Museums in Willow Grove

The Franklin Institute – Up to 46% Off

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute

$18.50 $10

(969)

Explore interactive exhibits that uncover the secrets of the brain, history's greatest inventions, and the biology and physics of the circus

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)– Up to 53% Off

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Avenue of the Arts North

$30 $15

(149)

Two buildings showcase artwork from throughout America's history, including a famous portrait of George Washington

Up to 46% Off Guided Tour of Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion

Germantown

$14 $8

Guides lead groups through 17-room restored Victorian mansion

Insectarium – Up to 47% Off Visit or Birthday

Insectarium

Holmesburg

$18 $11

(24)

Encounter some of nature’s smallest creatures at an insect museum full of mounted and live specimens; birthday parties include a guided tour

Up to 46% Off Admission to National Liberty Museum

National Liberty Museum

Center City East

$14 $8

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Museum celebrates American freedom with a collection of glass artworks, paintings, and sculptures

Up to 45% Off at Philadelphia History Museum

Philadelphia History Museum

Center City East

$20 $12

Opened in 1941, the museum showcases more than 100,000 artifacts, including George Washington's writing desk and Joe Frazier's boxing gloves

African American Museum in Philadelphia – Half Off

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Center City East

$56 $28

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Museum dedicated to the preservation of African American heritage through exhibits, cultural programs, and historical artifacts

Battleship New Jersey – Up to 51% Off Visit

Battleship New Jersey

Central Waterfront

$37 $18

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Visit a nearly 900 ft. long, 45,000-ton battleship that survived three wars

Up to 60% Off at Roebling Museum

Roebling Museum

Roebling

$30 $12

Marvel at preserved industrial artifacts such as photographs, wire ropes, and machine parts, as well as everyday life in the company town

Up to 53% Off Admission to Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation

Newtown Square

$16 $9

The 112 acres of farmland present a living history of the 1700s via a farmhouse, blacksmith, and animals including cows, sheep, and horses

New Jersey State Museum and Planetarium – Up to 58% Off

New Jersey State Museum & Planetarium

Downtown

$14 $7

Planetarium's dome with 6,000 stars shows presentations about space and astronauts; museum houses collections on state history and art

Up to Half Off Admission to the Delaware Art Museum

Delaware Art Museum

Wilmington

$24 $12

Museum houses over 12,000 pieces of Pre-Raphaelite art, American art, and illustration, along with rotating special exhibitions

51% Off Colors Exhibit at Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

Historic Bethlehem Museums and Sites

Historic Bethlehem Visitor Center

$40 $21

Visitors get to visit several Bethlehem sites as a part of the Colors exhibition, viewing artifacts that are known for their vivid colors

Up to 50% Off Transportation-Museum Admission

America On Wheels

1st Ward

$16 $8

Sprawling transportation museum hosts exhibits of classic cars, trucks, motorcycles, and bicycles

Museum of Indian Culture — Up to 55% Off Admission 

Museum of Indian Culture

Allentown

$10 $5

Museum explores the life of the Lenape tribe through historic artifacts, cultural lessons, and hands-on activities

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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.

1001 Cathedral Rd
Bryn Athyn,
PA
US

Designated as a national historic landmark in 1985, Fonthill Castle connects visitors to artifact collector, archeologist, and architectural visionary Henry Mercer, who built the home nearly 100 years ago. During one-hour castle tours, insightful guides weave groups through the completely concrete estate, stopping to explore 18 of the mansion's 44 history-packed rooms along the way. A fusion of Gothic and Byzantine architectural styles, the castle's compilation of mysterious and shadowy nooks accompanies more than 200 uniquely shaped windows, original furnishings, and 18 different fireplaces, where Mercer's guests would warm up and ward off Hessian bands of headless snowmen. Tour-takers traverse the palace's corridors, ambling past Mercer's handcrafted tiles that provide century-old eye candy, elaborately lining interior walls, floors, and ceilings. Outside, the castle is surrounded by equally stunning sights, including rolling woodlands, open fields, and a well maintained mashed-potato moat.

