GET­TING THERE

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took 11 years, but in 1787 The Amer­i­can Con­sti­tu­tion was signed here too. Spend time ex­am­in­ing the hows and whys of Amer­i­can govern­ment.

FOR ART’S SAKE

They say Philadel­phia lacks New York’s glam­our and the edgi­ness of Chicago but she cer­tainly has a few aces to be proud of. Right in the heart of Cen­ter City on Wal­nut street is Amer­ica’s first opera house (The Academy of Arts). Nearby on So­ci­ety Hill there is Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art ar­guably the most fa­mous film lo­ca­tion in the world. Tourists gather here to im­i­tate Sylvester Stal­lone by run­ning up the 72 “Rocky Steps” to the east en­trance of the mu­seum. Once at the top you will get a great view of the city, in­clud­ing Ben­jamin Franklin Park­way, City Hall and its rooftop statue in bronze of Wil­liam Penn. There’s a life-size statue of Rocky’s char­ac­ter at the bot­tom of the steps, which serves as mon­u­ment to a cel­lu­loid hero

In­side this Parthenon-styled build­ing is the world’s most im­por­tant col­lec­tions of Im­pres­sion­ist, Post- ON July 1, Bri­tish Air­ways (www. ba.com) in­tro­duced its Boe­ing 787 Dream­lin­ers for daily flights from Lon­don Heathrow Im­pres­sion­ist and early Mod­ern paint­ings. And African sculp­ture can be seen here. No other mu­seum has more works by Renoir and Cézanne but there are also works by Van Gogh, Matisse and Pi­casso. And there are beau­ti­ful grounds wor­thy of a ro­man­tic stroll, not just be­cause of its pool and foun­tain, but also be­cause it has one of the world’s most fa­mil­iar sculp­tures: The Thinker.

THERE’S JEWISH HIS­TORY TOO

The Na­tional Mu­seum of Amer­i­can and Jewish His­tory does what it says on the door over its five floors. It’s cur­rent ex­hi­bi­tion, Chas­ing Dreams, ex­am­ines the in­te­gral role that base­ball has played in the lives of im­mi­grant groups seek­ing to un­der­stand and ex­press Amer­i­can ideals. The essence may be cap­tured in a quote by Jackie Robin­son — he asked noth­ing more of govern­ment than he asked of base­ball: “Nei­ther sym­pa­thy nor en­ti­tle­ment, but equal op­por­tu­nity and a level play­ing field.” The ex­hi­bi­tion continues un­til Oc­to­ber 2014. www.nmajh.org

TAKE THE TOUR

See the world’s largest collection of out­door pub­lic art dur­ing an of­fi­cial Mu­ral Arts Pro­gram tour. There are 3,600 of them in all sizes, some fun and some with a se­ri­ous mes­sage. This started in 1984 to curb graf­fiti by invit­ing of­fend­ers to join artists in beau­ti­fy­ing the city in an enor­mous folk art project. Tours ex­plain the mu­rals, the

Cap­tion goes here like this across

Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art and Statue of Sylvester Stal­lone

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