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Scheduled Tours…Make Your Reservations Now. Reservations are required.

Drexel University
Discover the new Knowledge Management Collaboratiry (KMC) and the Institute for Healthcare Informatics (IHI), which focuses on developing cutting-edge education, products and services. A usability lab that helps business and medical professionals assess how new technologies are used is also part of the research facility. Wednesday, November 20th . at 9 a.m. Details on location forwarded upon registration. Tour limit: 15. No charge. Available by subway from the hotel.

Chemical Heritage Foundation
Visit the library and archival collection and go behind the scenes and see the impressive collection. This facility also houses art galleries. Thursday morning, 10 a.m. The formal tour will take approximately one hour. Linger as long as you want! Located at 315 Chestnut Street. ( Tour limit: 15 No charge. Walking distance from the hotel.

The Academy of Natural Sciences
See this international museum that focuses on environmental research and public education. Join a behind-the-scenes tour! Let's go on Sunday, November 17
th at 10 a.m. and after the tour, we can browse through the museum and it is an easy walk back to the hotel. Located at 1900 Ben Franklin Parkway. (See: ) Limit: 15. Charge: $14 (pay at the Academy). Walking distance from the hotel.

ISI Production Facility
Approximately 8,500 journals are processed each year at the ISI Cherry Hill facility and its mirror production unit in Limerick, Ireland. This year we can't offer you a tour of the Limerick facility but do offer a tour of the New Jersey location. The tour will last 1 ½ - 2 hours. Transportation will be provided. Tour limit: 15. Wednesday, November 20
th at 9 a.m. returning to the hotel before noon. No charge.

Recommended Tours available on your own
Cultural Tours

The 'best bet' when you are in town is The Barnes Foundation . The foundation gallery, set on a 13 acre arboretum, features one of the finest collections of early French Modern and Post-Impressionist paintings. There are almost too many Renior's! You will also see work by Matisse, Monet and Degas, as well as African art and sculpture. This is a 'must see'! Open Friday Sunday, 9:30a.m. 5:00 p.m. Entrance by timed reservation and they are very strict. Make a reservation by e-mail ( ) one month prior to the meeting. Admission is $5. Public transportation is available. Check with the concierge.

A treasure trove of the past and one of the leading institutions of its kind in the world… The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is only $5.00 for adults and located at 33rd and Spruce. Open Tuesday Saturday 10a.m. 4:30 p.m. and Sunday 10a.m. 5 p.m. See .  A short cab ride or brave the public transportation system. Note: Some locals go over at lunchtime!

The Central Library is a world class research facility and the hub of the 55-library Philadelphia Feel Library System. Collections include the Fleisher Collection of Orchestral Music, the world's largest lending library of orchestral performance materials, and the Rare Book Collection including early American childrens' books, medieval manuscripts and Pennsylbania-German fraktur. Tours are available Monday Friday at 11a.m. Phone. 215-686-5322. Within walking distance of the hotel.

Cool Things To See & Do

Okay, you can 'do' Lord & Taylor and walk up to Rittenhouse Square and shop until you drop and go deeper and deeper in debt. You have other options, Liberty Place is lovely and pricey, Manayunk is trendy, King of Prussia is mired in traffic. Or you can hop a SEPTA bus and go to Franklin Mills. Find 200 of the best name stores in a discounted environment. Open Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday 11-7 and Monday Friday, 10 9:30. Check with the concierge for Route numbers for the bus.

Weird Districts
Now it is a little 'down on the heels' but the South Street Headhouse District is still a sight to be seen! Eat, drink, shop or just watch the people -- and be glad your relatives aren't parading around looking weird. It is a bit of a hike from the hotel. Why not have the cab take you to 2
nd and South right at Headhouse Square and then walk West to 10th or 11 th. Don't go alone at night though!

More Museums
Check out the National Liberty Museum. It truly is an exciting tribute to freedom. One low admission for adults: $5.00 but look for the brochure in the registration area. It is worth a $2 discount. Open every day but Monday from 10 a.m. 5 p.m. Located at 321 Chestnut Street.

Weird! The Mutter Museum and College Gallery presents a journey through the history of American medicine. See a collection of 139 skulls from the Viennese anatomist Joseph Hyrtl; the jaw tumor removed from President Grover Cleveland; a plaster cast of the bodies of Chang and Eng, the original Siamese twins; and more. The Gallery is located at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, 19 South 22nd Street (between Market and Chestnut), Monday Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Admission is $8.00.

Uniquely, Philadelphia! While you are here why not learn a little about the city. Visit the Atwater Kent Museum at 15th South Seventh Street. The Museum's landmark building was designed in 1826 by architect John Haviland and served for over a century as the first home of the Franklin Institute. Opened daily, 10 a.m. to 5 pm, except Tuesdays. Admission: $3.00.

A must see! The Philadelphia Museum of Art is unique among American museums in its integrated presentation of a full range of fine and applied arts from Asia, Europe and the United States. Very accessible via public transportation. Open Tuesday Sunday 10 .m. 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday and Friday evenings until 8:45. Admission $8.00 except on Sunday's when it is 'pay what you wish'.

