Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences is a natural history museum dedicated to connecting people to nature. Feel as though you are part of the scene in the museum’s 35 dioramas. Stare at the live fish and then see an art exhibit dedicated to the vicious fish of the world.
Eye the constellations through the Joel H. Bloom Observatory’s 10-inch Zeiss refractor. Wind your way through the giant beating heart, a favorite at the museum since 1954.
This multi-million museum contains more than 20 interactive exhibits. Dabble in the art of boat building at the “What Floats Your Boat” interactive exhibit. Compare the similarities between Asia’s Pearl River and the Delaware River in the Philadelphia and China Trade exhibit.
Located at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, visitors can view over 20,000 medical oddities of every shape and form. Those with a fascination for all things weird and macabre will enjoy this museum, named for Thomas Dent Mutter, a retired Professor of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College in the 19th century.
More than 1.1 million people visit this zoo each year. Walk among over 1,300 animals from around the world spanning the zoo’s 42 acres. Press your nose against the glass of the puma cage. Observe the giant turtles. Roam the plains of Africa on a thrilling 3-D ride.
No need to tell the kids not to touch at this museum. Quite the opposite. Both adults and children are encouraged to do just that at Please Touch. Romp as Max in the classic Maurice Sendak book, “Where the Wild Things Are”.
One if by land. Two if by sea. Explore Philadelphia on a duck tour. Traverse city streets on board to see sights like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Then wade into the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing.
Created in 1762, the United States Mint has six facilities including the one in Philadelphia. The United States Mint turns out 1.5 million coins per hour. That’s a lot of dough. Marvel at the process that takes place in coin production.