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Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia

1805 Pine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA

The Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia interprets the struggle for freedom, equality and national unity in 19th-century America, in order to inspire a better understanding of that struggle and a renewed dedication to its importance today. Floor to ceiling, wall to wall, this Victorian-era townhouse is filled with remarkable Civil War treasures donated by the very people who fought in it - perhaps the most significant cashes of artifacts from the Union side of the conflict that remains in private hands. At the Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum, you'll encounter the real things that once belonged to the real people who "lived" the Civil War. The clothes they wore. The supplies they carried. The arms they used. The relics of those who fought and died for the freedom we cherish. And the compelling stories that go with them. The Musem's library of books and pamphlets is one of the most comprehensive on the Civil War era in the United States. Its holdings include regimental and unit histories, biographies and memoirs, published diaries and letters, and works on special topics such as abolitionism and slavery, naval history, women in the Civil War, espionage, and medicine, and surgery.


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From the East and North, via Ben Frankline Bridge: From New York City, cross the George Washington Bridge (or the Holland Tunnel or the Lincoln Tunnel, as preferred) and follow signs to the New Jersey Turnpike; Take the New Jersey Turnpike South to Exit 4 ("Camden/Philadelphia"); Follow Rte. 73 North ("Ben Franklin Bridge") for 2 miles; Follow Rte. 38 West ("Ben Frankline Bridge) for 5 miles; Rte. 38 merges into Rte. 30 West for another 2 miles; Follow I - 676 West ("Ben Franklin Bridge") for 1 mile; Cross the Ben Franklin Bridge ($3 toll one-way); Follow I- 676 West, Stay in right lane to take the 15th Street/Center City exit; At top of ramp, you are now on 15th Street; Turn right onto Market Street; Turn left onto 17th Street; Follow 17th Street to Pine Street; Park at the lot of 17th and Pine ($8 Thursday and Friday, $16 Saturday); The Museum is one block West at 18th and Pine. From West of Philadelphia: Take I - 76 East; Follow I-76 East to Exit 344 (I-676 East/Central Philadelphia) - the expressway splits for this exit: Stay in Middle Lane in order to get onto I-676 East; Immediately after this exit - merge right and take the first (quick) right exit, for Benjamin Franklin Parkway/23rd Street; Pass the 1st light, and take a right at the 2nd light onto 21st Street; Stay on 21st Street, past Market, Chestnut, Walnut, and Spruce; Turn left onto Pine Street; The Museum is a few doors before the intersection of 18th and Pine; Parking is at a lot at 17th and Pine ($8 Thursday and Friday, $16 Saturday). From the East, via the Walt Whitman Bridge (South Jersey): Take the Atlantic City Expressway East to the end, merging with Route 42 North; Continue on Route 42 North, following the signs to the Walt Whitman Bridge/Philadelphia; After crossing the bridge, continue on I-76 West until Exit 351 (I-95 North); Proceed on I-95 N to Exit 22 (I-676 West to Central Philadelphia). As you exit, stay in the left-hand lane in order to get on I-676 West above. From the North, via I-95: Get on I-95 South, after the Glrard Avenue exit (Exit 23), keep to the right. I-95 will split. Stay in the second lane from the right, following signs for I-95 South/Central Philadelphia; Shortly after, take Exit 22 (I-676 West towards Center City). As you exit, stay to the left, following signs for I-676 West. From this point on, follow the directions from I-676 West above. From all points south: Take 95 North to Exit 22 (I-676 West to Central Phliadelphia) on Left; As you exit, stay to the left to get onto I-676 West; From this point on, follow directions from I-676 West above.

Visitor Services

Restrooms, gift shop

Regular Events

see website

Available Interpretation

tours, available docents, handouts, living history

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Admission Fee

Seniors $5.00, AAA;$4, students $3, children (3 and under) Free


Thursday - Saturday: 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

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