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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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A Great, Beautiful Gem

This museum is the oldest in the country and the architecture most unique and interesting. The collection of art is beautiful and a must see. Even the small cafe offers varied... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This museum is the oldest in the country and the architecture most unique and interesting. The collection of art is beautiful and a must see. Even the small cafe offers varied and delicious fare. A must see for native Philadelphians and visitors!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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158 reviews 158 reviews
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

In the center of town, just north of City Hall, we find this an excellent museum to "drop in on" on our regular theater trips to Philadelphia. (A membership for a couple is very reasonable and gives you unlimited free entry.) There are seldom many people present - its primary purpose is as an adjunct to its Art school. It... More 

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Athol, United States
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36 reviews 36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

A not overwhelming (in a good sense) collection of 18th, 19th century American artists and contemporary artists. America's oldest art museum. One of the founders in the early 1800 was one of my ancestors, Charles Willson Peale. Great old building with a lot of character. Second building housed contemporary art including a wonderful "traveling" show by Peter Blume. Also a... More 

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St. Louis
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7 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

I don't usually review attractions, the guide books generally do that quite well and don't need any filler from me, but this jewel is something special I have been to Philadelphia many times, over the years, and somehow had never heard of this place. I saw an article, somewhere, about it, so I made it a destination point, on what... More 

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Washington DC
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73 reviews 73 reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Two wonderful buildings, great collection that is well exhibited, no crowds -- we loved our visit to PAFA. The Impressionists Garden exhibit there through May is superb -- gorgeous art beautifully displayed. It really made my heart sing! Loved the Peter Blume exhibit in the new building, too. The beautiful older historic building is in itself a reason to visit.... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Phenomenal collection of American art! Always a treat coming to the Academy, as its not just a museum but a school training fine artists since the 1900's and an important cultural icon of Philadelphia

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Old Tappan, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is both a mostly classical museum in one building (many historic paintings of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and others) but save time for the next building that's part of the school, which also has an extensive collection of many periods of art.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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117 reviews 117 reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Well organized, beautiful museum with an open and roomy feel. Exhibitions change. We saw some excellent collections in March 2015.

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Wallingford, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I love the old building, but let's get to the artistic offerings. This visit was to see the Artists' Garden exhibit. What a fantastic collection of impressive work, displayed beautifully. This is not one to miss.

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Washington DC USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

And the collection was a wonderful treat. We had been to the Philadelphia Fine Arts Museum and several of the others in the city but had missed PAFA until alerted by friends. Spent hours there between the excellent traveling show (Impressionist Americans in the Garden) and the permanent collection. Not to mention the building itself, which is high 1870's gothic... More 

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