Philadelphia is one of the oldest and most historic cities in the country. 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 Park. 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 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 about the Liberty Bell's origins and 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.
Located on Philadelphia's Independence Mall just moments from the Wyndham Philadelphia Bucks County, 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 Constitution evolved, the men who signed it, and its relevance in modern times.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. Experience the story of Fallsington on a self-guided walking tour and see some of the beautiful and historical architectural styles that have survived through the years.
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 and education. Explore the Mission Center, St. Elizabeth Chapel and Shrine, and enjoy beautiful art, furniture, 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, and environmental responsibility.
One of the largest museums in the country, the historic Philadelphia Museum of Art houses a renowned collection of world art, acclaimed special exhibitions, and programs that enrich and enlighten our lives. With 225,000 works of art from around the world, spanning 2,000 years, the Philadelphia Museum of Art exhibits one of the nation's largest and most impressive collections of masterpieces from legends and iconic artists such as Picasso, Dali, Matisse and Van Gogh.
Honoring Benjamin Franklin, Franklin Institute is an exciting science museum in Philadelphia, and one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the nation. Franklin Institute's Science Center, The Franklin Center, and The Center for Innovation in Science Learning feature exhibits, activities, programs and events that help us learn about science. The Franklin Institute also houses Fels Planetarium, Benjamin Franklin National Memorial and the Tuttleman IMAX Theater, featuring amazing films.
Named for Doylestown's famous son, James A. Michener Art Museum preserves the art and cultural heritage of Bucks County. Presenting changing exhibitions from around the country, the Museum displays a wonderful collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. The Doylestown museum includes five permanent and three changing galleries, and an outdoor sculpture garden. Celebrating generations of regional artists, the museum features the permanent exhibit 'The Artists Among Us,'an interactive wall mosaic of New Hope artists and images.
One of Bucks County's significant historic attractions, Mercer Museum presents an extensive collection of objects representing everyday life in pre-Industrial America. The Museum's collection exhibits 40,000 objects, tools and artifacts of 60 American crafts and trades, including woodworking, metalworking, agriculture, advertising, furnishings and folk art. Located in Doylestown just moments from the hotel, the museum features a fire engine suspended from the balcony, a gallows, and a variety of programs, events, exhibits and self-guided tours.
Modeled after a 13th-century Rhenish castle, Fonthill Museum is a beautiful stone mansion with turrets and balconies designed by Henry Chapman Mercer without blueprints. The Bucks County castle is a unique mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles, and is a significant example of poured reinforced concrete. The mansion has Gothic doorways, 44 rooms of various shapes, 32 stairways, dead ends, and ceilings and walls embedded with handcrafted tiles from Mercer's kilns and ancient tiles from around the world. The historic museum offers exhibits, events and tours.
Founded to educate future doctors about anatomy and human medical anomalies, Mütter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia offers incredible sights that educate and entertain. The gallery houses a collection of medical pathology and monstrosities that summon our curiosity and raise awareness about the human form. The Museum's collection feature 20,000 objects, including fluid-preserved anatomical and pathological specimens, medical instruments, anatomical and pathological models, memorabilia of famous scientists and physicians, medical illustrations and portraits.
Celebrating 30 years, the Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall, Fairmont Park is the most popular children's museum in Philadelphia. This hands-on museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of children through learning opportunities and playful experiences. Please Touch features six interactive exhibit zones - Roadside Attractions, Flight Fantasy, City Capers, Wonderland, River Adventures, and Centennial Exploration - as well as fun daily activities and theater performances. For little visitors, there are toddler areas throughout the museum.