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The Library Company of Philadelphia, founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, was the first circulating library in America. Today, it is an independent research library with more than a half a million books, graphics and other rare printed items from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Library Company is the only major early American library to survive intact and as such, it provides an interesting example of the book culture of early America. The library has an extensive collection of English and American novels, plays, poems and narratives.
A bright and vibrant paradise for your little ones, Nest is located in the Center City area of Philly. It is a wonderful combination of a lot of things - an indoor playground, activity center, toy store, parents' lounge and party venue, among many others. Spread over three levels, the place covers an area of about 10,000 square feet (929.03 square meters), and provides just the perfect backdrop where your children can not only learn enriching cultural activities such as music, dance, karate and ballet, to name a few, but also learn more about group-play and socialization. They also have classes for new parents and soon-to-be-parents.
This has been the jewel of the Philadelphia culture scene since it opened in 1857. The simple brick Federalist exterior opens into an ornate interior—art deco lamps, velvet cushions, and possibly the largest chandelier on the East Coast. The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the opera and the occasional pop show have performed at the academy. There is some criticism about the acoustics and sight lines, but none of this matters. This is where the big shows are.
The Arts Ballroom is one of the main recreational spaces in Philadelphia, PA. The venue has a beautiful setting with mahogany doors, chandeliers, and granite staircases. The venue is divided into four separate spaces, The Grand Hall, The Sylvania Room, The Lounge and The Mezzanine & The Musician's Balcony. The spacious venue is available for corporate events and weddings and can accommodate up to 550 spectators at a single time.
The society's collection is highlighted by the continuing exhibit, "Finding Philadelphia's Past." Over 500 antiques and personal items chronicle the city's history through 1900, including the wampum belt of Pennsylvania founder William Penn and George Washington's desk. Videos delving into Philadelphia's rich history can be viewed in the "Trolley Car Theater." Check website for further information.