Free @ Noon – Philly’s Best Free Music Secret

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WXPN, the University of Pennsylvania radio station, hosts free concerts every Friday in their studio/radio station on Walnut Street. Performer announcements and tickets sales take place every Thursday for the following week’s performance.  Performers range from established artists (The Pretenders,Spoon, Warren Hynes, Josh Stone), to local artists, and up-and-coming acts.

http://www.xpn.org/events/free-at-noon

Mummies, Buddhas & African Masks

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While it’s not the British Museum, The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology houses an outstanding collection.  In fact, one-fifth of the objects listed in The Smithsonian’s book “History of the World in 1000 Objects” come from the collection.  Our favorites include the mummy room and the Greek pottery, but they also have great collections of African, Asian, Roman, Etruscan and Native American artifacts.

 

 

Temporary exhibits highlight current field work and past projects undertaken by the University.  They also have great special events for adults and families and a beautiful courtyard for picnics (since the museum is on the Penn campus, there are lots of food trucks within a few blocks).

 

https://www.penn.museum/

Philly + Architecture = Victorian

The Victorians of Philadelphia are much more substantial than the painted ladies of San Francisco, but no less ornate.  Frank Furness, one of Philly’s most prominent Victorian architects, left some of these over-the-top beauties:

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania

Peck Alumni Center, Drexel University

 

Undine Barge Club, Boathouse Row

In addition to his buildings, Furness also designed furniture, such as this amazing desk on display at The Philadelphia Museum of Art: