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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

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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Crazy place!

Such an interesting place - sensory overload! Something new to see everywhere you look, really amazing.

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Bridgewater, NJ USA

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Bridgewater, NJ USA
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Such an interesting place - sensory overload! Something new to see everywhere you look, really amazing.

Thank nobeancounter
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the most unique museum. We were visiting our family and thanks to trip advisor, we were able to research this and show them something about their own city that they did not know about! Everyone love it! On a crowed day, you may have to wait as they control how many people are in the site at a... More 

Thank Russell-UP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We recently visited this beautiful garden and we have to admit the name fits perfectly!. Admired by a friend, our visit was mainly to see the work of Mexican artist Saner... And I have to admit I am now officially in love with his work. But of course the place speaks for itself.... After seeing the exhibition, we walked around... More 

Thank Seleny B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a neat place to walk around and take pictures. Didn't take long to get through the entire thing. Was way overpriced.

Thank MeghanP85
Mineola, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I think I was mildly disappointed because I had such high expectations of this place. Sure, it makes for good pictures but I don't think it's an appropriate place to bring children. The whole place has figurines displaying human genitalia. It's considered art and the origins of this art is disturbing. This place is a 'one and done' kind of... More 

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Millbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I came across this place on Yelp, when I was planning a trip to Philly and was looking what was in the vicinity of the area I was staying. So glad I came here! What an amazing, fantastical piece of glorious art. Such an eclectic and eccentric collection of wonderfulness! Such a serene little places with hallways and staircases and... More 

Thank ambermaiden4129
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place is a gimmick which was added on to the owner's retail store which always marketed itself as an art gallery.

Thank derreiser
Union, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If your looking for something different, you have to stop here at least once if your in Philadelphia. It's a rather small exhibit, but it nevertheless ceases to amaze you.

Thank Micael F
Medford, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great way to spend 30 minutes to an hour looking at imaginative designs from recycled materials! Great for a warm spring/summer day as most of the exhibit is outside. Good for dreamers, children, or couples!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Some people build houses out of glass bottles; others design exterior walls to look like mirrors and reflect the surrounding landscape; a few also incorporate broken pieces of crockery into large scale mosaics. Isaiah Zagar did all of these things and more in his south Philadelphia house in part to help give the local neighborhood an identity that would help... More 

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