Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Philadelphia is a diverse city that attracts people of all backgrounds, cultures, and influences and enables its population to contribute to, participate in, and enjoy a host of cultural and artistic mediums, venues, and experiences. Whether you're interested in high art, contemporary art, theater, dance, history, science, classical music, or touring bands, Philly's got it covered.

Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art (Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street)

One of the largest museums in the United States, you'll be amazed at the collections and changing exhibits. Learn more about the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Rodin Museum (Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 22nd Street)

The greatest collection of Rodin's work outside of Paris, complete with a garden and The Thinker. Learn more about the Rodin Museum.

Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)

Offering art, archives, libraries, special collections, and horticultural science, the Barnes is an educational institution and museum promoting lifelong learning in the areas of art, aesthetics, and horticulture. Learn more about the Barnes Foundation.

Institute of Contemporary Art (118 S. 36th Street)

The ICA offers exhibits featuring contemporary artists and public programs including documentary screenings, book signings, and lectures, and admission is free. Learn more about the Institute of Contemporary Art.

Mural Arts

The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program has sponsored more than 3,000 murals all over the city — more than any other city in the world. You'll see them as you explore the city, and you can take a variety of guided tours. Learn more about Mural Arts.

First Friday (Between Front and Third Streets and Market and Vine Streets)

On the first Friday of every month art galleries in Old City open for the public to see the new installations, eat snacks, and mingle. (Other neighborhoods such as Fishtown and East Passyunk Avenue also have First Friday or Second Saturday gallery events.) Learn more about First Friday events.

Science

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway)

Acquired by Drexel in 2011, the Academy is America's oldest natural history museum and is home to Philadelphia's collection of dinosaurs, as well as a tropical butterfly garden, dioramas of taxidermied animals, a live animal center, and rotating special exhibits. Admission is free if you have a DragonCard (Drexel ID). Learn more about the Academy of Natural Sciences.

Franklin Institute (222 N. 20th Street)

Learn about science and technology with hands-on and interactive exhibits that cover everything from the earth to the stars — including a giant heart you can walk through. You can also see educational films or blockbuster movies in the IMAX theater. Learn more about the Franklin Institute.

Chemical Heritage Foundation (315 Chestnut Street)

Alchemy to nanotechnology, understanding the many ways chemistry impacts society. Learn more about the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Mütter Museum (19 S. 22nd Street)

Part of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and originally intended for medical research and education, the Mütter Museum now displays medical anomalies for the public. Learn more about the Mütter Museum.

Cultural History

National Museum of American Jewish History (101 S. Independence Mall East)

A layered experience where visitors can view 350 years of Jewish history in America. Learn more about the National Museum of American Jewish History.

African American Museum in Philadelphia (701 Arch Street)

Preserving, interpreting, and exhibiting the heritage of African Americans. Learn more about the African American Museum.

The Mummers Museum (1100 S. 2nd Street)

Sparkling, shining Mummer memorabilia and paraphernalia from costumes to string bands to a giant stuffed horse. You can even dance around with umbrellas to Mummer music. Learn more about the Mummers Museum.

Entertainment

Kimmel Center (260 S. Broad Street)

A world-class performance venue that hosts the Philadelphia Orchestra, PHILADANCO!, and the Philly Pops, the Kimmel Center is dedicated to making the performing arts available to the public. The building, featuring an enclosed rooftop garden oasis, is open to the public. Learn more about the Kimmel Center.

Academy of Music (Broad and Locust Streets)

A branch of the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music hosts the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet, and Broadway shows. It is also the oldest grand opera house in the U.S. still being used for its original purpose. Learn more about the Academy of Music.

Philadelphia Theatre Alliance

Philadelphia is a haven for theater. From new and original works to the classics, from traditional to interactive to site-specific performances, from political to gritty to comical, the many theaters in Philadelphia produce a terrific range of (mostly) on-stage entertainment. Learn more about the Philadelphia Theatre Alliance.

Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festivals

For two weeks in the fall every year, the Live Arts and Fringe Festivals gather and support local, national, and international cultural experiences through theater, dance, and music. Learn more about the Live Arts and Philly Fringe Festivals.

R5 Productions

A DIY show promotions agency providing cheap, friendly shows by bands from everywhere. Learn more about R5 Productions.

Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden Street)

A medium-sized, all ages R5 venue; bring ID no matter how old you are. Learn more about Union Transfer.

First Unitarian Church (2125 Chestnut Street)

More than a church designed by Frank Furness, it's an R5 venue in the basement and sanctuary. Learn more about the Unitarian Church.

Trocadero Theatre (1003 Arch Street)

Bands, movies, DJs, dance parties, burlesque, and comedy shows. Some events are 21+. Learn more about the Troc.

Theatre of Living Arts (334 South Street)

A South Street classic, the TLA once operated as a movie theater but is now host to musical performers both popular and emerging. Most shows are all ages. Learn more about the TLA.

The Blockley (38th and Chestnut Streets)

University City's main music venue, The Blockley is a club and bar popular for shows and dancing. Learn more about the The Blockley.

Ritz Theatres

With three locations in Old City, Ritz Theatres (owned by Landmark Theatres) screens quality independent, foreign, and documentary films at a student discount. Learn more about Ritz Theatres.

Roxy Theatre Philadelphia (2023 Sansom Street)

A vintage 1950s movie theater in Center City; they don't have a website, but you can Google it for showtimes.

Rave Motion Pictures University City 6 (4012 Walnut Street)

Blockbusters in real stadium seating. Learn more about the University City 6.

North Bowl (909 N. 2nd Street)

A retro-style bowling alley complete with pinball machines, video games, pool tables, and lots of space to just hang out and eat tots — tater tots — North Bowl is one of Philly's favorite places for tots. Learn more about North Bowl.

Lucky Strike (1336 Chestnut Street)

A bowling alley downtown. They have greasy snacks too, but no tater tots. Learn more about Lucky Strike.