Visit Archaeological Sites in the Philadephia Region
Franklin Court (Benjamin Franklin's House, Independence National Historical Park)
Location: 314-322 Market Street — An alley entrance is also marked on Chestnut Street (adjacent to the Liberty Museum)
- Benjamin Franklin's Mastodon Tooth: A Franklin Court artifact Podcast Tour
Hours vary by season so check this NPS web page for hours of operation.
Independence Living History Center Archaeology Laboratory
Watch archaeologists discover new information about life in colonial Philadelphia. This working laboratory processes artifacts discovered when the National Constitution Center was built in Independence National Historical Park in 2002-2003. Consider joining the research team as a volunteer. (A minimum of six (6) volunteered hours a month is required to be a volunteer).
Location: 3rd and Chestnut Streets.
Hours: 9am-5am weekdays and 10am-6pm on Saturdays
"History Beneath Our Feet" Walking Tour
Offered daily 4pm (45 minutes) by National Park Service interpretation staff at Independence National Historical Park. Inquire at the NPS desk at the Visitor's Center, 6th and Market Streets. Free. More info
University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA
This is the largest archaeology museum of its kind in America. Its mission is to advance the understanding of the world's cultures. Highlights of this internationally renowned educational and research institution include collections from Egypt, Ancient Israel, Mesoamerica, Asia, and Africa — including a 13-ton granite Sphinx of Ramesses II, circa 1200 B.C., an Egyptian Mummy exhibition, artifacts of the Etruscans, Greeks and Romans, West and Central African masks and instruments and a Benin bronze collection from Nigeria, an ancient Maya stele, and artifacts representing the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo and Apache cultures of North America. The Museum offers concerts, dance performances, films, "World Culture" family days, lectures, and special symposia. The Museum's website features virtual exhibits, interactive programs and regularly updated event and exhibition information. There are three museum shops. Admission charged (but free on Sundays from Memorial Day through Labor Day).