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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Address: 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: 215-972-7600
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Description: A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
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The museum has a smaller collection than I imagined but the galleries are set up to allow you to take everything in. The Academy also had an exhibition of it students' artwork... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 17, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The museum has a smaller collection than I imagined but the galleries are set up to allow you to take everything in. The Academy also had an exhibition of it students' artwork that was fantastic. Made me wish I'd known earlier so I could've purchased some of their work.

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The permanent collection of work by American artists is outstanding. Also, in a separate building, fine exhibits of contemporary art.

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Kentucky
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

The building alone is worth going to this museum. I loved feeling like I was really in an historic place, and the art was wonderful. Several iconic portraits of George Washington are there. I appreciated the explanations of the art we were seeing too.

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Castres-Gironde, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Just go, and find out for yourself. I was totally awestruck, never heard about it - I lived 20 minutes away! - until friends from D.C. came to visit and insisted upon going there!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Beautiful 1876 Frank Furness building, along with art from early Americans, including Thomas Eakins and Charles Wilson Peale. Highly recommended.

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Kirkland, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Not to be missed for art lovers. This small but superb museum and art school is well worth an hour or so look. They have student and alumni art and a main collection that features some of the most famous artists in American art history. We came late in the afternoon when there were few visitors and talked to an... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

The PAFA museum seems small compared to the Philadelphia Art Museum but there is sooo much to see. We visited during the student exhibitions and the diversity of art was exciting. There was also an Impressionist exhibit centered on gardens that was fantastic. The original building is also impressive just for the architecture. Also great for summer camp & family... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Interesting art work by students, different, modern, unique. Some silly. Some a bit off-color. Worth a look-see.

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Tavernier, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

excellent school and talent pool! we attended a recent gallery showing and graduation. the quality of work shown and for sale was terrific! we listened to the students explain details at the show; they really are enthusiastic and knowledgeable about their trade. that is a tribute to passionate teachers. well done; another generation continues....

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Keystone, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

PAFA's museum houses one of the best collections of American art in the world. Yes, even though there is no sign saying "Museum" on the buildings, it is a museum and you will be welcome when you walk in. PAFA had a history of being conservative but no longer. It is edgy and active in the contemporary art world. Check... More 

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