The Convention district is home to amazing outdoor art installations, including Claes Oldenburg’s Paint Torch, as well as indoor installations at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the first art museum and school of fine arts in the country, showcasing a vast collection of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures.
A cool modern art exhibition space, The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s unique artist-in-residence program has resulted in an archive of one-of-a kind collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Kara Walker.
The African American Museum in Philadelphia boasts an impressive collection of art and artifacts. Don’t miss the exhibit Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776-1876, featuring a narrated, interactive timeline spanning 100 years, video projections of trailblazers from 18th-century Philadelphia and a children’s corner of hands-on activities.
Snap a selfie in front of Robert Indiana’s famous LOVE statue in Love Park, then head over to the majestic Masonic Library and Museum of Pennsylvania, which offers a vast collection of artwork, artifacts and texts pertaining to the founding fathers and freemasonry. The impressive exterior is rivaled only by the ornate details and intricate architecture inside this imposing building.
Head to Dilworth Park, an urban oasis just outside Philadelphia’s City Hall, with a lush lawn, café and dancing fountains that transforms into an ice-skating rink in winter. For 360-degree views of Philadelphia, visit the observation deck at the base of the William Penn statue that sits atop the building, after a tour of City Hall.
Delve further into the city’s architectural history and heritage with a Center for Architecture and Design expert-led walking tour. After, stop at Macy’s, located in the landmark Wanamaker building, for some retail therapy. In addition to great shopping, this architectural gem is known for its impressive Grand Court, bronze bald eagle statue and restored 1904 organ (one of the largest in the world).
Sample the best in local and global flavors at the Reading Terminal Market. Housed under a converted train station (the Reading Railway of Monopoly fame), this historic building brings local farmers and international food vendors together under one enormous roof. America’s original farmer’s market is home to Tommy DiNic’s Roast Pork Sandwich, which was voted the best in America by the Travel Channel’s Adam Richman.
At award-winning Osteria, refined Italian dishes and fine wines are served in a modern industrial setting with an open kitchen.
Philadelphia’s Chinatown is one of the largest in America. Snap a photo under the Friendship Gate, America’s first authentic gate, with bright carvings and red and gold accents – a gift from Philadelphia’s sister city, Tianjin, China. Chinatown offers delicacies from all across Asia. If you’re traveling with a large group, visit Sang Kee Peking Duck House, a Chinatown landmark that serves delicious duck and other delights. For an Asian spin on pub fare, Bar-Ly features an impressive selection of craft beers.
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