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     "Philadelphia, PA"
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     Philadelphia, known as "The City of Brotherly Love, is the birthplace of the United States and the site of the Republican Convention in the year 2000. During most of the Revolutionary War it served as the nation's capital. The largest city in Pennsylvania, the community is a colorful blend of the old and new and serves as a major deep-water port. The Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia in 1776. Events include The Book and the Cook Festival, Philadelphia County Fair, Fringe Festival, and the Festival of World Cinema.

     Academy of Natural Sciences
     19th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 299-1000
     In America, this center is the oldest continually operating institution of its kind.

     Afro-American Historical and Cultural Museum
     Corner of 7th and Arch Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 574-0380
     The museum traces the culture of African-Americans in the Americas.

     American Swedish Historical Museum
     1900 Pattison Ave., Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 389-1776
     The museum has 13 unchanging galleries and history on the Swedish.

     Athenaeum of Philadelphia, The
     219 S. 6th St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 925-2688
     Founded in 1814, this Italianate Revival building has fine and decorative American art.

     Atwater Kent Museum-The Philadelphia History Museum
     15 S. 7th St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 922-3031
     The museum contains hundreds of artifacts about Philadelphia's past.

     B. Free Franklin Post Office and Museum
     316 Market St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 592-1289
     The center dedicates Benjamin Franklin's 1775 appointment as the first postmaster general.

     Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, The
     18 S. 7th St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 925-8090
     The center is devoted to preserving, collecting, and interpreting materials about the nation's multicultural heritage.

     Barnes Foundation, The
     300 N. Latch's Ln., Merion
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (610) 667-0290
     The center displays art from the Albert C. Barnes Collection.

     Betsy Ross House
     239 Arch St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 627-5343
     This house is where Betsy Ross stitched the first American flag in 1777.

     Bishop White House
     309 Walnut St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215)597-8974 or 597-1785
     This house was built by Pennsylvania's first Protestant Episcopal bishop.

     Blessed Katharine Drexel Shrine
     1663 Bristol Pike
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 244-9900
     This shrine is the gravesite of Katharine Drexel.

     Bryn Athyn Cathedral
     SR 232 and Cathedral Rd., Bryn Athyn
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 947-0266
     This Gothic church has fine stained-glass windows.

     Carpenters' Hall
     320 Chestnut St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 925-0167
     The Capenters' Co. of Philadelphia lent the hall for the first Continental Congress in 1774.

     Cedar Grove
     Lansdowne Dr.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 684-7922
     This house is an 18th-century Quaker farmhouse.

     Christ Church
     2nd St., between Market and Arch Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 922-1695
     This Episcopal church is where 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence worshiped.

     City Hall
     Penn Sq., Broad and Market Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 686-2840
     The center offers tours and on City Hall, there is a statue of William Penn.

     Civil War Library and Museum
     1805 Pine St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 735-8196
     The center has a museum full of Civil War artifacts and there is a research library.

     6401 Germantown Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 848-1777
     This mid-Georgian house has 6 acres and a garden sactuary.

     Congress Hall
     6th and Chestnut Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215)597-8974 or 597-1785
     The building was occupied by the U.S. Congress from 1790 to 1800.

     Core States Spectrum
     Broad St. and Pattison Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 336-3600
     The center is home to the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers. The place is for sports and entertainment.

     Declaration (Graff) House
     7th and Market Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215)597-8974 or 597-1785
     This house is a reconstruction of the house where Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence in June 1776.

     Deshler-Morris House
     5442 Germantown Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 596-1748
     This house is where George Washington lived during the years of 1793 to 1794.

     Drexel Collection
     32nd and Chestnut Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 895-2424
     The center has antique American and European furnishings.

     Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion
     200 W. Tulpehocken St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215)438-1861 or 438-0133
     This 1859 Victorian house has a restore 19th-century garden and resource library.

     Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site
     532 N. 7th St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 597-8780
     This is the house where Edgar Allan Poe live and now is a visitor center and contains exhibits.

     Elfreth's Alley
     North of Arch St., between Front and 2nd Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 574-0560
     The alley is one of many narrow streets lines with restored houses that have stood during William Penn's time.

     Fairmount Park
     use Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     This 8,579-acre park has concerts, museums, historic houses, and more.

     Fairmount Park Historic Houses
     along Schuylkill River
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 684-7922
     These mansions were abandoned after 1822, when the Fairmount Dam created bred mosquitoes carrying typhoid fever.

     Fels Planetarium
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 448-1200
     The planetarium is said to the country's oldest planetarium and has laser shows.

