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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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Ranked #2 of 57 Shopping in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Galleries, Shopping
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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 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

We happened to walk through this on the way to the museum. The colors they used to paint the street and other things made it stand out. (I think it was hot pink!!) We stopped to get refreshments and looked at all the things that were happening there. Great place for kids!!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I went on a rainy November day and we were only allowed into one section of the gardens. I'm not sure if it was seasonal or the rain (it makes the tiles slick) or both, but it was disappointing to pay $7 to walk around one small area. Still very cool! I loved the history of the place and how... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Wonderful eclectic collection of repurposed items into an engaging visual experience. Lots of mirror and pottery prices as well as other assorted odds and ends put together in interesting and pleasing combinations. This is not an all day event however. Give yourself about an hour or less but take in the neighborhood with many murals and south street culture. Lots... More

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Caldwell, New Jersey
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14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

The artist is still working here and around town. This space is completely covered in mosaic, inside and out. Quirky and marvelous. Great for kids and adults. We explored this site before heading out for a walking tour of neighborhood murals. Highly recommend!

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Annapolis, Maryland
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29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

This place is one of the most interesting local artist places I have ever visited. There was so much to see that I could have spent many hours hanging out and just looking around. I like that he incorporated verbiage into his work. If you aren't really interested in eclectic art or if you have small children who like to... More

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Machynlleth, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We made a quick visit to these gardens, not gardens in the traditional sense but walls laid out with mosaic, old bottles, cycle wheels and other bright junk.. Worth a look but you will not spend long there as it is rather repetitive.

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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The Magic Garden is a quirky and beautiful oasis in the middle of Philadelphia. It was a wonderful discovery. Looks like it would be fabulous for special events too!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

The Magic Garden is located just west of the famous South street dining & shopping area. It is a magical place of mosaic walls covering almost every square inch of space from the outside street walls to the inside rooms and garden. Take the kids, take your date, go yourself. well worth the hour you will spend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I was looking for a different activity when out-of-town family was visiting, and pretty much stumbled on the idea of a tour of the Magic Gardens during an Internet search. I'm so glad I did. It's funky, cool, different, and in terms of size, totally manageable (sections do have stairs, so it might not be 100% wheelchair accessible). Everyone in... More

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New Jersey, United States
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were surprised by how great this was. It was fun for the whole family. It's a hidden gem in an unexpected location. Leave yourself time to really look around. We took the tour too and enjoyed it. We had never noticed all the mosaic walls before. You need less than an hour without the tour and add an hour... More

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