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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art

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The stunning Philadelphia Museum of Art stands at the end of the grand broad boulevard Benjamin Franklin Parkway, where it houses over 225,000 works of art and presides over a continuous and rich array of exhibitions and educational programs.

Built to serve as an art gallery during the Centennial Exposition of 1876, the museum is now the third largest in the country and one of the most prestigious in the world. It houses extensive collections from the Renaissance, American, Impressionist and Modern periods, reflecting work by masters and respected artists from all over the world. The museum includes more than 80 period rooms from the medieval period to Ancient Greece. Among its largest collections is one of German art as well as an extensive collection of 18th and 19th century handmade furniture.

It is a grand venue for not only exhibited museum art but also regular art shows in the courtyard, as well as parades and concerts. Its front stairway is also known to movie aficionados as those ascended by Rocky during his workouts in the original Rocky film.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Tuesday through Sunday: 10am to 5pm, Closed Monday
  • Admission/Main Building:
  • Adults: $16
  • Seniors (ages 65 & over): $14
  • Students (with valid ID): $12
  • Contact:
  • Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Dr. Philadelphia, PA
  • Phone: 215-763-8100
  • Website:
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