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  • Dream Garden

    Louis Comfort Tiffany meets Maxfield Parrish in a one-of-a-kind creation

    The Dream Garden

    One of only three such works ever undertaken by Tiffany Studios, the piece is comprised of 24 panels that took six months to install in its Philadelphia setting. In 1998, after the piece was put up for sale and casino magnate Steve Wynn attempted to purchase it, a citywide outcry nixed the deal, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts purchased its alumnus’ famous Dream Garden to make sure it would remain where it has always been.

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  • Duck Girl

    1911 by Paul Manship

    Duck Girl in Rittenhouse Square Park

    A young woman, classically draped (with a bit of strategic undraping), strides gracefully with a duck in one hand. No known symbolism invests this work; it’s just pleasant to look at. This is an early sculpture by Paul Manship, best known for his Prometheus in New York’s Rockefeller Center.

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  • Dupree Gallery

    Fine art made accessible by visual artist James Dupree

    This Queen Village institution was founded by artist James Dupree, who’s lauded for his accessible approach to running what many call “the people’s gallery.”

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  • Dylan Gallery

    Fine art on the Piazza

    This Piazza-located gallery focuses on architectural, functional and fine art, including furniture, housewares and jewlery.

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  • Eagle

    1904 by August Gaul

    The Eagle in Macy's Grand Court.

    German sculptor August Gaul’s 2,500-pound bronze bird came to America for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904. When John Wanamaker purchased it for his famous department store, he had to strengthen the floor with extra girders. Soon “Meet me at the eagle” became a catchphrase for Philadelphians as well as suburbanites who came downtown to shop.

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  • Eastern State Penitentiary

    Radical 19th century prison designed to create social change

    The looming exterior of Eastern State Penitentiary

    Eastern State Penitentiary set the standard for penal reform, with its soaring, castle-like Gothic architecture and its founders’ Quaker-inspired belief that solitary confinement could reform criminals.

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  • EKG Exhibition Space

    The intersection of art and technology

    The exhibitions and programs at this gallery showcase contemporary art that intersects with advances in science and technology—and all are free and open to the public. A recent expansion includes a program called Breadboard, an art-and-technology hybrid combining 3-D and a collaborative workshop.

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  • Electric Factory

    Supplying live music to Philadelphia for decades

    This four-decades-old live music hall occupies an actual former electric factory. Acts at the standing-room-only venue with a capacity for 2,500-3,000 people span all genres, from indie to pop to classic rock.

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  • Ellen Phillips Samuel Memorial

    1933–1961

    On a strip of land between the Schuylkill River and Kelly Drive, the Samuel Memorial tells the story of American life through sculpture. Chosen by means of three international exhibitions, the artists included several European immigrants and one from North Africa — fitting for a monument that stresses the nation’s openness, democracy and creative energy. Most of the works are fairly traditional in style, but Jacques Lipchitz’s bold Spirit of Enterprise dominates the central terrace.

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  • Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum of Contemporary Art

    A hidden art oasis dedicated to a Philadelphia artist

    A sculptural work of art by Ellen Tiberino.

    There’s nowhere quite like this visually arresting shrine to late Philly artist Tiberino, whose unique style of sculpture and mural is spread throughout the space.

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  • Emergence of a Modern Metropolis Walking Tour

    Explore the social, economic and political forces that helped Philadelphia become an architectural jewel

    Highlights include the spectacular Victorian interior of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; the soaring central court of Philadelphia’s first department store, Wanamaker’s (now Macy’s Center City); and the atrium of the brand new Comcast Center, Philadelphia’s tallest skyscraper.

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  • Erdman Hall Dormitory (Higher Education)

    Louis I. Kahn (1914)

    A recent restoration by Bryn Mawr College has returned the distinctive slate and concrete structure to its original condition.

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  • Face Fragment

    1975 by Arlene Love

    A giant, gilded mouth and nose, this sculpture will surely catch your eye, but it was designed as a tribute to other senses — namely, smell and taste, the research interests of the Monell Chemical Senses Center. Sculptor Arlene Love often favors partial figures, which allow her to concentrate on what she considers the essential nature of the subject.

