Throughout the Philadelphia region, art spills out of galleries and into the great outdoors.
Many of the region’s galleries and museums are set amid colorful gardens, quiet woodlands or serene meadows that accentuate the art found on the walls.
Here’s a look at some of the Philadelphia region galleries that celebrate beauty inside and out.add to My Experience
A work of art in itself, the garden at the Barnes Foundation’s new campus in Philadelphia is a spectacular addition to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
One of Philadelphia’s most recognized gardens, the Azalea Garden at the Philadelphia Museum of Art features just over four-acres of fantastic horticulture.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Opened in 1928 and resembling a Greek temple, the Julian Abele-designed Philadelphia Museum of Art is made of pure Minnesota dolomite and covers 10 acres. Of particular note are the polychrome terracotta sculptures in the tympanum of the pediment on the North Wing, which were designed by sculptor C. Paul Jennewein. At the time, the building was the first in 2,000 years to adapt polychromy in this manner. The Neo-classical building is considered one of the showpieces of the early 20th-century “city beautiful” movement in architecture. A renovation is currently in progress, which includes the addition of a new wing designed by award-winning architect Frank O. Gehry.
Philadelphia, PA 19101
In the spirit of its original 1929 design, the grounds of the Rodin Museum have undergone an extensive transformation to reflect the important blend of art and nature.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Wilson Eyre’s ambitious 1896 design for the Free Museum of Science and Art was based on Northern Italian Renaissance architecture and featured three central rotundas and parks with fountains and pools. While Eyre never fully realized his elaborate plan, what is now the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is housed in his original Beaux Arts’ structure. Over the years various structures have been grafted onto the original, including The Harrison Rotunda, an ancient Roman-style all-masonry rotunda with 90-foot walls and a self-supporting dome, and most recently, the Mainwaring Wing, an Atkin, Olshin, Lawson-Bell and Associates’-designed storage facility that both echoes, and is a post-Modern interpretation of, the original master plan.
For more than 180 years, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has grown community, friendship, tradition and incredible gardens throughout Philadelphia.
Aviator Park, located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway adjacent to The Franklin Institute and Moore College of Art + Design, serves as an open, green, family-friendly oasis.
Stop at the newly renovated Sister Cities Park, an urban oasis in the center of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Designed by DIGSAU architects, Pennoni Engineers, Inc. and Studio Bryan Hanes, landscape architects, the space features a children’s boat pond, an educational play garden, and a green-designed pavilion with a café and community room. A fountain will commemorate Philadelphia’s Sister Cities program, which dedicates landmarks to the city’s 10 “sisters,” of which Tel Aviv and Florence were the first two.
(at Bells Mill Road)
Philadelphia, PA 19118
The Woodmere Museum’s building, an elegant stone mansion in the Chestnut Hill area, makes the perfect backdrop for shows of art in the realist tradition, from the 19th century to the present. Recent exhibits have featured landscape painter William Trost Richards, Susan Macdowell Eakins, and Philadelphia’s modernist icon Arthur B. Carles.