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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Address: 118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
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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Small, elegant museum focusing on American painters. Very good collection in impressive vaulted rooms, plus a modern annex next door.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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New York, NY
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146 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small, elegant museum focusing on American painters. Very good collection in impressive vaulted rooms, plus a modern annex next door.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

PAFA is a phenomenal experience boasting an incredible collection in a beautiful space with knowledgeable docents. If you can only do one thing in Philadelphia it should be this spectacular treasure in the city. It is still an active school for the arts and you have the opportunity to see works by current students. Exhibitions are always well arranged and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being one of the original colonies logically makes this historic art museum a must see in Philadelphia. Just 2 decades younger than America, this educational institution and museum is part of US history and showcases art and culture still thriving in this city of brotherly love! One of the top 10 family MUST VISIT destinations in Philly, the curating staff... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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 July 23, 2016

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 July 22, 2016

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 July 21, 2016 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 July 19, 2016

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 July 13, 2016

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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