Cultural Institutions

Historic Sites & Landmarks

Glen Foerd on the Delaware

Glen Foerd On the Delaware, Grant Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Glen Foerd on the Delaware is the last remaining Delaware River estate open to the public in the City of Philadelphia. This beautiful Italianate mansion is a must-see for visitors to the Delaware riverfront. The mansion is located on 19 acres of acres of exquisitely landscaped grounds affording wonderful scenic views of the Delaware River. The grounds are currently undergoing a restoration to return them to the original design of noted landscape architects James Bush-Brown and Thomas Sears.

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Memorial Hall – Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum, Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA, United States

In 1876, the Centennial Exhibition, the first major World’s Fair held in the United States, celebrated the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Fairmount Water Works

640 Water Works Drive Philadelphia, Pa 19130

The Fairmount Water Works was designed and constructed to provide safe, clean drinking water to a city on the cusp of great growth. Its doors opened in 1815 and today the space is the region’s premier urban watershed education destination.

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Shofuso Japanese House & Garden

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Philadelphia, PA, United States

Shofuso in its present incarnation was built in Nagoya, Japan in 1953, using traditional materials and techniques, exhibited at MoMA as part of “The House in the Museum Garden” series, and moved to the temple gate site in Philadelphia when the exhibition closed in 1958.

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Laurel Hill Mansion

Laurel Hill Mansion, Philadelphia, PA, United States

On a high bluff overlooking the Schuylkill River, the view from Laurel Hill's back porch is not to be missed. Open for tours. Please check website for details.

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Laurel Hill Cemetery

3822 Ridge AvePhiladelphia, PA 19132

In 1835, John Jay Smith, a Quaker and librarian founded the cemetery with partners Nathan Dunn, Benjamin W. Richards and Frederick Brown. Key concepts were that it had to be situated in a picturesque location well outside the city; that it had no religious affiliation; and that it provided a permanent burial space for the dead in a restful and tranquil setting.

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Historic Strawberry Mansion

Historic Strawberry Mansion, Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia, PA, United States

The largest of the seven historic Fairmount Park houses, Strawberry Mansion was built in 1789 by Judge William Lewis, a well-known lawyer and abolitionist, as a summer home along the Schuylkill River. Open for tours. Please check website for details.

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