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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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Address: 118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone Number: +1 215-972-7600
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10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 11:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

A dazzling museum, as much for its interior design as for its collection.

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World War I and American Art: Horace Pippin

PAFA’s current exhibit World War I and American Art and its impact on American artists is thought provoking and so I went to learn how John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Georgia... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

PAFA’s current exhibit World War I and American Art and its impact on American artists is thought provoking and so I went to learn how John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Georgia O’Keefe, Clagget Wilson and many other less known artists incorporated war into their art. I also discovered Horace Pippin (1888-1946), the self-taught, deeply human African-American artist who served in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Well worth a visit just to see the architecture of the old building. Always interesting special exhibits and especially so the World War I exhibit now showing. Extremely educational and moving

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great museum that has amazing exhibits and great programs for kids. My kids love the summer programs.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

The Academy building is worth a visit in and of itself but the collection is the real star - a great overview of the development of American art from its earliest beginnings. Well worth a visit for those interested in art. For the casual visitor the impressive stair hall might be enough!

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Upper Makefield, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Well worth the visit. also good to know that many of our famous American artists were students and teachers here at the Pennsylvania Academy.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has seen it all! It is catching one's eyes right along with the City Hall - a cimilar piece of Art and with plenty of sculptures.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Everyone seems to know about the Philadelphia Museum of Art but they don't know about PAFA. I love the intimacy of this museum. It's worth coming here for the building itself. It's a gem. I am a member & come regularly. They do an excellent job of changing it up so that the regulars don't get bored. They are open... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

If you love art and want to learn more about major Pennsylvania artists this is a MUST. We go to museums on all our trips. Wife is an artist and I am an art dealer so we always search out museums. The permanent exhibition is really terrific and the artists and themes are varied and interesting. Always something to learn.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

I went to the PAFA on my last day in Philly, after having visited all the other popular at museums & found this museum to be one of my favorites! The bldg itself is a work of art. It houses a great collection of 19th & 20th century art & sculptures. It's so peaceful there, you could walk thru without... More 

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James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this review

Thanks, Tommy, for ranking PAFA as one of your favorites. We hope you'll come back again and tell your friends to visit America's first museum and art school! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

PAFA manages to provide a wonderful exposure to American artists of the 19th and 20 th centuries, and also, a very special ability to keep abreast (help visitors keep abreast) of 21st century artists. Current exhibit especially noteworthy.

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