Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Sue Ellen R
    Collingswood, New Jersey127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Annual June visit
    We went in June to see student art exhibit. Varied media presentations, interactive exhibits, film. Such a talented group of students-most getting Master of Fine Arts degrees. Three floors of stimulating, thoughtful art in one building. The second building had alumni art work. The architecture of this building is beautiful. The exhibit detailing the Artemis story is well presented and moving.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 6, 2023
  • RonL40
    Utica, New York3,555 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb Rising Sun Exhibition
    When we booked tickets for our Philadelphia trip, we were a little disappointed that the Rising Sun Exhibit required that the Academy's standing exhibits would not be seen. We were wrong! The Rising Sun Exhibition was remarkable. Especially enjoyed the works by Sheida Soleiman, Peta Coyne and Alison Saar. When you go, be sure not to miss the sculpture exhibition of the works of John Rhoden... shown one door down in the faculty gallery. Wonderful to see his work receive the attention it deserves.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 11, 2023
  • 1francophile
    Kitchener, Canada1,995 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Third visit since my relocation!
    My wife and I were very satisfied regular visitors when we lived in the City because of its unique offerings, accessibility to Center City and their fine staff making it highly enjoyable! There are regular exhibitions featuring Philadelphians and those from around the world spanning decades to inspire. The current special exhibit featured the fine sculptures of John Rhoden, the first celebrated Afro-American artist whose works are significant and noteworthy! There is a fine gift shop with books, calendars and clothing that is staffed by a very personable, professional individual who made my visit enjoyable. Since the museum is relatively small, one can negotiate the space in 1.5 hours or less. Make this a definite stop with you are in Philadelphia and my wife and I will become lifelong fans and loyal patrons! Very Highly Recommended!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 28, 2023
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1francophile
Kitchener, Canada1,995 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
My wife and I were very satisfied regular visitors when we lived in the City because of its unique offerings, accessibility to Center City and their fine staff making it highly enjoyable! There are regular exhibitions featuring Philadelphians and those from around the world spanning decades to inspire. The current special exhibit featured the fine sculptures of John Rhoden, the first celebrated Afro-American artist whose works are significant and noteworthy! There is a fine gift shop with books, calendars and clothing that is staffed by a very personable, professional individual who made my visit enjoyable. Since the museum is relatively small, one can negotiate the space in 1.5 hours or less. Make this a definite stop with you are in Philadelphia and my wife and I will become lifelong fans and loyal patrons! Very Highly Recommended!
Written November 28, 2023
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RonL40
Utica, NY3,555 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
When we booked tickets for our Philadelphia trip, we were a little disappointed that the Rising Sun Exhibit required that the Academy's standing exhibits would not be seen. We were wrong! The Rising Sun Exhibition was remarkable. Especially enjoyed the works by Sheida Soleiman, Peta Coyne and Alison Saar. When you go, be sure not to miss the sculpture exhibition of the works of John Rhoden... shown one door down in the faculty gallery. Wonderful to see his work receive the attention it deserves.
Written October 11, 2023
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ELKW
United States11,811 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
the exterior is beautiful, but need admission fee, there is a big paint brush outside, also a broken aircraft which may be one of the art exhibits
Written July 7, 2023
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Sue Ellen R
Collingswood, NJ127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
We went in June to see student art exhibit. Varied media presentations, interactive exhibits, film. Such a talented group of students-most getting Master of Fine Arts degrees. Three floors of stimulating, thoughtful art in one building. The second building had alumni art work. The architecture of this building is beautiful. The exhibit detailing the Artemis story is well presented and moving.
Written June 6, 2023
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1francophile
Kitchener, Canada1,995 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
My second return visit in two years after a long absence while I was a long time resident in Philadelphia. One of the oldest museums in the US, that inspired many fine artists in the past and continues to impress and amaze patrons of the arts today. While not a large museum; one can negotiate this space in an hour to ninety minutes. There is always a featured exhibit and permanent ones to enjoy during your visit. The staff are knowledgeable, friendly and helpful, which enhances your experience at this fine museum. It’s location is conveniently located near City Hall and the downtown district and is an easily accessible on foot or by vehicle. While in Philadelphia, make your visit to this outstanding museum a must and you will most certainly not be disappointed! Very Highly Recommended!
Written March 31, 2023
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scott r
Silver Spring, MD693 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
As title suggests they were in preparation for some installation or renovation or whatever, but a good portion of the main building was closed - and no one mentioned it at the door, nor was the relatively steep price discounted. Frankly had the (very!) disinterested person at the desk spared 10 seconds of her valuable time, I might not have parted with my (how about that) valuable money. The building itself as always is impressive, and there was just enough left on display that I managed to enjoy - and as always the art school next door provides interst and some surprises. It's more worthwhile than you think - but make sure the entire space is on view. for a first time visitor, firing on all cylinders, this is a pleasant surprise. For me as a repeat, as stated, a little irritating this particular day.
Written September 16, 2022
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1francophile
Kitchener, Canada1,995 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Solo
It’s been many years since I had the pleasure of visiting this fine quality art facility in Philadelphia and it has maintained it outstanding qualities! As a former resident, we frequented the PAFA occasionally and were impressed with the student art offerings and the special exhibits. While staying at a Hotel, only ten minutes away on foot I was eager to see Women in Motion, 150 in the making, which featured local artists and international ones with both traditions and modern works. Also, on display were paintings from many local artists. The building is unique and has a long staircase which leads to the second floor gallery. Since it is relatively small, one could see all of the many points of interest in one hour. I urge you to visit this hidden gem and support the exhibition featuring Women! They have earned and deserve our support now and in future in making personal choices with restrictions or government interference! Very Highly Recommended!
Written June 26, 2022
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Brooks D
184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Friends
Museum showcases numerous artists, Peales, Stuart, West, Cassatt, Eakins. Founded in 1805, by Charles Willson Peale and William Rush and others.
Written June 26, 2022
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5,826 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
There are two sections to this museum. The modern side and the classic side. The modern side is as expected. A lot of drawing, photography, experimentation. The classic side is also to be expected: classic artists, lots of brush strokes, a lot of white folk. But together, they both make a great experience. And the architecture of the older, “classic” side makes for an experience like out of “Alice in Wonder Land.”

Ticket fee is 15 dollars and worth it. You get a small modern art museum and a small classical art museum (with fantastic and Instagrammable architecture), but there is a great public space between the two, and a small cafe.

A great place to enjoy a morning or afternoon. And close to city hall, the Masonic temple, and many other attractions.
Written October 2, 2021
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An0nyMs
Tucson, Arizona1,514 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
The museum is in two buildings. The larger space has works from fairly recent to hundreds of years old. The other space is connected to the school and (when I was there, at least) has mostly modern art by students... most of the second floor was closed to install a new exhibition, but fortunately the outstanding little sculpture gallery was open.

This is one of around 20 Philadelphia-area museums that give free admission to members of institutions that are part of NARM, the North American Reciprocal Museums. Buy a qualifying membership at your home museum, or a museum in some other city, that belongs to NARM... then you'll get free admission at around 1000 other institutions in North America. Bonus: Because you don't have to pay to get in, you can split your visit over more than one day without rushing to see it all at once. Check the NARM website (TA won't let me give its address) for a list.
Written September 9, 2021
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