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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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building better than art

I’m glad I got in free with my work ID (I work at a museum), because I’m not sure I would have paid to come here otherwise. It’s usually $15 for adults and $12 for students with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Sheridan S
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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I’m glad I got in free with my work ID (I work at a museum), because I’m not sure I would have paid to come here otherwise. It’s usually $15 for adults and $12 for students with ID. Their artwork wasn’t my kind of style for the most part. The building itself was much more impressive (see pictures, same architect... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I believe there is a fee, however its well worth it. It takes you back to a time when art was fully appreciated.

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks 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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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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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 4 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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