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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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  • They say three hours to get threw it all, and it's true. If you're in a hurry pick your favorites to spend time with, and skip over others. Antiques too  more »
  • I've seen many art museums and was surprised by how wonderful this one is. Easy to maneuver and see their collection.  more »
  • We visited in June - very impressive collections. They said it would take days to see it all but we did some damage in just one day. It's a vast museum but it is easy to negotiate with the map you rec...  more »
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  • They have a really good collection and good limited-time special exhibits. The watercolor exhibit for example was superb The cafe and the restaurant were replaced and combined to form a lesser cafe, a downgrade. Otherwise I enjoy spending a day here for the great art. PS they have other nearby buildings such as a Rodin sculpture garden and museum, Perelman building, etc. Lots of people run up the Rocky staircase, though that was closed off the last time I went.
  • Definitely worth a visit, I wasn't expecting how insanely large this museum would be and was also impressed with the displays. As you enter certain rooms you literally feel as if your no longer in the 21st century and it really gets you immersed in the art. Lots of parking available and even though it was very crowded I was still able to enjoy everything. Lines moved very quickly. The staff was also extra friendly, almost all of them would smile and wave or at the very least say hello really made the experience that much better
  • Nice size and easy to see all in a few hours. Extremely friendly staff throughout. The museum is undergoing a major renovation otherwise I would comment on some dated areas. Ground floor gift shop one of the best I have ever seen. Had a nice relaxing time.
  • I don't have much to say other than it's as good as an art museum could be. The building itself is gorgeous. The view is the city from its vantage point is beautiful. the collections are wide ranging and stunning. And the special programming they offer is great, including art splash for the younguns.
  • I went on the Wednesday pay as you wish day. At first I wasn't sure what to expect in service, but I saw that the immensities offered during the week were almost the same. I was given a ticket, free, to a special photography exhibit. As I passed the information desk the woman told me about the tour being given in an hour on impressionism and realism. The truth of the matter is that I had no Idea what either was. I was very impressed by the docents knowledge and energy. She was truly excited about her subject and in turn as we walked she attracted quite a crowd! she waited for them all in each room and then gave us her insights. the last hour I wondered around and just enjoyed the feel of the exhibits that in parts were just so real you felt transported to Japan or you thought you were in spain in the 1800's. It is well done and enjoyable!