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Academy of Music

Academy of Music
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102
Opened in 1857, the building is the oldest grand opera house in America used for its original purpose. It is the home of the Pennsylvania Ballet and the Philadelphia Opera Company.

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site

Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site
Pennsylvania
The Allegheny Portage Railroad was the first railroad constructed through the Allegheny Mountains in central Pennsylvania. It was approximately 36 miles (58 km) long, and operated from 1834 to 1854.

Atwater Kent Museum

Atwater Kent Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Designed by John Haviland, the Greek-Revival style building was the original home to the Franklin Institute, which opened for students in 1826. It has been the city's history museum since 1938.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Benjamin Franklin Bridge
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Benjamin Franklin Bridge, originally named the Delaware River Bridge, is a suspension bridge across the Delaware River connecting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Camden, New Jersey.

Benjamin Franklin Craftsman Sculpture

Benjamin Franklin Craftsman Sculpture
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
This sculpture by Joe Brown was presented to the city of Philadelphia by the Pennsylvania Free Masons whose temple is across the street. The artwork was dedicated on June 27, 1981.

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial

Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Located in the the Franklin Institute Science Museum, the National Memorial features a 20 feet (6m) tall statue of Benjamin Franklin sculpted by James Earle Fraser between 1906 and 1911.

Beth Sholom Synagogue

Beth Sholom Synagogue
Elkins Park, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania
The only synagogue ever designed by famed architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, Beth Sholom is Hebrew for House of Peace. Its steeply inclined walls of translucent wire glass and plastic are meant to represent both a mountain and a tent.

Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
The Betsy Ross House is generally recognized as the place where Betsy Ross lived when she may have made the first American Flag. The building was built around 1740 and is presented as it would have looked when Betsy Ross lived and worked there.

Big Ben at Franklin Town

Big Ben at Franklin Town
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This stainless steel silhouetted bust of Benjamin Franklin has porticos resembling keys and supporting blue arches mounting crests resembling kites. Four additional columns support abstract lightning bolts.

Bushy Run Battlefield State Park

Bushy Run Battlefield State Park
Penn Township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
The Battle of Bushy Run was a major victory for the British during Pontiac's Rebellion and enabled them to secure their control of the Ohio River Valley and what was to become the Northwest Territory.

Carpenter's Hall

Carpenter's Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Build in 1770 and owned by oldest trade guild in America, Carpenter's Hall was the site of the First Continental Congress in 1774. Today it is part of Independence National Historical Park.

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The cathedral was dedicated on November 20, 1864 by James Frederick Wood, the first Archbishop of Philadelphia. It is modeled after the Lombard Church of St. Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome and is of the Roman-Corinthian style of architecture.

Chatham Village

Chatham Village
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 15211
The community is regarded as one of the best-preserved examples of the Garden City concept by city planners, architects, and landscape architects. It is also a National Historic Landmark and a City of Pittsburgh historic district.

Chinatown

Chinatown
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
Chinatown functions as a popular tourist destination, a center of trade, and as a home to many of the city's finest ethnic restaurants and bakeries. It is the fourth-largest Chinatown in the United States.

Chinese Friendship Arch

Chinese Friendship Arch
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
The Friendship Arch is an ornate paifang, a gate or archway used to divide regions of a city. Though many North American Chinatowns have these arches, Philadelphia's version is considered to be more elaborate than most.

Christ Church

Christ Church
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Constructed between 1727 and 1744, Christ Church is the birthplace of the American Episcopal Church in the United States. The congregation included 15 signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Citizens Bank Park

Citizens Bank Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19148
Home to the Philadelphia Phillies, Citizens Bank Park is a 43,647-seat baseball-only stadium that opened on April 3, 2004. The ballpark was built to replace Veterans Stadium.

Curtis Center (Curtis Building)

Curtis Center (Curtis Building)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
The Curtis Publishing Company, founded in 1821 became one of the largest and most influential publishers in the United States during the early 20th century. This building, the company's headquarters, is an example of Georgian Revival architecture.

Dream Garden

Dream Garden
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Made for Cyrus Curtis by the Louis C. Tiffany Studios, the 260-color mosiac was based on a painting by Maxfield Parrish. Measuring 15 by 49 feet, Dream Garden contains over 100,000 pieces of favrile glass.

Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park

Dutch Wonderland Amusement Park
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 17602
Appealing primarily to families with small children, the park's theme is a "Kingdom for Kids."

Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania
The house served as a Presidential Retreat during the Eisenhower administration and was also home to the Eisenhowers after they left the White House in 1961.

Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The houses in this small street have been privately owned and lived in since the early 1700's, making Elfreth's Alley the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the country.

Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The original Fairmount Park is the part of Philadelphia's park system that borders the Schuylkill River. The city now groups almost all of its city parks into one administrative whole called "Fairmount Park."

Fallingwater (Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence)

Fallingwater (Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence)
Mill Run, Fayette County, Pennsylvania
One of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous buildings, Falling Water is a home build over a waterfall. Long horizontal and vertical lines and overhangs were features of Wright's style.

Fels Planetarium

Fels Planetarium
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Fels Planetarium is the nation's second oldest planetarium. Samuel S. Fels contributed funds in 1933 so that the new Franklin Institute building could have a planetarium. The auditorium has a dome that is 60-feet in diameter and can hold 330 people.

First Bank of the United States

First Bank of the United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Chartered in 1791, the First Bank of the United States was erected in the neo-classical style to echo the democracy of Ancient Greece. The bank building was restored for the Bicentennial in 1976.

Fonthill

Fonthill
Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, Fonthill was Built between 1908 and 1912. It is an early example of poured-in-place concrete and features 42 rooms, 200 windows, 18 fireplaces and 10 bathrooms.

Fort Mifflin

Fort Mifflin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Originally called Fort Island Battery, Fort Mifflin was commissioned in 1771. During the American Revolutionary War, the fort was a centerpiece of the British conquest of Philadelphia.

Franklin Court

Franklin Court
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This is where Benjamin Franklin lived and worked in Philadelphia. The court contains recreations of storefronts and apartments owned and run by Franklin, plus a "ghost house," a steel representation of his house. There is also an underground museum.

Free Library of Philadelphia (Central Library)

Free Library of Philadelphia (Central Library)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103
The Central Branch of the Free Library is one of two buildings that are replicas of those in the Place de la Concorde in Paris. This was done in part to help establish the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as Philadelphia's Champ Elysees.

Gettysburg Battlefield

Gettysburg Battlefield
Gettysburg, Adams County, Pennsylvania
The Gettysburg Battlefield was the site of the Battle of Gettysburg, fought July 1 to July 3, 1863, in and around the borough of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the county seat of Adams County, which had approximately 2,400 residents at the time.

Girard College

Girard College
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19121
This boarding school teaches grades 1 through 12 on a 43 acre (170,000 m≤) campus. It grants full scholarships to eligible students from families with limited financial resources, headed by a single parent or guardian.

Gloria Dei (Old Swede's) Church

Gloria Dei (Old Swede's) Church
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147
Founded in 1677, Gloria Dei is the second oldest Swedish church in the United States. The building is Pennsylvania's oldest church building, having been completed sometime around 1700.

Gobbler's Knob

Gobbler's Knob
Jefferson County, Pennsylvania
The location of the most famous annual Groundhog's Day ceremonies. Punxsutawney Phil emerges from his temporary home on Gobbler's Knob each February 2nd, and if he sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter.

Independence Hall

Independence Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Originally the home of the Pennsylvania Assembly and Supreme Court during the Colonial Era, the building was called the Pennsylvania State House. The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were adopted and signed here.

Joan of Arc Statue

Joan of Arc Statue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130
This sculpture originally stood at an intersection in Paris but was removed when a subway was constructed. It was placed here by the Fairmount Park Art Association as part of a movement to beautify the park with sculpture and landscaping.

Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania
The Liberty Bell rang out for important events during the Revolutionary War and America's Federal period, but did not acquire its famous name until the 1830's, when it became a symbol for the abolitionist movement.

