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Art Museums & Galleries
Philadelphia is a city of firsts, and it holds a first in the art category too: the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the oldest art museum in the country, founded in 1805 by Charles Willson Peale, a painter himself who also fathered distinguished artists, Rembrandt and Raphaelle Peale — two of his seven sons.
Philadelphia was also home to Thomas Eakins, whose penetrating portraits of 19th-century Philadelphians make him arguably the greatest American painter. And this area has nurtured several “schools” of art, from the Pennsylvania Impressionists to the Ashcan school, led by Pennsylvania Academy teacher Robert Henri.
A wonderland for lovers of books and antiques
Tucked away among the elegant 19th-century town homes near Rittenhouse Square, The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia houses one of the world’s great collections of manuscripts, literature and rare books.View More
One of the world’s leading collections of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings
The Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway inspires discovery with the world’s largest collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings and African sculpture.View More
A behind-the-scenes view of art in the making
October 3-4; 17-18, 2015View More
Ever wonder what an artist’s studio really looks like? Philadelphia Open Studio Tours allows everyone a chance to take a sneak peek inside the city’s most creative spaces. For two weekends in October, artists around the city open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work and purchase artwork.
April 25 & September 19View More
Go West! Craft Fest is an annual gathering of West Philly’s best artisans and craftspeople that allows shoppers to discover new creators of clothing, jewelry, housewares, knitwork and more.
Philadelphia’s city-wide celebration of design and innovation
October 8-16, 2015View More
Every fall, the city celebrates the historic role of design in the region while showcasing the innovation yet to come during DesignPhiladelphia.
Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia
Friday, October 2, 2015View More
Want proof of Philadelphia’s happening art scene? On the first Friday evening of every month the streets fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, most of them open from 5 until 9 p.m.
“Circle the Square” with fine art
September 18-20, 2015View More
Now in its 84th year, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show has the long-running distinction of being the nation’s oldest outdoor original artwork show.
Grab a camera and take a picture in the city
Friday, October 9, 2015View More
Now in its sixth year, Philly Photo Day calls on all residents to capture and share their pictures depicting a day in the life of the city.
One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the region celebrates 25 years
June 20-21View More
One of the largest outdoor arts festivals in the Delaware Valley, the Manayunk Arts Festival draws thousands of people to its historic Main Street for a two-day festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more.
Annual affordable artwork sale and festival at InLiquid
June 12-14View More
Enhance your personal art collection without breaking the bank at InLiquid’s annual Art for the Cash Poor, a block party-style art show and sale.
One of the oldest African-American literary events in the country
Through May 31View More
Now in its 31st year, the Celebration of Black Writing is one of the oldest African-American literary events in the country. Hosted by Art Sanctuary, the month-long celebration features events appealing to all ages, backgrounds and interests.
World-famous bike race highlighting the famous Manayunk Wall
June 7View More
Professional and amateur cyclists alike will have the opportunity to tackle the infamous “Manayunk Wall” during the Philadelphia International Cycling Classic.
Showcase of innovative and genre-defying cinema
July 30-August 2View More
Now in its fourth year, the BlackStar Film Festival is a four-day celebration showcasing artistically innovative and genre-defying films by and about the global black experience.
Performance space and community gathering place
Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda is now a smoke-free and drink-free space for world, soul, hip-hop, rock, jazz and experimental music. When bands aren’t playing, the socially conscious venue hosts movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.View More
14th annual arts festival will include 60 artists and a beer tent
September 20View More
Local artists, musicians, and vendors will pack the streets of Jenkintown for an afternoon of fun during the Jenkintown Festival of the Arts.