Check out the Escape the Room exhibits at the Franklin Institute for a different kind of museum experience. | R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia
Check out the Escape the Room exhibits at the Franklin Institute for a different kind of museum experience. R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Philly deserves its stellar reputation for having some of the best museums in the country. Whether you want to entertain some visitors or play tourist in your own city, here are four exhibits to put on your to-do list.

Getting wild at the Art Museum

See decades of nature through photographs taken by renowned photographer Michael Nichols. His breathtaking work features wildlife from around the world in addition to capturing some hidden corners of the world. His work is known for highlighting the importance of preservation. The Philadelphia Art Museum will combine the photographs with sculptures and other pieces from the museum’s collection to show a variety of artwork made in different time periods that speak to the idea of wild.

If you go
“Wild: Michael Nichols” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
June 27-Sept. 17
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
philamuseum.org
$14-$20

A tropical escape at the Franklin Institute

An online game comes to life in new ways at the Franklin Institute. Escape the Rooms are life-sized puzzles where the players learn to work with the objects in the room in order to find their way out. The Franklin Institute will be opening two Escape the Rooms this summer. The Island Room, opening on June 28, will be a fun and colorful interactive life sized puzzle. Go with a friend, or rent out the room for an entire group to escape the room (and the museum).

If you go
Escape the Room: Island at the Franklin Institute
Opens June 28
27 N. 21st St.
fi.edu
$28

Anatomy is art

The Mutter Museum is known for its ability to both fascinate and disgust its visitors with its medical oddities. But they also feature artwork in one of their galleries that creates a new appreciation for the human body. Their upcoming exhibition is a fascinating collection of quilled works of art. The pieces utilize carefully rolled and constructed paper to depict complicated anatomical structures.

If you go
“Lisa Nilsson: Connective Tissue” at the Mutter Museum
Opens July 13
19 S. 22nd St.
muttermuseum.org
$13-$18

Before there were cities, there were mounds

Learn about North America’s ancient structures. The "Moundbuilders" exhibit allows visitors to gain a new perspective on Native Americans and their way of life for 5,000 years. The upcoming exhibit features photographs of the earth domes built by Native Americans and artifacts recovered during archaeological digs.

If you go
“Moundbuilders: Ancient Architects of North America” at the Penn Museum
Opens June 24
3260 South St.
penn.museum
$10-$15