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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Address: 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107 (City Center West)
Phone Number: 215-972-7600
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$70*
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Ranked #22 of 262 Attractions in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
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Owner description: A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
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Belgrade, Serbia
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201 helpful votes 201 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

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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113 reviews 113 reviews
42 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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79 attraction reviews
331 helpful votes 331 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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Venice, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

One of the great museums in the US. I was most impressed by their Asian collection. Certainly, the Impressionists (Mellon Collection) is priceless and exhibited beautifully. A bit high priced, but plan on 2 days with a visit to the nearby Rodin museum. Hard to get taxis so have a cab # handy.

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Somers Point, New Jersey
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I think it gets overlooked because of the Phila. Art Museum. Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington (The Lansdowne Portrait) (1796) Charles Willson Peale’s The Artist in His Museum (1822) two enormous canvases by Benjamin West. The main galleries house works by distinguished alumni, including Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt, Cecilia Beaux, Maxfield Parrish, Robert Henri, Charles Sheeler, John Sloan, and Arthur B.... More

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Chicago
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

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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