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Get Cultured with These Three Philadelphia Area Museums

Philly may not be the biggest city on the East Coast, but it’s one of the most famous. And one thing the greater Philadelphia area is really known for is its admiration of history and the arts. This is all too apparent when visiting these three diverse museums near the City of Brotherly Love.

American Swedish Historical Museum | Connect

This isn’t just the oldest Swedish history museum in the greater Philadelphia area, it’s the oldest one in the entire country, dating back to the year 1926. If you have Swedish heritage or are just looking to learn about a new culture, you’ll have to pay a visit.

History, art, architecture, music, and so much more are on display at the American Swedish Historical Museum. If you drop in this summer, you’ll even get an inside look at Scandinavia’s drinking culture with Skål Scandinavian Spirits.

Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle | Connect

Have you ever taken a good hard look at all your gadgets and gizmos and wondered what life would be like without them? Well, now you can see firsthand.

It’s not a time machine, but it may just be the next best thing. The Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle document the history of American life in the 18th and 19th centuries with help from over 40,000 immaculately preserved objects. Currently, the museum houses the Mary Schafer quilt collection.

Philadelphia Insectarium and Butterfly Pavilion | Connect

You know, the funny thing about all those creepy crawlies is that…they’re actually quite interesting when behind glass. I mean, have you ever really looked at a tarantula? They’re sort of pretty (in a you-can’t-touch-me sort of way).

Of course, even if you’re not quite as interested in spiders, bees, or two-headed turtles, you can always check out the Butterfly Pavilion at the Philadelphia Insectarium. This 7,000-square foot ecosphere is one of the biggest in the country, housing both native and tropical butterflies.

It’s Not Just Staring at Paintings Anymore

These days, heading to a museum is a whole lot more hands-on than it used to be. If you’re looking to really interact with your history, culture, and…bugs, then you’ll have to pay a visit to these three Philadelphia area museums.