Philadelphia Sightseeing & Attractions
Make sure you see the highlights of Philadelphia while you are in town! The city offers many different sightseeing destinations, activities and experiences. Below is information about various tour companies and attractions. Please note: Meeting attendees that wish to participate in these activities must do so independently.
The Physick House
Visit the 19th century home of Dr. Philip Syng Physic, the "Father of American Surgery"
Chemical Heritage Foundation
The Museum at CHF features permanent and changing exhibits that explore the fascinating history of chemistry and the role science plays in the modern world.
America's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a 19th century "cabinet museum" setting. The goal of the Museum is to help the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body while appreciating the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Open 9 AM-4 PM, Monday-Friday
You can easily envision an early American operation without modern painkillers while visiting the nation’s first surgical amphitheatre. Tours focus on surgical artifacts and the nation’s first medical library as well as early American medical procedures. Masterful paintings by the likes of Benjamin West and a colonial garden make both the guided and self-guided tours even more striking. Reservations are required.
|Philadelphia Museum of Art (and Rocky steps/statue)
Closed Mondays. Pay what you wish First Sunday of the month (February 3)
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. And of course, it is home to the Rocky statue and steps!
||Photo by G. Widman for GPTMC
The Barnes Foundation
Discover the legendary collection of the Barnes Foundation, one of the world's finest holdings of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings, African sculpture, metalwork, and more.
The Franklin Institute
An innovator in designing hands-on exhibits before “interactive” became a buzzword, The Franklin Institute is as clever as its namesake. Its eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space.
Visitors get to watch operations on the mint floor – from high above and behind protective glass, to be sure. Interactive displays depict the many presidential and honorary commemoratives designed and made here. You’ll also see early mint and coining equipment and rare and historic coins.
The Wagner Free Institute of Science
Discover the Wagner Free Institute of Science where little has changed but the century! Established in the mid-19th century to provide free science education for the people of Philadelphia, the Institute is not a reflection of the past, but the past itself, visible and vital, as it continues to pursue the mission of its 19th century founder, William Wagner.
Ghost Tour of Philadelphia
Join the Ghost Tour of Philadelphia for a candlelight stroll along the back streets and mysterious gardens of Society Hill and Independence Park, where tales of ghostly spirits, haunted houses and eerie graveyards lurk in the night!
||Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary set the standard for penal reform, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and its founders’ Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals. The 11-acre prison even had central heat, running water and flush toilets before the White House! A Who’s Who of the underworld – bank robber Willie Sutton, who staged a breakout in 1945, and Al Capone, who furnished his cell with antiques, rugs and oil paintings – both served time here.
|Photo by J. Fusco for Eastern State Penitentiary
Awfully Nice Tours
Personalized/Private driving tours for groups of six or smaller.
City Food Tours
Discover Philly’s most popular food favorites while getting a taste of the city’s rich history and culture! Eat like a local on this fun, casual, Philadelphia themed tour that you are sure to enjoy!
This delicious and entertaining tour takes place in the heart of Philadelphia and includes 5 stops. Make room: this is not only a tasting adventure, but a meal that includes classic Philly eats like cheesesteaks and cheese wiz fries, tomato pie, soft pretzels, chocolate-covered hard pretzels, and decadent cake truffles!
Ride the Ducks of Philadelphia
Fun Philadelphia tours always include an exciting ride on one of our amazing land and water duck vehicles. Ride through the historic streets of Old City Philadelphia and down the “hippest street in town” – South Street. Splashdown and cruise the Delaware River. Laugh and learn aboard this 70-minute city adventure.