Philadelphia Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
4.5
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A surprise around every corner - discover the cultural heart of Philadelphia. The museum’s landmark building houses one of the most remarkable collections in the country, featuring some of the greatest works of American, Asia, and European art anywhere. You’ll find van Gogh's Sunflowers, the world’s largest Marcel Duchamp and the only dedicated Rodin Museum outside France. Eat. Drink. Shop. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the fiftieth, you’ll always see something new. Catch a world-class exhibition or get to know the masterpieces that live year-round in the museum’s 200+ galleries, including many stunning architectural spaces and period rooms. Then, browse an impressive collection of art books and more at the Museum Store and grab a bite made by Constellation Culinary at one of the cafés or Stir, the only Frank Gehry–designed restaurant on the East Coast. Kids 18 and under are always free. Bring the whole family and enjoy kid-friendly programs all year long.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • MNMPR2
    New York City, New York29 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Happy to visit more often
    It took out of town visitors for us to get to the museum and now I can’t wait to go back. So much art to see and explore that I even went beyond the things I usually like. Beautiful place. Layout is a little confusing but I was happy to get lost room to room and see things I would have normally skipped.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 9, 2023
  • debo-ro
    234 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss!
    I was blown away! I used to work at the NGA in DC. I have been to many of the worlds major art museums and this was a real treat! So many famous works! Whistlers mother, Van Goghs Sunflowers, Picasso, Matisse, Cezanne, Renoir but many other less well known names which were amazing to look at. The building is a real beauty as well. The guards are friendly and helpful also. I took advantage of the ca t your ticket is good for 2 days. I still didn’t see it all. Parking is $20 and everyone under 18 is free!!!! Highly recommend.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 13, 2023
  • Irit YE
    Haifa, Israel65 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Art for everyone
    Very interesting museum situated in an amazing building. I came with a member so we didn’t pay admission ($30!!) except for $15 parking (1st hour for members is free). You can find there various art to your like. Yet sometimes you can be annoyed by certain artwork that looks like little babies were drawing them (as one of the kindergartners we met said).
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 3, 2023
  • Winnie L
    King City, Canada39 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ammazing place
    Lots of European and American paintings and arts. The impressionist paintings are great. Aisan arts are also very good. We spent more than half day there. I would have stayed more if time permits. Do not forgot tod see Rocky sstatue in front of the main entry below the graint staircases.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 5, 2023
  • Kelly H
    Maine35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So many great pieces to see.
    I spent almost the whole day here. So much to see. Even with the arms and armor and part of the Asian galleries closed there was so much to enjoy. Whistler's Mother and Van Gogh's sunflowers are popular but there is so much variety you will find something to catch your attention and make you feel.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Irma G
    1,677 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see
    Extensive collection in a beautiful building with open, airy well lit rooms. A must see when in Philly. Climb the stairs made famous from the Rocky movie and take a picture with his statue.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 27, 2023
  • Explore782819
    San Juan, Puerto Rico4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attainable Happiness in Philadelphia Museum of Art
    Well organized with concise didactic texts throughout the exhibition halls. Very attentive attendants in each space willing to give the extra mile to help a lost museum wanderer. A real joy for Marcel Duchamp fans, it also provided pleasant surprise encounters with Whistler's mother and Eakins surgery class, Kantha quilts, Shaker furniture and the Temple of Attainable Happiness, among others.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 29, 2023
  • Charles S
    Northamptonshire, United Kingdom1,032 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Huge Collection
    The Museum of Art is located at Eakins Oval upon the north east end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway aka the Museum Mile. It opened in 1876 and has the most impressive collection of 240,000 objects spanning 2000 years including paintings, sculptures, furniture, decorative arts and even an armor collection. It has an impressive frontage with a striking pediment sculpture on the north wing (right side) of the east entrance. The steps leading up to the entrance were made famous from the film 'Rocky' in 1976. The museum is one of many along the museum mile, others include, Rodin Museum, The Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences and The Barnes Foundation.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 4, 2023
  • CodyDC
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,660 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of my favorite Art museums in US - lots to see with a mix of European and American Artworks
    This is my 2nd visit to art museum on a trip to Philadelphia and it has become one of my favorite art museums in US. There is lots to see including large selections of European Impressionist and American Realist paintings. There are several period rooms and galleries. One negative, not sure, but think there is some renovation going leading to the gallery containing 19c American Art has you had to walk down a narrow corridor from the main part of the building to reach the wing. I also missed this entrance. I was surprise to find there was a free admission for military, which was a great. If ever back in the area, I will make another visit to this museum.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 4, 2023
  • PhilosophicalOldGuy
    Charlotte, North Carolina622 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rich holdings, great museum! Clearly worth a longer visit!