Lightning Bolt Sculpture: A Tribute to Benjamin Franklin

Lightning Bolt Sculpture: A Tribute to Benjamin Franklin
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Isamu Noguchi designed this 60-ton stainless steel sculpture. It is 101-feet tall. The sculpture depicts a bolt of lighting, a kite, and a key at the base and is meant to commemorate Franklin's famous experiment.

LOVE Sculpture

LOVE Sculpture
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Robert Indiana's famous LOVE sculpture was placed in Philadelphia's JFK Plaza in 1976 as part of the Bicentennial celebration. The artwork has been duplicated countless times as a sculpture and in print.

Man Full of Trouble Tavern

Man Full of Trouble Tavern
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Constructed in 1759, Man Full of Trouble is the only remaining pre-revolutionary tavern building in Philadelphia.

Memorial Hall

Memorial Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19131
Memorial Hall was built as an art gallery for the 1876 Centennial Exposition. It was the original home to the Philadelphia Art Museum. It was one of America's first examples of Beaux-Arts architecture.

Merchants' Exchange Building

Merchants' Exchange Building
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Upon its completion in 1834, the building became the financial center for Philadelphia, housing commercial houses, marine insurance companies, the Philadelphia Board of Trade, and the Philadelphia Stock Exchange.

Municipal Services Building

Municipal Services Building
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102
Because City Hall and its annex could not hold all the offices necessary for the city's government, the Municipal Services Building was constructed to house many of the city's administrative offices and services.

National Constitution Center

National Constitution Center
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Located within Independence National Historical Park, the Center is dedicated to the history and continuing relevance of the Constitution of the United States. The museum contains exhibits, artifacts and a theater.

National Memorial Arch

National Memorial Arch
Valley Forge National Historical Park, Pennsylvania
The Arch was erected in 1910 by an act of the 61st Congress. Designed by University of Pennsylvania professor Paul Philippe Cret, the Arch is built in a style similar to the Arch of Titus in Rome.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was founded in 1805 by painter and scientist Charles Willson Peale, sculptor William Rush, and other artists and business leaders. It is the oldest art museum and school in the nation.

Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary

Pennsylvania Eastern State Penitentiary
Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, 19130
Designed by John Haviland and opened in 1829, Eastern State is considered to be the world's first true penitentiary.

Pennsylvania Hospital

Pennsylvania Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
The Pennsylvania Hospital was founded in 1751 by Benjamin Franklin and Dr. Thomas Bond, making it the oldest hospital in the United States. The Pine Building was the original hospital and was based on the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Philadelphia Bourse

Philadelphia Bourse
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
The Philadelphia Bourse was the first commodities exchange in the United States. Completed in 1895, the building was one of the first steel-framed buildings to be constructed in the city. Today, it houses a shopping mall and office complex.

Philadelphia City Hall

Philadelphia City Hall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The world's tallest masonry building, Philadelphia's City Hall is 548 feet (167 m) tall including the statue of William Penn. The statue is the tallest atop any building in the world.

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19153
PHL is the 10th busiest airport in the world in terms of aircraft activity. The airport is the primary international hub of US Airways. It has seven terminal buildings, which are divided into seven lettered concourses.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130
The Art Museum stands on 10 acres that was formerly the reservoir for the Fairmount Water Works. It is one of the largest art museums in the country and holds over 225,000 objects.

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130
Formerly the Fidelity Life Insurance Building, the Philadelphia Museum of Art bought the property and renovated it for use as an annex.

Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Completed in 1987, the memorial is located in Philly's Penn's Landing area just across from I-95. This section of I-95 is also called the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway.

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 15213
The gardens were founded in 1893 by steel and real-estate magnate Henry Phipps as a gift to the City of Pittsburgh. It contains formal gardens and various species of exotic plants.

Physick House

Physick House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
The building was once the home of Philip Syng Physick, who is known as the father of American surgery. From his home medical office, he treated many well-known patients including Dolly Madison, President Andrew Jackson and Chief Justice John Marshall.

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)

Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, 15231
Pittsburgh International is the second busiest passenger airport in Pennsylvania and 42nd busiest in the United States in passenger travel. In land area, it occupies more than 12,900 acres (45 km≤), making it the fourth largest airport in the nation.

