Like Philadelphia’s own Parthenon, the Philadelphia Museum of Art sits majestically on a rise at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The vast collections of this temple of art make it the third-largest art museum in the country, and an absolute must-see on the city’s cultural circuit.
View striking Renaissance master paintings, elaborately carved stone altarpieces along with entire period rooms and architectural settings from around the world.
The American collections range from fine examples of revolutionary-period furniture to the paintings of Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. From the world-renowned collections of French Impressionism, visitors enter the striking suite of galleries dedicated to modern and contemporary art.
Lectures, films, performances and special exhibitions are often featured in the main building, making it easy to expand upon a remarkable range of stimulating visual experiences in engaging ways.
The Museum offers several guided tours every day, which are free after paid general admission. All tours last approximately one hour and start at the West Entrance Information Desk unless otherwise noted.
Ideal for first-time visitors, Introductory Walks provide a broad overview of the Museum’s collections. Offered daily at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Special exhibition, outdoor and evening tours are also available.
Take a self-guided tour of objects in the collections, anytime you want with the Museum’s free Audio Podcasts. You can also listen to or download individual audio mp3s throughout the site. Click here for more information.
You won’t go hungry during your visit to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Enjoy a relaxing meal at the museum restaurant Granite Hill, operated by the Stephen Starr catering group. Granite Hill offers lunch and dinner options throughout the week, along with a fantastic brunch on Sunday mornings.
Take a break from browsing the museum’s wonderful galleries at the bright and airy Balcony Café or grab a quick bite at The Cafeteria. Click here for operating hours and more information.
Choose from two options for on site parking: the parking garage located on the west side of the main building and the upper terrace for vehicles with disability permits. Click here for more details
Your ticket to the Philadelphia Museum of Art grants you two-consecutive days admission to the museum along with admission to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building and the restored Rodin Museum.
On the first Sunday of the month, you can name your price of admission. Pay-what-you-wish will be expanding to Wednesdays from 5-9 p.m. in the fall of 2012.
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