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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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Tel Aviv
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Firstly this should be moved to attraction it is not a place to shop. It's a nice colorful way to spend half am hour but even looking at it from the outside at walking around the building is as good. If you are not in the neighborhood I wonder come especially

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Winnipeg, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 NEW

This is a must see detour on your travels. Anyone that does not appreciate this place needs to give their head a shake. Take your time and look at the details

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We had heard about this very unique place - mosaics galore! Among the most unusual places to visit in Philly

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The surprise highlight of four days in Philly. One of the most unique art/cultural experiences we have ever seen and we have seen them all around the world. Awe-inspiring, funky, random, urban, thought provoking, full of remnants of pop culture and so much fun. Someone else said they were disappointed because of a lack of conception, but I think that's... More

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Barto, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

An amazing mosaic garden near 10th and South, created by Isaiah Zagar. We took the public weekend tour. It's a little over an hour and included your admission to the magic garden as well as a guided tour around the neighborhood to learn about Isaiah and some of his many other local murals. A must see!

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New York City, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The magic gardens is 1 big mosaic. The price tag is 7 dollars and my group spent about 25-30 minutes here. I am not an art lover but it still was impressed by Isiah's work. Sadly, I expected the place to be bigger but it was still a good time. If my time was limited, I would have probably skipped... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

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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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 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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