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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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This is a very different art show. Different from everything I've seen. Yet, after a while, becomes a little repetitive. But definitely worth a visit. Learn about the artist while... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
ldeavila57
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Berwyn, Pennsylvania

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Berwyn, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This is a very different art show. Different from everything I've seen. Yet, after a while, becomes a little repetitive. But definitely worth a visit. Learn about the artist while you are there.

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auburn,ma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Very cool place, a lot of attention to detail. I can't imagine how many hours it must have taken the artist to design this place and its amazing that this exists in the middle of a city. Philadelphia is a city that loves art. It was a hot day when I visited and not a lot of shade so we... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Long line to get in when we were there. We'd say it wasn't really worth the wait or the cost of admission ($7). What you can see from outside is basically just repeated inside. Would be a 5 star review for a $2-3 donation, just not worth it at $7. We spent longer in line than inside. Most people there... More 

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Souderton, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

I never saw so many stylized penises and vaginas! The magic gardens looks like so much fun from the outside but once inside you take a long and twisted journey through the darkness of the artists mind ... images of penetration groping and hairy vaginas and penises... okay...its also overpriced for what you get in return

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Boca Raton, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

My husband and I had a weekend in Philly, and a friend of ours recommended we check this out. What a very cool place! Basically, an artist took a space in the city that was rundown and full of garbage and turned it into a beautiful mosaic! It's incredible, and I'm so glad we took the time to see it.... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

The time and detail that went into this small garden is something everyone can appreciate. The gardens are in a great location, fairly priced and won't take long to explore.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience created by a local artist who uses cut pieces of porcelain from every source imaginable and mirror to create otherworldly mosaics in an ethereal outdoor space. The result is beautiful and should not be missed.

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Tampa, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Nice eclectic place and not too bad at $7 per person to get in and get some history of South street and see some cool art.

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Berea, Kentucky
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

During a 7 hour layover at Philadelphia International Airport, I decided to venture out to Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. I found the SEPTA, the airport rail line into Central City. I believe the cost was $12 for a day pass. But you need cash. I took the ride to Jefferson Station, which gave me approximately a one mile walk to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

This place is truly magical. The owner and artist, Zagar, is amazing. He offers weekend workshops that are fun and informative. Take a walk along South Street to enjoy more of Zagar's work!

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