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Guides to Philadelphia


"Your gateway to Philadelphia and the Countryside" - Gophila.com is a great visitor site for information on Philadelphia and the surrounding countryside.

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau
This is a good place to find out all about Philadelphia, what's going on, the sights, and everything else a visitor wants to know.

A virtual reality tour of the sights in Philadelphia.

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Sights in Philadelphia

National Constitution Center
This state of the art museum honors the United States Constitution.

Independence National Historical Park
Here's the one thing everyone goes to (with good reason), and it includes Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. But don't limit yourself to this - there's lots more to do in Philadelphia!

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
This is definitely a must-see in Philadelphia, even for those who bypass museums. One of the world's great art collections. and the occasional blockbuster show.

The Barnes Foundation
One of the world's best private art collections is open the public on the weekends. Convenient to Chamounix Mansion, it houses a fantastic selection of Impressionist and African masterpieces.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum
A fun place for people of all ages, it also houses a giant IMAX theater.

The Philadelphia Zoo
This is America's first zoo, and is very convenient to Chamounix Mansion.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
This is both an art school and a museum. Included in its collection are the Plumstead portraits, builder of Chamounix Mansion.

The Rodin Museum
Close to the Art Museum, this houses a fantastic display of Rodin's sculpture -free admission.

The Academy of Natural Sciences
Across from the Franklin Institute Science Museum, this is a leader in its field.

The Avenue of the Arts
This is the home of the Orchestra, the Ballet, the Opera, and large number of theaters.

The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
A truly amazing venue on the Avenue of the Arts!

Philadelphia City Hall
For many years the tallest building in the city, this beautiful Rococo structure has free tours including a trip to the top of the tower!

The Mutter Museum
One of Philadelphia's unique sights, this is a museum showcasing medical artifacts and the occasional medical oddity (in formaldehyde).

Eastern State Penitentiary
Another unique sight in Philadelphia, this is the world's first modern penitentiary, and is the former "home" of Al Capone.

The American Swedish Historical Museum
One of Philadelphia's overlooked gems, this museum documents the Swedish-American historical experience.

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
This is a great resource for anyone doing any historical research in Philadelphia.

Penn's Landing
The area by the Delaware River that hosts a countless number of free concerts, ethnic festivals, and fireworks during the summer.

The Please Touch Museum
Located in the historic Memorial Hall, this award-winning children’s museum is fun-filled and totally hands-on. It is a great museum for the kids!

Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a historic mansion for a playhouse? This playhouse is just that. A 24,000 square foot mansion built only to be a playhouse! A one of a kind experience for the kids.

South Street
Home to many clubs, restaurants, and interesting shops, this is one of the places everyone should go to before leaving Philadelphia.

The nearby revitalized neighborhood - home to some of Philadelphia's best restaurants and shopping.

Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia's premier farmer's market has some of the best food stalls - don't leave Philadelphia without having lunch here.

Philadelphia Flower Show
If you come in the spring, be sure to catch the internationally famous Flower Show.

The Philadelphia Orchestra
At home in the incredible Kimmel Center, they also play in Fairmount Park during June and July - ask at our reception desk for free tickets!

Historic Germantown

Just minutes from downtown Philadelphia. It's where Philadelphia's only Revolutionary War battle was fought. Where the first-ever American protest against slavery was written. Where one of the few remaining houses on the Underground Railroad still stands.

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Philadelphia Media Outlets

Combines Philadelphia's two main daily papers, the Inquirer and the DailyNews.

The Philadelphia Weekly
A free weekly paper.

The City Paper
A free weekly paper.

Philadelphia Magazine
The major "lifestyle magazine" focusing on the region.

KYW News Radio
1060 AM - A lot of local news, traffic reports, etc.

KYW Channel 3
CBS Affiliate

WPVI Channel 6
ABC Affiliate

WCAU Channel 10
NBC Affiliate

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Philadelphia Area Sports Teams

The Phillies - Baseball

The 76ers - Basketball

The Eagles - Football

The Flyers - Hockey

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Philadelphia Area Universities

University of Pennsylvania

Temple University

Drexel University

La Salle University

Saint Joseph's University

University of the Arts

Moore College of Art and Design

Lincoln University

Bryn Mawr College

Haverford College

Villanova University

Swarthmore College

University of the Sciences in Philadelphia

Philadelphia University

Community College of Philadelphia

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