- Type: Museums
NileGuide Expert Says:
Always a good place to go if you need some vacation reading. The Central branch on the Ben Franklin Parkway, though, is worth the trip even if you don't need a book. Walk inside the front doors and let the massive marble entrance hall and stairway awe you.
- The Free Library of Philadelphia, established by Benjamin Franklin, encompasses 55 branches throughout the city so patrons can access the information they need. The neo-Greek architecture of the Central branch's building on Vine Street reflects the prototypical image of what one expects a magnificent library to look like. The Central branch has an excellent music collection and a rare book archive. (And the rooftop cafeteria is very inexpensive.) There is also Internet access, adult education classes, reader development and children's workshops in most branches.
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