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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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$70*
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Ranked #17 of 253 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
Hours:
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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Boston, MA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Mix of some older pieces and contemporary works. Excellent special exhibit when we visited. Student works also on display. Be sure to tour both the "old" historic building and the new contemporary building.

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Bronxville, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

This was our second visit, and it reinforced our impression that it appears to be pretty much undiscovered by tourists. This compact museum features a great collection focused on American and particularly Pennsylvania artists, . The still-life exhibition was very good, and it was very impressive to see the number of students who went on to become faculty members of... More 

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York
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115 reviews 115 reviews
51 attraction reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Philadelphia is an museum lover's paradise and there should no doubt be other museums on your priority list. At the same time, the PAFA should find it's way onto your list. It is very important in America's art history, is housed in a great building, and has a very sweet although not extensive collection (unless, of course, the Gross Clinic... More 

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Fort Myers, Florida
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Variety of rotating exhibits to complement existing collection. A guide approached as I was studying a painting and offered some 1:1 information, which was very astute and insightful.

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Chattanooga, TN
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111 reviews 111 reviews
17 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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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343 attraction reviews
227 helpful votes 227 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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120 reviews 120 reviews
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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