Philadelphia is full of history and there are a number of exciting artifacts, exhibits, and locations that can transport you back in time. Here are a few places we think are noteworthy:
The Liberty Bell Center
At our PHL Airport parking company, we believe everyone should see the Liberty Bell once in their lives. Cast in 1752, the iconic symbol of independence is housed at the Liberty Bell Center in Old City. Here, visitors can view the famous cracked bell inside a glass chamber as well as enjoy a video presentation and a variety of exhibits that focus on historical topics. The Liberty Bell Center is open year-round (with the exception of Christmas Day) and offers free admission. No tickets are required, and entrance is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Right down the street from the Liberty Bell Center is Independence Hall, one of the most influential buildings in U.S. history. Built in 1753, it was once known as the Pennsylvania State House and was the meeting place for the Second Continental Congress. Here, both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. Visitors can see the room where the two documents were signed at no charge, however, tickets are required during certain times of the day and certain times of the year.
The Barnes Foundation
If you love art, take a trip to the Barnes Foundation. Here, you can view the extensive art collection of Dr. Albert Barnes (1872-1951). The collection features more than 4,000 objects, including 900 paintings that are estimated to be worth $25 million. Here, you’ll find works by famous artists including Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, and more, as well as art and antiques from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Native Americans. Also, be sure to visit the 12-acre arboretum in Merion (once the original Barnes Foundation campus) that’s home to a vibrant plant collection.