Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is a museum and private art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States. The academy's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training. It offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Fine Arts, certificate programs, and continuing education.

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  • The museum is in two buildings. The larger space has works from fairly recent to hundreds of years old. The other space is connected to the school and (when I was there, at least) has mostly modern...  more »
  • Your ticket, $15 bought on line, provides you both to the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building which I believer is the current art school and museum as well as the Historic Landmark Building (HLB) what...  more »
  • The Academy has a wonderful collection from the 1700s to present. We really like the museums layout, especially in the original building. Great art displayed expertly - a great combination. The Bill....  more »
  • What a great museum! The architecture is beautiful. Love the sculptures and fountain in front of the museums. Also, the Rocky statue and the famous Rocky stairs!! This is a popular tourist attraction stop. All the hop-on hop-off tour bus stop at this location. Definitely a must visit place!
  • The space is beautiful. The staff was very nice. It makes me realize I don’t really understand art though.
  • I can't talk about the school, but the museum is one of Philadelphia's secret little treasures. If you are an art lover, it is well worth the visit.
  • Fantastic art work!Great collection of 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st century American and European Art.Wonderful experience.
  • The best time I have had in a bar in a long time!! The entertainment was ongoing, never stopped, 4$beers all night long! So much fun and amazing great staff!!! Wish we had this in Philadelphia.

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