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Things to Do near the Pennsylvania Convention Center

May 6, 2021

LOVE Park. Photo by M. Zugale for PHLCVB.

Snap a selfie in front of Robert Indiana’s famous statue in LOVE Park before heading across the street to Dilworth Park, which hosts special events including an outdoor ice-skating rink from November to March. Admire the hundreds of Alexander Milne Calder sculptures that adorn City Hall, including the 37-foot-tall statue of William Penn – the largest statue atop any building in the world. To learn more about the nation’s largest municipal building, join an interior or exterior tour of City Hall offered by Independence Visitor Center, or journey to the observation deck beneath William Penn’s feet on a tower tour. NOTE: The City Hall tower tour is currently not available due to COVID-19.

Admire more public art nearby, including two sculptures by Claes Oldenburg, Paint Torch (128 N. Broad St.) and Clothespin (S. 15th and Market Streets). You can also learn more about prominent murals in the area, like Tree of Knowledge, Water Gives Life, or Start From Here, on a walking tour led by Mural Arts Philadelphia or on your own by using the program’s digital map as a guide.

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Fabric Workshop and Museum. Photo by Carlos Avendaño.

Visit the Fabric Workshop and Museum, a cool modern art exhibition space, whose unique artist-in-residence program has resulted in an archive of one-of-a-kind collaborations with internationally renowned artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Kara Walker. Stroll through the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the first art museum and school of fine arts in the country, showcasing a vast collection of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings and sculptures. Schedule a tour of the grand Masonic Temple of Philadelphia, home to a museum space filled with rare artifacts, including many linked to Founding Fathers Benjamin Franklin and George Washington.

Submergence by Squidsoup at Wonderspaces. Photo by Society Hill Films.

Shop local and national brands in the expansive new Fashion District Philadelphia, opened in 2019, spanning three city blocks. After shopping, bowl a few frames at Round 1, or explore the immersive, interactive art installations at contemporary gallery space, Wonderspaces – both found within the Fashion District’s one million-square-foot building. More shopping awaits at nearby Macy’s, which occupies the historic Wanamaker Building – home to one of the country’s first department stores. At the store’s center you’ll find the world’s largest pipe organ, which still performs daily and is joined by a special light show around the holidays.

Macy's Center City. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

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