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Arts & Museums
It's just not New Year's Day in Philadelphia without a Mummer's parade. Most noted for their incredibly elaborate and eye-popping costumes, outfits typically resemble a Japanese Samurai crossed with a peacock covered with diamonds and rubies. The music is a wild mix of banjos, horns, drums and wind instruments, playing arrangements of old and contemporary songs. Mummers Museum chronicles and displays the parade over the years, including many of the grandiose, ostentatious, completely outrageous costumes and masks. Open tuesday to saturday 9:30am onwards.
The American Swedish Historical Museum preserves and promotes the contributions of Swedes and Swedish-Americans in the United States. The museum has 12 permanent galleries, changing exhibition gallery, and a library, all outstanding examples of twentieth-century Swedish interior design.
The names etched in this black marble monument call up the stories of these soldier's ultimate sacrifice. Inspired by her big sister in Washington, D.C., the Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial honors the memory of the 645 local residents who fell in the Vietnam War. Engraved scenes of the war, depicting acts of heroism, bravery and rescue along with vignettes highlighting the suffering of war, make silent and sobering testimony to the lists of fallen local heroes.
Mario Lanza was a Philadelphia-born tenor who was popular in Hollywood and New York during the 1950s, a sort of operatic "Rocky" in the sense of being a local hero. The museum features a life-size bust of the singer, as well as posters, paintings, gold records, photos, newspaper clippings and telegrams that document Lanza's rise to fame. Vintage films are shown daily.
The Memorial, founded by art-loving millionaire Samuel Fleisher in 1898, offers classes, exhibitions, workshops, residencies and performances and everyone is invited "to come and learn art" for free. More than 100,000 adults and children have participated in Fleisher's special programs. The gallery shows change monthly. Fleisher Art Memorial is the oldest tuition-free visual arts school in America. The Fleisher Art Memorial is supported in part by income from a testamentary trust established by Fleisher's will.
Philadelphia has been an important seaport town since the 1600s. The Seaport Museum traces this history through exhibits, demonstrations, and several ships on display, including a World War II submarine and the USS Olympia, Admiral Dewey's flagship in the Spanish-American War. The auditorium at the museum is also used for chamber music concerts.
This 1786 colonial era townhouse, built by Henry Hill, was once the dwelling of American medical pioneer Dr. Philip Syng Physick. The 'Father of American Surgery' lived here from 1815-1837. A collection of 18th and early 19th-Century furniture, silver and porcelain grants visitors insight into how members of the Philadelphia elite lived through a turbulent time in U.S. History. Guided tours are available on the hour during operating hours.
Since General Tadeusz Kosciuszko arrived to fight alongside George Washington in the American Revolution, the connection between Poland and the Unites States has been a strong one. Paintings and photographs commemorate the accomplishments and pride of the Polish people at this Old City locale, two blocks from Independence Hall. Guided tours are conducted daily. Special events, such as demonstrations highlighting arts, crafts, and cuisine indigenous to Poland, are held at the center and a gift shop is on the premises. Free admission, however memberships are also available.
William White became the first consecrated bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of America during the American Revolutionary War. He was the rector of the historic Christ and St. Peter's Churches—a very public and important position for the era. White then went on to become the Bishop of the Protestant Episcopal Church of Pennsylvania. The Bishop was a beloved Philadelphia figure, in large part due to his charitable church work. His Federal style home was built in 1787 and stands today in Independence Park at the nexus of Old City Philadelphia. Around 150 books from the bishop's personal library are on display along with his original bed and personal affects. George Washington dined here in November of 1798. The home was White's abode until his death in 1811.
Guild halls were as important in the young America as they had been in Europe. Carpenter's Hall stands as a tribute to the hands that built America. This historic locale is appropriately situated amongst the many other historical sites in the area, since none of them would be there if it were not for the tradition of American workmanship. It's a simple, well-made structure. Books and souvenirs relating to American history and architecture are stocked as well as postcards and related children's playthings.
The Contributionship, founded in 1752, was another innovation of inventor and statesman Ben Franklin. It was Philadelphia's oldest fire insurance company and fifth in the nation. Usually, if there was a fire in an uninsured house, the Contributionship would put out the fire and charge the victim after the fact. There are original fire marks, firemen's hats, miniature engines, lanterns and other tools of the trade are part of the first floor exhibits. The second floor is an elegant dining hall, lit by crystal chandeliers, where company functions and meetings were conducted. The museum and the second floor board rooms are open by appointment only.
See the humble surroundings that gave rise to one of the most famous First Ladies in US history. Other than being known as the only First Lady to be burned out of the White House in 1814, Dolly Madison became legendary for her reputation as a magnificent diplomatic hostess and decorator. His modest, circa 1775 colonial home was once the home of Dolley Payne Todd, who acquired greater fame as First Lady Dolley Madison. Tickets are required but are free from the Visitor's Center.