The best museums in Philadelphia in 2022

These are the top 50 best museums in Philadelphia, United States, ranked by their rating and popularity in 2022. Click a museum for more information about the museum, including visitor information, exhibitions and reviews.

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These are the best museums in Philadelphia:

  1. Philadelphia Museum of Art1

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an art museum originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia . The main museum building was completed in 1928 on Fairmount, a hill located at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval . The museum administers colle
  2. Betsy Ross House2

    Betsy Ross House

    The Betsy Ross House is a landmark in Philadelphia purported to be the site where the seamstress and flag-maker Betsy Ross (1752-1836) lived when she is said to have sewed the first American Flag . The origins of the Betsy Ross myth trace back to her relatives, particularly her grandsons, William an
  3. Rodin Museum3

    Rodin Museum

    The Rodin Museum is an art museum located in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania that contains one of the largest collections of sculptor Auguste Rodin 's works outside Paris . Opened in 1929, the museum is administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art . The museum houses a collection of nearly 150 object
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  5. Liberty Bell Center4

    Liberty Bell Center

    Advocating for independence, this bell is one of the most iconic and recognisable symbols in American culture. The inscription "Proclaim Liberty throughout All the Land unto All the Inhabitants thereof", taken from the Bible decorates the bell, giving it a straightforward and timeless message. The
  6. National Constitution Center5

    National Constitution Center

    The National Constitution Center is a non-profit institution devoted to the Constitution of the United States . On Independence Mall in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , the center is an interactive museum and a national town hall for constitutional dialogue, hosting government leaders, journalists, sch
  7. Museum of the American Revolution6

    Museum of the American Revolution

    The Museum of the American Revolution (formerly The American Revolution Center ) is a museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution . The museum was opened to the public on April 19, 2017, the 242nd anniversary of the first battles of the war, at Le
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  9. United States Mint7

    United States Mint

    The United States Mint is a bureau of the Department of the Treasury responsible for producing coinage for the United States to conduct its trade and commerce , as well as controlling the movement of bullion . It does not produce paper money; that responsibility belongs to the Bureau of Engraving an
  10. Elfreth's Alley Museum8

    Elfreth's Alley Museum

    Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia , dating back to 1703. There are 32 houses on the street which were built between 1703 and 1836. The Elfreth's Alley Museum is located at #124 and 126. The alley is a National Historic Landmark . Located in the Old City neighborhood, Elfreth's Al
  11. Independence Visitor Center9

    Independence Visitor Center

    Independence National Historical Park is a federally protected historic district in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , United States that preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution and the nation's founding history. Administered by the National Park Service , the 55-acre (22 ha) park
  12. Philadelphia Zoo10

    Philadelphia Zoo

    The Philadelphia Zoo , located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia , on the west bank of the Schuylkill River , was the first true zoo in the United States. It was chartered by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on March 21, 1859, but its opening was delayed by the Civil War until July 1, 1874.
  13. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts11

    Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts ( PAFA ) is a museum and private art school in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States. The academy's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20
  14. Eastern State Penitentiary12

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    The Eastern State Penitentiary , also known as ESP , is a former American prison in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . It is located at 2027 Fairmount Avenue between Corinthian Avenue and North 22nd Street in the Fairmount section of the city, and was operational from 1829 until 1971. The penitentiary re
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  16. Franklin Institute13

    Franklin Institute

    The Franklin Institute is a science museum and the center of science education and research in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania . It is named after the American scientist and statesman Benjamin Franklin , and houses the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial . Founded in 1824, the Franklin Institute is one
  17. Penn Museum14

    Penn Museum

    The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology —commonly known as the Penn Museum —is an archaeology and anthropology museum associated with the University of Pennsylvania . It is located on Penn's campus in the University City neighborhood of Philadelphia, at the intersection
  18. Barnes Foundation15

    Barnes Foundation

    The Barnes Foundation is an art collection and educational institution promoting the appreciation of art and horticulture. Originally in Merion , the art collection moved in 2012 to a new building on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . The arboretum of the Barnes Foundation
  19. Mütter Museum16

    Mütter Museum

    The Mütter Museum / ˈ m uː t ər / is a medical museum located in the Center City area of Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . It contains a collection of anatomical and pathological specimens , wax models , and antique medical equipment . The museum is part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia .
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    Benjamin Franklin Museum

    Very interactive museum guaratees interesting and educational experience for all age groups. Much more fun than in a school!
  21. Independence Seaport Museum18

    Independence Seaport Museum

    The Independence Seaport Museum (formerly the Philadelphia Maritime Museum ) was founded in 1961 and is located in the Penn's Landing complex along the Delaware River in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania. The collections at the Independence Seaport Museum document maritime history and culture along the De
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  23. Congress Hall19

    Congress Hall

    Congress Hall , located in Philadelphia at the intersection of Chestnut and 6th Streets, served as the seat of the United States Congress from December 6, 1790 to May 14, 1800. During Congress Hall's duration as the capitol of the United States , the country admitted three new states, Vermont , Kent
  24. Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University20

    Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

    The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University , formerly the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia , is the oldest natural science research institution and museum in the Americas . It was founded in 1812, by many of the leading naturalists of the young American republic with an expresse
  25. Philadelphia Mint21

    Philadelphia Mint

    This place exhibits first coining press and you can also watch coining operations from above. No reservations are necessary.
  26. Rosenbach Museum and Library22

    Rosenbach Museum and Library

    The Rosenbach is a Philadelphia museum and library located within two 19th-century townhouses. The historic houses contain the collections and treasures of Philip Rosenbach and his younger brother Dr. A. S. W. Rosenbach . The brothers owned the Rosenbach Company, which became the preeminent dealer o
  27. African American Museum In Philadelphia23

