Exploring the Hidden Gems of Philadelphia
Philadelphia has many unusual and rare attractions that you may not have heard of yet. Whether you’re visiting for the weekend, or just looking for something fun to do with the family, Philadelphia’s hidden gems appeal to those looking to take the road less traveled. Life beyond the typical tourist attractions shouldn’t scare you- these underrated places are just waiting to get discovered. Go see for yourself!
Museum of Mourning Art
For people with an interest in dark and potentially even morbid affairs, the Museum of Mourning Art tells the stories of people throughout history who have survived death. Some of the things you’ll see include a horse-drawn hearse, various old jewelry, mourning clothes, and other items that were once used during mourning ceremonies or funeral processions. You can also find various objects marked with death symbols. If you choose to purchase a souvenir from the gift shop, you might consider a ring containing a lock of hair from George Washington himself. UPDATE: The museum has closed, but some of the collection remains available via auction.
Attention all pizza lovers: This is not your average pizzeria. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend in Philadelphia, look no further. At Pizza Brain, you can enjoy a slice or two while learning all about said slice in the attached Pizza Museum. Located in Fishtown, this museum has the biggest collection (on earth!) related to pizza. It covers the impact that this delicious Italian food has had and continues to have on U.S. culture. It’s even featured in the Guinness Book of World Records!
The Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine Shoe Museum
Can you guess what this museum is all about? Shoes! Yes, shoes. Its vast collection comprises all kinds of shoes, ranging from burial sandals of the ancient Egyptians, to the Manolo Blahniks of Joan Rivers, and Stanley Cup skates of Bernie Parent. This museum remains a local secret, so if you want to try out this hidden spot, it runs on appointments only- get booking! (P.S. It’s free!)
If you love The Three Stooges, you will love this local Philly secret. The Stoogeum, dedicated to fans of the show and serving as the base for a 2000-member fan club for the three lovable characters only opens to visitors every Thursday. The museum contains over 100,000 memorabilia items that go as far back in time as 1918. And if you’re looking for a unique way to express your fandom, you can attend a workshop or a film screening on the characters with other die-hard fans as well.
Ringing Rocks Park
While not exactly a ‘hidden’ gem, this open park is certainly not one to be missed by visitors or locals alike. You can find the unique park in Northern Bucks County, right outside of the city. The park contains special types of rock that people come to see – and hear. You can climb onto these rocks and hit them with hammers and other tools to hear the rocks “ring”. Escape the city life for an afternoon, bring the kids, and go explore!
When people think about Philadelphia, they think about the Liberty Bell, the Rocky Steps, and the always delicious cheesesteak. Well, while we love those things, we want to encourage you to get out there and explore the hidden gems around the city. We’ve listed a few, but there’s plenty of great things to see and do here in Philadelphia. If you need additional suggestions, let us know in the comments below or give us a call! And if you would rather have us do all the work, we’ve got a customized tour with your name on it. Enjoy the adventures that await you!