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    Independence Hall Philadelphia

    by peterocnnor Updated Jan 5, 2014

    Independence Hall was built between 1732 and 1753 as a court house & seat of the Pennsylvania legislator & its were both Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted.& signed .

    Independence Hall &  the John Barry statue the Judges bench the defense , prosecution & witness stand the debate & council chambers were the president headed delegations & debate
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    Eastern State Penitentiary Philadelphia

    by peterocnnor Updated Jan 5, 2014

    the Prison was in use from 1829 - 1971 & housed prisoners such as Al Capone & Willie Sutton the prison was Designed by John Haviland . & at its completion the building was the largest and most expensive public structure ever erected, and quickly became a model for more than 300 prisons worldwide.their was a prison break in 1945 which saw the famous bank robber willie Sutton escape but he & all the other escapees were recaptured . the structure was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966 on its closure in 1971 there were many proposals put forth ranging from apartment blocks to a shopping mall but thankfully the museum project proposal won out .

    EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY Al Capone's cell at Eastern State Prisoner / relatives visiting room at the prison entrance to a 2 tier prison block block 3 the Hospital wing ( note the cross )
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    Fireman's Hall Museum Philadelphia

    by peterocnnor Updated Jan 4, 2014

    this firehouses that houses the museum today was built in 1876 its has all sorts of exhibits from firetrucks to fire helmets to ladders & hoses even has a copy of a fire boat steering house & numerous portraits & photo's its an excellent & must visit museum

    the Museum & Firehouse a amazing stainglass tribute a Firetruck a collection of fireman's axe's collection of fire helmets from different decades
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    The Franklin Institute ( Philadelphia Pa 19103 )

    by peterocnnor Updated Jan 4, 2014

    though this tremendous science & historical museum began life in 1825 its been at its current location since 1934 .this institute is full of fun & learning for both young & old & houses everything from locomotives to aircraft & has an Imax cinema experience also an excellent gift shop also numerous scientific dioramas & information on space travel & geology its a full on experience i was also lucky enough to see the Pompeii exhibit ( no photo's allowed at Pompeii exhibit )

    The Franklin Institute A MAYAN SUN DISC A STEAM TRAIN ASTRONAUTS SUIT ORIGINAL  AIRCRAFT MADE IN 1911
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    African American Museum Philadelphia

    by peterocnnor Written Jan 4, 2014

    The African American museum was opened in 1976 & does a excellent job of telling about the life & stories of prominent Black Philadelphians as well as normal everyday folk to . it has brilliantly narrated movie about the culture ,trade & religious history of Black people in Philadelphia also some excellent paintings & a great audio & visual interaction exhibits that allow to hear the stories of Black Philadelphians from different decades & walks of life in the early years of the city life .

    the Museum Entrance a painting of influential  Americans excellent audio & visual display  at the museum Ethel Allen a prominent Philadelphia physician audio & visual interaction display at the museum
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    PHILADELPHIA ZOO

    by peterocnnor Updated Jan 3, 2014

    Philadelphia Zoo was the 1st ZOO in the history of the USA it was chartered in 1859 & opened in 1874 .Philadelphia Zoo is one of the premier zoos in the world for breeding animals that have been found difficult to breed in captivity.& houses over 1,300 today .

    entrance to Philadelphia zoo a magnificent polar bear wonderful gorilla a  amazing  rattle snake ( i think ) a beautiful  Lioness
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    USS OLYMPIA PENN'S LANDING PHILADELPHIA

    by peterocnnor Updated Jan 3, 2014

    USS Olympia was commissioned in 1895 & decommissioned in 1922 during that time she took part in the Spanish - American War most notably at the battle of Manilla Bay 1/5/1898 as Commodore George Dewey Flagship Olympia then served in WWI 1st as a training vessel then on coastal patrols & she also provided escort for transport ships in 1919 Olympia participated in the Allied intervention in the Russian Civil War & also was sent to France to retrieve the body of the unknown soldier for reburial at Arlington cemetery she seen out her service as a training vessel .

    USS OLYMPIA  ALONG SIDE USS BECUNA part of this ships powerful armament officers quarters hammocks for the sailors ( not officers ) ships operating room
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    USS Becuna Penn's Landing Philadelphia

    by peterocnnor Written Jan 2, 2014

    USS Becuna served as a US naval submarine for both operational & training purposes from Jan 1944 to Nov 1969 for her services in WW2 she received 4 battle stars & was credited with sinking 2 Japanese tankers .she served in both the US navies Pacific & Atlantic Fleets

    USS BECUNA SUBMARINE CONTROL ROOM CREW QUATERS CREW SLEEPING QUATERS TORPEDO TUBES
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    Independence Seaport Museum Philadelphia

    by peterocnnor Written Jan 2, 2014

    this excellent maritime museum has been housed at its current location at Penn's landing since 1995 its charts the history of seafaring in Pennsylvania from the Philadelphia naval yard to the passenger ships that brought emigrants to Philadelphia its a brilliant experience full of wonderful exhibits which include ww2 submarine the Becuna & pre 1st ww warship the Olympia

    the museum entrance a mini sub steering & navigational  instruments old naval uniform wooden carvings from a  vessel
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    The Academy Of Natural Sciences Philadelphia

    by peterocnnor Written Jan 1, 2014

    this museum was founded in 1812 & houses everything from dinosaur bones exhibits to the house of butterflies were you have the pleasure of photographing live butterflies & interacting with them to also the museum has plenty of stuffed animal dioramas & exhibits on Plant life their is plenty of fun stuff to see & do .

