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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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Art in Depth

Enjoyed the scope and quality of the exhibited works. We also had the opportunity to view the student's sculpture studios with their life size replicas of ancient sculptures and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
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Chapel Hill, NC
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Chapel Hill, NC
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39 reviews 39 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Enjoyed the scope and quality of the exhibited works. We also had the opportunity to view the student's sculpture studios with their life size replicas of ancient sculptures and friezes. Perhaps PAFA is less well known outside of it's city, but it is very worth a visit.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

It is the oldest museum and art school in the country, founded in 1805. The building was designed by Furness - Hewitt and it is a beautiful Victorian building. The details on the inside are equally impressive. Except for a small space on the first floor, the exhibit space is up the grand staircase on the second floor. The collection... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The Pennsylvania Academy of fine Arts combines great art of Philadelphia since the Independence. Many famous artists have been schooled in this academy, and their work is exhibited there. Centrally located on Broad street just steps from City Hall.

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Arnold, Maryland
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

the docent tour of the Artist Garden Exhibit was wonderful. The building was beautiful. it felt like a hidden gem.

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Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

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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68 helpful votes 68 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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16 helpful votes 16 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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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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75 reviews 75 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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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19 helpful votes 19 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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