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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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Neighborhood: City Center East
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Address: 1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number: 215-733-0390
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11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art...
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.
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Pictures do not do it justice!

I honestly did not have high hopes for this attraction, but I am SO GLAD that I went! The pictures do not do the art justice. The outdoor portion is amazing. We spent much longer... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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Granville, Ohio
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Granville, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

I honestly did not have high hopes for this attraction, but I am SO GLAD that I went! The pictures do not do the art justice. The outdoor portion is amazing. We spent much longer here than expected just walking around and taking pictures. There is a small fee, but it's worth it. Children would love it, too!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015 NEW

my daughter, the art nut, loved this stop on our Phillie tour. Very cool. We all enjoyed it. And it's FREE!

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colorado
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85 reviews 85 reviews
43 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Enjoyed seeing the space and walking through the neighborhood to see the walls that Zagat has made. It's a nice change from all the historical places.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

From the towering tile work to the wandering walkways, the Magic Gardens will completely absorb you into the charm, serenity and sense of wonder with exploration. Every time I visit, I find a new phrase to read, a fresh perspective, an interesting juxtaposition of objects, textures and colors. It is more that a bunch of mirror pieces and broken ceramics... More 

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Albany, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Check out Isaiah Zagar's mosaic creations in a lovely outdoor and indoor space. Definitely go when the weather is good so you can spend some time outside and sit and take it all in.

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

There have been beautiful mosaics around South Street for years and I have always admired them and wondered about how they came to be. Magic Gardens was created by the man who made the mosaics and it truly is...magic. The artist has a vivid imagination and loads of creativity and Philadelphia is lucky to have him use our city as... More 

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Scotch Plains, NJ
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

So unusual and a visual feast. The outdoor section was closed due to ice but there were several street views that could give you a sense of the artwork. Walk around the side of the building and find more fun work. A real perk....walking distance to the Italian Market section. Grab some cheese from De Bruno's or a delicious sandwich... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Valentines day on south street. We went to dinner and made arrangements to take the special night time tour of the magic gardens. What an idea ! We arrived at the magic gardens and were welcomed by the employees. Well spoken, educated, personable, and well trained in the area that they were displaying. The magic gardens is actually a row... More 

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Leverett, Massachusetts
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

Found the attraction uneven. Some of the walls were fun to look at, but some were just repetitious in their haphazardness. I found the rooms furthest away from the entrance to be better thought out. We were not allowed into the large outer portion of the place due to the ice and snow underfoot, but were given no break in... More 

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I had never been to Magic Gardens before, and on my recent trip to Philly, the family and I stopped in. The actual gardens were closed due to the fact that it was February and covered in ice and snow (not to mention the freezing temperatures) so I was a little bummed that I wouldn't get to walk around outside.... More 

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