Message From the President


How are Philadelphians different from other people?

Is it the wild enthusiasm we have for our hometown teams? Our neighborhood loyalty? Pretzels and cheesesteaks? Or is it the history that we find up and down our streets, the shared victories and defeats, our ability to band together when help is needed, our persistence, and our capacity to rebound and reinvent. The Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent is your gateway to the history of Philadelphia. In a city well known for historic events and places, the Philadelphia History Museum is the only cultural institution solely dedicated to Philadelphia history, from the founding of the city in 1680 to the present today.

We welcome you to visit our museum, explore our galleries, and become a member.

David Rasner
President, Board of Trustees Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent


Board & Staff


The Philadelphia History Museum is lead by a group of dedicated Museum Trustees and professionals.

Press Room


Just a few of the great things people are saying about the NEW Philadelphia History Museum

"The Museum itself, from its building to its concept, bears its own unique Philadelphia story."- Philadelphia Tribune



Discover special facets of the Museum's history, including details about the building's first uses, and our founder, A. Atwater Kent.



Click below for the Philadelphia History Museum's list of History Partners.

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Philadelphia History Museum
15 South 7th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Museum Hours and Admission
Tuesday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
$10 adults, $8 seniors, $6 students and teens (13-18), children 12 and under free. Museum Members and active military free. $20 for Family Pack.

Administrative Office Hours
Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
215.685.4830 voice; 215.685.4837 fax

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The Philadelphia History Museum engages Philadelphians and regional visitors with its extraordinary collections that reflect Philadelphia’s rich history and the diversity of its people and their neighborhoods through exhibitions, educational programs and technology which explore the past to better understand the present.