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Museum of the American Revolution

This interactive museum is only a handful of years old and houses rare documents, while telling the American Revolutionary story in accessible detail.

Nearby Attractions

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Arch Street Meeting House
The oldest (and still operational) Friends Meeting House for Quakers stands here on Arch Street, dating back to 1804.
Franklin Court Printing Office
This museum showcases and demonstrates how paper documents were printed and mass produced in the 18th century.
Independence Hall
This historic building was where both the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were debated.
Powel House
Occupied by the last mayor of the city under British rule, the Powel House now is one of the great remaining masterpieces of Georgian architecture.
Philadelphia Old City Hall
It served as the first Supreme Court until 1800, presided over by John Jay. The building continued to be the city hall until 1854.
Benjamin Franklin Museum
The museum explores the life of the influential founding father, from his politics and religious views, to his scientific discoveries and writings.

Related Tours

Private Family Walking Tour: In the Footsteps of the Founders
As the Birthplace of the United States of America and the iconic Stars & Stripes flag, Philadelphia boasts monuments to some of the nation’s earliest significant moments. On this private walking tour, your family will have the classroom brought to life while seeing the places where history was made. You will:

  • Learn about the city’s role in the revolution and independence. 
  • Enjoy seeing Benjamin Franklin's home and learning how he came to play an outsized role in shaping our nation. 
  • See sites which were developed when Philadelphia was the nation’s first capital. 
  • Hear how money is made to this day, as you pass the US Mint. 
  • End your tour with a snack and a drink at a local old pub, where your family can ask all your lingering questions from the tour. 
During the American Revolution, Philadelphia was the site of the First and the Second Continental Congresses. After the Revolution, the city was chosen to be the temporary capital of the United States from 1790 to 1800. Though federal and state governments left Philadelphia at the beginning of the 19th century, the city continued for some years to be the nation’s cultural and financial hub. This tour will take you to the Independence Mall, the National Constitution Center, and the U.S. Mint on a stroll to the presidential home of George Washington and John Adams. 

On this walking tour of the storied Historic District, you and your family will explore Philadelphia’s historic district and learn not only its oft told narrative, but also the complexities of the nation. Learn about Philadelphia’s role in the slave trade, its colonial past, and the development of trade links to claim its rightful place as one of the nation’s most important centres of trade. You will also discover Independence Hall, the site of the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. Your walk ends in one of Philadelphia’s old pubs, where you can all enjoy a snack and a drink (house wine or beer for adults) and discuss any lingering questions about the city’s history or how to plan the rest of your time in the city of brotherly love. 
Private Walking Highlights Tour of Philadelphia
Because Philadelphia is one of America's oldest cities, the historic city preceded cars by several centuries - making it an ideal city to see by foot. On your private walking highlights tour, you will: 

  • Begin your tour at Race Street Pier, where your guide will help orient you to the city's layout. 
  • Walk the new development and learn about the city of Brotherly Love's revival in recent decades. 
  • See the highlights of Center City - a blend of history and skyscrapers.
  • On the cobblestone roads of Independence Mall, see the US Mint, the Liberty Bell, and a Quaker meeting hall.
  • Pop into Ray's Tea & Coffee and learn about the city's diversity and immigration throughout the centuries. 
  • Enjoy a Philly favorite - the cheesesteak - at a place recommended by your local guide. 
  • Your tour ends at Reading Terminal Market, filled with locals and travellers alike, where you can return throughout your stay to shop for groceries or dine on-the-go. 
Originally founded as a haven for religious freedom by William Penn, Pennsylvania was colonised by French Huguenots, Mennonites, and most famously in the state - Quakers and Amish. The capital city was formed in 1682 and has served as the seat of government ever since. Throughout the centuries, Philadelphia has gone through revivals and slumps - prosperous then seasons of economic free fall. To see the remnants of these boom-and-busts of the city, nothing is better than a privately guided walk of it. On your tour, you will not only check off the highlights of the historic district, but also to fall in love with the city's unique combination of grit and charm. 

Please note: this tour still runs in winter, though it will cancel for fresh snow. Year round, we recommend great walking shoes, layers, and water. 
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