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Philadelphia Museum of Art

26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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As featured in 3 days in Philadelphia
Ranked #1 of 282 attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: This museum has perhaps the most dramatic location of any in the world being situated on a hill at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway... more »
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The museum has an impressive and well structure collection. The painting collection, while not enormous, is still interesting, covering different periods and styles. Depending on when you visit, you might get lucky with the seasonal exhibitions and find something that impresses you. The location is very impressive, deserving a visit just to have a look over the center city area,... More

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Burlington, Vermont
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109 reviews 109 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Like any major museum, this place has lots and lots of really old stuff. To be honest none of it really captivated me. I was slightly impressed with the period rooms, both of residences and of historic temples, but if you only have time for one museum, skip this place and go straight to the Barnes Foundation.

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Providence, Rhode Island
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

My wife and I love this museum and visit whenever we are in Philadelphia. On our recent visit we purposely went to see the Vermeer painting, Young Woman seated at a Virginal. We are so glad we did, it is a lovely painting, believed to be one of his last, and belongs to a private collection. My wife was tickled... More

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Lyndhurst, New Jersey
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46 reviews 46 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

This was just fantastic for me, since i am a major Rocky fan... Loved it~loved it! ran all the way to the top and jumped up and down like he does in the movie AWSOME for me because I wanted to do this since I was a kid

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

First when I saw Philadelphia Museum of Art outside I was speechless! It is gorgeous, with interesting architecture and it has a wonderful view from the top stairs. I went so many times to walk around- day or night but till beginning of July I have never entered inside. One Sunday ( it was first of month sunday- pay as... More

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New York City, New York, Usa
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119 reviews 119 reviews
61 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This museum has a rich and varied collection. The way the galleries are designed one really must make a concerted effort to see all the great works of art b/c some of them are in galleries off to the side of the main ones. If you enjoy wandering and exploring this can be a delight. We spent almost 3 hours... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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29 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The Scene: Enjoying vacation by spending a weekday afternoon at the museum. The Experience: This place is big. Really big. There's your central museum location, but they have other buildings to visit. Didn't have time to visit it all, spent 3-4 hours just exploring the main building. The first floor was a little underwhelming. They have Monet, Picasso, Matisse..neat to... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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182 reviews 182 reviews
129 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

A very nice art museum, really enjoyed exploring the building. I could only spend a few hours here, but perhaps if you're more into art you could be here all day. Good selection of modern art, some famous works, cool architecture. A little pricey, but there is a student discounts and specials that make it nearly free on the first... More

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Hilliard, OH
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

We really enjoyed the visit. Wednesday nights are pay as you wish, thanks to 10tv for supporting them. Nice museum. Many good works.

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

There was more than the senses could take in. The architecture is incredible. The variety and quality of art is breathtaking. The staff is friendly and helpful. I would suggest visiting it a couple of times rather than attempting to enjoy everything in one visit. You have to be careful taking pictures - photography was restricted in some areas. Ask... More

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