When planning a trip to Philadelphia and considering a museum, the most popular choices are Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Science, and of course, Philadelphia Museum of Art (Thank you, Rocky, for running up those steps).
The above mentioned are fabulous places to visit, but Philadelphia has several equally awesome venues that travelers should consider adding to their list. If you decide to visit, please check websites or call ahead as hours of operation may vary depending on the time of the year.
Fireman's Hall Museum of Philadelphia
Located in Philadelphia's Olde City, visit and learn the history of Philadelphia's Fire Department, originally a volunteer organization when founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1736. The musuem is proud to display fire-fighting equipment, antique uniforms, and photographs. There are also talks on fire safety. FMI, http://firemanshall.com/index.html
Rosenbach Museum and Library
Tucked away on a small street in the Rittenhouse Square area, this museum holds thousands of pieces of rare literature and fine art. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, but am embarrassed to say I didn't visit the Rosenbach until recently to see "Down the Rabbit Hole: Celebrating 150 Years of Alice in Wonderland." FMI, https://www.rosenbach.org
Elfreth's Alley Museum
With 32 houses standing, Elfreth's Alley in the Olde City district, is our nation's oldest residential street. Built in the 1700s, most of the original residents were artists and craftsmen. These homes remain private residences with the museum house located midway on the block. A visit to the museum will give you a sampling of the early residents' daily lives. Two of my favorite annual social events are the Alley's "Fete Day" in June, and "Deck the Alley" in December. FMI, http://www.elfrethsalley.org/
Do you have any hidden treasures in the city where you live? Please share.
Have a great week, Everyone!
(LOVE statue photo c/o facebook.com/visitphilly; Fireman's Hall photo c/o facebook.com/firemanshall; Rosenbach Museum photo c/o facebook.com/rosenbachmuseum; Elfreth's Alley photo c/o facebook.com/elfrethsalleymusuem)