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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147 (City Center East)
215-733-0390
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As featured in 3 days in Philadelphia
Ranked #2 of 57 Shopping in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets and provides... more » 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. « less
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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The entrance fee is way too high for this attraction. I've been to several beautiful mosaic gardens and this one was the most ordinary. Most parts seems without conception - just lot of concrete, bottles and old crap. I was quite dissapointed.

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It was about $7 without a student card, and you can spend around 30 minutes to half an hour walking around the garden but it was well worth it. So unique I have never seen anything like it. The artist had spent 14 years completing the gardens of mosaics and glass and pottery and it was a mish mash with... More

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Berlin, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I cannot believe the amount of work it must have taken to create this place. Other mosaics can be seen walking around the neighborhood. Pros: interesting, one of a kind place Cons: small place, you need to drive around to find parking Tip: If you are going with someone who has trouble walking, drop them off at the door and... More

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Middlesex, New Jersey
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Loved, loved, loved this. It was amazing! The artist Isaiah Zagar work is fantastic. We were shut out of the tours.. they were having them at 12 & 4 p.m. and said in the future to call for a reservation. We walked through ourselves but would have loved a tour that explained some of the inspiration behind the pieces. There... More

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Detroit, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens is a public mural project by artist Isaiah Zagar. The folk art inspired surfaces are covered with fragments of ceramic, glass, metal, and assorted everyday objects. This is a must see when visiting Philly!

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Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Very interesting artwork, reminiscent of Gaudì, Duchamp, Matisse, Picasso and pop art. It's fairly small, but worth a visit. Go there and take your time to slowly explore and think. It requires a little of patience to get into it (intellectually). Also, if you go with the Phlash bus, you'll have to walk some 10 blocks, which will give you... More

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I had no idea what to expect to see when we arrived at the Magic Gardens, but am so glad that I did visit. The artist Isiah Zagar has managed to use bits of life's throwaways and make art that not only pleases your eye, but your mind as well. He makes social statements as well as challenges your views... More

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Jersey City, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Walking around Philly you're sure to notice a mosaic by Isaiah if you keep your eyes open. Your first stop should be the home base though which lets you move through multiple levels of mosaic. There is a documentary about Isaiah which you should watch first as it gives context to his life long creation. Still even if you were... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

An eye popping experience of outside art by noted artist Isaiah Zagar. Worth the visit.Think of Antonio Gaudi on steroids. After visiting the studio, walk the streets around the studio and you will see many examples of his work on the exterior walls of private homes.

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Blackwood, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

My wife and I took the Magic Gardens Tour. We went through alley ways and buildings covered with mosaic art. Talk about a man with a vision. His work is captivating and really makes you study it so you don't miss anything. What he did at his "garden" is totally unreal. You have to see it to believe it. It... More

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