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“Keep on going beyond the steps.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Perelman Building, Philadelphia, PA 19130
215-763-8100
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Ranked #1 of 359 things to do in Philadelphia
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: An impressive collection of European art housed in a stately, neoclassical building.
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Keep on going beyond the steps.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

The steps up to the museum are the ones that Rocky ran up. If you keep going and head in (and pay $20 or so) you get to see some serious amount of paintings. Even if only a fraction of them interest you, there's still plenty for everyone.

A huge stack of impressionists and a whole heap of barking mad modern art from Marcel Duchamp onwards.

Visited May 2013
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Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

loved it all - came for special exhibit and stay for the rest of the museum. great tour guides, too.

Visited May 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Excellent museum. Go out of your way to see it!”
5 of 5 stars 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A real treat -- a tour of the American art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art”
5 of 5 stars 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 30 helpful votes
“The way art is meant to be enjoyed”
5 of 5 stars 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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