Best Museum

The Barnes Foundation

Worth the wait. And the fuss.

2025 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA | 215-278-7000 | Website


2011 WINNER, 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 WINNER, 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 WINNER, 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 »