Things to do for History Buffs in Pennsylvania 

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    Liberty Bell

    60 reviews

    .....And therefore never send to know for whom the Liberty Bell tolls; It tolls for thee. I'm big on history and especially when it has to do with an iconic symbol of American Independence. It's also across the street from the old Rohm and Haas HQ Building (my first employer) and of course Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence ...

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    Independence Hall

    37 reviews

    This is part of Independence N.H.P. which is included on guided tour for which get free tickets at the Visitor Center. Disability access is provide. Parking again around this site is very difficult, just on street meter parking.

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    Gettysburg National Military Park

    18 reviews

    Gettysburg is a battlefield on a truly grand scale. During the three day battle in 1863 Union and Confederate troops fought one another north and south of the town, with the battle actually passing through the town, itself (and remarkable killing only one civilian). The main sites to see are Seminary Ridge, Cemetery Ridge, Little Round Top, Culps Hill and ...

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  • 4

    Elfreth's Alley

    8 reviews

    Cute little street, known as one of the oldest continuously occupied streets in the country, takes you back in time… Almost every house (historical, to be precise) has an iron boot scrapers at its doorsteps. Some courtyards are open to the public to wonder around. People actually live in these houses now, and it’s fun to watch when they come ...

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  • 5

    The Barnes Foundation

    10 reviews

    The Barnes Foundation has an amazing art collection. Where else would you see in one place 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses and 46 Picassos? Besides these priceless works, the collection includes art works by other European and American artists, plus African and ancient artworks from other cultures. One interesting feature of this collection is how the artworks are displayed ...

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  • 6

    Mütter Museum

    8 reviews

    I got a special tour of the Mutter Museum when I was in town for a conference, and it is seriously awesome and also totally bizarre. At times, the collections of medical oddities and history can be very gruesome, but it is saved from seeming like a side-show or a gore-fest by the very Victorian way the displays are exhibited ...

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  • 7


    15 reviews

    I read and viewed lots of images related to Frank Lloyd Wright in art history classes, but they're nothing compared to seeing this in person. Fallingwater is truly one of the coolest houses I've ever seen. It's beautiful and amazing. It's a treasure that everyone should experience in person. I can't believe how thought out and ahead of its time ...

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  • 8

    National Constitution Center

    7 reviews

    Good museum dedicated entirely to the the U.S. constitution. Check out the signer's hall and see life size bronze statues of all of the signers of the constitution

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  • 9

    City Hall

    17 reviews

    Very cool building with a tall spire with William Penn overlooking the city. Climb up to the top of the spire and get a great view of nearby Philly.

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  • 10

    Fort Necessity National Battlefield

    2 reviews

    Fort Necessity National Battlefield is part of the National Park Services park units. It tells about the French and Indians war of 1755.

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  • 11

    The University of Pennsylvania Campus

    8 reviews

    The oldest school in the nation, walking through a chilly November campus, past its gothic structures felt creepy but wonderful at the same time. Established in 1779.

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    Gettysburg National Military Park

    2 reviews

    Gettysburg National Military Park is part of the National Park Service’s park unit. It talks about the time when Gettysburg was the farthest that the south ever got north and a turning point in the Civil War. Disability Access is depending on the activities you have chosen. You will need about 3 to 4 hours to visit the site.

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  • 13

    Eastern State Penitentiary

    16 reviews

    Love this place. It's creepy and dripping with such interesting history. A must stop if in Philly!

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  • 14

    Johnstown Flood National Memorial

    3 reviews

    This is great place to visit. This is also part of National Park Service’s park unit. Also there are other different activities in Johnstown to do.

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  • 15

    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    42 reviews

    Very large museum with a huge collection of all types of art from Renaissance to Modern. Don't try to see it all in one visit as this is one of the largest collections in America. After 5pm on Wednesdays is free and your entry to the museum is good for two days so plan accordingly. Nice cafe for cake and ...

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  • 16

    Independence National Historical Park Visitors Center

    6 reviews

    This is a great place to start your historical tour of Philidelphia. You can get your free tickets for Independence Hall (first come first served--so plan ahead), usually have some interesting exhibits on site and a fun gift shop. I highly recommend trying to take any of the guided tours, the Park Rangers are great and very informative-- we learned ...

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  • 17

    Indepedence Hall

    4 reviews

    Visit the place where a bunch of colonial rebels got together and hashed out documents that would shape a nation! The City of Philadelphia has done such a wonderful job preserving this national landmark. They are also fantastic tour guides who share wonderful stories about what founding fathers such as Ben Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and even George Washington ...

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  • 18

    Academy of Natural Sciences

    5 reviews

    The Academy of Natural Sciences is a nice natural history museum offering plenty to explore for kids and adults. Whether your interest is in dinosaurs or butterflies, gems or fossils, you will end up visiting other areas as well, once you see the quality of the exhibits there. Not sure if the museum still does it, but some years ago, ...

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  • 19

    Philadelphia City & County: Mural Arts

    4 reviews

    There are more than 3,000 murals in Philadelphia - making the city an outdoor art museum. The Philadelphia Mural Arts Program started in 1984 as a component of the anti-graffiti campaign. It has been very successful and earned Philadelphia international praise as the “City of Murals.” Each mural tells a story and gives you a glance into history and culture. ...

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  • 20

    Valley Forge National Historical Park

    6 reviews

    Everybody has read about this in their history books, now you can see it as it is just 20 minutes from the house. I suggest you plan a picnic.

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