Parkway Museums District

Paris in Philadelphia

Centered around the magnificent Museum Mile on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Fairmount neighborhood, this district is your destination for outstanding museums, like the Barnes Foundation, and plenty of Instaworthy sights.

SEE: Explore the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s immense collection, which ranges from Renaissance masters to Asian ceramics to contemporary artists. After, pose for a picture with the Rocky statue at the base of its famed steps before charging up them like the fictional southpaw.

Rocky Statue photo by for PHLCVB

The Rodin Museum boasts one of the largest collections of famed sculptor Auguste Rodin’s works outside Paris. The Thinker greets you at the entrance.

DO: For children and families with curious minds, The Franklin Institute encourages visitors to discover the mysteries of the human brain, learn the mechanics of electricity, feel the forces of flight or challenge themselves in an escape room. Visit the now-defunct Eastern State Penitentiary and stroll through its crumbling halls to learn about former inhabitants, including Al Capone, with an audio tour voiced by actor Steve Buscemi. PSST: The former prison, rumored to be haunted, hosts a frightening haunted house around Halloween.

Eastern State Penitentiary, Photo by K. Huff

DINE: Indulge in pizza with pizzazz at Pizzeria Vetri. With countless options on the menu, it’s easy to find pies to satisfy the whole crew. On a chilly day, cozy up in front of the fire at Tir na nÓg, a classic woodaccented Irish pub serving Emerald Isle standards.

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