Do Not Miss These Classic Museums When in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is one the most historic cities in the United States, and maybe that is the reason it is dotted with so many types of museums. If you are visiting Philadelphia, and love visiting museums, you can plan your whole trip around those museums, there are so many of them. Let us give you a list of some of the museums of Philadelphia (not named in any order) so that you can plan your visits accordingly.
Museum of the American Revolution: The American Revolution is one the most important historical events of the world, and certainly the most important in the USA. The awe-inspiring story of the revolution is brought alive to you with the exhibits of this newly opened (April 2017) museum. This museum is very close to the Independence Hall (another tourist attraction of Philadelphia). Among the exhibits, you will get the taste of the epic battles, the ebbs, and flows which led to an epoch-making e=series of events which changed the course of the world.
Brandywine River Museum of Art: This museum is the perfect amalgamation of nature and art, and the outside of the museum seems to be the inspiration for many of the installations inside the museum. The museum showcases several works of Andrew, N.C. and Jamie Wyeth. If you are a nature lover who loves animals too, especially horses, then you would also enjoy a trip to Harrah’s Philadelphia racing, and see the handsome horses there.
Independence Seaport Museum: Philadelphia has a proud maritime history, and that is brought to life in this museum. The city is nestled between the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers and is the home of two massive vessels – the Olympia (which is a cruiser) and the Becuna (which is a submarine). Some exhibits in this museum are interactive.
Mutter Museum: You might have visited several art museums, but this museum is unique, in that it is a medical museum. It gives you a glimpse of what our physicians have to deal with on a daily basis. If you are not too squeamish, you will enjoy the preserved body parts, and skeletal formations exhibited here.
Penn Museum: This museum house exhibits from all over the world, but it is Egypt which is the show stopper. The 15-tonne Egyptian Sphinx from the Palace of the Pharaoh Merenptah dates back to 1200 years before Christ and is the most popular exhibit here. Apart from Egypt, you will see Chinese and Greek ancient culture showcased here, apart from South American (Mayan) and African wonders.
The Barnes Foundation: This is not a museum technically, but it is the world’s largest collection of French paintings from both the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras. It has 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses and as many as 46 Picassos. You will also see paintings by other masters like Manet, Van Gogh, Monet, Modigliani, and others.
The above list is by no means exhaustive, and you can also visit the Please Touch Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Franklin Institute.