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Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: 1300 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5699
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+1 215-732-6200
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Tue 12:30 - 17:30
Wed 12:30 - 20:30
Thu 12:30 - 17:30
Fri 10:00 - 17:30

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Artifacts and facts interesting study on what the founder of the constitution and our 4 fathers and two mothers helped to craft beer and more you will find a half days worth in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 December 2016
thomas p
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

Artifacts and facts interesting study on what the founder of the constitution and our 4 fathers and two mothers helped to craft beer and more you will find a half days worth in the confort of the air condition of the 1779s the building lends itself to a wonderful building constructed with an unusual building type of forthought see this... More 

Thank thomas p
Garden City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

We had some time to kill and this was the ideal place to do it. What a treat! The museum building is quite lovely, the exhibits top quality. You really get a feel for the history and social/cultural/economic history of Philadelphia in particular. The toy exhibit on the 2nd floor was quite interesting and brought back some fond memories. We... More 

Thank Mary C
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 March 2016

Looking to break out of the mold for your next fundraiser, corporate gathering or life cycle event? You can't go wrong in this former mansion in the heart of Center City. Built in 1823, HSP's updated construction and dramatic renovations have resulted in easily adaptable, breathtaking spaces. This became clearly evident during the recent event, WHERE THE PAST MEETS THE... More 

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York Springs, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2015

The friendly staff here has made our many research trips a pleasure, even remembering us from previous visits and making us feel very welcome. A small museum area has rotating exhibits. Lockers are free of charge for researchers and there is even an area to buy a coffee and to eat if you bring your own lunch. Free wifi for... More 

Thank dmcys116
Oakland, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2015

This is such a cool place - *everyone* there is so full of knowledge about the early days of our country and the history of Pennsylvania! I stopped in to take a look around and just find out what is there - paid the fee even though I wouldn't have time to get my money's worth... Met some cool scholars... More 

Thank bazi43
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

I have some kin that traces back to pre- Revolutionary times in Philly so I like to stop in there to learn more about my roots. it is time consuming to wait on the primary sources to be found and carried back to your table but it's a worthy endeavor and the staff is helpful. ( mostly)

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

My husband and I recently had the opportunity to take the Treasures Tour which enabled us to view a number of our country's important historical documents. Among the original documents we were able to view were The First Draft of the U.S. Constitution, a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, the first photograph taken in America, and the eyewitness account... More 

Thank rmsandmss
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2015

Attended the latest hsp lecture series on historic penmenship. The lecture was well organized, the facility was beautiful, and their current periodic display was great. The staff was very attentive and knowledgable.

Thank James M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2014

I was really excited and looking forward to visiting the Historical society and American Philosophy society museum. But was very disappointed to find out that it is only open from Thursday-Sunday. This is rather unfortunate because I was not traveling on a weekend. I was here for a business trip and it was one of the places I was very... More 

Thank RubyRed45
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

This museum was most valuable in both doing research and in seeing interesting historical exhibits. Its Philadelphia based documents are especially impressive.

Thank Paul4ejjr

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