7 Delaware Valley Museums to Visit With Kids

There's a local museum for every kid's interests
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There’s a museum in the Delaware Valley for every kid — whether they’re interested in science, history, the arts or transportation.

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

A leading natural history museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences has interactive science exhibits, a children’s discovery center and many other exciting and engaging educational experiences for young people. 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19103

American Helicopter Museum

This museum devoted entirely to helicopters provides hands-on experiences for those fascinated by rotary flight. Kids can get behind the controls of a real helicopter and try out a flight simulator while admiring the over 35 helicopters on display. 1220 American Blvd., West Chester, PA 19380

Barclay Farmstead

This historical farmhouse and 32-acre property gives visitors a peek into how people in South Jersey lived in the 1800s. Children will enjoy a scavenger hunt through the grounds and nature trails, as well as a playground and special programs. 209 Barclay Ln., Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

The Christian C. Sanderson Museum

Call ahead to schedule a tour of the historical house of Christian C. Sanderson, a collector of objects and art that date back 200 years. The museum offers a scavenger hunt list of items for children, including “Easter eggs from 1886,” “piece of wood from Lincoln’s coffin” and “melted ice from the South Pole.” 1755 Creek Rd., Chadds Ford, PA 19317

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia’s recently renovated major art museum offers a wide array of interactive programs for kids. From studio workshops to educational classes, children can enjoy a hands-on, close-up introduction to this museum. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy., Philadelphia, PA 19130

Mercer Museum

This six-story castle in Bucks County holds over 50,000 pre-Industrial tools and offers activity sheets and scavenger hunts for kids. Designed by Henry Mercer, an archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar and antiquarian, the museum is chock-full of regional history. 84 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA 18901

Fonthill Castle

A mile away from the Mercer Museum sits another castle that looks like it’s straight out of a Disney movie. Fonthill Castle, the home of Henry Mercer, is filled with handcrafted tiles and prints for the more artistically-inclined visitors and welcomes families on its guided tours. East Court St. & Rte. 313, Doylestown, PA 18901

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