Independence Visitors Center
The Independence Visitors Center is located on Independence Mall and was built especially to help tourists. There is a parking garage below the center and inside visitors will find a wealth of information about the city on every imaginable topic. There are interactive exhibits as well as live staff people to help you. The Center also has 2 films about the city that run every 30 minutes and a cool collection of archeological finds that were unearthed during the construction of the building. There are nice, clean restrooms as well as a fun gift shop. All of the ammenties are free (except the stuff in the gift shop!)
Visit the Rodin Museum (which...
Visit the Rodin Museum (which has, I think, the largest collection outside Paris); the Rosenbach for its objets d'art and literary interest; the Museum of Art, for its impressionists and for Rocky's view of the city; the Mummers Museum, to see how some Philadelphians like to spend New Year's Day--in sequined splendor; the University Museum at the University of Pennsylvania, which has a fine anthropological/archaeological collection; the Mutter Museum for medical oddities (your pre-adolescent male children will thank you for the gross-out factor); the Franklin Institute for science; the colonial city and, of course, the Liberty Bell; Elfreth's Alley, the oldest continually inhabited street in the US; funky South Street for shopping and peoplewatching; the Italian Market; Penn's Landing along the Delaware River; elegant Rittenhouse Square and upscale shopping on Walnut Street. Walking back through the Italian Market after a special Valentine's dinner--a true Moonstruck moment--standing in line to buy amaretti in a packed Isgro's pastry shop in South Philly on Christmas Eve...
City Hall is a beautiful, old classical revival-style building that is so enormous that it takes up an entire city block. It is good to to take note of it's location if you will be walking around the city because it can be seen from just about everywhere and serves as an excellent landmark if you aren't sure where you are going! When we visited they were doing structural repairs to the building. A statue of William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania, sits on top of the Hall's tower.
Assembly Room (Independence Hall)
ASSEMBLY ROOM (Independence Hall): Upon touring the Independence Hall, you'll be guided to this legendary room where George Washington was appointed commander in chief of the Continental Army in 1775 and the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776.
Other important events which took place in this room are:
Design of the American flag in 1777.
Articles of Confederation adopted in 1781.
U. S. Constitution drafted in 1787.
see the Masonic Temple - 1...
see the Masonic Temple - 1 North Broad Street. In front of the City Hall. It is the largest Masonic Temple of the USA. Inside, there is a masonic museum. The masonic sign (a pyramid and a wide open eye) is on the 1$ bill... Do you know that ?