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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 52 shopping in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Philadelphia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
22 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

Great place to see trash turned to art. Indoor and outdoor mosaic. Wonderful experience. Glad I brought my camera. A must-see. Some stair climbing involved.

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Williamstown, New Jersey
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34 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Visited here with teenagers, adults and 1 year old. All ages were fascinated with the art and the dedication by the artist to his craft. We did the tour and although the guide was not very dynamic we still enjoyed ourselves. It is amazing that this is nestled in South street, but then again that IS where all the hippies... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

I guess you have to classify it as art because it serves no functional purpose other than to keep bottles and trash out of the landfill, but for the most part, it simply isn't that impressive. It has a uniqueness to it, but I left feeling that this was a tedious endeavor without much of a purpose. It seems to... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

You have to be OCD or something like that to have the patience to tile all walls, floors and ceiling of a big home including the backyard. This is one of the best big art works I have seen that are done by only one man.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is a lesser-known attraction in Philadelphia, but it's a fun, quirky, interesting place to spend an hour or so. Isaiah Zagar's creativity is on full display--you'll be amazed at the many unexpected objects you'll see embedded in the walls, along with the beautiful colored mosaics. Take a walk through the winding path and marvel at Zagar's artistry and playful... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014

Awesome. Love the atmosphere and great critique. The store is fantastic. The place is sweet and maximum radical.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I've lived in Philadelphia my whole life and have seen many of these mosaics around town, but a visit to Isaiah Zagar's major work is well worth seeing. Zagar's work is a celebration of art, beauty, and life. Absolutely amazing! We ate at Hawthornes just down the street, which was the perfect spot.

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Feasterville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

Isaiah Zagar has spent over 40 years creating a 1 of a kind mosaic murals intermixed with hand made folk art from all over the world that covers walls, floors, ceiling, fences and everything in between. It extends past the museum itself, you'll see his work on the walls of nearby buildings and street. Spend the extra $3 and take... More

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

You will not find a garden like this elsewhere, although it reminded me of Antonio Gaudi and the Park Güell in Barcelona. The author Isaiah Zagar created interesting and unique murals and other artwork on South Street in Philadelphia. I highly recommend visiting this site when in center city.

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Providence, RI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

Definitely pay to go into the gardens themselves, but also be sure to wander the block around there to see the mosaics that extend onto other buildings!

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