E Court St
Doylestown,
PA
US

When Samuel Vaughan Merrick and William H. Keating brought The Franklin Institute to life in 1824, it was to honor the life and achievements of Renaissance man Benjamin Franklin. In the decades since, the Institute has hosted further forward thinkers such as Nikola Tesla, who demonstrated wireless telegraphy in 1893, and helped advance science and technology, hosting the first public demo of an all-electronic TV system in 1934.

  • Size: three floors give voice to human ingenuity—past and future—with hundreds of interactive exhibits
  • Eye Catcher: the two-story-tall, 5,000-square-foot Giant Heart, which teaches children about cardiovascular health while they crawl through its chambers
  • Permanent Mainstay: Fels Planetarium, the second oldest planetarium in the nation, complete with a rooftop observatory and a 60-foot seamless aluminum dome
  • Hands-On Experiments: construct an interplanetary rover in the Space Command, complete an electrical circuit with your body, and launch a cannonball in Circus! Science Under the Big Top
  • Honor the Man: swing by the 20-foot-tall, 30-ton marble statue of Benjamin Franklin in the rotunda to see what the genius looked like and thank him for your bifocals
  • Don't Miss: the Maillardet Automaton, a boy-like drawing machine that inspired the film Hugo
222 N 20th St.
Philadelphia,
PA
US

The National Museum of American Jewish History's core exhibition traces more than 350 years of American Jewish history, documenting their triumphs and struggles since first settling in 1654. Spread across 25,000 square feet on five floors, the exhibition's historical objects and lifelike environments cover subjects such as the late 19th-century Jewish immigration and the involvement of American Jews in the Civil Rights Movement. As the exhibition moves into the present day, visitors can share their own stories and opinions in two of the museum's interactive stations: It's Your Story and the Contemporary Issues Forum. After sharing their own journeys, guests can explore the Only in America Gallery/Hall of Fame, where multimedia displays and original artifacts highlight the lives of prominent Jewish Americans, including Irving Berlin and Estée Lauder.

Cups of Old City Coffee, baked goods from LeBus, and vegetarian and dairy cuisine from Di Bruno Bros. reenergize museum-goers at the Pomegranates Café; kosher fare is also available. Additional museum programming includes educational opportunities for adults and kids, as well as live events such as lectures, discussions, and concerts.

101 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia,
PA
US

It's more than a collection of exhibits, galleries, and glass works—though it's all of those things, too. Above and beyond housing art, the National Liberty Museum aims to serve as a mirror to the unique kaleidoscope that is the United States. Visitors to the museum explore eight galleries, each organized to highlight a particular aspect of what it means to be American. Liberty Hall, for instance, houses a selection of White House fine china alongside medals awarded to members of the armed services, while Heroes Hall showcases glass sculptor Dale Chihuly's massive Flame of Liberty installation in celebration of brave individuals.

Regardless of how visitors tackle the museum—although they should never tackle it literally, due to the high volume of glass—they'll likely find themselves intrigued by the thought-provoking collection. When Irvin J. Borowsky founded the museum in 1995, he did so with just this intent, seeking to inspire others to pursue more peaceful lives. But Borowsky may never have envisioned the scale it would one day reach: 78 exhibits, 179 works of contemporary art, and thousands of stories vividly told.

321 Chestnut St
Philadelphia,
PA
US

Since its founding in 1976, the African American Museum in Philadelphia has worked to preserve and honor African Americans' heritage through exhibitions, collections, and cultural programs. Four galleries contain exhibits delving into themes including the African diaspora, African American life in Philadelphia, and contemporary African American narratives. The core exhibition, Audacious Freedom: African Americans in Philadelphia 1776–1876, showcases a timeline detailing how African Americans lived in that era, and brings key historical figures to life through 10 life-size video projections. Visitors can interact with each of the projections, listening to their stories and requesting further topics of discussion, such as the Internet's role in their lives. Another gallery focuses on African American life post-emancipation leading up to the modern day. In addition to engaging exhibitions, the museum also boasts an extensive collection of historical artifacts, including Negro league baseball memorabilia, records, musical instruments, photographs, and the time machine that was used to retrieve each item.

701 Arch St
Philadelphia,
PA
US