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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
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118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is actually the oldest art museum in the USA. Lovely old building with a very nice collection of American art.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 28, 2018

Beautiful building, friendly staff (students of PAFA) , handily located near City Hall and Reading Terminal

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank David B
Reviewed November 24, 2018

The building is beautiful, loved the Rina Banerjee show that's on right now. Banerjee's pieces are housed in rooms with early American art; the dialog between the two is pretty fascinating.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Bill H
Reviewed October 28, 2018

PAFA always surprises. As the oldest art academy in the United States, one would assume that the stately collection of portraits and scenes of early America and its luminaries were enough. However, on my most recent visit I realized that I am wildly mistaken. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

In addition to the main collection, there are changing collections. The artworks are displayed in 2 buildings. Annexed to the one building is an art school, gift shop, coffee shop, and Blick. The main collection is pivotal. We are so fortunate to have easy access...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

PAFA is a special place, which we visit whenever we are in Philadelphia. It is sentimental, since our daughter and son-in-law had their wedding reception there in 2013. During our most recent visit, there was a very interesting and well-curated exhibit featuring newer works of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 26, 2018

We have visited Philadelphia a number of times and have seen many of the most popular museums such as the Philadeliphia Museum of Art, the Barnes, all the cites around the constitution etc. But the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts really blew us away! From...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Well worth a visit for any lover of art! Definitely underrated. Good mix of classic and contemporary pieces displayed together. Worth walking over to see the student shows and sculpture next door as well.

Date of experience: January 2018
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Reviewed August 19, 2018

My husband is an alumnus of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts so a visit to the Academy is a annual Spring entry on our cultural calendar. The building itself is a gorgeous example of Victorian Gothic Architecture and a treasure filled with historic painting...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed July 20, 2018

The building is so ornate- when I went there a summer camp was going on so it was raucous ( something odd to say about art) and I made short shrift of the downstairs exhibits ( pretty extreme modern stuff) but the building held my...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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January 12, 2018|
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Response from agentbey | Reviewed this property |
Welcome to Philadelphia. PAFA does have tours but it is not required. You are free to review the works there at your own pace. Check the PAFA website for tickets fees.
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Amherst, Massachusetts
2 or 3 nights? Hotel suggestions? (5 Replies)
Hi all, I'm thinking of taking a trip down to Philadelphia, possibly during the last week of August. I've never been to the city, but am hoping to see the Barnes collection, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Rodin Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the zoo, and to check out the Reading Terminal Market. I'm wondering whether I should make this a 2 night/3 day trip, or a 3 night/4 day trip. Any thoughts? FYI, I am not the type of person who stands in front of each painting...More
May 14, 2013|
Response fromLoonbeam|
For that itinerary I would plan 4 days. 3 is possible but would be rushed. The Art Museum itself could be a full day depending on interest. I also note you left out the historicals. As far as hotels, see our Where to Stay FAQ as a start. Given your emphasis on museums, I would look at Rittenhouse Square first.
New York City, New York
Nice bar for a 50-something woman alone during convention (8 Replies)
Any recommendations for me in the downtown area? I'll be there on Thursday from early morning to late evening to take part in Political Fest, as well as to visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Since I'm on my own, I'd like a nice place to grab a drink and perhaps watch some of the convention. Willing to walk or take public transport for a comfortable, interesting place to hang out, preferably filled with locals (if they haven't all left town!) Thanks much.
July 24, 2016|
Response fromowlyn|
At what hotel are you staying?