Philadelphia Attractions

Philadelphia AttractionsThe Philadelphia Museum of Art was founded in 1876 and currently houses thousands of pieces of the finest art work found in any art museum in the world. The museum is well-known for its extensive collection of armor that is one of the largest such collections in the United States. The museum's European collection features the work of Rodin and the work of many artists from the Impressionist school. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is open every day except Monday.

Another great place to view art in Philadephia is the Barnes Foundation. This museum was founded by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in order to display his large collection of artwork that he acquired over many years. This museum is noted for its collection of the work of modern artists notably the work of Cezanne and Matisse. The Barnes also has an extensive collection of decorative metalwork and African art. The Barnes Foundation is open every day except Tuesday.

Edgar Allan Poe lived in the city of Philadelphia for a period of six years during which time he wrote some of his most famous stories. The home where he lived in Philadelphia is now the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site. Visitors to this site can view a video presentation about Poe's life, work and influence upon his fellow writers. After the video, visitors may tour the entire house including the basement that is said to have inspired Poe to write his scary story "The Black Cat." This historic site is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Independence Hall was the meeting place of the Second Continental Congress during the time of the American Revolution. This famous building was also the location of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Inside Independence Hall, visitors will see the old Assembly Room that is furnished in the exact manner it was in when America's founders debated the future of a new nation. Tickets must be obtained to view this site except during the months of January and February.

The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the United States. Today, the zoo contains more the 1,000 animals. Zoo visitors can view rare animals like the maned wolf and more familiar species like lions and tigers. Several rides for children are located throughout the zoo grounds. The Philadelphia Zoo is open every day except Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.