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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.
  • Excellent70%
  • Very good26%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“american art” (37 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

In the light of recent controversy surrounding this artist, PAFA made the decision to keep the exhibit up and to use it as the start of a broader conversation about gender, race and more. They hung another exhibit next to it showcasing women artists and...More

Thank jacquelinerose5
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts was the very first art academy in the United States, It was THE school to learn the painting and sculpture techniques and methods only available in the 19th century in Europe. It’s list of instructors is legendary and...More

Thank John G
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

The structure itself is a work of art. One could look at it for hours. There is a pretty great installation outside of the museum that's really cool too, and it ain't that paint brush BS. Inside you'll find some of the greatest Americana painting...More

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Reviewed 23 February 2018

A gorgeous old building with permanent works and exhibits as well as a new building to explore. Modern, some old classics are all presented in a lovely way. There's an art store, a gift shop, and a cafe as well. With the recent sexual harrassments...More

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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Not knowing what to really expect, I took the family here as a belated Valentine Day gift. The first building was modern art, but next door we loved the permanent galleries. On Sundays, there are workshops for kids so my twin daughters were able to...More

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

A very professional museum going through some new developments. A plan would be good otherwise you could miss out of some of the exhibits.

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Reviewed 13 February 2018 via mobile

Next to the Barnes, my favorite art museum in Philly. You can walk right up to and (could, but wouldn’t) touch nearly every piece. Hardly anyone there. Really interesting selection of works. All US, of course. So glad we skipped the Art Institute this trip—PAFA...More

Thank jaz79h
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Surprising Gem - lots to see and wide variety of artwork; relaxing atmosphere with benches to sit and reflect on the pieces. I highly recommend!

Thank Katherine R
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

People automatically think of Philadelphia's Art Museum but PAFA is a wonderful organization with two buildings - the older building is a work of art itself, and has paintings predating our country's independence. The paintings and sculptures are beautiful, the building next store is more...More

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Reviewed 15 January 2018

Absolutely amazing historic museum. The architecture is as interesting as the art collection itself. Great, eclectic, and varied collection of paintings and photography. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Our docent for our tour was highly knowledgeable, interesting, and engaging. Viewing art is a fantastic...More

Thank Jeffrey T
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garymenefee
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Welcome to Philadelphia. PAFA does have tours but it is not required. You are free to review the works there at your own pace. Check the PAFA website for tickets fees.
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