Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

15 S. 7th Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
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Opening Hours

  • Tue: 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Wed: 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Thu: 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Fri: 10:30am-4:30pm
  • Sat: 10:30am-4:30pm

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Founded in 1938 and opened to the public in 1941, the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent is the city history museum of Philadelphia. The Museum is housed in an elegant Greek-Revival structure, which served as the home of the Franklin Institute from 1826 to 1933. It was designed by John Haviland, one of the country's foremost architects.The Philadelphia History Museum is your gateway to the history of Philadelphia. Reopened to the public in September 2012 with the completion of a total interior renovation, including all new building systems, the Museum unveiled redesigned galleries to showcase its outstanding collection of historical objects, art, and artifacts spanning 330 years of Philadelphia history. On view are items ranging from George Washington’s 1790s writing desk to Joe Frazier’s 1970s championship boxing gloves.