Created By: Elizabeth Morris
What is it?
Pennsylvania Hospital is the second oldest hospital in the country. It was started by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin (check out their graves at Christ Church Burial Ground) in 1751.
Where is it?
8th and Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA. To visit the hospital simply enter the courtyard on Pine and 8th streets. The historic area is part of the larger hospital complex, so there are many modern hospital buildings surrounding it.
Does it cost to tour?
You can tour on your own or take a guided tour for a suggested donation of $4.
What's on display?
It is home to the oldest surgical amphitheater in the country, which occupies the top floor of the building pictured on the left. The hospital also had an extensive library, which can still be seen today and a physic garden, where herbs for historic remedies are still grown.
for a more information check out the hospital's site: https://www.pennmedicine.org/for-patients-and-visitors/penn-medicine-locations/pennsylvania-hospital/patient-and-visitor-information/historic-tours
to schedule a more in depth tour: http://www.uphs.upenn.edu/paharc/tours/index.html
This point of interest is part of the tour: Science in the City