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Best History Museums in Philadelphia

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Philadelphia History Museum

Housed within a magnificent Greek Revival building of 1826, the Philadelphia History Museum is, located on the 7th Street in Center City. The collection here features of over 100,000 eclectic items and artefacts that chronicle the city’s history. The place boasts of numerous interesting displays and exhibits like the world’s largest map of Philadelphia that covers an entire floor. Also on offer here are regular activities and planned events that the entire family can be a part of. If you're a history buff, the Philadelphia History Museum definitely warrants a visit.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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African American Museum

The African American Museum is famous for carefully preserving and analyzing the pictorial and material culture and heritage of the African Americans. Over so many years of efforts, the museum has stored about 5 lac objects, images, documents, dressings, pictures and books of the natives. Major events held here are Celebrate Africa 2008!, Discover Greatness, AAMP Art and Quilters' Roundtable. Generally, on Saturdays, there are Family Days which feature face painting, story telling sessions, choreographed dances and projecting films. Local artists put on their beautiful art-work based on lives of entertainers, politicians and freedom fighters.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of Jewish American History chronicles the existence of Judaism in the country and its cultural impact on society. Established in 1976, this 100,000 square-foot (9290 square-meter) space is replete with over 20,000 displays that testify the Jewish-American tie dating back to the Colonial period. Learn Hebrew traditions, explore their interactive exhibits, watch engaging films at the theater, browse through artifacts and read through literary work by Jewish writers. Visit the museum store to take home postcards, curios and unique souvenirs.

Philadelphia, PA, United States
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Independence Seaport Museum

Philadelphia has been an important seaport town since the 1600s. The Seaport Museum traces this history through exhibits, demonstrations, and several ships on display, including a World War II submarine and the USS Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship in the Spanish-American War. The auditorium at the museum is also used for chamber music concerts.

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