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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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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its...

A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

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Philadelphia has destroyed most of its great architecture but fortunately this Furness building is still intact.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Philadelphia has destroyed most of its great architecture but fortunately this Furness building is still intact.

Thank derreiser
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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201 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was and continues to be a fine teaching institution as well as a fine Museum with a wonderful American collection of painting and sculpture. This is home to Thomas Eakins, Benjamin West and many others who worked and studied here. Look for the excellent Whistler painting and early American portraits, The building was designed by Frank Furness. Several years... More 

1 Thank Marvin G
Princeton, New Jersey
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Art Museum at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art was a pleasant surprise. The collection is housed on 3 floors of a historic building in large galleries. All of the pieces are works by American artists including graduates of the academy. The quality of the artwork is superior, a testament to homegrown talent and equal to what you might... More 

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robinsville, nj
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113 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is whimsical and strange and delightful, to be taken as an immersive experience; there is a feeling of the age of history throughout the beautiful spaces.

Thank ruxandrabarb
Annandale, Virginia, United States
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67 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This art museum is worth a visit. The collection of great American paintings, especially portraiture, is first-rate. Not all the good art in Philly is at the big museum at the end of Franklin Parkway! And this one's right next to City Hall and the Convention Center, so it's a great place for a break of an hour or two... More 

Thank Doug S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful!! I had a wonderful time touring! I will go again for sure. The museum even had a "free family art" class going on. It was nice to see!

Thank Christen H
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52 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent permanent and changing exhibitions. Beautiful setting. Great little gift shop. Need about 2 hours to do justice.

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Sydney, Australia
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Looks nothing from the outside but is nice. Interesting way collections are grouped. There are no over-zealous "guards". Not many world-class artists but good US ones

Thank Chrissquash
Cape May Beach
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

There is a lot more to see here than one would think and I always enjoy my visits. I must also remind myself it is a school.

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Savannah, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We had visited the PAF a few years ago, but had forgotten what a special place it is. So many American artists (Copley, etc.) and a separate building with modern art. While Philadelphia has many fine museums, this is one that isn't well known but is well worth a visit.

1 Thank Ruth M

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