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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  • As title suggests they were in preparation for some installation or renovation or whatever, but a good portion of the main building was closed - and no one mentioned it at the door, nor was the... 
    As title suggests they were in preparation for some installation or renovation or whatever, but a good portion of the main building was closed - and no one mentioned it at the door, nor was the...  more »
  • It’s been many years since I had the pleasure of visiting this fine quality art facility in Philadelphia and it has maintained it outstanding qualities! As a former resident, we frequented the PAFA... 
    It’s been many years since I had the pleasure of visiting this fine quality art facility in Philadelphia and it has maintained it outstanding qualities! As a former resident, we frequented the PAFA...  more »
  • Museum showcases numerous artists, Peales, Stuart, West, Cassatt, Eakins. Founded in 1805, by Charles Willson Peale and William Rush and others. 
    Museum showcases numerous artists, Peales, Stuart, West, Cassatt, Eakins. Founded in 1805, by Charles Willson Peale and William Rush and others.  more »
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  • 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!
  • PAFA is on my top 10 places to take visitors who enjoy innovation and the arts. The museum was a pioneer in training and celebrating female artists since the 1800s. This commitment is reflected thoughtfully in how they curate their collection and offer multicultural programming as well.They change exhibits 4 times a year, and talks are free with a membership. The museum is accessible to public transportation-just a few blocks from City Hall.
  • Our daughter-in-law just graduated with her Masters in Fine arts. This is such a wonderful facility with a great faculty of caring individuals! If you are looking for a Masters in Fine Arts, this is the place to attend.
  • This is a wonderful museum that has modern art as well as more traditional paintings and sculptures. The older building is such an architectural treasure that it’s with visiting the museum.
  • The modern art building can be seen in five minutes. The old building is what's really worth visiting. This is just my opinion of course!

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