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    NSWC Philadelphia Division, PA Museums

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest museums in the U.S. and features hundreds of thousands works of European, American, and world art from the last few centuries of history. Rare, significant, and world renowned works from drawings, paintings, sculpture, and decorative arts are on display.

    The Rodin Museum is home to the largest collection of French sculpture artist Auguste Rodin's works outside of Paris. Some of his best known works are featured here, including The Thinker and The Gates of Hell.

    The Franklin Institute was dedicated to Founding Father and well-known inventor Benjamin Franklin in 1824, making this one of the oldest museums of its kind. With interactive science and technology exhibits, it is also one of the most visited museums in Philly. Also found within the museum is the Benjamin Franklin National Monument, a 1600-ton marble statue of a seated Franklin that is 20 feet tall.

    University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, also known as the Penn Museum, tells the story of humans in the past and present. Exhibits include artifacts from ancient Mesopotamia, one of the world's largest displays of the earliest human Sumerian writing, 18th-19th century African objects, and countless more objects from all around the world.

    The Academy of Natural Sciences at Drexel University is the oldest of its kind in the Western world, having operated continuously since its start in 1812. Through the research and collection of millions of specimens, the academy has brought nature and science into the lives of everyday people for many years. Exhibits range from 30 dinosaurs (including a full-size Tyrannosaurus rex), live animals and butterflies from several continents, fossils, and insects (some available to touch!)

    The Mutter Museum explores the human body with a variety of specimens, models, medical instruments, and perhaps most popular, many medical oddities. On display is a 7'6" human skeleton, the "Soap Lady" whose soap-like body after reportedly dying from Yellow Fever is still a mystery being explored by the museum, and various strange body parts and preserved organs.

    The National Museum of American Jewish History makes an effort to keep Jewish Americans connected to their heritage by showcasing and interpreting Jewish history in America. Through artifacts, documents, films, and photographs, visitors will learn about immigration, childhood, work, art, religion, and sports in this 100,000 square foot museum.

    The African American Museum in Philadelphia spans the history and heritage of African Americans from colonial America and Philadelphia to today. This is the first museum of its kind to be created by a major U.S. city and it is dedicated to further preserving and sharing the culture, arts, artifacts, and documents related to Civil Rights, African Diaspora, politics, and daily lives of African Americans.

    Independence National Historical Park contains dozens of some of the most important historical sites related to the founding of the United States. This is the location of Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was signed; the Liberty Bell, which hung in the Pennsylvania State House in 1751; Congress Hall, where Congress met from 1790-1800; the homes of poet Edgar Allen Poe and Revolutionary soldier freedom fighter Thaddeus Kosciuszko; and many other significant places in our nation's history.

    The Betsy Ross House was built around 1740, but became famous thanks to its inhabitant during the Revolutionary War, an upholsterer named Betsy Ross who was commissioned to sew the first American flag in 1777. This first flag was created with 13 stars and stripes; one for each American colony. Today, visitors can tour Betsy's home, learn more about why she was chosen to sew the flag and how it shaped America, and general colonial era life.

    The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent is located in a building purchased by radio manufacturer and inventor, A. Atwater Kent, for the purpose of becoming a city history museum. Exhibits include how the city was created, Philadelphia sports, and the industrial revolution.

    The National Constitution Center is a museum dedicated to the United States Constitution and all it stands for; namely freedom and the American people. With a live theatre production, a signer's hall (where visitors get to sign it for themselves), and exhibits, photos, documents, and artifacts related to the Constitution itself, visitors are sure to learn something and have fun while immersed in its history.

    The American Helicopter Museum houses over 35 helicopters and autogyros (both military and civilian) that visitors can board and explore from the inside out. At the country's only helicopter museum, visitors will learn how rotary wing aircraft work and about their history. It is worth the 45-minute drive outside the city, to West Chester, PA, to see the rare and historic aircraft the museum contains, including the only publicly displayed Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey in the world.