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Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Art Museum covers 10 acres and houses more than 300,000 works spanning 2,000 years

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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

Description

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.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty
March 2, 2014 – May 26, 2014
Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty is the first full-scale survey in the United States to be devoted to art of the celebrated Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), a period that spanned half a millennium and profoundly shaped the culture and identity of Korea today.

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love
April 27, 2014 – November 30, 2014
Runway of Love will be an expansive retrospective showcasing some eighty ensembles that were recently presented to the Museum as a promised gift by Kelly’s business and life partner, Bjorn Guil Amelan, and Bill T. Jones. Kelly’s designs will be complemented by selections from the artist’s significant collection of black memorabilia, videos of his exuberant fashion shows, and photographs by renowned artists including Horst P. Horst, Pierre et Gilles, and Oliviero Toscani.

History

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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Admission

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.

Pay-What-You-Wish
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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