Philadelphia is the city of Brotherly Love, the birthplace of America, and so much more. It is a tourist heavy city that is a bit misunderstood. But does that mean you should overlook it? Absolutely not – there are some great places in Philly to explore, if you know where to look.
Of course you can go to South Street, see the art museum, and maybe even take in some of the infamous sports. Or, you could do some things that are a little more off the map.
The Rodin Museum
Love art? So do we! While you are going to the art museum and running those infamous steps, look down the street just a little bit. The Rodin Museum is the smallest museum on the parkway (the street where the art museum is) and it is so underrated. Beautifully kept and usually not as heavily traveled, it will offer you some respite.
It opened in the 1920s and contains the largest collection of Rodin’s work outside of Paris, so you are going to get to see some of his most iconic works. It’s also just a great walk.
Do you love tea? Japanese culture? If so, head over to Fairmount Park and go to the Shofuso House. It was a house that was originally built in Japan in the 1950s, was on display at the MoMA in NYC, and then came to Philadelphia. Since then, it has attracted locals and tourists who want to learn more about tea making.
The gardens here (and the ponds) are something quite special. You will learn quite a bit and get some great photos. Be prepared to take your shoes off and dress in light clothing as it can get quite hot in there.
The Mutter Museum
Love things that are just a little bit dark? The Mutter Museum isn’t unknown, but many people will chicken out of going to it. Filled with deadly and deathly items, it has collections of interesting body parts, stories of death, and drawers of things that people have swallowed.
Make sure to take a guided tour if you can, because they will show you some really great stuff.
Located on South Street, the Magic Gardens are absolutely gorgeous. This art exhibit is also a folk garden that citizens and artists have worked on for a long time. To date, it is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar.
It spans three city lots and is both indoors and outdoors. Make sure that you book ahead of time as it does get quite popular.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Often just called the Penn Museum, this is a great place for those who have an interest in Roman, Egyptian, Middle Eastern, or Greek history. There are so many amazing pieces here including Sumerian cuneiform tablets with some of the world’s oldest examples of writing. There is also some gorgeous jewelry.
If you are interested in going to Philadelphia, it may be best to plan ahead. Of course you will want to go to City Hall and see all of the places to eat, but there is more to Philly than just that. Be sure to take a walk around Love Park, visit Reading Terminal Market, and go to a few places that may not be as well traveled.