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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Address: 1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 (City Center East)
Phone Number: 215-733-0390
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Ranked #22 of 550 things to do in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art galleries, Shopping & Fashion, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community...
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Type: Art galleries, Shopping & Fashion, Museums
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Amherst, Massachusetts
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I had never been to Magic Gardens before, and on my recent trip to Philly, the family and I stopped in. The actual gardens were closed due to the fact that it was February and covered in ice and snow (not to mention the freezing temperatures) so I was a little bummed that I wouldn't get to walk around outside.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

It's my first time to see something so complicated and unique like that.. It makes you feel the craziness of the artist, but after a while you'll realize the magic inside every piece of that craftmenship and become so clear how beautiful it is! Really captivating!!!

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

On a day trip to Philadelphia, a stop at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens was well worth the visit. Despite the weather limiting outdoor access, this was a fun place to get a dose of art without going to a traditional museum. It was a small yet unexpected attraction in Philly that contrasts the historic sightseeing that the city is known for.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is quite a different experience... as is the whole of SOUTH st. here in Phila. But just to see the artistry of this WHOLE house and its garden area ... just imagine the how many hours went into the piece of ART will boggle your mind.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The owner who does not live far from the Gallery was there when we visited. He was extremely humble about his outstanding creation. He told us it took him 15 years to collect and construct this mosaic garden. It's really beautiful. I can't wait to go again.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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25 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I enjoyed exploring the Magic Gardens. As someone who lives in Philly, I took my time in visiting the site. I was a bit disappointed with how small it was but, I really enjoyed looking at all of the details and work put into the designs.

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Cancun, Mexico
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7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015 via mobile

I had just seen about half of the place and tears started running down my face, I walked a bit more and found another woman sobbing, maybe it was just us two strangers or maybe Isaiah Zagar's work is just beyond any mundane definition. A must-see.

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Ringoes, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

This type of artwork is all around the South Street neighborhood. You have to take your time looking at the outdoor work because of the sayings and quotes that are contained within. The garden itself is a self touring trip. The outdoor area and the cellar contain lots of tiles, mirror pieces, and various other items on their wall display.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

This is my favorite place in Philadelphia! I love the art, the colors and the neighborhood is beautiful! This is place is a must

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

To think this is the work of one man is incredible. The mosaics are masterfully down and extremely clever. Everywhere you look and every corner you turn brings new delights. If you get a chance wander around the neighborhood and you will be treated to even more examples of his work.

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