Five Reasons Philadelphia is just THAT awesome!
IT’S PHILLY’S 5 FRIDAY!
This week’s FIVE reasons why Philadelphia is just THAT awesome!
This medical museum, located in center city, contains a collection of medical oddities, anatomical and pathological specimens, wax models, and antique medical equipment. This museum takes you behind the scenes and helps the public understand the mysteries and beauty of the human body while appreciating the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. Definitely not for the weak stomached, but a very unique museum with a one of a kind collection that can only be found in this great city!
Those famous stairs can be found all over the world in movies, ads, posters, TV shows, and tourist photos. One of the largest museums in the United States, The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a world-class art museum located at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. It has collections of more than 227,000 objects that include “world-class holdings of European and American paintings, prints, drawings and decorative arts.” On the first Sunday of the month, you can name your price of admission. Pay-what-you-wish has also expanded to every Wednesday from 5-9 p.m.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar’s largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia’s famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagar’s hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. Truly a unique exhibit, this gem on South Street is a must go to!
Located on the east bank of the Schuylkill River just north of the Museum of Art, Boathouse Row consists of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. The boathouses are seen as centers of the rowing community around the United States. Rowers from the boathouses compete at every level, including local clubs, high schools, colleges, summer racing programs, and international-level athletics. At night, each house lights up creating a remarkable site. The lights were designed by an architectural lighting designer and were installed to outline each of the boathouses to make them more noticed and appreciated. Just about any day in the spring through fall, you can catch men and women rowing down the Schuylkill River.
The third busiest AMTRAK station in the system, 30th St station is the main railroad station in Philadelphia and one of the busiest intercity passenger railroad facilities in the United States. With trains from SEPTA, Amtrak and New Jersey Transit serving at 30th St Station, locals can travel pretty much anywhere and visitors are granted easy access to this city. The interior and exterior design of the station is beautiful and it is listed on the National register of Historic Places.