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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 56 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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Jersey City, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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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Brooklyn, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

This place is so cool! Not only is it beautiful, but super trippy. This is a "must do" for a visit to Philly.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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49 reviews 49 reviews
16 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We used a BOGO email coupon the Garden sent to us so that was excellent. The artwork is vidid and eclectic. We enjoyed both the outdoor and indoor spaces even though it was a very hot day, Be advised that most of the inside areas were not air-conditioned when we visited. Even the restroom is decorated and the staff were... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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68 reviews 68 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

WE met Isaiah at his shop on Watkins st in south philly to talk about a small project for us.. What a place he has there. We have been to the the magic gardens and it is fantastic! He rode over to our place, look at the walls and said I can do it in a few weeks. A few... More

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new york
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34 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

It's located about twenty minute walking distance from the Reading terminal and what an interesting place. The entrance fee seems little high but it's totally worth it. There are so many interesting mosaics, bottles, plates and other items arranges beautifully by the artist. Don't forget to bring your camera. There's Whole Food across the street, if you want to grab... More

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Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
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121 reviews 121 reviews
49 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Rode bikes here from hotel . 8$ pp to enter which was a bit steep as this is not tax deductible. quite a lot of people viewing this place when here. takes about 30 min to walk through and see the bottles and plates and ceramics that are placed in no specific order or design . You walk up and... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is a "garden" of mosaics, constructions of found objects, mirrors, broken crockery etc., etc., all put together with loving care and brilliance by Isaiah Zagar. A must-see if you're in Philadelphia.

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Lexington, Kentucky
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens was the highlight of my trip to Philly! The Mosaic garden with layers of walkways and passages was completed in 14 years by the artist Isiah Zagar. I was in awe of what I was seeing. I spent 2 hours here just wandering through the passageways. I was disappointed that I missed the guided tour which is... More

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