    My wife, a friend, and I visited this museum on the last Thursday of September 2023. Parking in the museum garage was painless, although it cost $22 for our 4+hour stay. That did, however, include a discount of $17 acquired by having our parking ticket validated inside the museum. Even then, on departure we could not get the exit gate to read our ticket properly and were trapped until we pushed the Assistance button and someone inside raised the gate electronically. This is a very fine museum, with particularly strong collections related to PA. We saw lots of wonderful paintings by the Peales, by Stuart, and by other artists. Particularly charming was the "staircase" painting of the Peale brothers that was exhibited with a 3-D bottom step added. Very effective! And the bust of Franklin was every bit as wonderfully done as you would expect. In Philadephia, Franklin feels like an omnipresent friend. We saw several very good Eakins paintings, including his two huge operating theatre ones. Gruesome but excellent. "Whistler's Mother" was here on loan from Paris, and we were surprised to discover it was a huge (57"x64" BEFORE you count the wide frame). We found DuChamps' "Nude Descending a Staircase," a seminal cubist work, as well as a very nice Mondrian. Their Impressionist holdings were quite good, and we enjoyed the Seurats and Sissilys, as well as a great Pissarro. Many very nice Cezannes, and what we considered a lesser Rouseau. They have an impressionistic John Singer Sargent that we liked. Along the way, we saw a complete Asian temple, many Indian works, and lots of interesting contemporary works. They had a beautiful 14' tall column covered with colored glass tiles that was done by Tiffany Studios, and that was a wow. Pressed for time, we sped by many medieval altarpieces, and we are sure we missed a LOT of other great works. We spent 4.5 hours here (11 am - 3:30 pm), including a one-hour lunch in their Stir Cafe (reviewed separately here on TA), and that was nowhere near enough time for a museum of this quality. That just means we need to visit again! We recommend this museum highly.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 10, 2023
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positive1001
Ocean City, NJ8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
I hadn't been here in a long time and was really amazed at how much this Museum offers! To see walls and rotundras lined with European impressionist and Brancusi sculptures, what a treat! Don't miss this Museum. And you can take a nice picturesque walk along the Schuylkill River.
Written June 8, 2024
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sarahvirginia2016
Richmond, VA105 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
As an art historian, I appreciated seeing the incredible works which are displayed at the museum. However, everyone in my family commented on how poor the lighting is. The galleries are dingy and detract significantly from the overall experience.
Written May 28, 2024
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Jessie
Virginia238 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
My sister and I went on one of their Friday night "pay what you wish" nights. We were blown away! Of course the art was stunning, that probably goes without saying. There were also live performances going on. What really did it for us though was how the art was curated. Art is not just hung on the walls, whole rooms are decorated with relevant pieces to give an overall feel to each room and really transport a person into a whole headspace. If you're in Philadelphia, you'll want to make time for this one, and it's hard to argue when you can pay what you want on a Friday night!
Written May 22, 2024
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Kitty G
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a must if you're in town. You could spend a whole day there! There are so many exhibits and things to see. I liked that they have restaurants inside, so you can take a break and enjoy a quick bite or a sit down meal.
I did not like the fact that the museum has been announcing Van Gogh's Sunflowers exhibit (the reason why we visited) just to find out it won't be open until May 18th! So if you're hoping to visit before then, be aware. The exhibit is still being finalized.
We really enjoyed the immersive exhibits, such as the Tea House, the Arts of the Islamic world, and the Arms and Armor. I had never seen such exhibits, so we really enjoyed it.
Written May 10, 2024
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Cowleasow
Nottingham, UK427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
A lot to see, too much in fact. I was there over 4 hours and didn't see everything - I should have come earlier in the day!
Oh, and the obligatory visit to Rocky's statue is worth it too.
Written April 30, 2024
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Lee A
Philadelphia, PA427 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We attended The Philadelphia Antiques Show, called simply The Philadelphia Show, yesterday. We've attended them off and on over the past two decades, but this one was simply the best. It had a variety of vendors and was so much more than Americana. We started off with brunch at Stir, in the museum, and ended (and the show) back at PMA in the Members' Lounge for coffee/tea and to give our feet a rest.
Written April 28, 2024
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moonlotus18
Hamilton, New Zealand1,971 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
We came her to visit after a recommendation from a friend and also to see the Rocky statue. The 4 levels were rich with different collections across time period, artists, cultures and world events. We could have stayed the whole day. A good opportunity to come back. Well worth the trip.
Written April 17, 2024
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packedandready2go
California943 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The museum has a nice overview of art from different periods My favorite was the exhibition of impressionist, post impressionist and cubist art. From a different era I also enjoyed the armor exhibit. The signage identifying the facilities such as the cafe or the restrooms could have been more prominent.
Written April 15, 2024
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Matthew M
Farmington, NY302 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
Excellent. Don't love the 30 fee after doing the British Museum for free but it's a great museum. I love the architecture and the collection. I got there right when they were doing a free tour on modern art and it was fantastic. What a great way to spend the afternoon enriching your mind and enjoying the art and architecture. The day I was there they were literally setting up the museum for a wedding- I am super curious about who the wedding was for- they were literally transforming this gigantic space into a wedding venue
Written April 6, 2024
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Taylor H
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I attended a class trip with my child in kindergarten. The entire experience was not kid friendly and they were not welcoming towards the kids. There were 80+ kindergarteners and overall they were very well behaved. However, I recommend they do not allow class trips for children under 8 if they’re not equip with any sort of people skills towards children. One guard said to me “tell those kids to keep their greasy hands off the glass.” When they’re right there…feel free to tell them yourself. We had given them lots of instruction on what is right and wrong in a museum and they were very well versed in hands to themselves. They did really well. One child tripped and grabbed the glass to brace his fall. And the guard said that to him. He almost cried. Another child said “wow” and a guard told him to “quiet.” They had unrealistic expectations for 5 year old’s.The entire experience wouldn’t encourage any young child to pursue a career in the arts. Class trips are core memories for children and this was not a positive one. Again, they understood museums are quiet and for our eyes only. On a positive note, the tour guide for the first half of our trip was super nice and engaging with the kiddos, the second half was really dreadful. They should really think twice about their attitude towards children especially when they’re our future art makers.
Written March 26, 2024
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