The Best Offbeat Museums in Philadelphia
The Franklin Institute
Some of it is looking a tad tired, if we’re being honest, but still a thrill show for your little science geek.
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Visit The Franklin Institute: 222 North 20th Street, 215-448-1200.
If Gomez and Morticia had a museum, it would be this one.
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Visit the Mütter Museum: 19 South 22nd Street, 215-563-3737.
Academy of Natural Sciences
Dinosaur heaven, including a Fossil Prep Lab where you can actually see the cleaning and prepping of recent archeological finds.
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Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-299-1000.
Wagner Free Institute of Science
Tucked away in North Philly, the oldest free institution of science in the country (dating back to 1865) is simply spectacular. Go.
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Visit the Wagner Free Institute of Science: 1700 West Montgomery Avenue, 215-763-6529.
Independence Seaport Museum
If it happened on the Delaware it’s highlighted here, from shipwrecks to dredging. (Yes, dredging.) Cool boatbuilding shop.
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Visit the Independence Seaport Museum: Penn's Landing on the Delaware River, 211 South Columbus Boulevard & Walnut Street, 215-413-8655.
SEPTA Transit Museum
Model trains, hilarious old ads, and a vintage 1947 trolley you’ll have a hard time getting your kids out of. Bonus: cool gift shop.
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Visit the SEPTA Transit Museum: 1234 Market Street, 215-580-7168.
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
Forgive the odd locale (in the swamplands near the Airport) and ogle perhaps the most amazing collection of vintage wheels anywhere in the region.
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Visit the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum: 6825-31 Norwitch Drive, 215-365-7233.
Please Touch Museum
Reborn since its move to Fairmount Park in 2008, it’ll keep your kids occupied (and you in a state of bliss that they’re occupied) for hours.
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Visit the Please Touch Museum: 4231 Avenue of the Republic, 215-581-3181.
Fireman's Hall Museum
A combo of seriousness (fire safety lectures for kids, etc.) and fun (your kid gets to dress up in actual fire gear), it’s also home to the oldest fire steam engine in the country.
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Visit the Fireman's Hall Museum: 147 North 2nd Street, 215-932-1438.
The Fabric Workshop and Museum
Whimsical and unique, for those with a Project Runway obsession.
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Visit theThe Fabric Workshop and Museum: 1214 Arch Street, 215-561-8888.
It’s a bit outdated in places, but if you’re a devotee of dem golden slippers every New Year’s Day, the plumes, rhinestones and sheer over-the-topness won’t disappoint.
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Visit the Mummers Museum: 1100 South 2nd Street, 215-336-3050.