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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“american art” (35 reviews)
“frank furness” (21 reviews)
“thomas eakins” (15 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My Company had our client wine and cheese party there. We had the the entire upper level. The foods served were awesome. They have Crab and Grilled Cheese and Philly Cheese and Mushroom Quiche. Bars with Wine and Mixed drinks. The servers were so so...More

Thank Ben T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Small museum with some important and famous paintings in their collection. There were paintings that I recall seeing in textbooks and other references that I never realized was in their collection so it was a real pleasure and surprise to view them in person. These...More

Thank J L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Founded in 1805, the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the oldest arts academy in America and has, admirably, welcomed a cornucopia of new artistic endeavors since its founding. This is never more true than in this season, and so I went to...More

Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The oldest museum and art school in America, housed in its stunning 19th century building, is surely worth a visit. But as fairly frequent visitors to Philly, I doubt we'll go back. The crown jewels of the musem, paintings by American masters, are jumbled together...More

Thank ISyzigi
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting. We appreciate feedback and will take your suggestion into considering, particularly with regard to labeling in the salon gallery. Chuck Close opens very soon, so lots more to see!

Reviewed 25 August 2017

So many masters of fine art. I didn't know where to look first as there were plenty of masterpieces to see. Not only is the art wonderful the architecture of the building itself is quite impressive too. Everyone has there own impression of what art...More

1  Thank Cathy M
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We appreciate the kind words and hope you will come back again soon!

Reviewed 18 August 2017

This 'small' museum is both an architectural gem and a fine arts museum, showcasing exclusively American works. Even if they stripped the place of the art the building itself would be worth the visit. I promise you: you will be blown away.

Thank RBM1813
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We could t agree more. We're also excited to introduce a new book about the Furness building available for sale in the museum store.

Reviewed 8 August 2017

PAFA has a long history in American art and has acquired a great collection over the years. There's two buildings of exhibits; the modern one has special exhibitions and contemporary art while the older, main building has the main collection. The building's architecture is interesting...More

Thank Zach F
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank your unfit visiting and leaving this fantastic review!

Reviewed 5 August 2017

Our emotions, during and after visiting the exhibiton, ranged from surprise, admiration to the outright befuddlement and indignation of 'Who kept this great artist from the public view and more than deserved fame?' The answer can be found in the brief introduction to the exhibiton,...More

Reviewed 1 August 2017

The current show is worth visiting twice. Brilliant offbeat humor and whiplash wit. There are 2 buildings, one has the permanent collection and the newer building with the cafe and gift store has the Sharrer exhibit. The food is good at the cafe and the...More

Thank Nomadic F
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit here. The main building is stunning and the artworks are well- displayed. Some of the sculptures are particularly beautiful. In the adjacent building there is a variety of work, including a student exhibition which is well worth a look (as...More

Thank Telgip
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