Explore Philadelphia

Betsy Ross House

The Colonial-style historic home of America’s famous flag maker features period furnishings and Betsy Ross’ own personal belongings, plus an upholstery shop and special exhibitions. $4-$8. Daily 10 am-5 pm (March 1-Nov. 30); Tu-Su 10 am-5 pm (Dec. 1-Feb. 29).

Liberty Bell Center

The 2,080-pound bell with its famous crack rang on July 8, 1776, to announce the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. These days, the world’s most famous bell is preserved here across from Independence Hall. Free. Daily 9 am-5 pm.

Independence Hall

Built for the Pennsylvania legislature, Independence Hall became famous as the “Birthplace of the United States” after the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the U.S. Constitution was drafted here. Free, timed tickets available at the Independence Visitor Center (Sixth and Market streets). Daily 9 am-5 pm.

The Franklin Institute

The city’s celebrated, family-friendly science museum explores the history and future of science through hands-on exhibits such as "Your Brain," "Changing Earth," "Electricity" and even a walk-through "Giant Heart." Immersive special exhibitions often sell out. $23, children (ages 3-11) $19 (special exhibitions more).

Museum of the American Revolution

There is no doubt that Philadelphia tells a compelling story about the birth of a new nation, and this museum delves into it. Inside a $125 million Robert A.M. Stern-designed building, a comprehensive experience “follows the journey of America’s founders,” says R. Scott Stephenson, the museum’s top curator.