Area Attractions

For your convenience, we've listed below attractions around the Villanova area.  Listings are provided as information only and do not imply endorsement from the University.

The Academy of Natural Sciences
The oldest museum of natural science in the nation - created for the encouragement and cultivation of the natural sciences. Address: 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia.
Phone: (215) 299-1000.
Website: Academy of Natural Sciences
The Franklin Institute
Visitors of all ages will enjoy hands-on science exhibits, daily demonstrations, IMAX theater, and planetarium shows. Located at 222 North 20th Street in Philadelphia.
Phone: (215) 448-1200.
Website: The Franklin Institute

Area Tours
Enjoy a guided tour of all of Center City Philadelphia’s historic sites. Purchase tickets at the Independence Visitors Center, Market & 6th Streets, for these tours:

The Big Bus Tour: See the city London-style in a double-decker bus
Ride the Ducks: A unique land-to-water tour
76 Carriage Company Tour: Ride through town like it’s 1776
Philadelphia Trolley Works: Tour old & new Philadelphia in Victorian-style trolleys
Spirit of Philadelphia: Cruise, dine, and dance on the Delaware River

Website: Independence Visitor Center

Independence Visitors Center
Make this your first stop for information, history, and adventure in Philadelphia. Located at 6th and Market Streets across from The Liberty Bell Pavilion.
Phone: (215) 965-7676 or (800) 537-7676.
Website: Independence Visitor Center
Longwood Gardens
Longwood Gardens, created by industrialist Pierre du Pont, features one of the United State’s premier horticultural gardens. Explore more than 1000 acres of garden, woodland, and meadow displays. Open every day of the year, Longwood Gardens in located on Route 1 in Kennett Square.
Phone: (610) 338-1000.
Website: Longwood Gardens
The Barnes Foundation Gallery
Visit a priceless collection of art in a unique setting just minutes from Villanova in Merion. All museum tickets MUST be reserved and purchased in advance.
Phone: (610) 667-0290.
Website: The Barnes Foundation Gallery
Philadelphia Museum of Art
From the famous steps immortalized in the movie “Rocky” to the vast collection of art from across the globe, the Philadelphia Museum of Art continues to maintain a reputation as a world-class collection of fine art. Located at the Ben Franklin Parkway and 26th Street in Philadelphia.  Please call for museum hours and exhibition information.
Phone: (215) 763-8100.
Website: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Brandywine River Museum
Located on Route 1 in historic Chadds Ford, the Brandywine River Museum houses the most extensive collection of art by 3 generations of the Wyeth family in the United States. Open every day except Christmas.
Phone: (610) 388-2700.
Website: Brandywine River Museum
Winterthur
Winterthur officers a wide variety of tours, exhibitions, and programs for visitors of all ages. Discover the museum’s vast collections of antiques or stroll the magnificent gardens. Located on Route 52 (Kennett Pike) in Winterthur, Delaware, just minutes from Longwood Gardens.
Phone: (800) 448-3883.
Website: Winterthur

Center City Attractions
Visit the plethora of historic attractions marking the birth of our country in Center City Philadelphia, including:

* Betsy Ross House
* Independence Hall
* The Liberty Bell Pavilion
* The National Constitution Center

Website: Independence Visitor Center

Getting Around

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* map_centercity.pdf
Download a map of Center City