Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Capture America through the lens of history

Want a break from the hustle and bustle to see USA at its origin? Walk down the path of history with 10 unique attractions from Philadelphia - Where history meets innovation and culture!

1. National Constitution Centre- Visit the only museum in the U.S.dedicated to the constitution. The National Constitution Center dramatically tells the story of the Constitution from Revolutionary times to the present through more than 100 interactive, multimedia exhibits, film, photographs, text, and artifacts. The museum also features a powerful, award-winning theatrical performance, Freedom Rising. 

2. National Liberty Museum- Just when you thought you knew everything about Philadelphia, it turns out The City of Brotherly Love has a secret. It’s the National Liberty Museum, an elegant, unassuming establishment in the heart of the old city. You enter the museum out of curiosity, you leave transformed by what amounts to a first-hand encounter with the most powerful moments in the story of freedom. Rewarding experiences and unique shopping in The Museum Store await just beyond the museum’s threshold. 

3. Adventure Aquarium- There are always more NEW things to see and do at Adventure Aquarium on the Camden, NJ Waterfront. It continues to offer new opportunities for families to explore, discover and play. 
Check out the all new KidZone, an enchanting playground “under the sea,” and experience seven different touch exhibits to get up close and personal with sharks, stingrays and more. Adventure Aquarium is the only aquarium in the world where you can see hippos nose-to-nose, and the only aquarium in the country with Great Hammerhead Sharks – among the largest and rarest of sharks! 

4. Liberty Bell Centre- Visitors are able to see an exhibit about the Liberty Bell, focusing on its origins and its modern day role as an international icon of freedom. The exhibit illuminates the Bell’s storied past, focusing on both liberty attained and on liberty not yet realized. There are special rooms for foreign language visitors to hear tapes in a dozen languages, and a new film on the Liberty Bell produced for the National Park Service by the History Channel. 

5. The Barnes Foundation- The Barnes houses the world’s largest collection of Impressionist, Post Impressionist and early modern paintings and African sculptures collected by Dr. Albert Barnes. Originally established in 1922, the museum opened its new location on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in May 2012 It houses one of the finest private collections of early French-Modern and post-impressionist paintings in the world. The collection also includes pieces of antique furniture, pottery, and African sculpture. 

6. Elfreth’s Alley- This is the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the U.S. and a National Historic Landmark. This streetscape of 33 Colonial and Federal-style homes was once occupied by artisans, including blacksmith Jeremiah Elfreth. Two homes are open to the public for guided tours showcasing the alley's 300-year history and 18th-century life. 

7. Washington Square- Washington Square, originally designated in 1682, is an open-space park and one of the five original planned squares laid out on the city grid by William Penn's surveyor, Thomas Holme. It includes a monument to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier and Philadelphia's only Moon Tree, grown from seeds carried to the moon by Apollo 14. 

8. Independence Hall- Independence Hall was the birthplace of our nation. This historic site was originally built as the Pennsylvania State House, and it is where the Declaration of Independence was first adopted and where the U.S. Constitution was written. 

9. The Mutter Museum- The College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum is one of the most unique and interesting museums in the country, featuring collections of medical oddities, wax models, antique medical equipment, anatomical and pathological specimens, and more. 

10.Philadelphia Museum of Art- Experience 2,000 years of artistic expression in one extraordinary place. With an outstanding line-up of concerts, lectures, family programs, and more, the Museum is always a place for discovery and adventure. 

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