Philadelphia History Museum, Philadelphia

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  • This is a small museum near the independence mall. It's mostly paintings of famous Philadelphians but I enjoyed the Norman Rockwell Post covers.  more »
  • What set this museum apart from others in the city was the focus on daily life in Philly for all genders, classes, and races through the founding to today. I really enjoyed the questions about what th...  more »
  • Museum with interesting rooms that tesimoniano the history of the city, its development his story. Beautiful large vintage photos, the big city on the floor of the entrance hall and objects (including a room with old playground)
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  • Went to visit as part of the Art-Reach Program, which allows a reduced admission with your Access card and photo ID. The front desk staff looked blank when I explained this and had to do some searching to look it up. The Art Reach Program has advertising in mailings, Facebook, and entire sides of buses and trolleys, so it was odd that the front desk didn't already know. History artifacts from many eras and multifaceted presentation was great. Highlighted Women's, Native, and African American history as all part of US history- more than most museums, but lots more to be said. We saw most of the museum in about an hour.
  • The worker there, Bob, was the absolute sweetest and informative person I've ever had the pleasure of interacting with. He made the entire trip there worth it. Would definitely visit again.
  • As relatively new Philadelphian, I really enjoyed this museum. It's organized well and the staff is extremely friendly and helpful. The two floors offer a lot of early history, artwork and artifacts. My favorite parts were huge map of Philly and George Washington's desk. You can do the whole thing in about an hour and it costs about $10 / adult. It closes at 4:30 or 5 on Saturdays. I'd suggest doing it before dinner at one of the many excellent restaurants around Center City / Old City.
  • The day after Thanksgiving was "Pay What You Wish" This was my 3rd time here. The 1st was before they renovated it about 20 years ago and it had quite a few informative exhibits. I looked forward to them reopening after they closed for renovations and was disappointed. It seemed a lot smaller and a lot of the old exhibits were gone. The other day I went again and nothing much changed from a few years back after the renovation. I will add that the large street map of Philadelphia was a nice part of the museum. It was worth the $1 "Pay what you wish" but not the normal $10.
  • Too little actual history telling, many individual artifacts without context. Those might have a meaning for long time Philadelphians, but to foreigners, they don't tell much about the city. Not worth the 10$.

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