Top Regional Attractions


Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000.


. Ongoing: Alien Invaders - Exhibit on the nature & hazards of invasive plant & animal species; Butterflies! ($2 additional); Dinosaur Hall - Exhibit of dinosaur-related fossils; Egyptian Mummies - Two genuine mummies in a reconstructed tomb; The Florence R. Foerderer Live Animal Center - Over 100 specimens of live animals; Living Downstream - Exhibit on humanity's affect on the water supply; Marveling at Mollusks - Features approx. 100 mollusk specimens; Naturalist Shows; Outside-In - Interactive, educational exhibits for children; Science at the Academy - Exhibit about ongoing research at the Academy. $10; $8 seniors, students, military, children 3-12; free for children under 3. Mon.-Fri. 10 am-4:30 pm, Sat.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm.

American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Ave.; 215-389-1776. Come Into a New World: Linnaeus & America - Over 100 specimens, drawings, books, art. Closes 7/1. New Sweden Colony - Swedish American History from 1638-1655. Ongoing. $6; $5 seniors, students; free for children under 12. Tue.-Fri. 10 am-4 pm, Sat.-Sun. noon-4 pm.

Atwater Kent Museum 15 S. Seventh St.; 215-685-4830. How Philly Works: Streets as Barometers of Urban Life - Historical objects show sts. of Phila (street light, city charter parchment, wampum belt, compass, trolley model). Closes 8/31. Norman Rockwell: The Artist Behind the Image - Norman Rockwell Saturday Evening Post Covers. Closes 9/2. The Wonderful World of Radio - Vintage radios from museum, Philco & RCA Collections. Closes 9/16. Experience Philadelphia - Giant (40 & 40 ft) floor map of Phila. Ongoing. $5; $3 seniors & children 13-17; free for children under 12. Wed.-Sun. 1 pm-5 pm.

Bartram's Garden 54th St.; 215-729-5281. Garden & River - Multimedia exhibition features artwork inspired by Bartram's Garden & the Schuylkill River. Daily 10 am-5 pm (Grounds daily dawn-dusk).

Christ Church Burial Ground 5th & Arch Sts.; 215-922-1695, ext. 30. Final resting place of Benjamin Franklin, other founding fathers, Revolutionary War heroes & famous Philadelphians. Through 12/31 - Revolutionary Women Tour; walking tour of the burial ground. Tours on the hour, last tour at 3 pm. On Fri. in May, June, July - History Hunt for children. $2; $1 students; $10 group of up to 25 people. Mon.-Sat. 10 am-4 pm; Sun. noon-4 pm.

Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum 1805 Pine St.; 215-735-8196. Ongoing: Abraham Lincoln Collection; The Armory Room; George Gordon Meade Collection; Medical & Surgical Collection; Military Escutcheons; Music & Other Leisure Pastimes; Portraits & Other Art Works; Ulysses S. Grant Collection; $5; $4 seniors; $3 students & ages 3-12; free under 3. Thu.-Sat. 11 am-4:30 pm.

Eastern State Penitentiary 2124 Fairmount Ave.; 215-236-3300. Historic Tour of Eastern State Penitentary - Tours begin on the hour. Alexa Hoyer: I Always Wanted To Go To Paris France. Ann Messner: Penitentiary. Dayton Castleman: The End of the Tunnel. Judy Taylor: My Glass House. Linda Brenner: Ghost Cats. Matthew & Jonathan Stemler: Juxtaposition. Michael Grothusen: Midway of Another Day. Susan Hagen: Untitled. William Cromar: GTMO. Daily 10 am-5 pm, last entry for most tours at 4 pm.

*FREE* Edgar Allan Poe National Historical Site Spring Garden St.; 215-597-8780. Guided Tours - Home of the author, 1843-44. Wed.-Sun. 9 am-5 pm.

Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center 640 Waterworks Dr.; 215-685-0723. Tue.-Sat. 10 am-5 pm, Sun. 1-5 pm.

*FREE* Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 100 N. 6th St.; 866-574-3727. Money in Motion - Exhibit on history of banking, money & Federal Reserve; interactive displays on currency circulation, counterfeit detection. Mon.-Fri. 9:30 am-4:30 pm. Open weekends Jun.-Aug.

The Franklin Institute 222 N. 20th St.; 215-448-1200. Tutankhamun & the Golden Age of the Pharaohs - More than 130 artifacts from tombs of King Tut, burial objects, royal diadem, coffinettes. Timed tickets 9 am-8 pm. Closes 9/30. Ongoing: The Franklin Air Show - Aviation exhibit featuring an original Wright brothers plane; Franklin National Memorial - Statue of & items belonging to Ben Franklin; Franklin. He's Electric - Ben Franklin's life & discoveries, with interactive displays; Giant Heart - Anatomy & health exhibition featuring a giant heart; Sir Isaac's Loft - How art & science can overlap; Space Command - Exhibit on space & space technology; Sports Challenge - Assorted sports-related physical activities to try; The Train Factory - Exhibit about train technology. $18.75; $16 seniors, children 4-11 (incl. Imax); $9, Imax only. Daily 9:30 am-5 pm.

Franklin Square Sixth & Race Sts.; 215-629-4026. Philadelphia Park Liberty Carousel - This 30-horse carousel is a great compliment to the rich history of Philadelphia's carousel making. Philly Mini Golf - Features a miniature version of Philadelphia & some of the city's most beloved sites. Sun.-Thu. 10 am-6 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10 am-7 pm.

Laurel Hill Mansion East Fairmount Park; 215-235-1776. Tours of the Mansion - Georgian-style mansion built in 1767 by Rebecca Rawle. $5.