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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 #17 of 294 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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Flagler Beach, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014 NEW

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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283 reviews 283 reviews
75 attraction reviews
327 helpful votes 327 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
49 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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70 reviews 70 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
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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84 reviews 84 reviews
15 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
25 helpful votes 25 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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