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Arts & Museums
Built in 1911, it was designed by Robert Mills, the first professionally trained architect among the native-born Americans. The Burlington County Prison Museum remained a jailhouse till 1965 and has the distinction of being the oldest functioning prison in the nation at the time of its closure. This National Historic Landmark's domed ceilings and stone-brick architecture made it fireproof and maintenance free. It is among the fine examples of creative interior designing, heating, ventilation and fireproofing for criminal rehabilitation. Though the management did nothing of that sort and followed the path of penal form. It is also known for many paranormal activities occurring in various sites. Get a glimpse of prison life that spanned 154 years and come back richer appreciating life even more.
Growden Mansion is a 17th-century estate in Bensalem Township. Located along the Neshaminy Creek, this landmark is also called Trevose Manor. It is named after the former owners of this property, the Growden family. The manor is now a museum run by the Historical Society of Bensalem Township. Take a guided tour of the place and view yesteryear memorabilia, preserved bullet holes, and a testament of the Colonial era.
The kids will bug you to take them to the Philadelphia Insectarium, a fascinating museum that is designed to educate the public about the wonderful world of insects. The goal of the museum is to show the critical role that insects play in the balance of nature, the environment and our economy. There are two floors of live and mounted insects from around the globe, a tank inhabited by glow-in-the-dark scorpions, a working beehive and a live termite colony. The big hit with kids is a glass-enclosed kitchen crawling with thousands of cockroaches.
The New Jersey State Museum (NJSM) traces its origins back to 1895, and now stands as a proud testament to the region's natural history, archaeology, and industrial legacies. Over the decades, private donations added to the ever-increasing collection of specimens. North American Art, Indian Art, Decorative & Fine Arts are well-represented at this treasure house. The planetarium is a hit with kids who are always fascinated with stories of space odysseys, constellations, nebulae and galaxies. Check website for more information on the permanent exhibits, upcoming exhibitions and events.
The Archives of the Medical Mission Sisters documents the history of their mission, charisma and ministries around the world. The Mission movement, founded by Dr. Ann Dengel in 1925, established clinics, hospitals and schools of nurse-midwifery around the world. As the Sisters trained local professionals, they turned the established hospitals over to local authorities. They published the Medical Missionary Magazine from 1927 to 1970; this remains the best source of historical information about the community. The archives are open to the public.
Cheltenham Center for the Arts is located in the former George K. Heller School which was the first of its kind in the township of Cheltenham and the oldest public school in the state till its closure in 1953. The Late Victorian stone structure is the ideal setting for this arts center which was founded in 1940. The Cheltenham Center for the Arts is known for its art classes, exhibitions and theater highlighting the work of local artists and the community. Its sole focus is to express social interests in a creative way through artistic mediums.
The Glencairn Museum focuses on religious history and includes religions across the world. Its extensive collection of religious artwork features Asian, American Indian, Ancient Near East and so forth. Apart from the permanent exhibits, Glencairn Museum also showcases touring and temporary collections. Every year, it hosts four festivals that includes Medieval Festival, Sacred Arts Festival, Halloween and Christmas. It also conducts educational programs that cater to diverse age groups. Though the activities and endeavors vary, the common bond is always religion. For visiting hours and tour prices, check the website.
Pizza Brain offers an extensive list of pies as well as slices to choose from with unusual names. Try Henrietta Blanche, Queenie Delouche or Kira Tierston that has brussel sprouts as a topping among other items. Forbes Waggensense is another popular option and the perfect thin crust ensures the pizzas have a good crunch. Walls of the restaurant are filled with pictures and facts about pizza and provides an unusual environment to dine in.
Established in 1974, Taller Puertorriqueno seeks to promote and enrich the Puerto Rican artistic culture and heritage throughout the community. Taller Puertorriqueno has a multi faceted function, a gallery that presents Latino artwork, a bookstore that deals in literature from the Latino community, and the day care facility. Taller also supports music shows that draw international touring troupes.
Established in 2009 with a view to promote and encourage contemporary photography, the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center is one of the best places in the city to learn about photography and check out exciting new talent. The center conducts various workshops and educational programs for budding photographers at all levels. Apart from this, the center also hosts numerous photography events throughout the year like the annual Philly Photo Day, which draws huge participation from the general public. The center's gallery hosts exhibitions by upcoming talent and established names alike. Check website for upcoming events and more.
Dentistry is usually a subject most people don't care to even think about. This exhibit is a testament to human technological advancement. Visitors can see how far we've progressed after viewing early 19th Century drills, forceps, and other instruments, which would be considered barbarous by today's standards. Another display was created courtesy of Edgar 'Painless' Parker, a colorful West Coast dentist. Pulling the tooth was usually the only way to cure a toothache at one time. A bucket containing the thousands of teeth he pulled remains as a monument to his gentle methods.
The House Of The Thousand Thoughts is not a museum like you know it. One could think the history of modern philosophy is not the ideal topic to be communicated in a museum, but the museum is a challenge for the mind and spirit. Through films and exhibits, you will get an overview of the development of the basic ideas that formed our understanding of life and the world today. Exhibits range from prehistoric thinkers like Aristotle or Plato, to the first modern philosophers such as Kant, Hegel or Nietzsche up to the great thinkers of the past century, such as Theodor Adorno or Jean-Paul Sartre. You can also learn how basic philosophical ideas like liberalism or existentialism changed over the centuries and how different philosophers picked those ideas up and influenced each other's work.