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Philadelphia is home to historic sites recognized throughout the nation and the world. History was made here and comes alive here as you walk in the footsteps of some of our nation's most notable personages. May we suggest the following selections:

Independence National Historical Park
The history of our nation unfolds on the streets in and around the Independence National Historical Park. Visit Independence Hall, known as the birthplace of America, where the Declaration of Independence was signed or see the Liberty Bell, an iconic symbol of our nation and the struggle for freedom.
SEPTA Routes: 17, 21, 42, 33, 38, 44, 48, Market-Frankford Line

Museum of the American Revolution
The Museum, dedicated to telling the story of the American Revolution, is located in the historic heart of Philadelphia across the street from the First Bank of the United States and two blocks from Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center. It houses an impressive collection of objects including artwork, sculptures, textiles, weapons, manuscripts and books. Permanent and special exhibitions will present visitors with the details and history of the battle between Great Britain and her thirteen colonies that led to our independence as the United States of America.
SEPTA Routes: 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 44, 48, 57, Market-Frankford Line

National Constitution Center
The Center is the world's only museum devoted to the U.S. Constitution. "We the People" tells the story of the Constitution using over 100 multi-media exhibits and two theatrical performances. Visitors of all ages will be engaged and entertained as the exhibits come alive.
SEPTA Routes: 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 44, 48, 61, Market-Frankford Line

Betsy Ross House
The Betsy Ross House was the home of America's famous flag maker. Enjoy the self-guided tour of her home and learn about the birth of our Nation's first flag and the life of its creator.
SEPTA Routes: 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 48, Market-Frankford Line

Mother Bethel AME Church
Founded by Richard E. Allen, a freed slave, the Church is home to the Richard Allen Museum, overflowing with historical documents and artifacts. Mother Bethel AME was also a stop on the Underground Railroad, foundation for the second Prince Hall Masonic Temple, and home of the first African American Boy Scout Troop.
SEPTA Routes: 47, 57

Eastern State Penitentiary
America's most famous 19th century prison was once home to gangster Al Capone and bank robber Willie Sutton. The self-guided audio tour takes visitors through the original cell blocks. Eastern State also hosts artist installations and exhibits. Check the events schedule so you don't miss Terror Behind the Walls or Prison Break Weekend.
SEPTA Routes: 7, 32, 48

Lights of Liberty
History comes alive in the world's first 3D show that surrounds you in the 360 degree PECO Theater. Benjamin Franklin is your guide through historic Philadelphia. Come away with an appreciation of colonial life during this nation building period of American history.
SEPTA Routes: 17, 21, 33, 38, 42, 44, 48, Market Frankford Line

Congregation Mikveh Israel
Freedom of worship is rooted deep within Philadelphia's fabric. The oldest Jewish congregation in Philadelphia was founded in 1740 and is still active today. The congregation burial site, the resting place of many colonial era Jews, is a historic shrine and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
SEPTA Routes: 17, 33, 38, 44, Market Frankford Line

City Tavern
The historically accurate reconstruction takes visitors back to the 1700s. Back then the tavern served as an elegant dining and gathering location for the elite of the City and during the American Revolution, a meeting place for the Continental Congress. Today visitors can experience 18th century ambiance and period food.
SEPTA Routes: 21, 42, Market Frankford Line

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
The Basilica, completed in 1864, is the largest Catholic cathedral in Philadelphia. It is the Mother Church of the Archdiocese and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The magnificent interior, with vaulted ceilings, is decorated throughout with stained glass, grand statues, and shrines to the saints. Visitors are welcomed by Cathedral Ambassadors, available most days to answer questions and provide mini tours.
SEPTA Routes: 32, 33, 38