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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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  • We found this gem after seeing it on a tourism video for Philly. This sprawling area of mosaic is so neat and a great picture spot. Since the mosaics are hand built and basically pieces of art they ar...  more »
  • As soon as you enter your jaw will drop - so embrace the oohing and ahhing effect this place will have on you. On a sunny day we glass/stone mosaics glittered and there were plenty of photo opps! I pu...  more »
  • This place is more than you can imagine from seeing photos, because as interesting as the photography is that you can get none of it can capture the feeling of being there in three dimensional space. ...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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... :)
  • 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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