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Mural Arts Program of Philadelphia - Mural Tours

901 Market Street, 2nd Level, Philadelphia, PA 19106
215-925-3633
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Ranked #15 of 79 activities in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Tours
Owner description: Come see our amazing collection of murals and other public artwork! The City of Murals is now available for guided tours all year long. Please check... more » Owner description: Come see our amazing collection of murals and other public artwork! The City of Murals is now available for guided tours all year long. Please check our Tour Calendar to see the latest offerings open to the public. A mural tour is a world-class experience for the whole family and any group.All mural tour proceeds benefit Philadelphia Mural Arts Program initiatives. We appreciate your support, please join us soon! « less
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Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Philadelphia is the outdoor mural capital of the world with more than 2,500 murals on the sides of buildings around the city. Originally started to combat urban graffitti, the Philadelphia Mural Arts program operates from a small spartan studio in the Gallery Shopping Mall on Market Street while splashing gorgeous and fantastic visions of possible worlds in unlikely and unlooked... More

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Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My original plan was to take the Mural Walking Tour. However, as things go, I messed up the address and didn't arrive on time. Instead I took the Love Letters tour. The tour takes you into West Philadelphia via subway where you view the art work of created by Stephen Powers. According to our phenomenal and knowledgeable guide, Emily, the... More

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Göteborg
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Philadelphia is known for its murals and we decided to go on the masterpiece tour. We were very excited but the tour definitely did not meet up with the most basic of expectations. The tour took place in a trolley that was noisy and uncomfortable. This could have been something we could put up with except that the windows were... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

The Mural Arts Program is a phenomenal testament to challenging notions of graffiti and developing collaborative community projects. The tour was amazing; not only did I get to see the most beautiful murals, but I was also able to get to know the city on foot. This was a wonderfully informative and a contemporary alternative to the more historical tours... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

The programme has been going 30 years and seeks to channel graffiti and socially excluded youth into constructive community activity with some success. There are 3500 murals and so the tours vary. It is best to book ahead online and the start is a bit poorly focused. The tour we went on was fairly limited compared to an earlier tour... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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39 reviews 39 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This mural arts trolley tour was wonderful! Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of Philadelphia and its neighborhoods as well as the mural arts program and the murals themselves. I had no idea Philadelphia had such a rich and inspiring mural arts culture and it was great to see even a small fraction of the more than 3,500... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Beyond its renowned world class music & art, Philadelphia's spectacular mural arts have earned the same status. Monumental & vibrant, they signify the resurrection of a major city & serve a valuable social purpose as well by providing a legitimate outlet for restless but talented youth, recognized artists & even the incarcerated. That the murals instill neighborhood pride is confirmed... More

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Denver, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

There is so much history in Philadelphia and lots of things to see but this tour is definitely worth while. The tour guide was very knowledgeable of the history of the project, the artists and the neighborhoods where the murals are located. After the tour, I find myself "seeing" murals that have always been there but I just hadn't noticed.

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This tour was very interesting, and we would highly recommend it. During this 90-minute tour, the group gets on and off the train several times to view the murals and remains on the platform for about 10 minutes before boarding the next train. So, dress appropriately for the weather. The tour guide was extremely well informed about the history of... More

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Bridgewater
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

Our family of three took the walking tour called Murals and Sculptures on a crisp fall Saturday morning. It turned out to be a private tour--the rest of the group never showed up. Rich was informative about the neighborhood, artists and sculptures along the route. Our daughter is a student at Drexel at the medical campus and the tour stayed... More

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