For every human, there are at least 200 million individual insects crawling, flying, and burrowing on the planet. Several thousand of the world’s six-legged rulers make their home at the Insectarium, a huge interactive museum dedicated to these fascinating arthropods. The three-floor museum includes exhibits ranging from live exotic insects and thriving colonies to movie rooms and a man-made spider web playground. Visitors can meet a 12-inch walking stick insect or watch the light glimmer off a metallic gold beetle. Observe the social structure of a functioning beehive and gain an understanding of the pint-sized politics of pheromones as they catalogue which bees the queen deigns to have tea with. Museum attendees can kick back for hour-long travelling shows, which bring insects from distant lands to interact with kids.
Justin "Jay P." Pross, founder of Art History 101, combines fashion with artwork in his customized T-shirts, outerwear, and accessories for men and women. Each item of apparel is handcrafted in Philadelphia and sold throughout the nation—even capturing the attention of The Game, Method Man, Daddy Yankee, and Soulja Boy, who have worn Jay P.'s work during photo shoots or on MTV.
Though Washington DC has taken Philadelphia's place as the capitol of the United States, it remains a bustling metropolis rich with American history. Independence Walking Tours' guides––all of whom have at least a bachelors degree in history––dredge up past centuries' landmark events and scandals during their 75-minute walking tours. Their narration blends historical facts and local insight, with stops at Betsy Ross House, Walnut Street Prison, and Independence Hall, where teens often go to escape their uncool parents.
Led by friendly and professional guides, Independence Helicopters' skyline tours let regional natives and newbies alike see the historical city from a fresh perspective. After you crawl into the cabin of your luxurious aircraft, you'll fly down the Delaware River and over the Battleship New Jersey before getting up close and personal with the Philadelphia skyline, with a brief stop to rescue Morpheus from the Agents. Tours take place in Robinson R44 Raven II helicopters, each of which is fully equipped with air conditioning, heating, bubbled windows, and the world's biggest beanie cap. Treat two of your oldest buddies to a new view of the city's brotherly love, or avoid the awkward complications of booking two dates on the same night by inviting both of your love interests to a romantic meet-and-greet in the sky.
High on a hill in Bryn Athyn, a vision of old Europe towers over the surrounding greenery. Built as a private residence between 1928 and 1939, the 20th-century castle was constructed in the medieval style, using symbolism that reflects the faith of the community's earliest inhabitants. The building now serves as a museum that houses religious art and relics dating from Babylonian times up to the present. The museum's permanent and temporary exhibits range from a medieval collection of stained glass that spans the years 1100?1300 to an Egyptian collection that includes an ornate granite libation bowl, which Egyptian priests are said to have used to dump Gatorade on their football coach.
For many galleries, art is something that resides behind a velvet rope, separated and unaccessible to its viewers. For the curators of Abington Art Center, it is something to be experienced, enjoyed, and, above all, created oneself. Located on the 27-acre expanse of Alverthorpe Manor, the center hosts classes and workshops for students of all ages and exhibitions of community artists. The outdoor Sculpture Park captures the center's sense of playful creation, inviting sculptors to craft their own temporary installations each year—this also helps erase the temptation to carve a mustache into a nearby town's statue of its mayor. The guest artists are encouraged to have their creations respond to the nature around them, such as massive faces carved from tree trunks. Inside the mansion, one can find galleries of young creators and solo exhibitions by professional artists.