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Find out about the history of basketball, learn up about rare books, and also discover a world of artifacts through these Philadelphia museums

Unique Museums in Philadelphia

Jan 6, 2014

Love history and all things musty, moldy and with a story? Then there are some unique museums in Philadelphia you need to visit when you travel to this lovely historical state. There are lots of museums located in Philadelphia, and with the guidance of your charter bus, you can be sure to enjoy as many of these museums as you can possibly visit in your holiday to Philly.

The Palestra, for the Basketball Fan

As a historic arena and home gym of the University of Pennsylvania, the Palestra is known for its rich college basketball history as a museum of Philadelphia Big 5 programs. These programs are:-

  • La Salle
  • Penn
  • Saint Joseph’s
  • Temple
  • Villanova

Rare Book Department of the Free Library of Philadelphia, for the Book Lover

Bus rental visitors who love rare books should take the free tour available at the Philadelphia Free Library. Tours are available at 11am from Mondays to Fridays, and you get to see their amazing collections of rare books. One of the highlights of this tour is the Gutenberg Bible, but other books of interest include medieval manuscripts, children’s book illustrations as well as a stuffed body of Charles Dickens’ pet raven who was the inspiration of Poe’s “The Raven”.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology, for the Artifact Lover

Commonly known as the Penn Museum, this museum focuses on archeology and anthropology, and is part of the University of Pennsylvania. Their collection is made out of two main divisions: archaeology and ethnology. There are more than 30 galleries featuring materials from all over the world and from throughout the ages. You can see collections from places like:

  • China
  • Egypt
  • Iraq
  • Mesoamerica

The Wagner Free Institute of Science, for the Brainiacs

Located at 1700 West Montgomery Avenue, this natural history museum is one of Philadelphia’s historical treasures. It offers free science courses, making it a rich educational resource for science programs, natural history and the history of science from 19th century till present times.

Since the building has been mostly left untouched since the 1890s, it is considered a museum of a museum, offering more than 100,000 specimens on display.

To plan for a better trip to learn about the many unique history found in Philadelphia, do call 215-665-5798 or 1-800-304-1993 to charter a bus for a hassle free time.