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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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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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|
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.
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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.