Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

A masterful collection of American art housed in a historic Center City building

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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Credit: T. Scheid for GPTMC

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Credit: G. Widman for GPTMC

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The Experience

A jewel nestled in the heart of Center City, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) boasts a vast collection of American art and treasures by local and national luminaries such as Charles Willson Peale (founder of the Academy), Thomas Eakins (who taught here), and Violet Oakley.

One of Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington is a special source of pride for locals, as are other well-known paintings by artists such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper and Cecilia Beaux – to name just a few.

Wildly colorful and extravagantly detailed, the 1876 national Historic Landmark Building designed by Frank Furness and George W. Hewitt provides an extraordinary setting for PAFA’s historic art collection.

The Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, which opened in 2005, is a soaring loft space which houses PAFA’s extraordinary temporary exhibitions and array of contemporary art.

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featured artwork

Girl with Pink Bow by Frank Benson
Portrait of Dr. Samuel D. Gross (The Gross Clinic) by Thomas Eakins
Portrait of Mrs. C.  (Lady with a White Shawl) by William Merritt Chase at PAFA
Three Wise Men Greeting Entry Into Lagos by Kehinde Wiley at PAFA
Din Avec la Main Dans le Miroir by Mickalene Thomas at PAFA
Artist in His Museum by Charles Willson Peale at PAFA
Paint Torch by Claes Oldenburg at PAFA's Lenfest Plaza
Ocean Without a Shore by Bill Viola at PAFA
Fox Hunt by Winslow Homer at PAFA
Penn's Treaty with the Indians by Benjamin West at PAFA