The third largest museum in the country, Philadelphia Museum of Art holds a collection of more than 220,000 pieces, including masterpieces by Picasso, Dali, El Greco, Rubens, van Gogh, and Renoir. With an exterior familiar to most from the "Rocky" movies, the museum preserves the creative accomplishments of the entire world, containing over 200 galleries and spanning nearly 2,000 years of art history. The museum holds important artworks from Asia, notably a collection of Persian and Turkish carpets, as well as recreations of a Chinese palace hall, Japanese teahouse, and Indian temple. The European collection encompasses works from the Middle Ages to the present day, while the American galleries survey three centuries of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. Ease your exploration of the massive galleries by joining a guided tour of the exhibits. Using our world travel planner, Philadelphia attractions like Philadelphia Museum of Art can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Reviews
Built in the 1870s for the world fair, it is one of Philadelphia’s must see attraction. The art is diverse from eastern Asian to European Renaissance. They have pay what you want on Wednesday nights a... more »
I believe it is THE best museum of fine arts in the US. They constantly enlarge their collection. Their ticket is good for two days, so plan coming there for two days in a row. more »
Beautiful museum with many great works of are. There are many different exhibits here to keep you and particularly the kids interested. The building and the grounds are also very beautiful. There is an are upstairs where kids can make there own works of art also. The cafe has some decent choices for a quick bite, but I would suggest packing a picnic lunch to eat on the grounds are there are many nice spots to do so.
This place is a monumental and an extraordinary tribute to the wonders of art and human ingenuity. I went in with a very specific game plan in place; see as much as I could in the few hours I had until it closed. With my serious walking shoes on, water, camera, and snacks, I knew I wouldn't be able to soak in everything but took my time in sections I felt connected to and speed walked through those I didn't. I personally loved the areas that recreated whole entire scenes of old, older and ancient lives. I was able to actually see every single room of the museum but it took about 2.5 hours of pretty fast walking. Can't wait to come back and explore more closely. On Fridays they have live music that you can enjoy from the beautiful main landing stairs.
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