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History of Philadelphia Pennsylvania

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Philadelphia Government Historic Group

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1400 John F Kennedy Blvd
Philadelphia PA 19107
United States

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(215) 686-2181

Philadelphia is one the oldest American cities and is home to many historic landmarks. These are just a few of the sights you'll find while exploring the city.

Independence National Historical Park - Located just outside Philadelphia, Independence National Historical Park preserves the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. You can visit the places where it took place, including the Pennsylvania State House which is now the US Capitol Building.

The Betsy Ross House - This house in Philadelphia served as the headquarters of the American flag design committee during the Revolutionary War. Today, it houses a museum dedicated to the story of the creation of the American flag.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Founded in 1805 by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PAFA is the country's second-oldest art academy. Its collection includes paintings by European masters like Van Dyck, Rubens, Gainsborough, Van Dyck, and Rembrandt.

National Museum of American Jewish History - Established in 1976, the National Museum of American Jewish History tells the stories of Jews in the United States. The Star of David, a Torah scroll, and a menorah are just a few of the exhibits.

Franklin Institute Science Museum - A science museum located inside Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Franklin Institute features interactive exhibits about physics, chemistry, biology and astronomy. You can explore electricity, learn about the human body, and even try different jobs.

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Philadelphia, commonly referred to as Philly, is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania and the second-most populous city in the Northeast megalopolis and Mid-Atlantic regions after New York City. Philadelphia is known for its extensive contributions to United States history, especially the American Revolution, and served as the nation's capital until 1800. It maintains contemporary influence in business and industry, culture, sports, and music. Philadelphia is the nation's sixth-most populous city, with a population of 1,603,797 in the 2020 census and is the urban core of the larger Delaware Valley (or Philadelphia metropolitan area), the nation's seventh-largest and one of the world's largest metropolitan regions consisting of 6.245 million residents in the metropolitan statistical area and 7.366 million residents in its combined statistical area.Philadelphia was founded in 1682 by William Penn, an English Quaker and advocate of religious freedom. The city served as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony during the British colonial era and went on to play a historic and vital role as the central meeting place for the nation's founding fathers whose plans and actions in Philadelphia ultimately inspired the American Revolution and the nation's independence following the Revolutionary War.

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