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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Third-largest art museum in the country and a must-see attraction

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The famous steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Credit: Courtesy the Philadelphia Museum of Art


The Experience

Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.

Among its impressive holdings in Renaissance, American, Impressionist and Modern art, some standouts include a great Rogier van der Weyden altarpiece, a large Bathers by Cezanne, a room devoted to Philadelphia’s own Thomas Eakins, and Marcel Duchamp’s notorious mixed-media Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (The Large Glass), exactly as the dada master installed it.

Upstairs, breathe in other cultures and times through over 80 period rooms, from the medieval cloister to the Indian temple. The Museum has wowed visitors in recent years with shows it helped to organize, from Cezanne and Degas to Brancusi and Barnett Newman.

Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life

Dates: October 27, 2015 – January 10, 2016
Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life explores the history of still-life painting in a sweeping display.

An exhibition of more than 130 works in oil, watercolor and other media, the three-month exhibit showcases some of the best examples of American still-life, from Philadelphia’s Peale family of painters and trompe l’oeil master William Michael Harnett to modern artists such as Charles Sheeler, Georgia O’Keeffe and Roy Lichtenstein.

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Art After 5

The Art After 5 events at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features live jazz or international music concerts and a cash bar in the Great Stair Hall every Friday of the month. The performances focus on jazz, but also feature a smattering of international, soul and rhythm and blues starting at 5:00 p.m.

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Art After 5


Your ticket to the Philadelphia Museum of Art grants you two-consecutive days admission to the museum along with admission to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and the restored Rodin Museum and Historic House Mount Pleasant.

On the first Sunday of the month and every Wednesday after 5 p.m., you can name your price of admission.

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Frank Gehry’s Master Plan for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

A long-time in the making, the museum is about to undergo an ambitious renovation, revitalization and expansion with the assistance of famed architect Frank Gehry.

The multi-phase, multi-year plan touch every part of the museum with a major focus on opening up the interior space and making it more navigable for visitors.

Take a Closer Look


Founded during the nation’s first centennial in 1876 as a museum of decorative arts, the Museum soon outgrew its quarters in Fairmount Park’s Memorial Hall. Its new building, in the form of three linked Greek temples, opened in 1928. Julian Abele, the chief designer and the first African-American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s architecture school, was inspired by the temples he saw while traveling in Greece.


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