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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good25%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“american art” (38 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
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+1 215-972-7600
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Living in Philly, I still only usually hear about the Museum of Art/Rodin/Barnes. Actually I didn't even realize at first that the Academy had a museum part open to visit (I thought it was just a school. My kiddo I nanny currently goes to camp...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In a city replete with fabulous art collections displayed at museums on the Parkway this jewel is often overlooked. It is a the most wonderful display of 19th century American art housed in building which in itself is a study in the art of architecture.

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Reviewed June 13, 2018

Don't miss it... The building is an Architectural style. Great collection from old and new times. Its not huge collection buts worth it.

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Reviewed May 26, 2018

We spent most of a day at the 3 museums as it was 90 and the A/C museums were A GREAT PLACE TO SPEND THE TIME BETWEEN WALKS ABOUT TOWN.

Thank Marguerite a
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Reviewed May 16, 2018

Housed in a fansactic building of several architectural styles, this collection is strongest on 19th century paintings, but includes modern art and sculpture too. It's not a large collection . But, it's a quiet place, far less visited than the Philadelphia Museum. Don't miss it.

Thank JohnnJack
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Reviewed May 14, 2018

Been coming to the academy for years and always love the backdrop of color and rich architectural detail to the sculptures and paintings. Very special museum.

Thank Maxiemama
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

What a joy... a beautiful building, a sense of history and the academy's role in training American artists, and a terrific and manageable collection. I have never before had the privilege of viewing four Cecilia Beaux paintings at once. And the Gross Clinic by Mr....More

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Reviewed April 30, 2018

Slowly walking up the grand staircase in the Historic Landmark building of the Academy, one cannot help but be reminded that decorous surroundings were de rigeur for the proper display of large history paintings as well as intimate portraits in the 18th and 19th centuries....More

2  Thank Elisabeth B
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Reviewed April 27, 2018

Bought a ticket for 2 on Living Social. I was pleasantly surprised at the layout and all the fabulous painting and sculpted figures through out the museum. Missed the Chuck Close exhibit which was my original reason for going but still and all enjoyed all...More

1  Thank Thomas M
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Reviewed April 23, 2018

Alfred Barnes, like Henry Clay Frick, Pierpont Morgan,Chester Beatty and other fabulously rich Americans used their wealth to amass vast collections of art. Barnes' taste was somewhat narrow compared to others, but if you like Renoir and Cezanne, this is a must. They way the...More

3  Thank Frank B
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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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