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Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Philadelphia Museum of Art General Admission
Ranked #1 of 433 things to do in Philadelphia
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: As one of the largest museums in the United States, the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites visitors from around the world to explore its renowned collections, acclaimed special exhibitions, and enriching programs, both in person and online. Rising majestically at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands as one of the great art institutions of the world. In the over 125 years since its founding, it has grown far beyond the limits originally set for it. Today, the Museum houses over 225,000 works of art encompassing some of the greatest achievements of human creativity, and offers a wealth of exhibitions and educational programs for a public of all ages.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
Reviewed August 19, 2011

Philadelphia's museum of Art is a great place to spend a rainy afternoon. My daughter spent hours looking at the midevil armor and weaponry for a school project. There were lots of families in this section, with younger kids reverently gazing on the swords and armor.

After, we went through the European Art from 1850. The collection of Impressionist is comprehensive and delightful. I especially like the Cezanne's Mont St Victoire. My daughter enjoyed the Degas statue of the Little Dancer.

Don't try and visit the entire museum in one trip, its too much. Choose a few collections, and be sure to take in the view of the city from the top of the steps.

The only thing which could have been better, connect the parking lot to the museum so patrons don't have to get too wet!

Visited April 2011
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Ocean Grove, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Surprising and quite wonderful”
Reviewed August 15, 2011

This is a museum that you can really see in a day! The art is wonderful and if you love the impressionists the you will love this museum. I don't think any museum outside of France has more Monets or Renoirs or Pissarros! And they have a wonderful collection of contemporary art like Jasper Johns and Jackson Pollack.
We actually went for the Rembrandt exhibition; The Faces of Christ and were not disappointed.

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New York City, New York
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“Good museum, but not very well planned out.”
Reviewed August 14, 2011

I'm not much of an art fanatic, but I did enjoy my trip to this museum. Overall, I thought the layout of the museum was slightly confusing, and it became easy to miss certain exhibits and rooms if you took one turn instead of another. Also, the most famous paintings - Van Gogh's Sunflowers, and Picasso's Three Musicians - were not labeled within the visitor's guide, and it was slightly difficult to track them down. The gift shop was extensive, but could have benefitted by having more pieces that reflected the actual artwork we had just seen.

Visited August 2011
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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Impressive Fine Arts Museum”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

Loved the museum, to admire the work of the great masterpieces like Picasso, Renoir, Rembrant, Cezanne and many others was quite impressive. Very Fine collection including sculptures of Degas and Rodin. Also visited the Rodin museum which houses the biggest Rodin collection outside of Paris.

Visited July 2011
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“A little culture goes a long way. Definitely mature subjects.”
Reviewed August 12, 2011

We had printed out bogo ticket coupons from the '
Entertainment.com book so our entry for two adults, and two teenagers was 32.00
Good to know that the museum allowed photography without flash. My teens were so shocked to see an actual Picasso or Degas,etc.
But, we were not too thrilled to see the contemporary art work such as the floating wax heads,etc or the very sexual sculptures of males organs,etc. We could have done without that. I understand that as a museum it is art but I would have appreciated a sign or "warning" that we were encountering very odd weird art. For ex. there were some displays which made me uncomfortable such as the "belly button " castings,etc
I prefer traditional art and as far as contemporary, the Pollack was fine.
There was a disturbing piece of art where you actually looked through a 'doorway" and Let's just say, it isn't art in my book..
There are a ton of workers throughout but no one to explain or talk about a particular artist,. except one gentleman who explained the
Dali painting to my teenage daughter. That is helpful and makes the tour more interactive.
Otherwise, it is a beautiful museum with some amazing pieces of artwork.

Visited August 2011
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