Best of Philly

Best Museum

2017 BEST Weird Museum

American Treasure Tour

A huge—and we do mean huge—collection of old American pop-culture ephemera and memorabilia in a giant factory in the suburbs. Think pre-Facebook—hell, pre-computer—stuff like jukeboxes, store window animations, movie posters, nickelodeons, and a castle made out of 400,000 popsicle sticks. Like we said, weird, but wonderful.

1 American Treasure Way, Oaks, PA | 866-970-8687 | Website

2017 BEST New Museum

Museum of the American Revolution

101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Much to our surprise, the people in charge here figured out a way to make something that happened 250 years ago seem relevant, important, and perfectly worthy of an afternoon inside. Maybe they could give the Constitution Center some pointers. Read more »

2016 BEST Fun for History Nerds

Penn Museum

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Because you probably didn’t know that there’s a 15-ton Egyptian sphinx on South Street. Well, that and one of the most prestigious collections of world-civilization artifacts in the country. Read more »

2014 BEST Free Museum

Fabric Workshop and Museum

1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

Exhibitions here please even the most casual of art lovers, and include pretty much every visual-arts medium you can think of: painting, ceramics, architecture, video, sculpture and installations. Read more »

2014 BEST Quickie Culture

Rodin Museum

2154 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

Auguste Rodin spent 37 years shaping his The Gates of Hell. You can take in that 20-foot masterpiece along with The Thinker, the nude study of Balzac, and Rodin’s other greatest hits in 37 minutes at this pint-size Philly treasure. Read more »

2012 BEST Museum

The Barnes Foundation

2025 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA

Worth the wait. And the fuss. Read more »

2011 BEST Museum You've Never Been To

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA

We expected this place to be just for kids. But if you’re not enthralled when looking up at the awe-inspiring 160-ton Pacific Class K4 steam locomotive, check for a pulse. Read more »

2010 BEST Landmark You Havent Been To

Wharton Esherick Museum

1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA

Sculptor Esherick’s former home is now a please-do-touch-the-art, worth-the-advanced–reservation gem (without the bitter Barnes neighbors), and it displays more than 200 of his works mostly wood furnishings that haven’t been moved since the artist’s death in 1970. $12 for adults; $6 for children. Read more »

2009 BEST Under-the-Radar Museum

University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Since its founding more than 120 years ago, the Penn Museum, as it’s (thankfully) nicknamed, has showcased the results of many of the 400 expeditions by the university’s archaeologists and anthropologists. Highlights include the Chinese art housed in one of the country’s largest unsupported masonry domes the Egyptian art gallery, and the African artifacts, as… Read more »