A museum dedicated to one of the United States’ most prominent founding fathers, the Benjamin Franklin Museum is home to many of the man’s personal artifacts. Visitors to the museum can be a part of many programs and exhibits to learn more about the renaissance man who held many different jobs throughout his life, with roles such as printer, scientist, diplomat and founder of many civic institutions that are still open today. The Ben Franklin Museum is open from 9am-5pm September to May and 9am to 7pm May to September.
Benjamin Franklin Museum, 317 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1(215) 965-2305
The birthplace of the American flag, the Betsy Ross House is a popular attraction to those visiting Philadelphia. The house itself is over 250 years old and features seven period rooms, which include bedrooms, a kitchen and a parlor. Within the museum, visitors can see many replicas of Betsy Ross’s upholstering tools and even some family objects. Children can interact with the amazing woman herself as she sews the flag and recounts the story of her life during the Revolutionary War. The museum also features two different audio tours for children and adults that explains the history of the house and what occurred within the many rooms. Open March 1 to November 30 from 10am-5pm daily and December 1 to Feb 28 from 10am-5pm Tuesday to Sunday.
Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1(215) 686-1252
This fascinating museum is located in the heart of Old City within a restored firehouse from 1902. It boasts the title of being one of the nation’s premier fire museums, and houses many artifacts that celebrate Philadelphia’s firefighting history alongside several heroic moments. Visitors to the Fireman’s Hall Museum can view tools, uniforms, photos and old trucks from different points in time, while simultaneously learning about fire safety. The museum is open from 10am-4:30pm Tuesday to Saturday.
Fireman’s Hall Museum, 147 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 (215) 923-1438
The church of many of the revolutionary leaders such as George Washington and John Adams, Christ Church was founded in 1695, while the present building dates to 1744 and still holds service today. It boasts a prominent steeple and was designed by famous architect, Robert Smith. The old graveyard, which can also be toured, is the resting place of seven signers of the Declaration of Independence and five signers of the Constitution. Visitors can tour the building and the grounds from 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday and from 1-5pm on Sunday.
Christ Church, 20 N American St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1(215) 922-1695
Built and owned by the Carpenter’s Company of the City and County of Philadelphia, Carpenters’ Hall is the meeting place of the oldest existing craft guild in the United States. During the colonial period, this building was a key meeting place for the founding fathers and even hosted the first Continental Congress in 1774. From Friday to Sunday 11am-3pm in the summer, visitors can participate in the ‘Meet the Makers of American History’ program and listen to stories of the revolution. The building is open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am-4pm.
Carpenters’ Hall, 320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1(215) 925-0167
The Constitution Center is located across from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, is the home of many interactive exhibits highlighting the U.S. Constitution, and even includes a hall full of statues of all the signers. Visitors can view many rare artifacts, such as an original printing of the Constitution or watch theatrical re-enactments. The goal of the center is to get visitors to learn more about the Constitution and then decide what it means to them. Open Monday to Friday from 9:30am-5pm, Saturday from 9:30am-6pm and Sunday from 12-5pm.
Constitution Center, 525 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1(215) 409-6600
Take a self-guided walking tour through the first United States Mint. The tour lasts about 45 minutes, and visitors can view coins being made in real time from 40 feet above the factory floor, as well as see the first coining presses from 1792. Visitors are also able to see the key to the first mint as well as the deed signed by Andrew Jackson, among other artifacts from over the years. The U.S. Mint is open to visitors from 9am-4:30pm Monday to Friday.
U.S. Mint, 151 N Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1(215) 408-0112