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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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118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 7 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
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 31 July 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 21 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
Reviewed 17 July 2017

The art is nicely displayed and put into interesting groupings. many of the pieces are very fine. I think the architecture of the Historic Landmark Building is very interesting. Not very common.

Thank john m
Reviewed 13 July 2017

An outstanding collection of American art with rotating exhibits. Featured are Pennsylvania artists most of whom you wil recognize. Located near other great museums.

Thank reiki4peace2016
Reviewed 10 July 2017

It's not located on the Parkway along with the Barnes or Phila. Museum of Art but it is a true gem of both historical and artistic note. It is located in the center of town just two blocks north of city hall. It combines historical...More

Thank jfratto
Reviewed 7 July 2017

I visited largely to see an amazing exhibit featured on PBS news hour of war referenced works. I was also introduced to the permanent exhibits that predominantly feature local Philly artists from the life of this oldest Arts school in the US. The old building...More

Thank Martin H
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for sharing!

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