Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps

It's only 72 steps to one of the world's greatest art museums

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Famous East Steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Credit: T. Scheid for GPTMC

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Leading up to the main entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the country’s third largest museum, are 72 stone steps. Opened in 1928, the museum’s three linked buildings and its grand steps were designed by Julian Abele and modeled after the Greek temples he saw while traveling. Today, the steps are affectionately known as the “Rocky Steps,” after the Oscar-winning movie Rocky in which the main character famously climbs them. While the grand stairway isn’t the only way to enter this majestic temple of art and view its vast collections, many visitors often take it just to mimic Rocky’s climb.

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