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“A real treat -- a tour of the American art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art” 5 of 5 stars
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
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Ranked #1 of 553 things to do in Philadelphia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An impressive collection of European art housed in a stately, neoclassical building.
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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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“A real treat -- a tour of the American art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

A group of about 35 members of the Directors Circle of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum were treated to a lecture/tour of the American art installations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art led by Kathy Foster who is the Robert McNeil curator of American art. We saw the influence of Charles Wilson Peale and his remarkable family of painters upon the museum's collection as well as the wonderful examples of Philadelphia furniture attractively displayed in the vicinity of the portraits that illustrated the type of individuals who might have owned the pieces. Ms. Foster initially focused on the collection of portraits leading in to the American art wing by Charles Wilson Peale, Gilbert Stuart and proudly showed off the portrait of Yarrow Marmout,an African American Muslim, a freed slave that Charles Wilson Peale painted in Georgetown for his Philadelphia Museum in 1819. It was acquired by the PMA in 2011. Mr. Marmout was reputed to be 140 years old at the time his portrait was painted and Mr. Peale wanted a record of the personal traits that supported a long life. That painting alone is worth a trip to the Museum.

Visited May 2013
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“The way art is meant to be enjoyed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We did an art weekend in Philadelphia recently, and I can't say enough about the PMOA, especially in comparison to the nearby new venue, the Barnes Foundation.

I found a better overview of Impressionist painting -- which was the focus of this visit -- at PMOA, even though the Barnes seems to get all the press and raves. PMOA has fewer but, in my opinion, better examples of a wider range of painters and styles -- unlike the Barnes' focus on Renoir, Cezanne a a few others. And the paintings in PMOA are displayed in a very viewer friendly manner -- unlike the Barnes' cluttered approach.

Visited April 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“Excellent museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We had a docent that gave us an overview of the museum. It has some wonderful pieces and we plan to go back on another trip to visit more throughly

Visited January 2013
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Duluth, Minnesota
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“Well worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2013

Visited on a Friday night and Rodin museum and 2nd floor collection were closed. 1st floor had some well know impressionist pieces and some wow moment pieces in other collections. Definitely enjoyed the visit despite only seeing less than half the collection.

Visited April 2013
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“FABULOUS COLLECTION”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

I loved the exterior of the building and the interior collections and the special exhibits. The museum offers works of art that would appeal to every age group and special interest.

Visited January 2013
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