Philadelphia is a city rich with significant historical sites, unique museums and an active night life. We have gathered a few examples of things to do which are relatively close to the ASITA site. Links are provided to other sites with more extensive selections.
The Academy of Natural Sciences – The site of ASITA 2016
At the Academy of Natural Sciences, you can wander among towering dinosaur skeletons or discover an indoor tropical butterfly garden. Explore ecosystems from around the world through our historic dioramas or be transported to the great outdoors through our hands-on discovery center for children. Visit our Special Exhibits Gallery for our newest exhibit, or watch scientists at work in Science Live or our Fossil Prep Lab. www.ansp.org
The liberty bell has long been a symbol of freedom and independence in the United States. It went on tour around the country in the late 19th C in
an effort to inspire a sense of freedom and conquer divisions left by the Civil War. The bell completed its journey in Philadelphia in 1915, where it has remained.
Address: 143 South Third Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
An innovator in designing hands-on exhibits before “interactive” became a buzzword, The Franklin Institute is as clever as its namesake. Its eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space.
Highlights include The Sports Challenge, which uses virtual-reality technology to illustrate the physics of sports; The Train Factory’s climb-aboard steam engine; Space Command’s simulated earth-orbit research station; a fully equipped weather station; and exhibits on electricity. https://www.fi.edu/
The Barnes Foundation
Just across the square from the ASITA site is the new home of the Barnes Foundation. Albert Barnes was born in Philadelphia to working class parents. In 1899, with a German chemist named Hermann Hille, Barnes developed a mild silver nitrate antiseptic solution. He formed a company and marketed the drug as Argyrol, a treatment for gonorrhea and a preventative of gonorrheal blindness in newborn infants. The drug was an immediate financial success. Barnes began acquiring art and had innovative theories about how people look at and learned from art. He formed the Barnes Foundation in 1922.
Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture. www.barnesfoundation.org/
The Mütter Museum
Philadelphia physician Thomas Mütter donated $30,000 and his 1,700-item personal museum of bones, plaster casts, medical illustrations and other pathological artifacts to the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The College has continued to add to the collection since it opened as a museum in 1863.
The Mütter Museum is a riveting storehouse for the anatomically strange. The Museum’s display of 20,000 provocative items is designed to give a beneath-the-surface perspective of what physicians study.
Inside the Museum, you’ll find a wide smattering of abnormal body parts preserved in fluid. You’ll encounter skeletal formations — like that of a 7’6” man — that don’t seem quite possible. Diseased and enlarged organs are tastefully displayed within glass-encased oak frames. 19 S. 22ND STREET, (215) 563-3737 http://muttermuseum.org/