The Philadelphia History Museum (also known as the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent) was founded in 1938 as Philadelphia's city history museum.
Today, the Museum houses more than 80,000 objects related to Philadelphia and regional history, including an estimated 10,000 17th- to 20th-Century artifacts from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania art and artifact collection, 1700 Quaker-related items from Friends Historical Association Collection, and collections reflecting Philadelphia manufacturing, the 1876 Centennial Exposition, toys and miniatures, and radio broadcasting. The Museum operates as a city agency as part of Philadelphia's Department of Recreation.
As of August 2011, the museum galleries are closed to the public for ongoing renovations. Originally scheduled to be completed in March, 2011, the museum's reopening is scheduled for Spring 2012. At present, the museum is known as the Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent.