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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Address: 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
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+1 215-972-7600
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

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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We went to see the WWI art show, which was fantastic. The regular exhibits were sadly closed after 1 PM, so we missed them. There was a show in the basement of recent student art... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went to see the WWI art show, which was fantastic. The regular exhibits were sadly closed after 1 PM, so we missed them. There was a show in the basement of recent student art which was OK. The new building has quite good exhibition space, and the art is intelligently displayed and explained. Adjacent café is good and fun.... More 

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New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not too large & yet it has a wonderful collection of art. I particularly am fond of the Winslow Homer works.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

An outstanding collection of sculptures and paintings make this a must visit place for any visitor to this area. The building itself makes it a wonderful attraction.

Thank Joel G
Bourbonnais, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have visited Philadelphia many times but never seemed to find the time to experience the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts, until now. I was so impressed with the layout of the old historic building and even more impressed with the traveling exhibit of world war one inspired art. There was so much to learn and appreciate!

Thank kiwiandmolly
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Free admission on President’s Day, the day we visited. This art museum is spacious, neatly laid out, and well-curated overall. The ‘World War I and American Art’ exhibition was of particular interest, showing the public response to the war and what life in the battlefield was like, especially for those who experienced it first-hand. Stayed for two hours, which was... More 

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Highlands, North Carolina
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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

Not a huge museum but it includes a good school and studio space. We had a great experience not only at the special traveling exhibition of World War I art featuring John Singer Sargent's painting Gassed which so perfectly expresses the horrors of this first modern war. Afterward we explored the galleries within the historic building so beautifully ornamented. We... More 

Thank Freddiemf
Allentown, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 23 March 2017

One of the best museums in the US - major collection of American art and fabulous building. Important art school. Giant paintbrush sculpture outside museum

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017

This historic destination houses a fine art academy with exhibitions by students, as well as an art museum. It dates back to 1805 at its founding, so the Museum's collections go from the Colonial Period to after 1950. This building was opened in 1876 (itself an historic landmark), but has been augmented by a contemporary building that's next to it.... More 

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Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Fun partial day activity with 2 12 year olds about to turn 13 and it kept their interest "mist" of the time. The outdoor installations are neat and it is an easy walk from reading terminal, rittenhouse and Logan squares. Great pop in spot

Thank TheLangGangOf5
Cincinnati, Ohio
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

I was fortunate to come on Sunday where there is currently FREE admission. I also have a membership to the North American Reciprocal Museum organization of which this museum participates. There is a lot of history here and the old ornate building is on National Historic registry. The building itself, is worth a trip to see! The art is displayed... More 

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