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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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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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Enjoyed it from the street, at no cost

This is an amazing couple of blocks of buildings that have been covered in mosaics of pottery, mirrors, tiles, paint, baby doll bits, bicycle parts, wine bottles, you name it! It... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 23, 2015
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304 reviews 304 reviews
152 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is an amazing couple of blocks of buildings that have been covered in mosaics of pottery, mirrors, tiles, paint, baby doll bits, bicycle parts, wine bottles, you name it! It is great fun to look at all the 'stuff' that the mosaics are made of. But the overall artwork is the better part to enjoy. At the actual Magic... More 

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KansasTravelgrl
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

We took the long walk from out hotel to check this out. And GLAD we did. The neighborhood it's located in is a little sketchy, but go in the day and don't wander far and you'll be OK. This is an amazing sight, and I'd say see this even if you don't see the liberty bell :)

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Philadelphia
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

For a small fee you can enter the colorful, wildly tiled world of Isaiah Zagar -- a found-object artist whose frenetic mosaics cover buildings and alleys around the South Street area. The Magic Garden is the mother ship where all the innovations started and thrives unchecked. Walk inside through the gallery spaces to see changing exhibits of creatively crafted pieces... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Walls, floors, ceilings all mosaicked by Isaiah Zagar. Inside and outside. This is an unique experience. You will discover hidden pictures and phrases each visit. So inspiring, you will be ready for your next project to mosaic!

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Keyport, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

I don't know how to explain this. Walls upon walls of mosaic art - you just have to see it. I went because my sister wanted to see it, and once i got there, I was just blown away. Bring a camera!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was something my friend wanted to go see, and I joined her for the walk. When I got there, I was pleasantly surprised by the display. This is a large urban garden of art and junk that is beautifully displayed. Look closely at the items placed within the display; it's a very eclectic combination of broken pottery, strange toys,... More 

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Nanuet, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

This is what used to be a vacant lot that has been transformed into a work of art using tiles, paint and rubbish. It seems the artist has transformed a big section of the neighborhood.

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Norwalk, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Glad we stopped here - the mosaics were incredible. Didn't take long - 30 mins was enough for us here. The gardens are located in a cool area of the city that had a great feel to it and seemed an arty area, with some great street out around. Was a nice contrast to the skyscrapers and pleased to have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Beautiful mosaic walls, paths, stairs, rooms all decorated with broken tiles and mirrors. Combines and takes the ordinary tile or not so ordinary tile and sculpture to a new type of art.

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This was something different for me, but I really loved the mosaic pieced made out of trash. The people working were friendly and nice and it's a cool spot thats unique to the city. I would recommend checking this out and grabbing some cool pictures inside with your friends.

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