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  • Fairmount Art Center

    Release the artist inside with classes, workshops and more

    Located behind the Perelman Building, the Fairmount Art Center offers a variety of classes and workshops for adults and children in a variety of mediums, from watercolors to jewelry making to mosaics.

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  • Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center

    The nation’s first municipal water treatment center

    Fairmount Water Works

    The Fairmount Water Works, one of Philadelphia’s architectural icons, now is an exciting combination of environmental education, architectural history and cultural heritage.

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  • Feria del Barrio

    30th anniversary of one of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture.

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate 30 years of arts, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.

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  • Fingerspan

    1987 by Jody Pinto

    The Fingerspan Bridge in the Wissahickon

    Ready for a more rugged hike? In the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park, the “Form and Function” program commissioned a bridge that resembles a human finger, complete with a “nail” at one end. With this steel span across a picturesque gorge, artist Jody Pinto hoped to make hikers feel a literal connection between the human body and the natural world.

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  • First Friday

    Monthly open house for galleries in Philadelphia

    On the first Friday evening of every month, the streets od Old City fill with art lovers of all kinds who wander among the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries.

    Friday, October 3
    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.

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  • First Friday Doylestown

    Celebrating the local arts and artists of Bucks County

    What’s better than a free evening of local artists and musicians at more than 40 locations in downtown Doylestown?

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  • First Person Arts

    Celebrating 10 years of stories

    For the past 10 years, First Person Arts has provided a stage for memoir and documentary art in Philadelphia.

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  • First Person Arts Festival

    The only festival of its kind dedicated to personal stories from everyday people

    Poet Sonia Sanchez

    November 4 – 15
    The only festival of its kind in the world, the 13th annual First Person Arts Festival is a celebration of real life. Artists and everyday people from across the country take part in the annual event, sharing their personal stories and experiences.

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  • First Unitarian Church

    Frank Furness (1885-86)

    The First Unitarian Church

    While Frank Furness designed a number of churches, First Unitarian was a project that was especially dear to him.

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  • Fisher Fine Arts Library

    Frank Furness (1888-90)

    Fisher Fine Arts Library

    On the University of Pennsylvania, Frank Furness (1888-90)

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  • Fishtown RiverCity Festival

    Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood

    Celebrate the Fishtown neighborhood during the RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park.

    Saturday, October 11
    Celebrate fall in the Fishtown neighborhood during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Fleisher Art Memorial

    The people’s palette

    Fleisher is a unique and inspiring space that hosts a large number of affordable classes and educational opportunities in addition to art shows and events.

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  • Fonthill Castle & Museum

    Henry Mercer’s concrete castle, an American treasure

    Exterior of Fonthill Museum.

    Harvard-educated Henry Chapman Mercer built his storybook stone mansion with its turrets and balconies from the inside out, without using blueprints. Modeled after a 13th-century Rhenish castle, it has Gothic doorways, 32 sudden stairways, dead ends, and 44 rooms, each in a different shape.

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  • Free Library of Philadelphia

    Incredible collection of rare books, special collections and media

    Free Library of Philadelphia

    A stunning Beaux-Arts building along the culture-heavy Benjamin Franklin Parkway serves as the hub for the Free Library of Philadelphia, which includes 50 branches around the city.

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  • Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department

    Highlights of book history preserved for posterity

    Free Library of Philadelphia

    When architects Horace Trumbauer’s and Julian Francis Abele’s building on Logan Circle opened in 1927, rare books were collected elsewhere in town. The Central Branch of the public library soon became a popular repository for everything from Sumerian cuneiform tablets to the works of Beatrix Potter. When the entire library of William McIntire Elkins, including the room that housed it, was given to the library in 1949, the Rare Book collection grew into a full-fledged department.

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  • Freedom Repertory Theatre

    A landmark of American theater history

    The “northern anchor” of Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts.

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  • FringeArts

    Permanent home for progressive performing arts on the Delaware River Waterfront

    The permanent home of FringeArts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

    FringeArts, formerly known as the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe, now has a permanent home for the arts on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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