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5 Film locations to see in Philadelphia

5 film locations to see in Philadelphia

Do you love movies? Do you seek places where your favorite flicks were shot when you travel? There are several great film locations to see in Philadelphia.

Whether you are planning a visit Philadelphia, or if you live here but haven’t noticed these monuments to see in Philadelphia’s museum district, this list is for you.  In our research to develop a Tourist Scavenger Hunt in Philadelphia’s museum district, we’ve come across much information, some of which can only be gleaned when doing the actual scavenger hunt.

However, we also wanted to share some of that information with you for your visit planning. Here are 5 film locations to see in Philadelphia.

5 Film locations to see in Philadelphia

  1. C ity HallPhiladelphia City Hall
    • Philadelphia’s City Hall served as the backdrop to many films. It is the largest municipal building in the entire United States. Philadelphia (1993) with Tom Hanks shot many scenes outside City Hall. You will remember it also from Rocky (1976), Twelve Monkeys (1995), National Treasure (2004), Transformers 2 (2009), and Limitless (2011).
  2. Eastern State PenitentiaryEastern State Penitentiary
    • Eastern State Penitentiary opened in 1829 and was operational until 1971, located on Fairmont at Kelly Dr. Twelve Monkeys (1995) shot many scenes here as did Transformers 2 (2009).
  3. Rocky BalboaPhiladelphia Museum of Art
    • The Philadelphia Museum of Art opened in 1929 and remains the largest museum in Philadelphia. Do we need to state that Rocky (1976) had many iconic scenes shot here, namely when Rocky runs up the 72 stairs and jumps up in victory at the up? Dressed to Kill (1980) shot scenes here as well.
  4. The Franklin InstituteThe Franklin Institute
    • The Franklin Institute, opened in 1924, is as clever as its namesake. National Treasure (2004) filmed scenes here, specifically when a youth helps decipher the Silence Dogood letters written by Benjamin Franklin.
  5. Center Square
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    Center Square

    • Directly across 15th Street and City Hall sits Center Square where you will see a 45-foot steel Clothespin. Trading Places (1983) shot a few scenes here.

We invite you to try our Philadelphia – Museum District Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 4-hour guided walking tour around Philadelphia’s museum district you do on your mobile phone (how it works).  It only costs $30 for your group. You will enjoy seeing these film locations and much more while completing challenges and learning Philadelphia’s history.

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