Attractions

From science centers and botanical gardens to art museums and historical sites, the Experience Pass has something for everyone.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Visitors to the Academy have the opportunity to get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, view historic dioramas, and explore a tropical garden filled with live butterflies.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University Website

Bartram's Garden

Bartram's Garden

Bartram's Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark and public park located in Southwest Philadelphia. The grounds include historical structures, naturalistic botanical gardens, a meadow, an urban farm, and access to the Schuylkill River.

Bartram's Garden Website

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true "penitentiary," a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of prisoners. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site Website

Founder's Hall at Girard College

Founder's Hall at Girard College

Founder's Hall, a National Historic Landmark building, holds historical collections relating to Stephen Girard, a self-made millionaire and philanthropist, and Girard College. The finest example of Greek revival architecture in the United States, Founder's Hall served as the original classroom building for the college, an unprecedented boarding school endowed by Girard to educate poor, orphaned children. The museum examines the life and times of Girard and early national Philadelphia through his uniquely preserved papers and possessions and explores the educational, civil rights, and local history connected to this pioneering Philadelphia institution.

Founder's Hall at Girard College Website

Free Library Author Events Series

Free Library Author Events Series

The Author Events Series at the Free Library of Philadelphia offers the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue with today's most celebrated voices in the humanities and sciences. Called "the region's preeminent forum for writers and ideas" by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the program has earned three "Best of Philly" designations from Philadelphia magazine. Now in its 25th year, Author Events presents more than 125 authors each year for lectures, book talks, and conversations.

Free Library Author Events Series Website

Free Library Culinary Literacy Center

Free Library Culinary Literacy Center

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Culinary Literacy Center is the first program of its kind in a public library and serves as a model for libraries across the world. Housed in a commercial-grade kitchen in the Parkway Central Library, we advance literacy through cooking, guide learning around food and nutrition, and inspire curiosity through educational and fun classes for Philadelphia residents of all ages. Every month, we host over 30 events at Parkway Central and throughout the city.

Free Library Culinary Literacy Center Website

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Located on a scenic bend of the Delaware River, Glen Foerd's elegant mansion, built in 1850, is set amidst 18 acres of towering trees and breathtaking river views. Once a private estate for the Philadelphia elite, today Glen Foerd is a public park that works with local artists and innovators to provide guided tours, live music performances, contemporary art installations, guided nature excursions, family programs, horticultural education, and artisanal craft workshops

Glen Foerd on the Delaware Website

The Johnson House Historic Site

The Johnson House Historic Site

The Johnson House Historic Site is Philadelphia's only accessible and intact stop on the Underground Railroad. During the 19th century, and for several generations beyond, the Johnson House was owned by a family of Quaker abolitionists who worked with other European Americans and African Americans—free and enslaved—to secure safe passage to freedom along the extensive network of clandestine routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

The Johnson House Historic Site Website

Museum of the American Revolution

Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and digital touchscreens bring to life the people who created a new nation against incredible odds. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the museum serves as a portal to the region's many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration.

Museum of the American Revolution Website

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is an immersive mixed-media art environment that is completely covered with mosaics. The creator, Isaiah Zagar, used handmade tiles, bottles, bicycle wheels, mirror, and international folk art to chronicle his life and influences. The space is made up of two indoor galleries and a bi-level outdoor sculpture garden. As a nonprofit museum, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens celebrates art in its many forms through community outreach, public programs, hands-on activities, exhibitions, and tours.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens Website

The Rosenbach

The Rosenbach

The Rosenbach's 1860s townhouse provides an intimate setting for collections of rare books, manuscripts, furniture, silver, paintings, prints, drawings, and sculpture. Its decorative and fine arts collections are rich and varied, ranging from Egyptian sculpture and English furniture to American portraiture, and it preserves a nearly unparalleled rare book and manuscript collection, with particular strength in American and British literature and history. Exhibitions, programs, and research with this collection have focused on colonial American history, African American history, children's literature, book arts and technology, gay and lesbian literature, early Modernism, and much more. The Rosenbach is located in the heart of the Rittenhouse-Fitler historic district in Center City Philadelphia

The Rosenbach Website

Woodmere Art Museum

Woodmere Art Museum

Housed in a 19th-century stone mansion on six acres in Chestnut Hill, Woodmere Art Museum is dedicated to the art and artists of Philadelphia. The building and grounds, together with the core of the collection, are the gifts of Charles Knox Smith (1845-1916), who purchased the estate in 1898 with the intent of transforming it into a showcase for his great collection of art. Smith opened Woodmere's doors to the public in 1910.

Woodmere Art Museum Website

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