Visitors Guide: Arts, Culture and Entertainment

Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Art Museum.

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Philadelphia Museum of Art 
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Fairmount)
The third largest art museum in the country is home to holdings in Contemporary, East Asian, Impressionist and Modern art. The steps themselves draw crowds.

National Museum of American Jewish History 
101 S. Independence Mall East (Old City)
Hitting on themes like immigration, worship, sports and entertainment, this museum details various aspects of Jewish life through artifacts, photos and special exhibitions.

African American Museum in Philadelphia 
701 Arch St. (Chinatown)
The work and history of African Americans are celebrated through interactive and informative displays.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts 
118-128 N. Broad St. (Avenue of the Arts, North)
The Academy’s collection of 19th and 20th-century American painting sculptures and works on paper compliments the contemporary and student exhibitions housed at the school as well.

Barnes Foundation 
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Fairmount)
Between the core collection of post-impressionist and early modern paintings, African sculpture, Pennsylvania German furniture, ceramics, and metalwork, you've also got big-name exhibitions coming through regularly.

Mütter Museum 
19 S. 22nd St. (Center City)
Dead stuff, bones and Albert Einstein’s brain are on display at this medical history museum.

United States Mint 
151 N. Independence Mall East (Old City)
A far stretch from basically being made by hand in colonial days, actual United States coins are pressed here.  

Penn Museum 
3260 South St. (University City)
Step into an Egyptian Sphinx, see Japanese art throughout the ages, and check out other historical artifacts.

Rodin Museum 
2154 Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Fairmount)
The only place outside of Paris where you’ll see the largest collection of work from Auguste Rodin.

Galleries at Moore 
1916 Race St. (Fairmount)
Exhibitions and programs featuring both student work (the galleries represent the country’s only all-female art and design college) and international art.

Philadelphia History Museum 
15 S. 7th St.  (Old City)
From colonial artifacts to airport technology, this museum is the one-stop-shop for history, photos and objects only relevant in Philadelphia.  

Fabric Workshop and Museum 
1214 Arch St. (Chinatown)
Heavily focused in innovation and art in multiple mediums including sculpture, video, ceramics, prototypes, photography and more.

Rosenbach Museum and Library 
2008 Delancy Pl. (Fairmount)
Rare books, manuscripts, exhibitions based on literature and popular literary figures and other objects from the Rosenbach brothers’ collection.

American Swedish Historical Museum 
1900 Pattison Ave. (South Philadelphia)
The oldest museum in the United States who’s primary focus is perpetuating and preserving the Swedish culture featuring art, furniture and other physical artifacts.

Woodmere Art Museum 
9201 Germantown Ave. (Chestnut Hill)
With collections from pre-1900 to present, female artists, impressionists and more, the museum’s goal is to celebrate the art and artists of Philadelphia.

Institute of Contemporary Art 
118 S. 36th St. (University City)
Heavily focused on shedding light on contemporary burgeoning artists.

Chemical Heritage Foundation 
315 Chestnut St. (Old City)
A more grown-up version of the Franklin Institute, the museum focuses on science and technology and its impact in the modern world.

 

THEATRES & LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

Arden Theater 
400 N. 2nd St. (Old City)
This theatre, located in Old City, has been providing the neighborhood and regional schools with local performances since 1995. 

Theatre Exile 
1340 S. 13th St. (Center City, Gayborhood)
This nonprofit theatre embraces imagination and Philadelphia culture through play performances that they dub “risky and and challenging” to give folks a sense of “true Philadelphia grit and passion.”

Merriam Theatre 
250 S. Broad St. (Avenue of the Arts)
Located next to the Kimmel Center, this elaborate hall hosts touring Broadway performances as well as national comedic & musical acts. Louis C.K., John Mellencamp and Ira Glass have all graced the almost century-old stage.

Suzanne Roberts Theatre 
480 S. Broad St. (Avenue of the Arts)
Founded in 1974, this theater mixes Philadelphia culture with a national point of view to attract a wide range of audiences for all to enjoy. You can catch performances from local acts like Philly’s Koresh Dance Company or Tony Award-winning shows.

Walnut Street Theater 
825 Walnut St. (Center City)
Founded in 1809 Walnut Street Theater is America’s oldest theater and plays shows on three stages: Main Stage, Independence Studio on 3, and Walnut Theater for Kids.

Wilma Theater 
265 S Broad St. 19107 (Avenue of the Arts)
Opening its doors in 1973, the theater was built to embrace the local arts and cultural performances of local productions. See everything from BalletX to Shakespeare plays.

Helium Comedy Club 
2031 Sansom St. (Center City)
Need a laugh? Helium Comedy Club is Philadelphia’s premier spot for local and national comedy shows. Many of the nation’s biggest comedy writers and performers hit the mic on each week. 

Play and Players Theatre 
1714 Delancy St. (Center City)
Originally known as the “The Little Theatre” and then the Delancey Theatre, this is one of the oldest continuously-run theaters in the United States (it was founded in 1911). They’ve got everything from Shakespeare to comedy.