     Fireman's Hall-National Fire House and Museum of Philadelphia
     147 N. 2nd St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 923-1438
     The center is housed in a fire house built in 1876 and has many fireman items.

     Fort Mifflin
     Fort Mifflin Rd., follow signs
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 685-4192
     The fort was used during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War.

     Franklin Court
     between 3rd, 4th, Chestnut and Market Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215)597-8974 or 597-1785
     The complex has five Market Street houses, an underground theater, and a museum.

     Franklin Institute Science Museum
     20th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 448-1200
     The center is the national memorial to Benjamin Franklin and contains many exhibits and demonstrations.

     Free Library of Philadelphia
     Logan Sq., 19th and Vine Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     The library offers exhibits and rare books.

     Gazela of Philadelphia
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 923-9030
     The ship is the last of the Portuguese white fleet and is still putting out to sea.

     Germantown Historical Society
     5501 Germantown Ave., Market Sq.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 844-1683
     The society has an overview of the history of Germantown.

     Goria Dei (Old Swedes') Church
     Christian St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 389-1513
     This 1700 Church is said to be Pennsylvania's oldest chuch.

     Head House Square
     boarded by 2nd, Pine, Front and Lombard Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     The square was Society Hill's New Market in 1745.

     Historic Bartram's Garden
     enter from Lindberg Blvd.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 729-5281
     The area has a furnished house, a botanical garden, a meadow of wildflowers.

     Historic RittenhouseTown
     Fairmount Park, 206 Lincoln Dr.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 438-5711
     The site was the first hand paper mill in America.

     Historical Society of Pennsylvania
     1300 Locust St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 732-6201
     The society has a museum and a research center for Pennsylvania and American history.

     Horticulture Center
     Belmont Horticulture Dr.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 685-0096
     The center has a landscaped arboretum and a Japanese house and garden.

     Independence Hall
     Chestnut St., Independence Square
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215)597-8974 or 597-1785
     In this 1732 building, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed, George Washington accepted the role of commander in chief of the Colonial armies, and the Second Continental Congress decided to resist England in 1775.

     Independence National Historical Park
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215)597-8974 or 597-1785
     The park provides many attractions to see.

     Independent Seaport Museum
     Penns Landing, 211 S. Columbus Blvd.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 925-5439
     The museum shows exhibits relating to the maritime heritage of the Delaware River and the bay and its tributaries.

     Institute of Contemporary Art
     36th and Sansom Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 898-7108
     The center shows changing exhibits of contemporary art.

     Japanese House and Garden
     Belmont Mansion Dr.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 878-5097
     The house has tea cermonies on occasional Sunday afternoons.

     Jupiter Tugboat
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 923-9030
     The ship was built in 1902 in Camden, N.J.

     Laurel Hill
     Fountain Green
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 684-7922
     This Federal mansion has an octagonal drawing room.

     Laurel Hill Cemetery
     3822 Ridge Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 228-8200
     This is a very lovely grave yard.

     Lemon Hill
     Kelly Dr.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 684-7922
     This 19th-century mansion is a masterpiece of architecture.

     Liberty Bell Pavilion
     5th, 6th, Market and Chestnut Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 597-8974 or 597-1785
     The glass structure formed around the Liberty Bell.

     Mandell Center
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 448-1200
     The center displays exhibits showing how science and technology are shaping the 21st century.

     Mann Music Center
     52nd St. and Parkside Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 878-7707
     The center is an outdoor amphitheater showing concerts by the Philadelphia Orchestra.

     Mario Lanza Institute and Museum
     416 Queen St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 468-3623
     A Settlement Music School where Mario Lanza received his musical education.

     Masonic Temple
     1 N. Broad St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 988-1917
     The temple is one of the city's striking architectural landmarks.

     Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania
     100 Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 247-5777
     On the center's grounds there are 3,500 kinds of trees and shrubs.

     Mount Pleasant
     Fountain Green, 35th St. and Columbia Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 684-7922
     This mansion was the home of a Scottish sea captain and privateer.

     Mummers Museum
     1100 S. 2nd St. at Washington Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 336-3050
     The museum contains artifacts tracing the history of the Mummers and their New Year's Day parade.

     Museum of American Art of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
     118 N. Broad St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 972-7600
     The museum has a collection of American art spanning 3 centuries.

     National Archives Philadelphia Branch
     900 Market St., entrance on Chestnut St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 597-3000
     The center houses records that document American history all the way to the First Continental Congress.

     National Museum of American Jewish History
     55 N. 5th St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 923-3811
     The museum has changing exhibits showing the contributions Jewish people have made to America.

     National Shrine of St. John Neumann
     5th St. and Girard Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 627-3080
     The shrine has relics of the life and canonization of St. John Neumann.

