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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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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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Reviewed 4 days ago 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

Thank PaleoGypsy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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

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.

Thank A C
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

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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
Reviewed 9 July 2018

In a city replete with fabulous art collections displayed at museums on the Parkway this jewel is often overlooked. It is a the most wonderful display of 19th century American art housed in building which in itself is a study in the art of architecture.

Thank Dreyfus01
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Don't miss it... The building is an Architectural style. Great collection from old and new times. Its not huge collection buts worth it.

Thank awesomnesssam
Reviewed 26 May 2018

We spent most of a day at the 3 museums as it was 90 and the A/C museums were A GREAT PLACE TO SPEND THE TIME BETWEEN WALKS ABOUT TOWN.

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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.