Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is a museum and art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States. The academy's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts won the 2020 Webby Award for School / University in the category Web.
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  • The Academy has a wonderful collection from the 1700s to present. We really like the museums layout, especially in the original building. Great art displayed expertly - a great combination. The Bill....  more »
  • We had a good time walking through and spending time looking at the exhibits. Will most likey revisit in the future.  more »
  • What a great museum! The architecture is beautiful. Love the sculptures and fountain in front of the museums. Also, the Rocky statue and the famous Rocky stairs!! This is a popular tourist attraction stop. All the hop-on hop-off tour bus stop at this location. Definitely a must visit place!
  • The space is beautiful. The staff was very nice. It makes me realize I don’t really understand art though.

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