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Museums and attractions now open in Philadelphia

Magic Gardens; Photo Credit: Kyle Huff for PHLCVB

Philadelphia, America’s birthplace, is an immersive experience as a city. Everything ranging from exploring the nation’s history with the Historic Mile, top-notch art and science museums, being the Mural Capital of the World, having the first Zoo in the USA to having the largest density of gardens in its outskirts of the city, there are more fascinating aspects of the city than you can imagine.

The city is also working together as the world moves forward to face a new normal with the reopening of some renowned museums and attractions in the region:

Mutter Museum – Open now
Home to a collection of over 25,000 medical specimens and instruments, the Mutter Museum is once again welcoming visitors with a reduced capacity. The museum’s current special exhibit, Infection Through the Ages, examines how diseases move from person to person and the impact the environment has on spreading them

Independence Seaport Museum – Open now (weekends only)
People can engage with and learn more about the waterways throughout the Philadelphia region at the Independence Seaport Museum. Also open is the historic Cruiser Olympia as well as several water-based activities, such as Boatin’ on the Basin and Kayak Excursions along the Delaware River.

Mural Arts Walking Tours – Available to book now
Experience firsthand how art ignites change: explore the world’s largest outdoor art gallery and get to know Philadelphia’s stunning mural collection on an exciting guided tour! Weave through diverse neighborhoods on foot, and get inspired by the incredible public art that makes Philadelphia the mural capital of the world.

Philly Tour Hub: History in HD Walking Tours – Available to book now
Explore the most historic neighborhood in Philadelphia! And view the most iconic historical sights of Independence National Park, admire the beautiful architecture of America’s first governmental buildings, and absorb the rich historical significance of landmarks like the Betsy Ross House.

Philly By Segway Tours – Available to book now
Philly by Segway offers Philadelphia visitors an unparalleled way to see the City of Brotherly Love! Allowing travelers to cover Philly easily, while still connecting with the city on a local level, Segways are a fantastic tour option whether you’re a first-time visitor or a life-long resident. Get ready to have an unforgettable experience seeing iconic sights, hearing stories from your local guide, and making incredible memories!

Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum – Open now
Home to what is considered the number one car collection in the world by the National Headquarters of the Automobile Club of France, the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is once again welcoming visitors to explore its over 75 historically significant vehicles, including makes from Ferrari, Bugatti, Porsche, Ford, Alfa Romeo, and others.

Barnes Foundation – Open now
One of the gems of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and home to one of the most impressive collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and Early Modernist Paintings, the Barnes Foundation is once again welcoming visitors with new safety guidelines in place.

Penn Museum – Open now
Home to over 10,000 square feet of recently reimagined galleries and the largest sphinx in the Western Hemisphere, the Penn Museum has officially reopened to the public with new health and safety guidelines in place including one-way routes through the galleries, face mask requirements, and more.

Academy of Natural Sciences – Open now
Founded in 1812, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University is a leading natural history museum dedicated to advancing research, education, and public engagement in biodiversity and environmental science. Visitors to the Academy have the opportunity to get face-to-face with towering dinosaurs, meet live animals, and explore a tropical garden filled with live butterflies.

Philly Tour Hub: Italian Market Immersion Walking Tour – Open now
Hit the country’s oldest and largest everyday open-air market for some authentic, Philly foodie action. Sample a few nibbles, then fill your shopping bag with cheeses, chocolates, deli items, and baked goods, and connect with the merchants and personalities that have shaped the character of this street for generations.

National Constitution Center – Open now
The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia brings together people of all ages and perspectives, across America and around the world, to learn about, debate, and celebrate the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. A private, nonprofit organization, the Center serves as America’s leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling its congressional charter ‘to disseminate information about the U.S. Constitution on a nonpartisan basis.’

Fashion District Philadelphia – Open now

Spanning three city blocks in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, Fashion District Philadelphia is an immersive, metropolitan shopping experience that combines style, dining, entertainment and arts.

Morris Arboretum – Open now (outdoors only)
Connected to the nearby University of Pennsylvania, the Arboretum serves as an interdisciplinary center that integrates art, science and the humanities. Thousands of rare and lovely wooded plants, including many of Philadelphia’s oldest, rarest and most magnificent trees, grow here.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden – Open now

Shofuso is a traditional 17th century-style Japanese house and garden located in Philadelphia’s West Fairmount Park on the site of the Centennial Exposition of 1876.

Longwood Gardens – Open now (indoors and outdoors)

Longwood Gardens; Photo Credit: Kyle Huff for PHLCVB

Located in Chester County, PA, about an hour outside of Philadelphia, Longwood Gardens boasts 11,000 varieties of plants spread out across more than 1,000 acres of gardens, meadows, woodlands and elaborate horticultural displays.

Franklin Square – Open now
One of Philadelphia’s five original squares, Franklin Square is Center City’s favorite playtime oasis with fun for all! Centered around its beautiful, 100-year-old fountain, Franklin Square features the Parx Liberty Carousel, the one-of-a-kind Philly Mini Golf course, and the renowned SquareBurger.

Franklin Institute – Open now
Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of America’s most celebrated museums—a renowned leader in science and technology.

One Liberty Observation Deck – Open now
One Liberty Observation Deck, which opened in November 2015, provides Philadelphia with panoramic bird’s-eye views of the city from the 57th floor of One Liberty Place in downtown Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Zoo – Open now
One of the best laid-out and most animal-packed zoos in the country, the Philadelphia Zoo is set among a charming 42-acre Victorian garden with tree-lined walks, formal shrubbery and animal sculptures. The zoo has garnered many ‘firsts’ in addition to being the first zoo charted in the United States (1859).

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – Open now

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens; Photo Credit: Kyle Huff for PHLCVB

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals.

Spruce Street Harbor Park – Open now

Spruce Street Harbor Park; Photo Credit: Matt Stanley

Lauded as one of the best urban beaches in America, Spruce Street Harbor Park offers visitors the chance to lounge on colorful hammocks, enjoy Philly-inspired eats on floating barges, cool off with craft brews in the beer garden and play games – bocce, shuffleboard and more – along a waterfront boardwalk.

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest – Open now

Blue Cross RiverRink; Photo Credit: K Huff for PHLCVB

The area that houses winter’s Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest transforms into Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest, a warm-weather edition with a roller rink, a boathouse-styled lodge, a play area for kids, carnival-style fun, food and drink options and events throughout the season.

Cherry Street Pier – Open now

Cherry Street Pier Garden; Photo Credit: Maria Young

Cherry Street Pier is a year-round, mixed-use public space on the central Delaware River waterfront. Built into the shell of a century-old municipal pier, it is a reflection of Philadelphia today—creative, diverse, historic, adaptable, and inspired.