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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
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118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful building, friendly staff (students of PAFA) , handily located near City Hall and Reading Terminal

Thank David B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is beautiful, loved the Rina Banerjee show that's on right now. Banerjee's pieces are housed in rooms with early American art; the dialog between the two is pretty fascinating.

Thank Bill H
Reviewed 28 October 2018

PAFA always surprises. As the oldest art academy in the United States, one would assume that the stately collection of portraits and scenes of early America and its luminaries were enough. However, on my most recent visit I realized that I am wildly mistaken. The...More

Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

In addition to the main collection, there are changing collections. The artworks are displayed in 2 buildings. Annexed to the one building is an art school, gift shop, coffee shop, and Blick. The main collection is pivotal. We are so fortunate to have easy access...More

1  Thank PaleoGypsy
Reviewed 3 September 2018

PAFA is a special place, which we visit whenever we are in Philadelphia. It is sentimental, since our daughter and son-in-law had their wedding reception there in 2013. During our most recent visit, there was a very interesting and well-curated exhibit featuring newer works of...More

Thank Gem1920
Reviewed 26 August 2018

We have visited Philadelphia a number of times and have seen many of the most popular museums such as the Philadeliphia Museum of Art, the Barnes, all the cites around the constitution etc. But the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts really blew us away! From...More

1  Thank nabby
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit for any lover of art! Definitely underrated. Good mix of classic and contemporary pieces displayed together. Worth walking over to see the student shows and sculpture next door as well.

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Reviewed 19 August 2018

My husband is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts so a visit to the Academy is a annual Spring entry on our cultural calendar. The building itself is a gorgeous example of Victorian Gothic Architecture and a treasure filled with historic painting...More

1  Thank brownphantom721
Reviewed 20 July 2018

The building is so ornate- when I went there a summer camp was going on so it was raucous ( something odd to say about art) and I made short shrift of the downstairs exhibits ( pretty extreme modern stuff) but the building held my...More

Thank couplessPS
Reviewed 17 July 2018

Living in Philly, I still only usually hear about the Museum of Art/Rodin/Barnes. Actually I didn't even realize at first that the Academy had a museum part open to visit (I thought it was just a school. My kiddo I nanny currently goes to camp...More

Thank Danielle B
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Response from agentbey | Reviewed this property |
Welcome to Philadelphia. PAFA does have tours but it is not required. You are free to review the works there at your own pace. Check the PAFA website for tickets fees.