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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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Neighborhood: City Center East
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Address: 1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number: 215-733-0390
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11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art...
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar's largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and large outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia's famous South Street. Inside, view PMG's ever changing exhibitions in two indoor galleries.
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Unique Philadelphia spot

One of Philadelphia's unique treasures thanks to Isaiah Zagar. Once you see this place, you'll be able to spot Zagar's work throughout the philly area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of Philadelphia's unique treasures thanks to Isaiah Zagar. Once you see this place, you'll be able to spot Zagar's work throughout the philly area.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

While visiting my daughter in Philly, we stumbled upon Philadelphia Magic Gardens. When you first see it you can't help but be in awe. From top to bottom the walls, ceilings and floors are covered in mosaic tiles taken from broken plates, glass, actual tiles, bicycle parts, etc. Its trash made into something beautiful. Each twist and turn through its... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Based on reviews and even on comments from some people I know, this "creation" is well liked. I have seen this installation as well as other less ambitious walls by this artist over many years. I have never understood it other than as a project to give kids something to by having them glue trash to a wall. If the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

If you're tired of historic sites, you must visit this place. All walls, floors and roof are decorated with mosaics made from recycled material. After this you can have lunch at the italian market which is very near.

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Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

I surprised my mom with a visit to this city treasure. A friend had told me about it and after checking into it, I thought it was something my mom and son would appreciate. I was right. The place was amazing. Very unique. We spend about 90 minutes exploring and know there is much we didn't see. I would definitely... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Well, I have been in Magic garden once and the rest of the time I took the tourists outside the magic garden and buildings around it and they all love it. It is really unique and something that you can't find anywhere else. The reason I don't go inside is that the first time I went there they closed the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

What a wonderful place. I was in awe of the true magic of the gardens. It's a perfect place for people who appreciate re-cycled art. It's possible to pay to enter, but seeing it from outside is still meaningful.

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Libertyville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Unique art near the bustle of South St. You can often get 1/2 price Groupons. When we went, the artist was there, so we got to chat. You can take a class there that results in your group creating a mural for the city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This was a lot of fun. Interesting pieces of art at this location, There is a lot to see so take your time. There is a guided tour but after this you are able to explore on your own. All areas are open so do not let closed doors dissuade you.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

What an incredible place! So neat to see a collection of art made from scraps. My 7 year old though this was the greatest display, and we spent hours looking over ever little detail. An absolute must when visiting Philly.

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Additional Information about Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Address: 1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number: 215-733-0390
Location: United States  >  Pennsylvania (PA)  >  Philadelphia>  > City Center East
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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