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Home to Philly’s truly world-class museums, Fairmount is synonymous with fine art — but art is far from the only draw for this northern neighbor to Center City.

Often referred to as the “Art Museum Area” because of its walking-distance access to Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Rodin Museum and Barnes Foundation, Fairmount possesses a distinct personality that thrives independent of those many hallowed halls.

Just outside the hustle and bustle, young families who move here enjoy its proximity to beautiful green spaces and a thriving food scene.

Getting acquainted with Fairmount is now easier than ever for new residents and visitors, as surrounding neighborhoods grow commercially and residentially.



Getting Here

SEPTA’s Broad Street Line drops riders off directly on Fairmount’s eastern border. A number of bus routes (48, 33, 32 and 7) also run to and from Center City. The neighborhood’s residential area is pedestrian and bike friendly, though parking may be difficult.

Major Annual Events

A French-inspired festival gets a Philly twist each July when Eastern State Penitentiary hosts the Bastille Day Festival. The giant block party features entertainment, games and cries of “Let them eat Tastykake!” as thousands of the Philadelphia-made treats are thrown from the prison’s towers.

In the fall, the same venue embraces its spooky side with Terror Behind the Walls, a haunted attraction featuring several different areas within Eastern State’s cell blocks.

People walking and dining outside on a street in Fairmount

  — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia


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Philadelphia is a city of vibrant neighborhoods bordered by a region of charming towns, with each area owning a distinctive personality. Explore the neighborhoods and towns in and around Philadelphia — their storied streets, interesting attractions, buzzed-about restaurants and year-round happenings.

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