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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Address: 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: 215-972-7600
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Ranked #21 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Owner description: A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
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Chattanooga, TN
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109 reviews 109 reviews
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108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014 NEW

Last year I went with a friend, who just hated having her experience of the visit channeled through a docent. That made the visit rather awkward as neither the docent nor my companion seemed able to escape the situation gracefully. Needless to say, I was eager to return alone--and I did. I love knowing as much as I can about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

The architecture is great. Mathew who was a docent, I guess, provided a wonderful overview of the building. Must say, I did not think much of the David Lynch exhibit. It seemed so out of place for such a beautiful venue. But I will continue to visit what I view as a beautiful venue in which to enjoy art over... More 

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Jerusalem
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

PAFA may be the less known and less visited Philadelphia museum, compared to the museums on Franklin Blvd., but it's well worth a visit, and is much closer to Center City than the other ones, and right across the street from City Hall and the Convention Center. The old wing is in a gorgeous historical building. I recommend one of... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Now I wanna return to the one fine spot, this time again in the very center of commercial part of Philadelphia City. Here, off the North Broad Street and in the block of the buildings between the Rice Street and Arch Street is located this very elegant museum of the genuine american art. It counts for the oldest art museum... More 

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Lewes, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

First off, $15 per visitor. That's not bad if there are some nice pieces to contemplate. And there were many nice pieces here. However, our visit was a little short as part of the collection could not be seen because of the some work being done. This could have been a five star review, but the featured artist was David... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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27 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

For me, this art museum was not nearly as impressive as the Philadelphia Museum of Art or the Barnes Foundation. It is a rather small collection. Would not have felt the admission fee was worth it.

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Philadelphia
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Charles Wilson Peale founded the nations first art school in the early 19th Century. PAFA has been restored to near it's former glory with some terrific early American paintings. Currently they feature a David Lynch exhibition which provides quite a contrast but he was a student from 1965 to 1970. Looking at his displayed early work gives you a look... More 

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Flagler Beach, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is a lovely museum with great architecture..Lovely staircase and easy to get to..Real close in town

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Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

just came back from a family wedding at this museum. Excellent venue for a wedding. We only got to sample a small area of the artwork, but it really looked nice, and I would check it out in more detail the next time we are in Philly.

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Hamilton, NJ
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337 helpful votes 337 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

PAFA is an absolute must to visit. Magnificent building and regal interior are worth seeing and admiring, absorbing and enjoying the intricate decor and fascinating architecture and design. But then, of course, the collection. There is something exciting for everyone, catering to and accommodating every taste, be it historical portraits of the Founders, primitive early American masterpieces (Edward Hicks, Charles... More 

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