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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Address: 118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
Phone Number: +1 215-972-7600
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

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Always Amazing

As a Philly gal I visit a lot of local museums, and I'm always amazed at the special exhibits I've seen at PAFA over the years. The larger Philadelphia Museum of Art gets all the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As a Philly gal I visit a lot of local museums, and I'm always amazed at the special exhibits I've seen at PAFA over the years. The larger Philadelphia Museum of Art gets all the press, but PAFA'S exhibits are just as interesting, if not more so. The current exhibit about art and WWI is a wonderful exhibit about the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Love the weekend workshops for kids. They are free and open to all. My kids have had a great time learning about and creating art. Truly a fabulous asset for the city. Great place to bring the kids to learn and enjoy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We saw the exhibit on American Art during World War I recently. It was a most carefully constructed exhibit drawing on a variety of sources from propaganda both for and against US involvement, artists' reactions to war, and an extremely interesting journal that detailed one soldier's experience in words and drawings. In addition, we observed a program on empathic understanding... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

PAFA’s current exhibit World War I and American Art and its impact on American artists is thought provoking and so I went to learn how John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keefe, Clagget Wilson and many other less known artists incorporated war into their art. I also discovered Horace Pippin (1888-1946), the self-taught, deeply human African-American artist who served in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit just to see the architecture of the old building. Always interesting special exhibits and especially so the World War I exhibit now showing. Extremely educational and moving

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great museum that has amazing exhibits and great programs for kids. My kids love the summer programs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The Academy building is worth a visit in and of itself but the collection is the real star - a great overview of the development of American art from its earliest beginnings. Well worth a visit for those interested in art. For the casual visitor the impressive stair hall might be enough!

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Upper Makefield, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Well worth the visit. also good to know that many of our famous American artists were students and teachers here at the Pennsylvania Academy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has seen it all! It is catching one's eyes right along with the City Hall - a cimilar piece of Art and with plenty of sculptures.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Everyone seems to know about the Philadelphia Museum of Art but they don't know about PAFA. I love the intimacy of this museum. It's worth coming here for the building itself. It's a gem. I am a member & come regularly. They do an excellent job of changing it up so that the regulars don't get bored. They are open... More 

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