Reading Terminal

Reading Terminal
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
The Reading Terminal is a complex composed of three parts: the Reading Terminal Headhouse, the Reading Terminal Trainshed, and the Reading Terminal Market. The station opened on January 29, 1893.

Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103
The Museum was the gift of movie-theater magnate Jules Mastbaum and opened in 1929. It holds the largest collection of Rodinís work outside of Paris.

Roman Catholic High School for Boys

Roman Catholic High School for Boys
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107
Roman opened in 1890 as an all-male high school and is still only open to boys. It was founded by Thomas E. Cahill, a nineteenth century Philadelphia merchant. It is the oldest free Diocesan Catholic high school in North America.

Saint Bridget's Roman Catholic Church

Saint Bridget's Roman Catholic Church
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19129
This gothic style church serves the East Falls neighborhood.

Saint Francis Xavier Church

Saint Francis Xavier Church
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130
This romanesque style church was completed in 1898 to replace an older church for the parish. The gabled tower is 152 feet high, and the large circular stained glass window above the central entrance is 22 feet in diameter.

Samuel Powel House

Samuel Powel House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Samuel Powel served as the last mayor of Philadelphia under English rule and was the first mayor of the city after the creation of the United States. The house is considered one of the best existing examples of a Georgian Colonial townhouse.

Second Bank of the United States

Second Bank of the United States
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
The Second Bank was incorporated in 1816. Designed by William Strickland, this building, built between 1819 and 1824, is one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States.

Smith Civil War Memorial

Smith Civil War Memorial
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19131
The Smith Civil War Memorial was erected between 1897 and 1912 under a bequest of Richard Smith. It features several statues of the military leaders of the war and a whispering bench.

Society Hill Synagogue

Society Hill Synagogue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
The Society Hill Synagogue, built in 1829 as the Spruce Street First Baptist Church, is home to a Conservative congregation. It was designed by Thomas U. Walter, the architect responsible for the Capitol dome and wings.

South Street

South Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147
"Where do all the hippies meet?" The stretch of South Street between Front Street and Seventh Street is known for its "bohemian" atmosphere and its wide variety of shops and eateries.

Tastykake Baking Company

Tastykake Baking Company
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19129
Founded in 1914, Tastykake has become a Philadelphia tradition. The current building is a six-story manufacturing facility that was built in 1922 and utilizes 15 production lines. The company plans to move to the Navy Yard in the future.

The Union League of Philadelphia

The Union League of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19102
The Union League was established in 1862 to promote loyalty to the Union and the policies of Abraham Lincoln. The classic French Renaissance-styled League House dates back to 1865 and is listed in the National Historic Register.

The Washington Monument

The Washington Monument
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19130
This 1897 work by Rudolf Siemering features a majestic statue of Washington along with sculptures of animals and allegorical figures of rivers. Other features include fountains, stairs and plaques.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier honors the thousands of soldiers who died during the American Revolutionary War, many of whom were buried in mass graves in the park. Built in 1954, it features an eternal flame and a statue of George Washington.

U.S.S. Olympia

U.S.S. Olympia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Olympia is the sole floating survivor of the U.S. Navy's Spanish-American War fleet. It was from her deck, during the Battle of Manila Bay, that Commodore George Dewey spoke the famous words "You may fire when ready, Gridley."

United States Mint

United States Mint
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Completed in 1969, this is the fourth building to house the nation's first mint. Visitors can take a self-guided tour of the minting process, see the original coining press used in 1792 and purchase commemorative coins in the gift shop.

Valley Forge National Historical Park

Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
Famous as the camp for the Continental Army during the winter of 1777 - 1778, the park contains Washington's Headquarters, several monuments, reconstructed campsites and a visitor center.

Washington Square

Washington Square
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106
Washington Square was originally called Southeast Square and was one of the original parks created by William Penn in his plan for Philadelphia.

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Top 10 Most Popular Pennsylvania Landmarks

  1. Liberty Bell
  2. Independence Hall
  3. Fallingwater (Edgar J. Kaufmann Sr. Residence)
  4. Gettysburg Battlefield
  5. Benjamin Franklin National Memorial
  6. Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
  7. Benjamin Franklin Bridge
  8. Academy of Music
  9. Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
  10. Betsy Ross House

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