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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Address: 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: 215-972-7600
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Sun 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

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Excellent smaller museum

I went for the Norman Lewis exhibition and was absolutely amazed and impressed with the art I saw. I also went to the older building and found a treasure trove of art there and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Gerard S
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San Francisco, CA
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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I went for the Norman Lewis exhibition and was absolutely amazed and impressed with the art I saw. I also went to the older building and found a treasure trove of art there and learned some new things about the different display styles of art in museums over the years. I have a strong interest in various styles and periods... More 

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Langhorne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The oldest American art Museum and Art School. Te wonderful collection of fine and contemporary art is divided between the Historical Landmark building and The Hamilton building. A plaza between entrances with outdoor seating. . Cafe carries fresh food. Priced to visit and wont take more then a couple of hours to tour.!

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent there near three hours enjoying the painting and reading the stories behind Each painting This was followed by a private function at the muesuem Extremely rewarding experience and an absolute enriching one

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Warrington, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's been quite a few years since I was here. I recently found out our local library has Museum passes you can borrow so I took advantage of that for our visit. The original building is an architectural masterpiece. It is a fascinating and beautiful structure and well worth a look. The art collections are quite good- the original building... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth a visit to see the striking interiors and resident collection....! If you are in town during May, check out the OUTSTANDING Student Show/Exhibit....!

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building is lovely and the collection of American artists is interesting. We were able to visit for free with our reciprocal passes, but I am not sure how I would feel if I paid admission, as it is not a large collection.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Peaceful, great art, beautiful space, and small crowds. I had not been here in 20 years, but remembered immediately "oh this place is great."

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Fine building displaying an interesting selection of art by American artists. There are no real outstanding pieces, other than the building itself. There is a special exhibit space on the first floor. The regular exhibits are reached by a grand staircase. The spaces are quite lovely, and arranged in a logical series of rooms. There is something for everyone here,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the guides turned out to be an Egyptologist, he made our 4pp tour come alive. So informed and interesting. Wish every young person could have him teach history in their school.

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Utica, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Important collection of early American art and much more. Impressive galleries of African-American, women's art & the special exhibitions are superbly curated. One of the great American museums.

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