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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” (34 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

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 14 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 11 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 8 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!

Reviewed 3 July 2017

We really enjoyed this museum. It had a great balance of art and student pieces in the other building. There was a lot to see and everything was really well laid out. I would go again.

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

We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 27 June 2017

While the PMA overshadows the PAFA in terms of the size and scope of its collection, this museum has some really important pieces of American art. I went here to see Eakins' Gross Clinic (which is sometimes on view at PMA) and was impressed with...More

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