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Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

26th St & the Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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  • Visited: April 2010
  • Submitted: Jan 31, 2014
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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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Submitted by: Christine R.

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...

Submitted by: Nicey J.

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...

Submitted by: Mary J.

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...

Submitted by: Stephanie P.

#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...

Submitted by: Ruth Z.

Philadelphia has come a LONG way since I last was there-maybe 40 years ago...........and what a thrill it was to get to see the Robert Caputti fashion exhibit and then to meet the great designer himself-who had come to tour the Chagall exhibit. I might never have stumbled upon him, had it not been for a fabulous docent, who also knew where the new Jewish Museum of art is located-she told me to stop gabbing and get over to the Chagall, which was housed in a building across the street-it was so hot that I did not walk and I would have been heartbroken had i missed Mr. Caputti, who was just leaving! BUT he was gracious and charming and his nephew translated all of my ramblings and rantings.I had heard the shutt...

Submitted by: Jim N.

Philadelphia Museum of Art, or PMA as we call it, is a world class cultural institution situated on the site of the original Fairmount Waterworks (its elevated position high atop "Cherry Hill" gave its reservoir the necessary gravity to create decent water pressure when Philadelphia was a much smaller city. The waterworks building complex on the PMA campus, built on the Schuylkill, is a holdover/relic from those days of yore. Today you can enjoy a snack or a meal there. But I digress). PMA rocks. PMA hosts permanent French Impressionists collections rivaling Paris, New York, London. PMA has huge collections of American Art: Early American, Antebellum, Victorian, Jazz Age. PMA has great collections of Modern ...

Submitted by: Robin D.

WOW! This place is plain cool. Architecture of this building is not modern like our Toronto ROM, but layout is very well done. The art collection is exquisite and highly interesting. My one destination stop of any future Philly visit. Not to mention admission is cheap and f...

Submitted by: Gloria C.

Absolutely beautiful. I first came here on a Monday, without of course realizing that all museums are closed on Mondays. Obviously I had to run up the stairs and do the Rocky dance. Luckily, very few people are ever here at a time and thus you won't get bombarded by crowds. After my little Rocky jig, I just sat on the steps and took in the beautiful sight from the top. I could have sat and looked at the city for a few hours. It's that great of a view. Now for the museum itself, which I managed to enjoy the next day, it is absolutely gorgeous. What I loved is that it was not crowded at all, no lines, no big groups of people, no screaming kids to go running around. It ws a place where you actually can soak in ...

Submitted by: Michael U.

An absolute gem in the city - but a pricey one to be sure, especially when accounting for special exhibits.  With the famous "Rocky" steps (where you will undoubtedly see at least 2 overweight dad's with kids try to run up only to be out of breath at the second landing) and the statue of Rocky outside the museum only gets better once you are past the doors. An extensive collection and helpful guards the only issue with the PMoA is the limited selection of pop art and a hefty focus on the classics.  With the Late Renoir exhibit on display during my visit I was thrilled with the layout of the substantial collection - likely a grouping of paintings that will never come together under one roof again. A superb gi...


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