Best of Philly

Best Overlooked Museum

2016 BEST Hidden Gem Museum

The Wagner Free Institute of Science

A stone’s throw from Temple’s main campus, this 19th-century museum is often overlooked for seemingly mightier institutions (i.e., the Barnes), but its awe-inspiring architecture and vast array of fossils, taxidermies and skeletons, plus a particularly heebie-jeebies-inducing bug collection, make it worth a visit. Did we mention it’s free?

1700 West Montgomery Avenue, Philadelphia, PA | 215-763-6529 | Website


2015 BEST Overlooked Museum

Woodmere Art Museum

9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

What ties together the seemingly random collection of contemporary and historic paintings, sculptures, photographs and prints here? They’re all by artists from the Philadelphia region. The setting — the Victorian mansion of the museum’s founder, oil baron, politician and art collector Charles Knox Smith — makes Woodmere like Philly’s own version of the Frick. Read more »