An absolute must see in Philadelphia is Independence Hall. A World Heritage Site, Independence Hall is a historically important building where the signings of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution took place. Visitors can enjoy a tour of the building to learn about America's birth and walk along the same spots where the founding fathers once walked. Period furniture pieces can be viewed such as the Rising Sun Chair, which George Washington used while he officiated over the Constitutional Convention.
Liberty Bell Center
Originally situated in the Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell can now be viewed across the street, enclosed in its own glass display at the Liberty Bell Center. As a popular Philadelphia attraction, visitors should be prepared to stand in line to see this American icon, but the wait is well worth it. While waiting in line, visitors have the opportunity to learn the interesting history of the Liberty Bell and its famous crack.
A 300 year old church still used for worship services, Christ Church is one of Philadelphia's most visited attractions. Built in the early 1700s, the church presents a beautiful example of Georgian architecture. More importantly, the church served as a home congregation to famous Americans, George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Betsy Ross. Visitors can tour the church building and cemetery as well as attend worship services. Visitors are even allowed to sit in the wooden pew where several of America's founding fathers once sat during worship services. Additionally, the church houses several artifacts such as antique silver pieces, paintings, old letters and rare books.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
One of the country's largest art museums, the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses more than 200,000 objects within 200 different galleries that chronicle the last 2,000 years. In the Asian collection, visitors can see the likes of Chinese ceramics, Turkish carpets, a Japanese teahouse and an Indian temple hall from the 16th century. The European collection highlights paintings by famous masters such as Picasso, Monet and Van Gogh as well as weapons, sculptures and more. Visitors can see the likes of early American arts, furniture, silver and ceramics in the American gallery.
Established in 1824, the Franklin Institute is one of the nation's most popular science museums. The Institute offers numerous hands-on exhibits and activities for adults and children alike to learn about various science aspects from ancient medicine to space. The museum also offers a planetarium and an IMAX theater.