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Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

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The third largest museum in the country, Philadelphia Museum of Art holds a collection of more than 220,000 pieces, including masterpieces by Picasso, Dali, El Greco, Rubens, van Gogh, and Renoir. With an exterior familiar to most from the "Rocky" movies, the museum preserves the creative accomplishments of the entire world, containing over 200 galleries and spanning nearly 2,000 years of art history. The museum holds important artworks from Asia, notably a collection of Persian and Turkish carpets, as well as recreations of a Chinese palace hall, Japanese teahouse, and Indian temple. The European collection encompasses works from the Middle Ages to the present day, while the American galleries survey three centuries of painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. Ease your exploration of the massive galleries by joining a guided tour of the exhibits. Plan your Philadelphia Museum of Art visit and explore what else you can see and do in Philadelphia using our Philadelphia vacation trip planner.
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TripAdvisor
  • Beautiful building and great collection - I especially love the modern art collection here. The food is also good at the cafe.  more »
  • The Asian art area was wonderful but I was very disappointed to not find African art. One ticket is for 2 days and it really takes 2 days to go thru.  more »
  • I lived next to the museum for over 5 years (about 10 years ago) and was a frequent visitor. After a recent trip it seemed like the exhibits are good but it just seemed to be missing something. We wer...  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning. Modern, not so modern, armour, all set in an incredibly beautiful building. Perhaps one of the best art galleries I have been in. I was only there for a half day, but could easily spend a week going through the contents of this building.
  • Cool Museum. You don't even have to go in to see tons of statues. You can't beat the Rocky Statue, only annoying thing about the statue are the guys that want to take the picture for and then they expect you to give them a tip. You can easily tell them no, after saying no a couple times they will leave you alone. The art inside is looks like any other art you can find in any Major Cities Art Museum. I am not a critique of art so to me I am amazed by almost any painting or sculpture, as long as it isn't some kind of art that you have to interpret.
  • Every time I come here, I'm always impressed . I love the museum, I love the exhibits, and I love the building. Staff members are knowledgeable and pleasant. Even security is nice when they tell you to step back, it's great. Also, they have great tea!
  • SO beautiful! I'm not an art person but I could easily spend hours here. Give yourself at least 3 hours to see every piece. Go as soon as you open since it also gives you admissions to other museums.
  • I'm writing from a perspective of a complete novice when it comes to any form of art. I had been wanting to visit the Museum for a long time now just on the basis of how grand it looked from the outside. This Friday I actually found some time to check it out and all I can say is that it's completely worth your time. I was not bored for a minute. There are a lot of paintings in there that I didn't get but through simple explanations on the rest I found myself very appreciative of the artwork of painters like Picasso, Duchamp, Rousseau and many others. The entire collection of European and American paintings is pleasing to see. The British and American culture displayed through lifestyles on the second floor of the main building just left me in awe. I had never seen anything like it before. Make sure you have at least 4-5 hours or the next day to check out this great place in it's entirety! (yes, tickets are valid for 2 days) And any students reading this, you can become a member for a year for just $20. Also, you can bring in a guest for just $10, maximum guests allowed is 10.