In an increasingly hyper-interactive world, the very notion of a museum seems rather quaint: the hushed environment, the quiet contemplation of artifacts and art, the idea of spending two or three hours not touching your smart phone.
But as it turns out, today’s museums are often a far cry from the dust-covered repositories of the ancient and discarded that so many of us recall from those grade-school class trips. Philadelphia and its environs now boast a wonderful palette of museums, historic houses, and simply downright odd collections brimming not only with relics of the past, but in many cases cutting-edge interactive exhibits, live performances, cool classes for kids and adults, even the occasional soiree with a nice glass of pinot.
Put down your phone, get off your couch, and go see something. Because when it comes to the cool, the offbeat, the breathtaking and the illuminating, it turns out our museums are something to see.