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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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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 5 days ago

Absolutely amazing historic museum. The architecture is as interesting as the art collection itself. Great, eclectic, and varied collection of paintings and photography. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Our docent for our tour was highly knowledgeable, interesting, and engaging. Viewing art is a fantastic...More

Thank Jeffrey T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the first time we visited PAFA and totally enjoyed our visit. The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is a museum and art school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was founded in 1805 and is the first and oldest art museum and art school...More

Thank LauraBarrett66
Reviewed 13 December 2017

This is a small museum compared to some of the others in town. But it has some magnificent pieces of artwork and some amazing statues! The building itself is also beautiful. I think this museum gets overlooked and I found it to be hardly visited...More

Thank E_Graham_H
Reviewed 12 December 2017 via mobile

Very cool and interesting. Came here. With. The family and we all enjoyed it. It's clean and the people are friendly! Cool things to see!

Thank jimmymacd8
Reviewed 6 December 2017

This is a premier US art museum which has expanded exhibition space with a newly renovated historical building next door. A lower floor auditorium is under construction. This is well worth a visit. We recommend and shall return on our next visit.

Thank BillyPalmSprings_CA
Reviewed 15 November 2017

This art musuem has a twist; it places its modern pieces smack in the middle of its classic paintings. Love the building and stairwell. The collection is divided into 2 buildings. Unfortunately, there are no recurring free admission days.

Thank chicago90Phoenix
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Unique architectural design and art school. I had the pleasure of attending art classes there. The programs are rich with talent and the right exposure to the classic periods of visual arts. PAFA hosts many cultural events there as well. Great location and accessible to...More

Thank agentbey
Reviewed 2 November 2017 via mobile

First time visit. Small museum yet honestly expecting a little more. The exhibit was good yet as a fan of chuck close a bit disappointed.

Thank SashaGRose
Reviewed 31 October 2017

If you're staying near City Hall, walk to PAFA on Broad Street (near Arch) and enjoy both the temporary exhibitions and permanent collection focus rooms. Admission is $15 per adult. I can especially recommend the following: Chuck Close Photographs; The Loaded Brush; Take it Away,...More

Thank gbrandt2016
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Art museums and art schools had their beginnings in America here in 1805 thanks to Charles Wilson Peale. The collection on display is small when compared to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but it is 100% American art and it is fantastic. If you love...More

Thank Mike M
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13 January 2018|
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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.