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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

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Neighborhood: City Center East
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Address: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147-1936
Phone Number: 12157330390
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes

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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Lovely and fun place to spent time in middle of city. The area has flourished after the artist built his art. Such a clever idea!.... would recommend it highly. It is also close... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely and fun place to spent time in middle of city. The area has flourished after the artist built his art. Such a clever idea!.... would recommend it highly. It is also close to the Italian district. The area is walkable and fun to stroll.

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Central Florida, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interestng place. Much to see and walk through. My family loved looking at all the pieces of art.

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Northborough, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The murals of glass filling the building and outdoor landscape is amazing. I am truly inspired by the artist. This location makes for some amazing photo ops.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I hang out with many people who hail from international countries because I teach English as a Second Language. I had connected with a teen and her aunt from Italy, and wanted to show them some unique Philly finds. I took them to the Magic Garden, and we were all amazed! I had been before, a few times years ago,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I saw a photo of someone in my travel group who visited and immediately wanted to go. Saw a cheap flight to Philly and jumped on it. When looking for activities, I ran across a South Philly Tour right here on Trip Advisor AND it included the Magic Gardens, so I was ecstatic!! I was so excited to see the... More 

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Albany, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I visited Philadelphia for a weekend trip, and wanted to finally see the Magic Gardens. The garden is very unique and ornate. There is so much to see and explore for such a small space! I give so much credit to the artist as it is such a beautiful balance of architecture, sculpture, and art. However, I went on a... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had lived in Philly area all of my life and never heard of this spot. We were back visiting the city and I discovered this on Trip Advisor. It is very small but the outdoor portion is really cool. Many mosaics and art from dishes, bottles etc make up a very colorful space. Definitely a magical spot founded by a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Awesome mosaic masterpiece! Nothing like it anywhere. Just plain fun! Glass dolls and even bike tires attached to the walls! Enjoy!

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful artistic mosaic eye candy. Such an interesting exhibit. Definitely recommend. Too far to walk from city center, but short cab ride away.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went on the South Philly cultural tour and got to see many of Zagat's walls dispersed throughout south Philly and got to go to his museum. Breathtaking! It was in high 90's but worth every sweating minute. We got to meet Isaiah Zagat, he was just relaxing in shade of his master piece. What a humble man. Definitely will go... More 

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