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2020 Best Cultural Experience on Your Phone: Philly Virtual Museum Tours

The Barnes Foundation

Philly’s Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and modernist art museum has created a comprehensive digital experience. An active social media feed includes live performances and conversations with artists. A YouTube series features Barnes curators and educators meditating on their favorite pieces. Online classes provide instruction to art lovers of all ages. And the digital collection is searchable by light, color and space, in addition to culture, year, artist, and even gallery room. Read More »

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

2020 Best Cultural Experience on Your Phone: Philly Virtual Museum Tours

National Museum of American Jewish History

Drop by the virtual museum of this Smithsonian affiliate to browse 360-degree images of its exhibits or explore its newly added digital-only exhibitions. Zoom in on particular artifacts, such as Leonard Bernstein’s Steinway piano, a uniform worn by a Jewish nurse in WWII, and carvings from a Philadelphia synagogue’s Torah ark. Read More »

101 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, PA | 215-923-3811 | Website

2020 Best Cultural Experience on Your Phone: Philly Virtual Museum Tours

Brandywine River Museum of Art

“Visitors” can use Brandywine’s audio guide platform to pretend they’re actually standing inside the museum. Pins point to where in the repurposed Chadds Ford mill various galleries and artworks are located, and users can click through to see images and hear a guide discuss the Brandywine Conservancy’s American art collection. Read More »

1 Hoffman's Mill Road, Chadds Ford, PA | 610-388-2700 | Website

2019 Best Affordable Museum

Bucks County Children’s Museum

A smaller Please Touch, with a way smaller ticket price. Read More »

500 Union Square Drive, New Hope, PA | 215-693-1290 | Website

2019 Best Hidden-Gem Museum

The Colored Girls Museum

Contact the museum to set up a time, then let the guide wind you through the three-story Germantown home, where an intimate collection of art, literature, scents and sounds will open your eyes to something often overlooked or altogether erased: the everyday experiences of black and brown girls. Read More »

4613 Newhall Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-251-1653 | Website

2018 Best Reason to Spend Your Next Friday Night at a Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Each Friday, the city’s buttoned-up institution lets loose with extended hours (it’s open till 8:45 p.m.), cocktails, tapas, live music, and access to the galleries. Go, so that you don’t feel as guilty about spending the rest of the weekend binge-watching Netflix on your couch. Read More »

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA | 215-763-8100 | Website

2017 Best New Museum

Museum of the American Revolution

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 »

101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-253-6731 | Website

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. Read More »

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

2016 Best Fun for History Nerds

Penn Museum

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 »

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-898-4000 | Website

2014 Best Quickie Culture

Rodin Museum

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 »

2154 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA | 215-763-8100 | Website

2014 Best Free Museum

Fabric Workshop and Museum

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 »

1214 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-561-8888 | Website

2012 Best Museum

The Barnes Foundation

Worth the wait. And the fuss. Read More »

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

2011 Best Museum You've Never Been To

Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania

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 »

300 Gap Road, Strasburg, PA | 717-687-8628 | Website

2010 Best Landmark You Havent Been To

Wharton Esherick Museum

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 »

1520 Horseshoe Trail, Malvern, PA | 610-644-5822 | Website

2009 Best Under-the-Radar Museum

University of Pennsylvania’s Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

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 well as the temporary exhibits throughout the year. Read More »

3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-898-4000 | Website