Philadelphia museum district

Philadelphia Museum District Scavenger Hunt

Are you visiting Philadelphia? You must try one of our scavenger hunts through the Philadelphia Museum district to see all the sights! It will take you from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art all while taking a few side trips and proposing challenges at every leg. All the while, you will learn some local history get valuable local tips.

Two versions are available: a regular tourist scavenger hunt and an explorer scavenger hunt (see the differences).

Philadelphia City Hall

You will see

  • The Barnes Foundation
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • LOVE Park
  • The Franklin Institute
  • City Hall
  • Rodin Museum
  • Public Library
  • Eastern State Penitentiary
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
  • Fairmont Water Works
  • Logan Square
  • Paine’s Park
  • Schuylkill River Trail
  • and much more

Note: some sites are only visited along the regular or the explorer scavenger hunts.

As a matter of fact, we have visited Philadelphia at least once a year since 2010. We have walked these areas on many occasions.

Specifications

  • Starting Location: Intersection of N. Broad Street and JF Kennedy, in front of Philadelphia’s City Hall
  • Regular Hunt
    • Distance: 4.7 km / 2.9 mi
    • Time: 2 – 3 hours – depending on walking speed and riddle-solving time.
  • Explorer Hunt
    • Distance: 8.32 km / 5.17 mi
    • Time: 4 – 6 hours.
  • Method: Walking is ideal
  • Needed:
    • A fully charged Smartphone with internet access (data plan)
  • Suggested:
    • Bottled water.
    • A local street map or tourist map
    • The courage to ask questions of locals if you need help!

History

Philadelphia was founded by William Penn, an English Quaker, in 1682. It was to serve as the capital of the Pennsylvania Colony of the British Empire. This city played an instrumental role in the American Revolution, as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the United States of America Constitution in 1787.

Furthermore, the First and Second Continental Congresses were held here at Independence Hall. Philadelphia also served as the temporary capital of the United States from 1790-1800.

Come on! Try either the regular or explorer Philadelphia Museum District Tourist Scavenger Hunts!