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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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Address: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1936
Phone Number: 12157330390
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art environment,...

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar's largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and large outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia's famous South Street. Inside, view PMG's ever changing exhibitions in two indoor galleries.

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Just love this place.

It is hard to describe. You have to see it for yourself. Every surface is covered with mosaics, tiles, cast off items, art work. It is truly amazing and inspiring. We have been 3... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It is hard to describe. You have to see it for yourself. Every surface is covered with mosaics, tiles, cast off items, art work. It is truly amazing and inspiring. We have been 3 times so far and I never tire of it and see something new each visit.

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Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love this place! It is so fun and such a beautiful use of space with scrap art. As you walk around you keep noticing different things that you didn't notice during your first stroll. There are lots of broken pieces of art - tiles, vases, sculptures, etc and recycled items all meshed together to make up this art garden.... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It was amazing!!! It was a huge amount of art work. A must to do when you visit Philadelphia. Its not boring pictures. You can't believe how this man built it all over 40 years. AMAZING!!!!Worth seeing.

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Indiana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We arrived here for the very last tour of the day. It was very hot the day we were in Philly so going at this time worked well because of the temp but I'm sure it is even prettier when the sun is at full strength. The gardens were still very pretty. Amazing to see and we found several buildings... More 

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Treasure Beach, Jamaica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Isaiah Zagar has been tiling the walls of Philadelphia decades, many tiles say "Philadelphian is the Center of the Art World". And low & behold, all the projects that have ensued in the years since he started the writing on the wall have brought that to fruition. The Magic Garden is crown jewel of his work, & a place to... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A unique piece of artwork wedged into urban Philly. Bottles, China, broken mirrors and pottery are just some of the artist's palette. You will never see the entirety of the work in one trip through. For those who are not sure footed this will be a challenging experience. Watch the parking - some pay areas, some free times and you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

ideas on making a building from garbage and useless things is amazing idea. the building not so big but starting with build this uniques castle that people never thought that able to develop any sible building in this area become history how Philly become city of art. so amazing place

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for Philadelphia's hidden gem, this is your spot. It's very unique, as the whole area is put together by hand. Although it is pretty, there's not much to do. Once you see half of it, you've pretty much seen the rest of it. The whole concept of the place is fantastic, but it gets quite repetitive after... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As the title suggests, the Magic Garden's are nice, but it gets old pretty fast. It's a lot of the same going through them and honestly it's glorified garbage (as cynical as that sounds). Go here if you're really trying to find something to do in Philly, but there are so many other places to go and check out (i.e.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In spite of 95 degree weather, this was a worthwhile visit. It was a little crowded with a camp group that had just come in. It was difficult to linger and enjoy the work without being a little jostled. I would recommend either going early or a little later in the day. It is incredible that one artist completed this... More 

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