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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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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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something hidden in betweem high rises.

A museum, school, Art academic, a cafe, and a nice place to check things out. Not a commercialized museum that you would think of but the items hidden in the gallery are amazing... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Jimmy L
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A museum, school, Art academic, a cafe, and a nice place to check things out. Not a commercialized museum that you would think of but the items hidden in the gallery are amazing. Statues and b

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Nutley, New Jersey
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494 reviews
259 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an art school and museum that contains works by famous American artists. The original structure is a beautifully designed museum with unique architectural features. The third floor gallery contains American artwork from the past three centuries. Many works by the Academy's students line the walls. There is a second building that is totally modern. Today we enjoyed the... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a magnificent structure, inside and out. The collection is spectacular, historically and artistically. Special exhibitions are usually terrific, and quite artistically diverse. Just to walk in to see the entrance and grand staircase (Original building) is so worth the time. Nice bookstore.

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Yardley
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60 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited PAFA yesterday and truly enjoyed it. Had been years ago but forgot how interested the architecture and interiors are. Really one of a kind. Went for the Norman Lewis special exhibition which is wonderful but then enjoyed the permanent collection equally. Definitely worth the trip. First class examples across a wide range of styles and centuries.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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47 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were familiar with the wonderful old Academy building but we're pleased to discover a great place to view contemporary art in the spacious new building next door. The first floor displays special exhibitions while the second floor houses the Academy's collection mainly of work by faculty and graduates. The gift shop is well stocked with a variety of appealing... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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40 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I walked around these areas and wanted to go in but didn't have time. But the display from outside are very appealing and magnetic. Will visit next time. Its one of the must see places in the City.

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New York
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76 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We lucked out -- admission was free on the day of our visit (New Year's Eve). The Norman Lewis exhibition was well done, especially with the presentation of artifacts of his day-to-day life (letters to Eleanor Roosevelt and to a gallery owner were highlights). We delighted in the prints section in the basement, the artists of which were former PAFA... More 

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

I recently spent most of a rainy Thursday here to see the Norman Lewis exhibit and then tour the rest of the collection. Unfortunately, there were no docent tours that day but nonetheless it was a fabulous experience. There were several groups of school children and it was great to see their enthusiasm for art and it was also easy... More 

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United States
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156 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

Was there for a Xmas party.....The Norman Lewis exhibit was amazing. I can't believe I haven't visited before. Great pillars, paintings and sculptures. Two wonderful buildings.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

PAFA is an architectural gem, which has taught many of the great American masters. Its collection is gorgeous and exciting.

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