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“Excellent museum. Go out of your way to see it!”

Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the cultural heart of a great city—the place for creative play, with a surprise around every corner. We have world-class collections, exhibitions, programs...and some well-known steps.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Excellent museum. Go out of your way to see it!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

This is one of my favorites on the east cost. You can spend a week here and just enjoy everything about it. One of the first to bring entire architectural rooms into the museum. Fantastic. I have been here many times and every time is exciting. Go see it!

Visited May 2013
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Vero Beach, Florida
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“A real treat -- a tour of the American art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

A group of about 35 members of the Directors Circle of the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum were treated to a lecture/tour of the American art installations at the Philadelphia Museum of Art led by Kathy Foster who is the Robert McNeil curator of American art. We saw the influence of Charles Wilson Peale and his remarkable family of painters upon the museum's collection as well as the wonderful examples of Philadelphia furniture attractively displayed in the vicinity of the portraits that illustrated the type of individuals who might have owned the pieces. Ms. Foster initially focused on the collection of portraits leading in to the American art wing by Charles Wilson Peale, Gilbert Stuart and proudly showed off the portrait of Yarrow Marmout,an African American Muslim, a freed slave that Charles Wilson Peale painted in Georgetown for his Philadelphia Museum in 1819. It was acquired by the PMA in 2011. Mr. Marmout was reputed to be 140 years old at the time his portrait was painted and Mr. Peale wanted a record of the personal traits that supported a long life. That painting alone is worth a trip to the Museum.

Visited May 2013
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Beaufort, NC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“The way art is meant to be enjoyed”
Reviewed May 5, 2013

We did an art weekend in Philadelphia recently, and I can't say enough about the PMOA, especially in comparison to the nearby new venue, the Barnes Foundation.

I found a better overview of Impressionist painting -- which was the focus of this visit -- at PMOA, even though the Barnes seems to get all the press and raves. PMOA has fewer but, in my opinion, better examples of a wider range of painters and styles -- unlike the Barnes' focus on Renoir, Cezanne a a few others. And the paintings in PMOA are displayed in a very viewer friendly manner -- unlike the Barnes' cluttered approach.

Visited April 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Excellent museum”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

We had a docent that gave us an overview of the museum. It has some wonderful pieces and we plan to go back on another trip to visit more throughly

Visited January 2013
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Duluth, Minnesota
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“Well worth a visit”
Reviewed April 29, 2013

Visited on a Friday night and Rodin museum and 2nd floor collection were closed. 1st floor had some well know impressionist pieces and some wow moment pieces in other collections. Definitely enjoyed the visit despite only seeing less than half the collection.

Visited April 2013
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