Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway: Museums to visit, where to stay, more

May 25, 2012
if you go
GETTING THERE

Philadelphia is about 140 miles north of Washington on Interstate 95. Amtrak fares start at $35 one way. Megabus fares average $10 to $15 one way.

WHERE TO STAY

Le Meridien Philadelphia

1421 Arch St.

215-422-8200

www.starwoodhotels.com

Boutique hotel in a former YMCA. Rooms from $159.

WHERE TO EAT

Garden Restaurant at the Barnes

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

215-278-7000

www.barnesfoundation.org

Seasonal salads, sandwiches and entrees. Dining room features a glass wall opening to the outdoors. Entrees from $13.

Milk & Honey Cafe

18th Street and Logan Circle

215-665-8600

www.milkandhoneymarket.com

Casual indoor-outdoor restaurant. Sandwiches from $6.

WHAT TO DO

The Barnes in Philadelphia

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

215-278-7000

www.barnesfoundation.org

Opening exhibition runs through March 18. Reservations recommended. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. $18.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.

215-299-1000

www.ansp.org

The nation’s oldest natural science museum marks its bicentennial with a special exhibition through March. Weekdays 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15.

The Franklin Institute

222 N. 20th St.

215-448-1200

www.fi.edu

Special Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition through Oct. 14. Exhibition hours Monday-Wednesday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. $31.50 museum and exhibition; $19.50 after 5 p.m. for exhibition only.

Free Library of Philadelphia Central Library

1901 Vine St.

215-686-5322

www.freelibrary.org

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

26th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

215-684-7600

www.philamuseum.org

“Gauguin, Cezanne, Matisse: Visions of Arcadia” runs June 20 to Sept. 3. Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. $28.50 museum and exhibition.

Rodin Museum

22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway

215-568-6026

www.rodinmuseum.org

Reopening July 13. Tuesday-Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.

INFORMATION

www.visitphilly.com

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