    The Entrance to the museum MEET T REX a Beautiful Butterfly a plant display a cannon
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    PHILADELPHIA ART MUSEUM A MUST SEE

    by peterocnnor Written Jan 1, 2014

    the Main building is of Classical Greek Design & Construction was started in 1919 & was completed in 1928 .the Museums houses over 227,000 objects ranging from classic paintings from painters such as Van Gogh & Monet to Medieval Arms & Armour & Chinese porcelain & Persian Carpets . its amazing place to visit & to take Photographs in

    The Philadelpia Art Museum Main Entrance An Amazing Painting Armored Man & Horse Display Sandstone Carving from India wonderful Chinese Art work
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    The Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail

    by traveldave Updated Feb 18, 2013

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    Containing the courthouse and county offices for Allegheny County, of which Pittsburgh is the county seat, the Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail has a distinct medieval appearance, with steep slate roofs, walls of granite blocks, turrets, and arched windows.

    The present courthouse is the third building that has served as Allegheny County's courthouse and county seat. The first was a wooden structure that was completed in 1794. The second building was completed in 1841, but burned to the ground in 1884. The present courthouse was constructed on the same site that the second building occupied.

    A nationwide design competition held for the new courthouse was won by Boston architect H.H. Richardson. His design involved four-story walls enclosing a central courtyard to allow for maximum sunlight and fresh air. Construction on the granite Romanesque building began in 1884, and was completed in 1886

    The courthouse building is connected to the county jail across Ross Street to the east by an arched bridge called the "Bridge of Sighs," whose design was based on that of the bridge in Venice of the same name.

    The Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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    The Fort Pitt Museum

    by traveldave Updated Aug 5, 2012

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    The focus of the Fort Pitt Museum is the role the fort played during the French and Indian War, the American Revolutionary War, the Whiskey Rebellion, and the founding of Pittsburgh. (See my tip on Fort Pitt for more information about the history of the fort itself).

    The indoor-outdoor museum opened in 1969. Outside it features a recreated bastion wall from Fort Pitt, as well as an outline of Fort Duquesne, a French fort that predated Fort Pitt. Inside, the museum's exhibits are displayed in 12,000 square feet (1,115 square meters) of exhibition space on two floors. There are interactive exhibits, as well as life-like historical figures. The museum contains a large collection of artifacts from the 1750s, including American Indian pieces; items from General Edward Braddock's expedition, such as musket balls and rifle locks; General Marquis de Lafayette's 1758 six-pound cannon called "La Embuschade"; and a pewter writing desk inscribed "Fort Pitt Provincial Store, 1761" which belonged to Josiah Davenport, a local fur trader and nephew of Benjamin Franklin. There are also three recreated rooms that detail life inside Fort Pitt as it existed in the 1750s, including a fur trader's cabin, a casemate storage room for munitions, and a British soldiers' barracks.

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    The Duquesne Incline

    by traveldave Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    The Duquesne Incline is a narrow-gauge inclined cable railway, more commonly called a funicular railway, that scales Mount Washington just across the Monongahela River to the south of downtown Pittsburgh. It offers spectacular views of Pittsburgh below as it makes its way up and down the hill.

    Designed by Samuel Diescher, the Duquesne Incline was completed in 1877. It is 800 feet (244 meters) long, rises about 400 feet (122 meters) to the summit of Mount Washington, and is inclined at a 30-degree angle. Its picturesque cars were built by J.G. Brill and Company of Philadelphia. Painted bright red, the cars feature hand-carved cherry panels with birds-eye maple trim and amber glass transoms

    The Duquesne Incline was just one of several funicular railways that were originally built to carry cargo up and down Mount Washington. The early funicular railways were steam-operated; now they are powered by electricity. Eventually they started taking on passengers, mainly people who lived at the top of Mount Washington and had no way of reaching their homes, other than hiking up a steep trail. As roads were built to the neighborhoods situated at the top of the hill, the funicular railways saw a significant decrease in passenger and cargo traffic, and most shut down. By the end of the 1960s, only the Duquesne Incline and the Monongahela Incline remained.

    In 1962, the Duquesne Incline was actually set to close. It was losing money and needed major repairs. However, the residents of Duquesne Heights launched a fundraising campaign to save their incline. Eventually the Society for the Preservation of the Duquesne Heights Incline, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the funicular railway, took over the Duquesne Incline and saved it from being shut down and demolished.

    Nowadays, the Duquesne Incline does a brisk business taking tourists to the top of Mount Washington for incomparable views of downtown Pittsburgh. It is in fact one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. Observation decks were added to the roofs of the cars so passengers can sit in the open air during good weather.

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    The Andy Warhol Museum

    by traveldave Updated Jul 19, 2012

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    The Andy Warhol Museum features an extensive permanent collection and archives from Andy Warhol, the Pittsburgh-born pop-art icon. Andy Warhol was the leading figure in the visual arts movement, commonly referred to as pop art. His artworks covered a wide range of mediums including hand drawing, painting, print making, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and video, and music.

    The Andy Warhol Museum is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Plans for the museum were announced in 1989, a little over two years after the death of Andy Warhol. An abandoned industrial warehouse was acquired, and after extensive renovations, the Andy Warhol Museum opened in 1994.

    The museum contains 88,000 square feet (8,175 square meters) of exhibit space on seven floors. Seventeen galleries display 900 paintings, almost 2,000 works on paper, more than 1,000 published unique prints, 77 sculptures, 4,000 photographs, and more than 4,350 films and videotaped works.

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