The Greater Philadelphia Story

American Democracy

Constitutional Museum

In the curious and active National Constitution Center, unthinkable in another part of the world, the unique and absolute protagonist is the revered Constitution of the United States. The tour begins with a theatrical presentation of the historical document, to continue later by a series of interactive exhibitions, with cubicles to vote and games of questions. You can also see an original version of the Bill of Rights of 1776. It is convenient to go early to avoid the queues because the Americans have it among their visiting priorities.

The alley is a museum

The visit to the oldest part of the city is completed by other exciting centers, such as the one dedicated to the history of American Jews, with the natural interactive resources, or the alley of Elfreth’s Alley, which has been inhabited since the 1720s. One of its 32 brick houses is a museum that shows the historic street inside and out.

You can also visit the mint (United States Mint) to see how the dollars are minted and admire, in passing, the Tiffany mosaics of this elegant building. There are also mosaics of the same type in the Dream Garden, one of the halls of the Curtis Center where a luminous collection of Maxfield Parrish, which occupies an entire wall, shows a lush landscape made with more than 100,000 pieces of glass. It is considered one of the great American works of art.

The other side of Philadelphia: Chinatown

Philadelphia has the fourth-largest Chinese community in the country. The Chinatown neighborhood had existed since the 1860s when the Chinese immigrants who built the transcontinental railway were concentrated in this area of the city. Now, in addition to people from all over China, Malays, Thais, and Vietnamese also live together. Its most striking element is the colorful Chinese gate of Amistad, of four heights, but there are other exciting stops for the curious traveler, such as the Museum of African Americans.