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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Address: 118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
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+1 215-972-7600
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

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It is small enough to do without becoming exhausted, and yet be treated to spectacular works of art. Admittedly, the “behind the scenes” tour we took helped make the two hours... read more

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Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is small enough to do without becoming exhausted, and yet be treated to spectacular works of art. Admittedly, the “behind the scenes” tour we took helped make the two hours very special. Yet, it is obvious that even a non-guided walk through the main building provides a lovely experience similar to other smallish museums, such as the Frick, Phillips,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The original building is a work of art. Be prepared to be amazed by it. The paintings from Gilbert Stuart to Thomas Eakins et al are outstanding. The new building next door has revolving shows which I have enjoyed. Don't miss the PAFA whether you're a local or just passing through. It's not as large or as crowded as it's... More 

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Gold Coast, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The museum does not have a massive collection but what was in the building was interesting. There was a mix of modern and historical works including a number of portraits and sculptures of former Presidents. I attended the museum on a Sunday and the admission cost on that day was free.

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Binghamton, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a jewel of a museum - two venues for the price of one, with the 1870's Furness Hewett magnificent interior as well as exterior , and the modern building next door which also houses the art school. Art is on the outside, too, with a large paintbrush sculpture and a swirly drop of "paint" at its base .... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the great artists and curators in its rich history make this one of the absolute go-to destinations in the United States. And internationally for that matter. The Frank Furness designed buildings with those incredible windows only enhance the experience. There are floors and buildings of exhibits and the special installations, like the WWI... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

PAFA is always great, but the current exhibit of World war I art is just amazing. It follows the war from inception to the end and demonstrates every possibly reaction and emotion. We really enjoyed it. They have a nice cafe where we had lunch.

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Thank Dave H
Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Frank Furness architecture would be enough to warrant a visit. Throw in a good permanent collection and terrific special exhibits, and you have a site worth coming to Philadelphia for. The Barnes, The Art Museum, and Pennsylvania Academy are an art lovers dream. Take the time to explore many of the local galleries as well. Philly is more than... More 

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Westtown, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My spouse and I have visited the PAFA several times in 2016. We just saw World War I and American Art. The exhibit was comprehensive, detailed and included different media include oil and water color painting, photography and even a silent animation. The exhibition was education and also emotionally touching,

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

new old and just art it is the place in philadelphia to see it all well almost and you will make a half or full day of it good any weather or time of the year!!!!!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

As a Philly gal I visit a lot of local museums, and I'm always amazed at the special exhibits I've seen at PAFA over the years. The larger Philadelphia Museum of Art gets all the press, but PAFA'S exhibits are just as interesting, if not more so. The current exhibit about art and WWI is a wonderful exhibit about the... More 

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