Mutter & Mercer Museum Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the country. With cultural attractions such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence National Historical Park, Liberty Bell, Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Franklin Institute and Valley Forge Historic Park, Philadelphia is a destination where the past and present unite in unique harmony. See our nation’s most significant historic sites - where our founding fathers signed the US Constitution, the fort that helped win the Revolutionary War, and the bell that rang for victory and freedom. Experience the American Revolution at the Lights of Liberty Show, an amazing sound and light experience at Independence National Historical Park. See the story through beautiful hand painted images projected onto the buildings where the events took place over 230 years ago. Packed with incredible museums, historic landmarks and fascinating cultural treasures, Philadelphia is one of the most historic and dynamic cities in America.
Liberty Bell/Independence National Historic Park.
Located at Independence National Historic Park in Philadelphia, the Liberty Bell is one of the most prominent symbols of the American Revolutionary War. Witness this icon of America’s freedom and liberty at Liberty Bell Center, where the Liberty Bell is displayed with Independence Hall in the background. The Center also offers a video presentation and exhibits about the Liberty Bell’s origins and modern day role as an international symbol of freedom. Walk over to the Liberty Bell’s original home, Independence Hall, where both the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence were signed. Visit www.nps.gov/inde/liberty-bell-center.htm.
National Constitution Center.
Located on Philadelphia’s Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center is the world’s only museum devoted to the US constitution- America’s most revolutionary document - and its relevance to modern American government. Philadelphia’s most interactive museum of history, Constitution Center offers an understanding of how the US Constitution evolved, the men who signed it, and its contemporary relevance in modern times. Visit http://constitutioncenter.org. [Top]
Pearl S. Buck House.
Discover the legacy of the first American woman to receive the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for literature. Learn about author, activist, and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck at the 68-acre estate, with beautiful gardens, greenhouses, cottage, barn, and milk house. A beautiful example of 19th century architecture, the 1825 stone farm house holds a collection of Pennsylvania country furniture, Chinese decorative screens, Chen Chi paintings, a silk wall hanging presented by the Dali Lama of Tibet, and works by artists Redfield and Baum. This site promotes world cultures and humanitarianism. The Buck House hosts community events that advocate tolerance, human rights and multi-cultural understanding, as well as fighting against discrimination and prejudice that can impact the lives of children. Visit www.psbi.org.
The recreated country home of William Penn - America’s foremost Quaker - in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Pennsbury Manor is a peaceful retreat from modern American life. With views of the Delaware River, the original manor was an expression of Penn's love of country life and landscapes. Pennsbury Manor illuminates the spirit of this humanitarian, statesman and diplomat, offering a sense of the grace and charm of Colonial Pennsylvania and Penn's "Holy Experiment” - his dream of religious freedom, ethnic diversity, and equality for all people. Pennsbury Manor fulfilled his vision for a country estate in the new colony. The 43-acre historic site offers tours, exhibits, workshops, and special programs that share the colonial world of Penn. Visit www.pennsburymanor.org [Top]
Valley Forge Historic Park.
With 3,600 acres of rolling hills and trails and beautiful scenery, Valley Forge is a favorite destination for outdoor activities, such as biking, hiking, running, horseback riding, fishing, and boating. This landmark battleground attracts runners, bicyclists, families, nature lovers, picnickers and history buffs. Explore miles of expanse that links the Schuylkill River Trail to the Horse Shoe Trail. Take a guided tour and see monuments, statues, artifacts and buildings that tell the story of how Valley Forge served during the Revolutionary War. Visit http://www.nps.gov/vafo/index.htm.
An early Quaker settlement and the pre-Revolutionary village where William Penn worshipped, Historic Fallsington is home to culturally significant architectural styles representing the 17th through 20th centuries of Bucks County living. Nestled in the countryside just north of Philadelphia, at the falls of the Delaware River, the village has retained its 18th Century character. The 300-year old Village of Fallsington represents an enduring Quaker community and a unique American architectural heritage. Experience the story of Fallsington on a self-guided walking tour and see beautiful and historical architectural styles that have survived, as well as furnishings, material culture, and history. From the Square you can gaze at a vista unchanged for hundreds of years. Visit www.historicfallsington.org.
National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel.
Take a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Saint Katherine Drexel and learn about the life of an extraordinary American woman. This historic shrine is a place of prayer, spirituality and education. Explore the Mission Center, St. Elizabeth Chapel and Shrine, and enjoy beautiful art, furniture, photographs, and artifacts that tell the story of St. Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. The Gift Shop displays works by Native American, African-American, African, and Haitian artists and musicians. Visitors also enjoy programs in spirituality, justice, environmental responsibility, and Eucharistic theology. Eat and reflect at indoor cafe and the open patio. Visit www.katharinedrexel.org [Top]