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This section includes local history museums, historic houses and other sites of historical significance. Museums focusing on the history of science, technology or industry are listed in the "Science & Technology" section. Museums focusing on natural history are listed in the "Creatures" and/or "Science & Technology" section. The gear icon indicates locations likely to be of greatest interest to steampunks.

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Philadelphia, PA, USA

This museum was the first to be funded and built by a municipality to help preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage of African Americans. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The American Swedish Historical Museum is the oldest Swedish-American museum in the United States. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Athenaeum of Philadelphia is a special collections library and museum focusing on the history of American architecture, building technology and interior design. . .

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Yorklyn, DE, USA

Auburn Heights Preserve is a state park that preserves the former home and estate of the Marshall family as well as portions of the family's former mills. . .

Doylestown, PA, USA

The museum houses "numerous rare or one-of-a-kind artifacts from the Civil War, with emphasis on the county's contribution. . ."

Camden, NJ, USA

Local history group.

Chadds Ford, PA, USA

The society maintains the 18th century John Chads House and Barns Brinton House in Chadds Ford. . .

West Chester, PA, USA

Local history society.

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Local history group.

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Civil War Museum of Philadelphia claims to be the oldest chartered American Civil War institution in the United States. . .

Gradyville, PA, USA

The Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation is a living museum inside Ridley Creek State Park in Delaware County. . .

Dover, DE, USA

The Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is a state agency that manages historic sites and museums in the state of Delaware. . .

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Wilmington, DE, USA

The Delaware Historical Society began in 1864 as an effort to preserve documents from the Civil War. . .

Doylestown, PA, USA

The society maintains a collection of manuscripts, maps, newspapers, photographs and other materials related to the history of Doylestown near Philadelphia. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Ebenezer Maxwell House is a historic house in the West Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia. . .

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Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is a preserved home once rented by American author Edgar Allan Poe. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The museum has exhibits and research materials about the history of firefighting in Philadelphia. . .

Doylestown, PA, USA

Fonthill Castle was the home of the American archeologist and tile maker Henry Chapman Mercer, in Doylestown. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Historical society focusing on the Germantown area of Philadelphia. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Gloria Dei Church, known locally as Old Swedes', is a historic church located in the Southwark neighborhood of Philadelphia. . .

Horsham, PA, USA

Graeme Park in Horsham, Montgomery County, is the only surviving residence of a colonial-era Pennsylvania governor. . .

Norristown, PA, USA

The society operates a research library, book shop and exhibits about the history of Montgomery County, just outside Philadelphia. . .

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Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania maintains printed collections on Pennsylvania and regional history. . .

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Elverson, PA, USA

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site in southeastern Berks County is an example of an American 19th century rural "iron plantation". . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Independence National Historical Park preserves several sites associated with the American Revolution and the nation's founding history. . .

Audubon, PA, USA

Mill Grove is a historic house and estate on Pawlings Road in Audubon, Pennsylvania. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Library Company of Philadelphia has accumulated one of the most significant collections of historically valuable manuscripts and printed material in the United States. . .

Bristol, PA, USA

This museum in Bucks County occupies a Queen Anne-style house purchased by the Grundy family in 1884. . .

Harleysville, PA, USA

Mennonite Heritage Center desribes itself as a "museum and historical library dedicated to preserving and sharing the stories of Mennonite faith and life in eastern Pennsylvania. . ."

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Doylestown, PA, USA

The Mercer Museum houses a collection of preindustrial artifacts amassed by archaeologist Henry Chapman Mercer . . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The National Museum of American Jewish History is a Smithsonian-affiliated museum on the Independence Mall in Center City Philadelphia. . .

New Castle, DE, USA

The New Castle Court House Museum is one of the oldest courthouses in the United States and has played a role in a number of historic events. . .

New Castle, DE, USA

The society operates three museums in New Castle, Delaware. . .

Newtown Square, PA, USA

Paper Mill House is a historic mill-related complex . . .

Morrisville, PA, USA

Pennsbury Manor is a recreated colonial estate in Falls Township, Pennsylvania. . .

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Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent was founded in 1938 to be Philadelphia's city history museum. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks maintains and preserves four historic house museums in the Philadelphia area. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a membership-based organization that promotes preservation of historic properties in the area. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Ryerss Mansion is a historic mansion in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. . .

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Wilmington, DE, USA

Rockwood is an English-style country estate and museum in Wilmington, Delaware. . .

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Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Rosenbach houses a collection of rare books, manuscripts and other items. . .

Salem, NJ, USA

The society operates the Alexander Grant Mansion House and the Josephine Jaquett Memorial Library. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Stenton was the country home of James Logan, colonial Mayor of Philadelphia and Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial preserves the home of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, a hero of the American Revolution. . .

King of Prussia, PA, USA

Valley Forge National Historical Park is the site of the third winter encampment of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. . .

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Camden, NJ, USA

The Walt Whitman House in Camden was the last residence of American poet Walt Whitman. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

The Wells Fargo History Museum is a group of museums operated by Wells Fargo in several states that feature exhibits about the company's history. . .

Philadelphia, PA, USA

Woodford is a historic mansion at Ford Road and Greenland Drive in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. . .

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