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Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Categories: Art Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 4,600+ reviews on the web
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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  • Art Museum of Philadelphia is a masterpiece of the city and its art history. All and every visitors are coming there! The Museum building is a piece of art by itself. The view of the center city from ...  read more »
  • My wife and I walked down from Eastern State Penitentiary through winding cobbled streets lined on both sides with the most wonderful old row homes we've seen in a long time. Once we got to the museum...  read more »
  • The staircase in front of the Museum became world-famous for the film Rocky. You'll find many tourists taking pictures and making videos coming up the stairs, as portrayed in the film. The view of the city from the top of the stairs is very beautiful. A must for anyone who is a fan.
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  • 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.
  • Easily one of the best art museums I'e been to date. Amazing exhibits and help throughout the museum. I fell in love eternally when I discovered they offer a pay as much as you please night on Wednesdays, upon visiting on a Wednesday. I see this as such an awesome option to make attractions like such more inclusive especially for visitors of lower socioeconomic standing. I see great potential for having something like such back home and how it opens the door for everyone to partake in viewing, enjoying and appreciating beautiful art, history, and architecture. It was truly a lovely building, with amazing exhibits on display, and an amazing staff. This will definitely be a place of regular visits for me. There's so much to be seen and experienced.
  • Extraordinary selection of arts lost in a labyrinthine maze with little direction or focus despite the zoo-style map, tended by disinterested and rude guards who constantly intrude and are over trained to Segway you to front desk or interrupt the viewing/analysis process after any questions. Not to ride the art, the pieces are beautiful, but a more professional focus of employees would be great. Nothing but bad experiences on that front. Like it's designed to shovel in masses of tourism for economy
  • 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.
  • The museum is huge, and sections of it are incredibly easy to get lost in. Myself and my wife had to ask for directions from 3 different guards on our way out of one of the wings. We spent most of our time in the Medieval weapons exhibit (just where we wandered first) and the Oriental section. The Oriental section was disappointingly small by comparison to the weapons wing, but I did love the layout. Finally, we unfortunately were there before the Korean exhibit opened, which was something my wife really wants to see. We do plan on returning to see it.
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