Philadelphia's Magic Gardens, Philadelphia

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Covering half a city block of indoor and outdoor space, Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG) glistens with creativity and urban renaissance. Artist Isaiah Zagar began tiling South Street in the 1960s and never stopped, eventually building a mosaic garden out of ceramic shards, broken mirrors, bicycle spokes, and vivid splashes of dyed cement. The tiled passages of PMG weave over and under ground, and perhaps more than anything through the mind of a dedicated and obsessed artist.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Visited with my husband and eight year old. What a treasure and must see off the beaten path on south st. A small museum and open art space dedicated to mosaic with a variety of objects. Small and a a...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    They have many little rooms to walk around in with tile walls in hundred of colors. Out back the walls and gardens are decorated in tiles and kitchen ware, prices of bike and any thing else you can th...  more »
  • October 1, 2017
    This place is like one big mosaic masterpiece. The front of the building pretty much shows you exactly what you should expect to see. When you first walk in, it doesn't seem like it would be as big as...  more »
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  • June 11, 2017
    This is a great place to walk through and think about life and art...I'm glad I got to visit, and I hope I get to come back one day. Such a great masterpiece. The staff were warm and friendly too!
  • July 4, 2017
    Very unique and different, it takes less than 30 minutes for the entire tour. Quite small. So many other great sites in Phili, you can be skip this
  • April 14, 2017
    Philadelphia Magic Gardens is very small, bit it's impressive. Depending on how much time you like to spend at artsy places, you can spend anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours here. My boyfriend and I were visiting Philly for the weekend and our Airbnb happened to be right across the street. I had no idea you could buy tickets ahead of time until I happened to look on the site that morning. Well we really lucked out because there was only one time slot left, which was for 11:30. That worked out perfectly because we were planning to go when they opened, which is 11 am. Tickets are $12 or if you have a student ID, it's $8. When we showed up, there was barely anyone there. It wasn't until we left at around 12:30 did the crowds really start pouring in. There was a huge line out the door. So bottom line - go early, and buy your tickets ahead of time.
  • April 16, 2017
    Very interesting and impressive place to visit in Philadelphia. The first time we went there the exhibition was sold out so we went home to order tickets online for the following day. Worked out perfectly... I would definitely suggest to order your tickets in advance so you get in... The exhibition itself is absolutely worth visiting! It really gives you a "magic" experience... :)
  • June 14, 2017
    This place makes you feel like if you are in someone's imaginary garden, except this is real! I loved spending time throughout the garden reading small phrases here and there. I will definitely be back!

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