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Arts & Museums
Fort Mifflin remained an active U.S. military stronghold from the Revolutionary War until it was decommissioned in 1959. The fort was the site of a 1775 battle of paramount importance between British and Colonial solders. In the U.S. Civil War, the installation was used to contain Confederate prisoners of war. Today, it is not unusual to spot period uniform and weapons demonstrations regularly.
The Simeone Automotive Museum is neurosurgeon and avid car collector, Dr. Frederick Simeone's labor of love. Set in an old engine manufacturing factory near the Philadelphia International Airport, it is a must visit for all vintage car enthusiasts. Their collection of more than 60 limited racing cars ever made is a connoisseur's pride. These rare beauties are exhibited in dioramas reminiscent of race courses where these automobiles had contended. Their repertoire starts from 1909 and ends through the mid 1970s. These include the Porsche 917, 1938 Alfa Romeo, The American Underslung, 1916 Stutz Bearcat, Mercer Raceabout, 1963 Corvette Grand Sport, 1931 Bentley and Bugatti. Get a glimpse of how racing has evolved since its inception while walking through this fascination place. It is also touted to be the first of its kind in the continent. The museum even has spaces to rent for various events.
The esteemed Pennsylvania Veterans Museum is also referred to as the Media Armory. Constructed in 1908, this armory has been now transformed into a museum that opened in 2005. It chronicles and provides insight into the important battles in the history of United States. Check website for more details.
The Museum of Mourning Art is less than 30 minutes from Philadelphia and explores the unusual history and artistic culture of grief. The museum features familiar death symbols, such as the skull and cross bones, that are found on books, clocks, engravings, bells, ceramics, tombstones and a variety of other objects related to death. A special exhibit features more than seventy pieces of mourning jewelry, worn as mementos of the deceased. Most notable is a special exhibit dedicated to George Washington and the national grief that gripped America.
The American Swedish Historical Museum preserves and promotes the contributions of Swedes and Swedish-Americans in the United States. The museum has 12 permanent galleries, changing exhibition gallery, and a library, all outstanding examples of twentieth-century Swedish interior design.
The Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science was founded in 1821 in the historic Carpenters' Hall and is the oldest college of pharmacy in the United States. This rich heritage allows the Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy to function as part of the college with a vast collection of pharmaceutical artifacts for display. The College of Pharmacy and Science is fully accredited and offers programs in Medical Technology, Basic Sciences, Physical and Occupational Therapy, and Pharmacy. Tours are offered by appointment.
This cemetery gets its name from Alexander Hamilton's house, Woodlands, which is also on the premises and has been in use for over two centuries. Exquisitely crafted neo-classical crypts, mausoleums and obelisks dominate the Woodlands cemetery. The cemetery is most well known for its famous 'guests' that were once part of the Philadelphia elite. Take a historically rewarding, free day trip and explore the monuments. Guided tours are available.
This 115-year-old museum keeps on acquiring new collections to keep the avid archaeology or anthropology fan on his toes. The upcoming collection of photographs is 'Antoin Sevruguin and the Persian Image'. Photography enthusiasts can view images of Iran at the turn of the 20th century-taken by Antoin Sevruguin, one of Iran's most renowned early photographers. The exhibition includes 35 black-and-white photographs made from original glass-plate negatives and vintage prints.
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) can best be described as—a large, square space filled with ideas and beauty. Past shows have included retrospectives of Agnes Martin, Robert Morris, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Thek and Peter Campus. There's no permanent collection, so check ahead about the current schedule. From July 1, 2008 ICA has become free to all visitors.
Gallery 339, on 21st Street, is widely popular, thanks to the distinguished photography exhibitions it hosts. A gem of Rittenhouse Square, the gallery first opened in May of 2005 and has since hosted works of critically acclaimed international photographers such as William Larson, George Krause, Amanda Means and Sarah Stolfa, to name a few. Open only by prior appointment, Gallery 339 offers a gorgeous venue that's highlighted by contemporary, suave interiors and just the perfect lighting, where connoisseurs can appreciate and share enriching experiences through visual arts.
The Rosenbach Museum & Library is cozily nestled away, much like many of its exhibits, in a residential area. The 19th Century townhouse boasts original manuscripts and handwritten copies of some of the world's most important literary works. The most highly prized of all the rarities on display is the original handwritten manuscript for James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. The museum celebrates 'Ulysses' every June 16th with the Bloomsday festival.
The uniform General George Meade wore while commanding the Union army at the battle of Gettysburg is displayed at the Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia. Other artifacts on display cover the issues of the black soldier, military tactics and the role of women during the War Between the States. Educational programs involving discussion and lecture are open to the public. The gift shop offers a wide array of merchandise for both the casual visitor and the history buff.