    African American Museum In Philadelphia

    The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is notable as the first museum funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. Opened during the 1976 Bicentennial celebrations, the AAMP is located in historic Philadelphia on Arch Stree
  28. Parkway Central Library24

    Parkway Central Library

    Parkway Central Library also known as Free Library or Central Library is the main public library building and administrative headquarters of the Free Library of Philadelphia system. It is the largest library, and only research library , of 54 library branches in the Free Library system. The library
  29. Please Touch Museum25

    Please Touch Museum

    The Please Touch Museum is a children's museum located in the Centennial District of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania , USA . The museum focuses on teaching children through interactive exhibits and special events, mostly aimed at children seven years old and younger.
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  31. Fragments of Franklin Court26

    Fragments of Franklin Court

  32. National Museum of American Jewish History27

    National Museum of American Jewish History

    The National Museum of American Jewish History ( NMAJH ) is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum at 101 South Independence Mall East (S. 5th Street) at Market Street in Center City Philadelphia . It was founded in 1976. In March 2020, The National Museum of American Jewish History filed for Chapter 11
  33. Institute of Contemporary Art28

    Institute of Contemporary Art

    The Institute of Contemporary Art or ICA is a contemporary art museum in Philadelphia . The museum is associated with the University of Pennsylvania , and is located on its campus. The Institute is one of the country's leading museums dedicated to exhibiting the innovative art of our time. Robert C
  34. Science History Institute29

    Science History Institute

    The Science History Institute is an institution that preserves and promotes understanding of the history of science . Located in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , it includes a library , museum , archive , research center and conference center . It was founded in 1982 as a joint venture of the American
  35. Lemon Hill Mansion30

    Lemon Hill Mansion

    Lemon Hill is a Federal-style mansion in Fairmount Park , Philadelphia , built from 1799 to 1800 by Philadelphia merchant Henry Pratt . The house is named after the citrus fruits that Pratt cultivated on the property in the early 19th century.
  36. Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial31

    Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial

  37. Fort Mifflin32

    Fort Mifflin

    Fort Mifflin , originally called Fort Island Battery and also known as Mud Island Fort , was commissioned in 1771 and sits on Mud Island (or Deep Water Island) on the Delaware River below Philadelphia, Pennsylvania near Philadelphia International Airport . During the American Revolutionary War , th
  38. Wagner Free Institute of Science33

    Wagner Free Institute of Science

    The Wagner Free Institute of Science is a natural history museum at 1700 West Montgomery Avenue in north Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , United States. Founded in 1855, it is a rare surviving example of a Victorian era scientific society, with a museum, research center, library, and educational facil
  39. Philadelphia Center For Architecture34

    Philadelphia Center For Architecture

    The Center for Architecture and Design is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . The Center produces educational programs related to the topics of architecture , urban planning , and design , including talks, workshops, festivals, design competitions, and exhibi
  40. National Liberty Museum35

    National Liberty Museum

  41. Fireman's Hall36

    Fireman's Hall

    One of the best known firemuseums in the country displays many collections of history of firefighting in Philly.
  42. Mount Pleasant37

    Mount Pleasant

    Mount Pleasant is a historic mansion in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , atop cliffs overlooking the Schuylkill River . It was built about 1761–62 in what was then the countryside outside the city by John Macpherson and his wife Margaret. Macpherson was a privateer , or perhaps a pirate , who had had "
  43. Philadelphia's Magic Gardens38

    Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

  44. Bartram's Garden39

    Bartram's Garden

    Bartram's Garden is a 50-acre public garden and National Historic Landmark in Southwest Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , situated on Lenape territory on the banks of the Tidal Schuylkill River . It is a venue for art, an access to the tidal river and wetlands, an outdoor classroom, and a living laborat
  45. Ryerss Museum & Library40

    Ryerss Museum & Library

  46. American Swedish Historical Museum41

    American Swedish Historical Museum

    The American Swedish Historical Museum is the oldest Swedish-American museum in the United States . It is located in Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park in South Philadelphia , on part of a historic 17th-century land grant originally provided by Queen Christina of Sweden to settlers of New Sweden .
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    Get to know Philadelphia even better and find those collections of historical artefacts describing the rich history of the city.
  48. National Marian Anderson Museum43

    National Marian Anderson Museum

    The Marian Anderson House is a historic home located in the Southwest Center City neighborhood of Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . Built circa 1870 in the same neighborhood where opera singer and civil rights advocate Marian Anderson was born 27 years later, this two-story, brick rowhouse dwelling was
  49. Johnson House Historic Site44

    Johnson House Historic Site

    The John Johnson House (also known as the Johnson House ) is a National Historic Landmark in the Germantown section of Philadelphia , significant for its role in the antislavery movement and the Underground Railroad . It is located at 6306 Germantown Avenue and is a contributing property of the Colo
  50. Strawberry Mansion45

    Strawberry Mansion

    Historic Strawberry Mansion is a summer home in East Fairmount Park , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania , United States. It was originally named Summerville by Judge William Lewis who had it built sometime between 1783 and 1789.
  51. Woodford Mansion46

    Woodford Mansion

    Woodford is a historic mansion at Ford Road and Greenland Drive in Fairmount Park , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania . Built about 1756, it is the first of Philadelphia's great colonial Georgian mansion houses to be built, and exemplifies the opulence of such houses. A National Historic Landmark , it no
  52. Powel House47

    Powel House

  53. Ormiston Mansion48

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  54. Laurel Hill Mansion49

    Laurel Hill Mansion

    Randolph House, also known as Laurel Hill Mansion, is a historic mansion in east Fairmount Park , Philadelphia , Pennsylvania.
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    Pizza Brain Museum


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