Sunday, April 24, 2016

Philly's Hidden Treasures/Part Two



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)


10 comments:

  1. Another great museum is the Rodin, a short walk from the Museum of Art.

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  2. Yes! The Rodin has a great spot on the Parkway. Kids get a kick out of the statue of "The Thinker" sitting outside the museum. Thanks, Lois, for visiting.

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  3. Elfreth's Alley is so quaint. Can you imagine living back then. I am loving these posts!!

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    1. Elfreth's Alley is an adorable, charming street. At Christmas, it's so beautifully decorated, I feel like I stepped into "A Christmas Carol." Thanks for visiting, and commenting, Kim!

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  4. Hi, Angela! all of those places intrigue me. I've never been to Philadelphia and really need to visit. When's the best time of year?

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    1. Visiting often depends on what you're planning to do. For example, lots of people visit around January 1st for the Mummers Parade. My favorite times are Spring and Fall. Thanks for stopping by, Vicki!

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  5. You're providing a wonderful service for your hometown. Excellent information.

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  6. AH!!! I really want to go to Philly now!!! The Fireman's Hall looks amazing!!! What time of the years, do you think, is the best to visit Philly?

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    1. My favorite seasons in Philly are Spring and Fall. Thanks, Red, for visiting.

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