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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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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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Take a trip back to the 60's when you visit Isaiah Zagar's special world

Zagar is the pre-eminent muralist in a city of murals. His early career included a stint in the Peace Corps where he met native artists around the world and still collaborates... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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Honeoye Falls, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Zagar is the pre-eminent muralist in a city of murals. His early career included a stint in the Peace Corps where he met native artists around the world and still collaborates with them in his own art and theirs. A Character in the best possible definition. His magic garden is the lifelong, growing sculpture he has built adjacent to he... More 

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Annandale, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It's a beautiful display of mosaic walls, entryways, ceilings, and floors made out of broken glass, bicycle parts, empty bottles and other leftover pieces. It can be done in 20 minutes or you could sit and view for longer. We spent 45 minutes there. Lots of color. There is a fee but kids under 11 or 12 are free. Parking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Loved this place. When in Philly, you have to visit! it was a great afternoon spend exploring the garden. Was very interesting.

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Providence, Rhode Island
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133 reviews 133 reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

You see it from the outside and you think you can see it with out paying the entrance fee, but trust me, you want to go in. Pay the $7. It is totally worth it. Photos do not do it justice. You have to walk through the labyrinth to get the true experience. The entire place is mosaiced, floor, ceiling,... More 

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Pennsylvania
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86 reviews 86 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

It was a little pricey (I thought) although the concept is great and the exhibition of the garden is phenomenal!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We truly enjoyed the tour of this artist's lifes work. I love looking for his work throughout the city. A very unique place and worthy of support & a visit.

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Pictures can not prepare you. It is like walking through your grandmothers jewelry box and you are the size of a pearl. I thought I saw Alice's white rabbit scurry through but, it turned out to be the neighbors cat. The resident grey poodle promptly gave him the boot. Isaiah can be engaged to give a lecture on his trials... More 

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Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I agree with some of the TripAdvisor reviewers: save the $7 entrance fee and just admire the work from South Street. We drove here, and all the streets require pay parking. It is just as easy to look at the work from South Street. Full of amazing colors and mosaic. Maybe some day we will walk down here to go... More 

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Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This is a very magical place. We spent a lot of time walking around and looking at all the art. It is amazing. Bottles, wheels from bikes, tea cups you name it it is in here. Very cool, for all ages.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Just the streets to get there are nice!! You will see other works from the same artist as you approach the magic gardens. I think de ticket is a bit expensive, since the garden is very small and you can see everything in a couple of minutes

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