Top Free Museums in Philadelphia You Must Visit - Kid 101

Top Free Museums in Philadelphia You Must Visit

Learning sometimes can be hard and boring, however, there are ways to make your kid’s learning process fun and full of excitement. How? Well, it’s very simple! All you have to do is to take them to different museums and just encourage them to explore art, science, history and many other fields of study in those huge halls where many objects are exposed.
The best part about this is that there are museums which are completely for free and here is a list of the 15 best free museums in Philly:


Wagner Free Institute of Science

This museum is opened to the public ever since 1855 in order to provide people a free education in natural science and history. What kids would like the most about this museum is the fact that there they would have the chance to see fossils from real dinosaurs and let’s face it, is there a kid on this planet [s who is not fascinated by those pre-historic giant creatures?! In other words, Wagner Free Institute of Science is like a travel machine to the history of the natural world.

Where:  1700 W Montgomery Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19121, USA

When: Tuesday – Friday: 9 am – 4 pm

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

If your kid is a little fashionista then why not help them to develop their knowledge in that direction? The Fabric Workshop and Museum is the right place where through ample kids’ programming your kid could find out a little bit more about the textile industry. There is even a museum shop from where you can get your kid some cool gift and that way support the museum. Some of the items in the museum shop are limited edition!

Where: 1214 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

When: Monday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site

If your kid is a book lover then this museum is a must go for them (and you as well)! Why? Well because most likely they have read the books of the popular author Edgar Allan Poe and just imagine their face when you would tell them that you can go and visit the place where this man lived. Yup!  You read it well! Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site is actually the house (now converted into a museum) where this American writer spent a lot of days of his life.

Where: 532 N 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA

When: Friday – Sunday: 9 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 5 pm

Fireman’s Hall Museum

Another venue where your kid might get super excited is the Fireman’s Hall Museum, especially if their biggest wish is to be a fireman when they grow up! The museum displays a variety of equipment from the fire department of Philadelphia and even provides the visitors one of a kind opportunity to dress up with firefighter gear. Kids also have the opportunity to hear a lesson about the science firefighting by the professional staff.

Where: 147 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

When: Tuesday – Saturday: 10 am – 4 pm

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute is one of the most popular museum in the entire country and it is dedicated to the first American science – Benjamin Franklin. The free entry of this huge museum is every third Wednesday in the month when kids have the unique opportunity to take a look at the video game exhibit of the Franklin Institute and just play many different well-known games. Most of the activities in the museum are interactive which is actually what makes it kid-friendly.

Where: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

When: Monday – Friday: 9:30 am – 5 pm

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

If you want your kid to become an artist in future, it is the best if you awake their interest in art since they are still kids. For that purpose, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is the most suitable place to take your kid at. Not only it is the oldest art museum in the United States, but every Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm, it hosts some cool workshops and brings local artists to spice up the interest of their visitors. Make sure to check it out and find out how great this place is by yourself!

Where: 118-128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA

When: Sunday: 2 pm – 4 pm

Independence Hall

If you want to give your kid some lesson about our national history then you should definitely give them a walk through the Independence Hall. There you would have the chance to show the rooms where the most important documents in the history of our nation were signed which are: The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the Constitution of the United States (1787. This place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage and there must be a reason for that, discover it together with your kid.

Where: 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

When: 9 am – 7 pm

Temple University Shoe Museum

Another cool place which every little fashionista should visit. Believe it or not, here you can see more than 900 pairs of shoes and as if that is not enough, you could also learn about the history of fashion. Most of the collection of the museum dates back from the 19th and 20th centuries, however, the biggest attraction of the museum is the 200-year-old French “sabots” – wooden shoes which are from where the word “sabotage” came from.

Where: 148 N 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

Mummers Museum

Here is where our little ones can get to know the coolest and the most unique traditions of Philadelphia and therefore it is a must go for everyone who lives in Philly or has come to visit it. The Mummers Museum was opened back in 1976 and it displays Philadelphia’s New Year’s Celebration or in other words, everything that it has to do with the popular Mummers Parade. There are a lot of customs available at the display -a view that no child could ever ignore.

Where: 100 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-5497

When: Wednesday – Saturday: 9:30 am – 4 pm

National Museum of American Jewish History

Founded in the same year as Mummers Museum – 1976, this museum displays the history of one important community in the United States – the Jewish community. There you can find 20,000 objects from the Colonial day to the present day. It as a great and fun way to introduce your kid to the history of the Jewish community in our country and all that completely for free if you decide to give it a shot some Wednesday from 5 am to 8 pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Where: 101 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

When: Tuesday – Friday: 10 am – 5 pm; Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 5:30 pm

Rodin Museum

Rodin Museum is a pay-as-you-wish museum where you would be able to admire a collection of world-class sculptures. And not sculptures by any sculptor, but by one of the most remarkable sculptures of his time – Auguste Rodin. The collection that could be found at this venue is huge that it is considered to be the largest collection by Rodin outside Paris. Give it a shot and find out why this sculptor was one of the best of his time.

Where: 2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

When: 10 am – 5 pm except for Tuesday

Barnes Foundation

If you want to give your kid a shot to see some of the world’s best early modern paintings – then just take them straight to Barnes Foundation. Not only it has a free entry but is known to be home of one of the world’s greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings. On top of that, the Barnes Foundation offers different kinds of programs and interactive features that kids simply are in love with!

Where:  2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA

When: 11 am – 5 pm except for Tuesday

Carpenter’s Hall

Another throwback in the history – Carpenter’s Hall. This museum is situated in the Old City neighbourhood of Philadelphia and was designed by architect Robert Smith in the Georgian style. This place could be a perfect spot if you want to show your kid what furniture, architecture and art looked like hundreds of years ago. It would be like travelling back in time for both of you.

Where:  320 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

When: 10 am – 4 pm except for Tuesday

SEPTA Transit Museum

If your little one is fascinated by trains, buses and trolleys this place would be like a dream come true for them. Here you can take them to see the history of Philadelphia’s transit system and learn a little bit more about something that might be their field of study one day. This museum is so cool that chances are you wouldn’t be able to convince your kid to leave it all day long!

Where: 1234 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA

When: Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm

Liberty Bell Center

If in the Independence Hall were signed the two most important documents in the history of the United States, the Liberty Bell was the one which marked the reading of the Declaration of Independence. Liberty Bell is the iconic symbol of the American Independence and therefore, it shouldn’t be skipped on your museum tour under any circumstance! Just imagine the level of excitement of your kid when you tell them that that is the same bell which rang the independence of their beloved US.

Where: N 6th St & Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States

When: 9 am – 7 pm daily

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