City Tourist: Explore museums, markets and more

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Reese Amorosi

African American Museum Of Philadelphia 

The African American Museum of Philadelphia was established to not only bring deeper awareness of the African American experience, but also for visitors to build a greater sense of appreciation for it. The museum presents the early life of African Americans, up until present day. It exhibits civil rights events, African American sports, family life, and many more aspects of culture and history. This museum will leave visitors with knowledge of African American culture and history, as well as an appreciation of the African American experience.

701 Arch St., aampmuseum.org

Independence Hall

Walking into Independence Hall is like traveling back in time. Visitors can explore the historic building where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed. When touring, visitors will see the Assembly Room and the actual inkstand used to sign the Declaration of Independence. The original draft of the Constitution is also on display for history buffs to examine in person. Both Philadelphians and visitors will leave with an unforgettable experience at the birthplace of America, as well as an up close and personal look at how these events took place.

520 Chestnut St., nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/independencehall.htm

Philadelphia Museum Of Art

Inside the Philadelphia Museum Of Art, there are collections that reflect Philadelphia’s renowned history and culture, as well as the passion of Philadelphia’s collectors and curators who have been around since the earliest of times. Visitors will witness exceptional collections, from American art, contemporary art, drawings and photographs to costumes and textiles, South Asian art, and much more. Rich with history and artistic beauty, this Philadelphia landmark is a perfect place for both locals and visitors to explore.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, philamuseum.org

Philadelphia Italian Market

Hope you’re hungry. The Philadelphia Italian Market has been satisfying taste buds for more than 100 years. Generations of immigrants have lived and worked at the Philadelphia market, bringing flavors from all around the world to the City of Brotherly Love. The market has a wide variety of options, including Asian eateries and grocery stores, as well as unique gift shops and plenty of delicious food for sale. While walking through the famous market, you will smell spices, coffee beans and fresh seafood, among many other treats. The Italian Market is a great place for families to indulge in different foods, flavors and fun. 

919 S. 9th St., italianmarketphilly.org

Eastern State Penitentiary 

The Eastern State Penitentiary — known as America’s most historic prison — was built in 1829. At one time the most expensive and famous prison, Eastern State Penitentiary is known for its grand architecture. The prison held some of America’s most unforgettable criminals, including Al Capone and “Slick Willie” Sutton. Nowadays, the prison is open to the public, where visitors can tour the eerie hallways and look inside the cell blocks, leaving with a deeper feel of what it was like for prisoners. This tour will certainly open the minds of visitors to think more deeply into the criminal justice system and also guarantees a thrill for history buffs.  

Eastern State Penitentiary.Getty Images

2027 Fairmount Ave., easternstate.org

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