Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, with its roots dating back to 1876 as part of the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, stands as a significant cultural landmark. The main building, completed in 1928 on Fairmount, crowns the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval. This prestigious institution is renowned for its expansive collection, which encompasses over 240,000 objects. The collection's diversity is impressive, featuring major works of European, American, and Asian origin across various mediums such as sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, armor, and decorative arts.

Beyond its main building, the museum extends its reach through several annexes. Notably, the Rodin Museum, also situated on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, located just north across the street from the main building, expand the museum's offerings. The Perelman Building, opened in 2007, is particularly notable for housing an extensive collection of over 150,000 prints, drawings, and photographs, along with 30,000 costume and textile items, and more than 1,000 modern and contemporary design objects, including furniture, ceramics, and glasswork.

The museum's scope extends to the historic colonial-era houses of Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove, both nestled within Fairmount Park. These houses add a historical dimension to the museum's diverse portfolio. Owned by the City of Philadelphia, the main museum building and its annexes are managed by a registered nonprofit corporation. The museum is not just a repository of art but also a vibrant center for cultural exchange, hosting several special exhibitions each year. These include touring exhibitions in collaboration with other museums both in the United States and internationally.

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Sight Name: Philadelphia Museum of Art
Sight Location: Philadelphia, USA (See walking tours in Philadelphia)
Sight Type: Museum/Gallery
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Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

Create Your Own Walk in Philadelphia

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Rocky Movie Sites Walking Tour

Rocky Movie Sites Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles
Fairmount Park Historical Houses Walking Tour

Fairmount Park Historical Houses Walking Tour

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In 1972, the park was placed on the National...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Franklin Parkway Walking Tour

Franklin Parkway Walking Tour

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At its heart lies Logan Circle, a charming green space centered around a picturesque fountain. This spot can provide a refreshing break on...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles
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Benjamin Franklin's Philadelphia

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Philadelphia Old City Walking Tour

Philadelphia Old City Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
University of Pennsylvania Walking Tour

University of Pennsylvania Walking Tour

As America's first university, The University of Pennsylvania (aka Penn or Upenn, for short) has a history stretching back to the mid-18th century, closely bound with the city's colonial past and the birth of the United States. Initially, this Ivy League institution emerged as the College of Philadelphia, one of the nine colonial colleges chartered before the US Declaration of...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 Km or 1.4 Miles

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