The city of Philadelphia is a treasure trove of history. It was here that the Declaration of Independence was adopted in 1776 and this was also the place where the Constitution was drafted in the year 1787. Today, modern streets and office towers exist alongside the narrow cobblestone paths. The most popular tourist spot in this city is the Independence Historic National Park that includes the Franklin Court, the Liberty Bell, and the Independence Hall.
If you want to see the beautifully restored 18th century buildings, visit this city’s original residential area, the Society Hill, which lies to the south. Home to numerous Federal-style mansions and the Philadelphia Museum of Art as well as the Rodin Museum, the Fairmount Park lies along the Schuylkill River. The museum district which includes the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Franklin Institute of Science Museum, lies just to the south of the Fairmount Park.
Most of the tourists mill about the historic sites but there are other more adventurous things to do on your holiday in Philadelphia. If you love quirky sights, you will enjoy the anatomical theatres, outsider art projects, and the abandoned industrial ruins that this city has to offer. While everyone is busy visiting the more popular historic sights, go and visit some of these peculiar attractions during your holiday in Philadelphia.
If you are a fan of Edgar Allan Poe, there are three houses in the US that you can visit; one is in Baltimore, one is in New York City, and the last one is in Philadelphia. The National Parks Service manages the Poe house and also conducts guided tours. You do not necessarily have to take a guided tour as you can also freely roam through the house on your own. Poe lived in Philly for six years, and according to the Parks Service, they were amongst his happiest. The creepy thing about this house is that each room, for the most part, is completely bare. If you want to know about who in Poe’s household lived in a particular room, check the closet shelves which provides you with the necessary information, photos, and literature. You have an opportunity to catch up on the works by Poe that you might have missed on the first floor library. Why not check out the eerie basement while you are here? Visit this quirky sight on your holiday in Philadelphia to experience a day in Edgar Allan Poe’s house.
The Mutter Museum is not only the quirkiest sight during your holiday in Philadelphia, but probably the most unusual sight that you will ever see. It is regarded as the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities as well as the home to the remains of Einstein’s brain (in the form of 46 microscopic slides, each of them containing slices of Einstein’s brain). Located inside the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, it was first started by a physician in the 1800s in an attempt to preserve medical peculiarities for the future doctors to see and learn from. All this may seem like fascinating stuff if you are in the field of medicine. But if you are just a casual visitor, chances are high that you will either be completely grossed out or be intrigued. Enter a world similar to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, when you visit this museum.
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