Benjamin Franklin's passion for science and technology set the foundation for The Franklin Institute. This premier museum features interactive exhibits to fascinate everyone from children to world-famous scientists. Explore this incredible facility and enjoy its exhibits, activities, and shows.
Fels Planetarium was constructed in 1933 and today features state-of-the-art technology, including a unique Digistar projection system. Explore the vastness of outerspace during one of the many amazing shows under this enormous dome.
Ever considered riding a bike on a cable wire? Sky Bike is an amazing biking experiment where riders can wheel across a wire strung 28-feet in the air. The bicycle is weighted down to prevent it from falling. See how it works!
Become a star athlete at The Sports Challenge exhibit! Use virtual reality to transport yourself to a new environment and see if you can meet the physical challenge presented. As you enjoy this fun exhibit, you'll learn about the physics and physiology behind sports actions.
Take an outdoor walking tour through Philadelphia's most historically significant sites like The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Betsy Ross House, and Christ Church. This 1.25 mile journey is led by an articulate and knowledgeable guide.
See Along The Way:
The Liberty Bell is inscribed with the passage from Leviticus 25:10, "Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof."
Get a look at actual objects owned by Betsy Ross at the Betsy Ross House, including her walnut chest-on-chest, her eyeglasses, and her quilted petticoat!
See the only U.S. Post Office that does not fly an American Flag at Franklin Court. Franklin Court pays tribute to some of the great contributions that Benjamin Franklin made to Philadelphia, including the establishment of the post office. When this post office was built in 1775, there was no American Flag to fly.
Eastern State Penitentiary
Eastern State Penitentiary held some of the most notorious criminals for almost 150 years. Tour the grounds and see where Al Capone lived for eight months and where "Slick" Willie spent 11 years. Take a guided tour through the crumbling halls and explore the dark past of this historic prison.
Did You Know?
The Hollywood movie, 12 Monkeys, was filmed at Eastern State Penitentiary and starred Brad Pitt and Bruce Willis. The first official inmate at Eastern State Penitentiary was arrested for burglary. He was sentenced to two years at the prison.
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is an interactive museum dedicated solely to the United States Constitution. With more than 100 multimedia exhibits and artifacts, this museum celebrates the history of the Constitution and applies its relevance to the world today.
The Constitutional Convention of 1787 was held in Philadelphia and lasted four months. During this time, delegates from several states gathered to discuss and debate the terms of the Constitution six days per week, with the exception of one 10-day break.
Benjamin Franklin was in poor health at the time of the signing. He needed special assistance to put his signature on the Constitution.
Philadelphia Phillies Game
Cheer the Philadelphia Phillies to victory at Citizen's Bank Park. Enjoy the thrill of a baseball game as you enjoy the beautiful city skyline above center field.
Know Before You Go:
The Philadelphia Phillies are the oldest professional sports team to maintain one name in one city. The team was founded in 1883.
The Phillies captured the World Series Championship title two times: once in 1980 against Kansas City, and again in 2008 against Tampa Bay.
The Baseball Hall of Fame includes 11 players from the Philadelphia Phillies.