies is on display.
Congress Hall was home to the U.S. Congress from 1790 – 1800. The two-story brick structure was home to both the House of Representatives (first floor) and the U.S. Senate (second floor).
The third-largest art museum in the U.S. is another piece of Philadelphia’s history. The museum was originally founded in 1876 and was located in Fairmount Park at that time. the current building, which was inspired by Greek architecture, was built in 1928.
The house where Betsy Ross lived when she sewed the first American flag is now over 250 years old, but it is still available to tourists.The house includes seven rooms that can be visited, all are furnished as they would have been in her time.
Edgar Allan Poe lived in Philadephia for six years (1838-1844), the last 18 months were spent in this historic house. Poe came to Philadelphia in hopes of pursuing his career as a writer. This historic site is open Wednesday through Sunday.
During the winter of 1777-78, American soldiers endured a devastating winter in Valley Forge with very little clothing or food. Though no battle was fought in Valley Forge, this site of encampment is one of the most well-known historic sites involved in the American Revolution. The Historical Park located just outside of Philadelphia is worth the short trip.
Eastern State Penitentiary, located near the Art Museum, was originally opened in 1829. The prison is famous for its architecture and its history, having former inmates such as Al Capone. After 142 years of use, Eastern State Penitentiary was abandoned in 1971 and is now a National Historic Landmark. During the month of October it becomes the home of “Terror Behind the Walls,” a popular Halloween haunted house event.
10. Carpenter’s Hall
Part of Independence National Historic Park, Carpenter’s Hall was host to the First Continental Congress in 1774. It later become home to the First and Second Banks of the United States.
Philadelphia Tourism Resources:
- Philadelphia – Official Vistor’s Site
- Convention and Visitor’s Site
- Visitor’s Information
- When to Visit Philadelphia
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