Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and it is located in the Northeastern United States along the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers. It is the fifth-most-populous city in the United States, with a population of 1,526,006. Philadelphia is also the commercial, cultural, and educational center of the Delaware Valley.
Chestnut St., btw 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia PA;
Philadelphia is known for its historical buildings and the Independence Hall is best known for being the location that the Declaration of Independence was constructed and adopted. Now the Liberty Bell sits in the Liberty Bell Center across the street, but it was first hung in the bell tower of Independence Hall to let freedom ring.
Liberty Bell Pavilion
Market St. btw 5th and 6th Sts., Philadelphia PA
Crowds line up for hours to get a glimpse of this 2,080 lb. bronze percussion instrument located in a glass pavilion, crack and all. No touching, no ringing but plenty of history. It is a recognized symbol of nationhood, independence, the abolition of slavery.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th St. and Ben Franklin Parkway, Tel. 215.763.8100
Founded in 1876, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is most recognizable for its neo-classical exterior, the steps of which Sylvester Stallone sprinted so famously in Rocky. One of the biggest in the nation, the Philadelphia Museum of Art may take days to fully see all the exhibits including Van Gogh's "Sunflowers," a large collection of Medieval and Renaissance art and its large array of works by Marcel Duchamp and works by local artists like Thomas Eakins.
African American Museum
701 Arch St., Tel. 215.574.0380
Opened in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia was the first major museum in the United States devoted specifically to African American history and traditions. The Philadelphia museum primarily shows artwork from African Americans, but it has also hosted the art of continental Africans. Founded as a celebration of the nation’s Bicentennial, the museum educates those who walk through its doors about the culture and heritage of African Americans through permanent and traveling exhibitions as well as special events.
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