Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
26th St & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130| Map |
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest art museums in the United States. Its collections contain more than 225,000 items in spanning 2,000 years.
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This world-class art museum goes out of its way to make families feel welcome. Enjoy a self-guided tour with either an audio guide that's just for kids, or one of the printed family guides that's available at the front desk. Better still, do as we did and visit on Sunday when you'll find family guided tours, family studios with art projects for kids to do, and, on select Sundays, themed family celebrations that might include demonstrations and even animals from the Philadelphia Zoo. On our visit, we toured a special exhibit of works by Chagall and his contemporaries and then spent the afternoon making art that imitated the paintings we had seen. Check the Programs & Events section of the website to learn about family upcoming events. Finally, no visit to Philadelphia would be complete without recreating Rocky's triumphant run up the ARt Museum steps. Be sure to take advantage of this photo op (and let your kids get their wiggles out). The view from the top is worth the climb.
Tips for Families
All family events are free after admission, and children under 12 get in free. Admission is free for everyone on the first Sunday of the month. And if you are a member at your local art museum, check to see if your membership gives you admission here - the Philadelphia Museum of Art has reciprocity with many art museums around the United states. This is a large art museum - don't feel like you need to see the entire thing with kids. Choose one area to focus on and limit your visit to a few hours.
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Sabrina's Cafe is a local favorite for families and has a wide selection of breakfast, lunch, and brunch foods that are sure to please.
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One of my favorite places to visit. It was the first time that SO and I went together, so we spent our day there. We decided to go all in and get the special exhibit along with the regular admission- $25.00. They are running the Rembrandt and the Faces of Jesus exhibit. It was good, and I learned a bit. I think with all their special exhibits, you can get a free audio tour, but for the rest of the museum it is $5.00. There are so many little galleries and nooks and crannies to get lost in. My favorite wings are the Modern /Contemporary Art with Duchamp, and the European Art up to 1900- where my favorite painting, Rousseau's Carnival Night lives (in the night rotunda with the fountain, Van Goghs, and Cezannes...
I love this museum, I'm here at the very least once a month.. it's definitely one of philadelphias many gems. The rocky stairs annoy me, but that's probably more to do with the fact that tourists are always running up them and videoing it and it anno...
I could spend an entire weekend in this museum, there is so much to see! One of the best things in Philly is the Art after 5 party on Fridays, with live music and the first floor galleries open to spend more time viewing the amazing paintings from 19th cent. Europe and Amer...
#159 Back in April, during the Capucci exhibit, we decided it was high time for us to make it over to the Philly Museum. We decided to go on a Sunday, expecting a huge crowd, but it wasn't actually that bad. We paid for general admission, as well as entrance into the Capucci exhibit, so the total cost $16 per person. We made a point of going into the Capucci exhibit first, which turned out to be pretty awesome. Though, to be honest, his dresses look much better in pictures than in person. Up until this point, all of the employees were super polite and helpful. However, by the time we made it through the Capucci exhibit and into the American art exhibit, the attitude declined drastically. We were looking at a...