     New Hall Military Museum
     Chestnut St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     ((215) 597-8974 or 597-1785
     This 1791 building is a reconstruction of another building and is dedicated to the history of the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps from 1775 to 1805.

     Norman Rockwell Museum of Philadelphia
     6th and Sansom Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 922-4345
     The museum has the Saturday Evening Post.

     Old City Hall
     5th and Chestnut Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 597-8974 or 597-1785
     The building was used for the U.S. Supreme Court from 1791 to 1800.

     Old St. Joseph's Church
     321 Willings Alley
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 923-1733
     The first Roman Catholic church in Philadelphia.

     Old St. Mary's Church
     4th St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 923-7930
     The church became the city's first cathedral in 1810 after its enlargement.

     Penn's Landing
     between Market and Lombard sts. along the Delaware River
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215)629-3200 or 629-6237
     The site marks the spot where William Penn landed in 1682.

     Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
     100 N. 20th St., 5th floor
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 988-8800
     The center has gardening literature and a library.

     Philadelphia Museum of Art
     end of Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., at 26th St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 763-8100
     The art museum rank among the world's major art museums.

     Please Touch Museum
     210 N. 21st St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 963-0667
     The museum encourages their visitors to use their senses.

     Polish American Cultural Center Museum
     308 Walnut St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 922-1700
     The museum houses a portrait collection of well-known Polish figures.

     Powel House
     244 S. 3rd St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 627-0364
     This Revolutionary War-era mansion has lovely gardens and furnishings.

     Presbyterian Historical Society, The
     425 Lombard St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 627-1852
     Founded in 1852, the society preserves the history of the Presbyterian Church.

     Rodin Museum
     Benjamin Franklin Pkwy. and 22nd St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 763-8100
     The art museum contains a priceless 124-piece collection of Rodin's originals and casts.

     Rosenbach Museum and Library
     2010 Delancey
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 723-1600
     The center exhibits books and manuscripts collected by the Rosenbach brothers.

     School Gallery of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
     1301 Cherry St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 972-7600
     The center shows changing exhibits of multimedia by various people.

     Second Bank of United States
     420 Chestnut St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 597-8974 or 597-1785
     This 1824 building is now used as the Independence National Historic Park's National Portrait Gallery.

     St. George's United Methodist Church
     235 N. 4th St.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 925-7788
     Dedicated in 1769, this is the oldest Methodist church still being used.

     St. Peter's Church
     3rd and Pine sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 925-5968
     This Episcopal church has four of the signers of the Declaration of Independence attend there.

     Stenton Mansion
     18th St. and Windrim Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 329-7312
     Built in 1730, the mansion was built by William Penn's secretary James Logan.

     Strawberry Mansion
     Close to Dauphin St. entrance
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 684-7922
     This mansion is the largest and is furnished in the Empire style.

     Sweetbriar Mansion
     Lansdowne Ave. N. of Girard Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 684-7922
     This mansion has a great view or the Schuylkill from its terrace.

     Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial
     3rd and Pine Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 597-9618
     The memorial has exhibits and displays describing Thaddeus Kosciuszko's contributions to the American Revolution.

     Todd House
     4th and Walnut Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 597-8974 or 597-1785
     The home of Dolley Payne Todd, wife of President James Madison.

     Tuttleman Omniverse Theater
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 448-1111
     The theater shows films about science and adventure.

     United States Custom House
     2nd and Chestnut Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     The house has custom offices and appraisers' stores.

     United States Mint
     5th and Arch Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 597-7350
     The building offers 45 minute self=guiding tours.

     University of Pennsylvania
     boarded by Chestnut, Pine, 32nd and 40th Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 898-1000
     The university was the country's first medical school.

     University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, The
     33rd and Spruce Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 898-4000
     The museum exhibits archaeological and anthropological collections from around the world.

     USS Becuna
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 922-1898
     Commissioned 1n 1943, this guppy-class submarine served in Adm. William Halsey's Seventh Fleet in the South Pacific.

     USS Olympia
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     A flagship commanded by Adm. George Dewey during the Spanish-American War.

     Woodford Mansion
     33rd and Dauphin Sts.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 684-7922
     This Colonial mansion is furnished with a collection of American-crafted furniture.

     Woodmere Art Museum
     9201 Germantown Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 247-0476
     The art museum offers paintings and decorative art from the last 3 centuries.

     Workshop on the Water at Penn's Landing
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 925-7589
     A barge where boatbuilders practice their boatbuilding.

     Zoological Gardens
     3400 W. Girard Ave.
     Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
     (215) 243-1100
     The zoo has over 1,700 animals and a children's zoo.

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