Philadelphia is historically rich, but you don’t have to spend every dime you have while seeing the landmarks and museums. Many places in the city are free to tour or offer a senior discount.
Although admission is free, due to school group tours and other large groups, you will need to reserve your tickets early between the months of March and December. Walk the grounds and tour the inside of the historical brick building with live storytelling by costumed tour guides. You can also visit other places within the Historic District like the Betsy Ross House, Free Quaker Meeting House, and the Independence Visitor Center.
To see the famous crack in the Liberty Bell, you will need to go inside of the building for a free tour. The bell is located on Independence Mall, across the street from Independence Hall. While viewing the bell, you will have access to historical documents, short films, and other exhibits.
Walking along the brick-lined street to get to the meeting place of the First Continental Congress in 1774 will take you back to a time before the Declaration of Independence. Other businesses worked out of Carpenters’ Hall including Benjamin Franklin’s Library Company, The American Philosophical Society, and the First and Second Banks of the United States.
Self-guided tours of the facility are free and you can observe coin production 40 feet above the factory floor. Throughout the tour, you will find audio and video stations that explain the history behind the United States currency. The Philadelphia Mint can produce one million coins in 30 minutes.
Literature lovers will find a tour of the home of Edgar Allen Poe fascinating. The writer lived in Philadelphia for six years at 532 N. 7th Street and published “The Gold-Bug” and “The Spectacles” while living there. Admission is free and you can either take a self-guided tour or join a group for a ranger-led tour.
Since 1922, The Barnes Foundation has served the public with the fine arts with collections from post-impressionists, African sculptures, Mediterranean and Asian antiquities, Native American works of art, and old master paintings. Walk the rooms of the facility and you will see pieces of art from Renoir, Matisse, Picasso, and many more.
This art museum brings crowds from all over the world to appreciate works of art. The collections include pieces by Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Marcel Duchamp, Thomas Elkins, Edward Hopper, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Rembrandt, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and more artists.
This specialty museum brings art to life as it spans half a block with both indoor and outdoor galleries. Created by Isaiah Zagar to beautify the area, it is now a tourist attraction. You can walk through the Magic Gardens and view the colorful mosaics, participate in art activities, and join tours and art workshops.
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