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Things to Do in Philadelphia

The City that Loves you back

The fifth-most populous city in the United States of America- Philadelphia (or Philly as the city is more popularly known), is most famous for being the former capital of the country. Unsurprisingly, a visit to Philadelphia is akin to a crash-course in American history, given the several well-preserved historic buildings that the city is home to. Philadelphia is also the seat of several important universities, companies, museums and laboratories, and is also emerging as a prominent cultural hotspot. A holiday in Philadelphia should definitely feature on your list of things to do, if you’re keen to explore the very best of urban Americana, without the typically high price tags associated with East Coast cities. That said, if you’re planning a trip to this ‘City of Brotherly Love’, make sure to first check out our list of the best things to do in Philadelphia.

Barnes Foundation

Founded in the year 1922 by Albert C. Barnes – one of America’s most famous chemists, ‘The Barnes Foundation’ houses Mr. Barnes’ extensive collection of 181 paintings, including works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh, among others. It also has an assortment of African artworks, ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman art, decorative arts, and metalwork. One of the museum’s highlights is that the art is arranged in wall ensembles, allowing viewers to compare and study works from various time periods, and examine the influence of geography and artistic styles. The focal point of the museum is undoubtedly the 45-by-15 foot triptych by Matisse, which was especially commissioned by Mr. Barnes and now holds the prime place of pride in the main gallery. The interiors of the museum reflect Mr. Barnes’s original mansion.

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