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Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

15 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent

The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.

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The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent was founded in 1938 to be Philadelphia's city history museum. The museum occupies architect John Haviland's landmark Greek Revival structure built in 1824–26 for the Franklin Institute. Today, the Museum houses more than 80,000 objects related to Philadelphia and regional history. These include an estimated 10,000 17th- to 20th-century artifacts from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; 1700 Quaker-related items from Friends Historical Association Collection; and collections reflecting Philadelphia manufacturing, the 1876 Centennial Exposition, toys and miniatures, and radio broadcasting. It also houses a collection of 321 Saturday Evening Post covers illustrated by Norman Rockwell. The museum's main gallery features the world's largest map of Philadelphia. Highlights from the permanent exhibitions include the boxing gloves of Joe Frazier, the desk of George Washington, a drinking glass owned by Benjamin Franklin, and a wampum belt allegedly given to William Penn by the Lenape. The Museum operates as a city agency as part of Philadelphia's Department of Recreation.

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