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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  • Given this review is late (we went in late August) - but this was one of my top trip highlights. Easily my favorite thing in Philadelphia. The entire street it's on is artsy and fun to see. The Garden...  more »
  • We made the trip from New Jersey to Philadelphia magic gardens full of great expectation and were very disappointed. Before we entered staff notified us that due to ice half the exhibit is closed to t...  more »
  • Not to be missed... this artist is awesome and overwhelming... must see. 30 min to 1 hour for the visit. It is also really useful to predict at least a good hour to stroll in the neighborhood, there are several fresco of the same artist... look everywhere because even at the bottom of a small alley can hide a magnificent fresco...
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  • I went here with my girlfriend after she told me about this place. It was a really cool experience. You should buy your tickets online ahead of time because it gets pretty busy especially if the weather is really nice. Prices are $10 for adults and $8 for students. You will probably spend about 20-30 minutes here. There are so many opportunities to take pictures. They had some other art displayed from various artists that was really interesting as well. We tried to go here one day an hour before closing but the tickets had sold out which is why I recommend buying ahead of time online.I know they offer guided tours but we just did the self guided which was really fun. Definitely would visit again. Make sure you bring your camera
  • This place is great. Multiple levels of Mosaic artwork to explore. Lots and LOTS of photo opportunities. It would take hours to really see (and read) everything this space has to offer. It's a really great afternoon date spot, maybe after lunch as you stroll down south street. Highly recommend.
  • Extremely beautiful place with great photo opportunities. My time was for 3:00 pm but they let me go in a little before so that was nice. It wasn't that expensive but it also only took about 25-30 minutes to go through it all while taking pictures. Definitely wouldn't expect to spend more than 45 minutes here, even if in a big group.
  • I cannot say there's anything quite like this place - the sheer amount of creativity packed into such a small space is mind blowing. There's truly something to see in every direction, and a patient and curious visitor could easily spend hours here. The surreal designs seem to speak to each visitor differently, and I personally enjoyed how the abstract creations could be explored and were doing as much with space and form as they were with color and content. It was quite busy when I visited, which made me not stay as long nor engage with the work as closely as I hoped. I recommend going when things are quiet and you have plenty of time to enjoy the experience. Also note that since the exhibit is outside, weather and time of day will change your experience.
  • I was looking for activities to do while I was in Philly for a stay-cation with my boyfriend. I found this on google maps and was not disappointed. This sculpture garden is beautiful. Great for pictures and sightseeing. The only downside was how busy it gets. It is a small sculpture garden so when we arrived we purchased our tickets and had to wait an hour before we could tour the area. We were able to kill time just walking around outside because the art trickles to the outside area were they have you wait. There is an alley way filled with art on the walls. The street it is located on is quite the busy street so parking was not easy to find. We ended up parking further out. About a 7 minute walk from the sculpture garden. Parking is expensive as well.
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