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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 (City Center West)
215-972-7600
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Ranked #18 of 289 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Art Museums
Traveler Description: The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is located on the western side of North Broad Street, a few blocks north of City Hall.  It was founded in... more »
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

Mostly american painters. Benjamin West huge wall paintings. Don't miss the school museum next door with contemporany art included in the price of admission.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Philadelphia has the Phila, Museum of Art and the Barnes, even the Rodin, but not so well patronized is the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. It is probably not for everybody, but it shines in a few respects: early American portraiture, nineteenth century American artists, especially those who were associated with this, the first art school in the young United... More

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Newtown Square, PA
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82 reviews 82 reviews
14 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

It is hard to describe this wonderful museum. It is an art panorama of historical portraits by the most famous American artists of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. It goes on to showcase the many artists who were trained in its school. A new treat is the expansion into a more modern building next store that showcases more contemporary art.... More

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Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

PA Academy of Fine Arts is the oldest art museum and school in the USA. Great place to see 19th and 20th century American paintings, sculptures and works on paper, as well as changing exhibits. It is easy to walk around, and take your time, to view the artwork and enjoy it. Staff was very friendly and willing to answer... More

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Tequesta, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It's worth dealing with center city traffic, it's a gem. Like I said parking and driving in center city has to be experienced once!!!

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Horseheads, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

My husband likes to take me to museums. Not my cup of tea. But this one was nice. We had a rep conduct a discussion on one specific painting which was cool. The museum is smallish so easily done in a few hours. Which is just enough for me.

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Greenville, South Carolina
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I went to the PAFA as an afterthought after going to the top of City Hall. PAFA was close by, so why not?!? So so glad I did. An outstanding collection of art. Eclectic in nature, mixing classical paintings and sculptures with contemporary and modern works. Eakins, Wythe, Gilbert Stuart, and numerous lesser-knowns. Quality works all. And the entire collection... More

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New Jersey
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35 reviews 35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

The historic, Frank Furness designed building is in itself enough of a reason to visit. However, do not stop there because this little gem houses a fantastic collection of world renowned sculptures and paintings.

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New York, NY
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104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

If you have never seen a performance here, buy tickets. Seeing the Academy of Fine Arts is worth the price alone. There are a number of tiers and some seats have limited visibility and "limited comfort" so read the description before you buy. For a venue specializing n theater and concerts, surprisingly the acoustics leave a lot to be desired.... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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645 helpful votes 645 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the building itself is fine art, housing a treasury of paintings, sculpture, stained glass, and other media within an architectural masterpiece of its own. So much history, so much to see. One could possibly visit in an hour if pressed for time on a tour of Philadelphia's main sights, but it is... More

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