Visit The African American Museum, home to one of he country's finest collections of priceless African American art, artifacts and culture. Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Sundays: noon 5 p.m.

Cool Stuff to Do…close by
Visit the Masonic Temple at One North Broad Street! See seven Lodge Halls, including the Egyptian Hall that is called the "only perfect specimen of Egyptian architecture in America". Guided tours are offered Monday through Friday at 10 and 11 a.m. and at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:00 and 11:00 a.m. Donations accepted.

From the laboratory to the parlor…The American Philosophical Society, funded by Benjamin Franklin in 1743, is the oldest learned society in the United States. Philosophical Hall is now opened to the public.
An interesting exhibition explores the role of scientific instruments in the development of the American colonies and early Republic. Exhibition hours are Thursday Sunday, 12-5 and the admission is free.

This museum The Franklin Institute Science Museum -- turns science into a hands-on, interactive adventure. There are plenty of 'techno' exhibits and check out the Wright Brothers original hand drawings for their 1903 flyer. Located at 20th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway and open Daily from 9:30 5:00 p.m. Cost, $12.

America's Most Historic Square Mile
If history and not culture is your 'bag', you best bet is a walking tour of America's most historic mile! Start at Independence National Historical Park Visitor's Center at 3
rd and Chestnut and pick up an itinerary. Without expending too much energy -- or, unfortunately burning up too many calories you can see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Congress Hall, Old City Hall and more! …and you can save your money for a delectable indulgence later!

A Restaurant Guide
Eat, Eat, and Eat… Philadelphian's Recommend

Okay…you don't want to go far and you don't want to spend too much money. Try the restaurants listed below. Your ASIS&T members have 'been there' and do recommend them. In fact, a real 'foodie' who lives in center city compiled the list. This editor must add one on her own. You simply must sample a Philadelphia cheese steak before you go home. Try Pat's King of Steaks. Worth the cab ride! Some of us think that Pat's is the best. Pat's claims to be the originator of the cheesesteak sandwich, a Philadelphia tradition! High fat and cholesterol, you might have to walk back to the hotel! 1301 South 9th. Street. 215-468-1546. $

Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria
…a chain but who cares…the food is good and can be counted on!
1515 Locust
(215) 731-1400

Black Sheep Pub
Ten beers on tap and a stunning selection of Irish whiskey…good 'pub grub'!
247 S. 17th St.
(215) 545-9473

Bookbinder's 15th St. Seafood House
Unique…great fish!
215 S. 15th St.
(215) 545-1137

Caribou Cafe
Give this one a 'go' and experience some unique dishes!
1126 Walnut
(215) 625-9535

A bit of a 'cut above' some of the others but worth the price!
1518 Walnut St.
(215) 545-6800

Ernesto's 1521 Cafe
Reservations a must! (Do you see a theme? We do like pubs in Philadelphia)
1521 Spruce
(215) 546-1521

Intimate, quiet and good dining!
15th & Locust
(215) 893-9700

Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Electic selections on a blackboard menu…check out the Tank Bar upstairs!
261 S. 21st St.
(215) 546-4232

The Irish Pub
A real bargain!
1123 Walnut St.
(215) 925-3311

Ludwig's Garten
Sounds like it should be in Germany! Good food!
1315 Sansom St.
(215) 985-1525

Marathon Grill
There are a few of these in Philadelphia. They also deliver!
121 S. 16th St.
215 569-3278

Noodle Heaven
Outstanding food served artfully. Really a good dining experience and you won't go away hungry. 224 S. Broad Street.

Pietro's Coal Oven Pizzeria
Tired of hotel food and just want something you can depend on?
1714 Walnut St.
(215) 735-8090

Sansom St. Oyster House
This place is so comfortable and the sea food is so fresh!
1516 Sansom
(215) 567-7683

Order your drink first! The food is good. The drinks great!
1602 Locust
(215) 546-0181

Upstares at Varalli
Northern Italian cuisine and worth the price!
1345 Locust St.
(215) 546-4200

The Wok
Affordable and a great location!
1613 Walnut St.
(215) 751-9990

Azalea (Omni Hotel at Independence Park) $$$ Located in the historic district, this four diamond, four star restaurant is lovely. Food is quite nice. Get a reservation, dress up; pretend you are on an expense account! 401 Chestnut Street. 215-925-0000.

Circa . $$ Award wining and yet not too expensive. Check out the décor! The restaurant is located in an old bank building. 1518 Walnut Street. 215-545-6800.

Fork $$ An American bistro and one of Gourmet's top 20 Philadelphia restaurants. Reasonably priced with a menu based on what is fresh locally. 308 Market Street. 215-625-9425.

Judy's Café $$. Located in Queen's Village, this treasure serves comfort food with an edge. Nice playful atmosphere. A fun place. 1201 Market Street. 215-928-1968.

Imperial Inn $$ Located right in the heart of Chinatown, this is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the city. Dim Sum daily a great place 'to lunch'. Daily 11 a.m. to midnight, later on Friday and Saturday. 146 North 10
th Street. 215-627-5588.


List compiled by the ASIST 2002 Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee

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