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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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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Museums, Shopping & Fashion
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, Museums, Shopping & Fashion
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children

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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

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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38 reviews 38 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

There is so much to see here that I had to stop, sit and gaze. The mosaic creations are whimsical, colorful, interesting and VAST! Take along a child and see everything through his eyes- you'll both say WOW a lot. Go into all of the grottoes, watch the sun hit the glass and tile and see how they change.Be sure... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

If you're in Philly, you MUST visit the Magic Gardens. It was the highlight of our day - i've never seen mosaic work like this. Plus, makes for excellent photos!

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Toronto, Canada
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I was in Philadelphia from December 30-January 4th 2015. I found out about the Magic Gardens while I was in the city; I'm an early riser and was looking for something to do with my morning while my friends were getting up. I would recommend walking around one time, and take all your pictures. Then put your camera away and... More 

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Haymarket, Virginia
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Loved! Loved! Loved! This beautiful, creative Mosaic Garden! This is a beautiful mosaic treasurer in Philadelphia! The Magic Gardens are beautiful, impressive, well thought out, inspirational and an art treasure. The entire garden is exquisite mosaic telling beautiful stories. I encourage you to go and enjoy!

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MIAMI
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

If you are in the area I would stop by and check out the garden. The art is great but the history behind of how it go started is exciting!

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Winter Springs, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

This is not something you'll see everyday. I would plan to spend 30 minutes to an hour just wandering through these mosaic rooms. Our teenagers enjoyed it as did the younger kids with us (ages 11,7,5) but if you're bringing kids any younger, you will probably have to keep a close eye on them as some of the stairs are... More 

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Stafford
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

WOW! is the best I can describe Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. Let me start by saying, I am NOT an art major or huge Art fan, however, I was extremely impressed by the Magic Gardens. There is a small entry fee but the money is for the Non-profit who runs the Gardens. If you have time and can spend a few... More 

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

The artist whole studio apartment is completely made out of mosaics. It is made from imagination and unused items. Can't be described you need to see it for yourself. Just don't touch the artwork.

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