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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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Museum Needs More Docents!!

It's an interesting museum, that are actually 2 separate museums. One is contemporary and the other has both a classical and contemporary feel. we had hoped to take a docent led... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 September 2016
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Staten Island, New York
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32 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016

It's an interesting museum, that are actually 2 separate museums. One is contemporary and the other has both a classical and contemporary feel. we had hoped to take a docent led tour(which they advertised on their website) of the current exhibit at the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Bldg, however, no docent ever showed up. We had visited in the past and... More 

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

I am sorry that the docent was not available during your visit. We are thrilled to announce our new private tours! For just $25 per person guests can have a private tour at a time that convenient for you! Check out pafa.org for more information. More 

Franklinton, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

In the area of city hall, closed on Monday, tickets at the school office next door, museum actually in original building for the school. Nice display over 2 floors of collection including paintings by former students

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New York, NY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

Small, elegant museum focusing on American painters. Very good collection in impressive vaulted rooms, plus a modern annex next door.

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James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this review
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

PAFA is a phenomenal experience boasting an incredible collection in a beautiful space with knowledgeable docents. If you can only do one thing in Philadelphia it should be this spectacular treasure in the city. It is still an active school for the arts and you have the opportunity to see works by current students. Exhibitions are always well arranged and... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Being one of the original colonies logically makes this historic art museum a must see in Philadelphia. Just 2 decades younger than America, this educational institution and museum is part of US history and showcases art and culture still thriving in this city of brotherly love! One of the top 10 family MUST VISIT destinations in Philly, the curating staff... More 

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

"One of the top 10 family MUST VISIT destinations in Philly" Thanks for the compliments! More 

Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I’m glad I got in free with my work ID (I work at a museum), because I’m not sure I would have paid to come here otherwise. It’s usually $15 for adults and $12 for students with ID. Their artwork wasn’t my kind of style for the most part. The building itself was much more impressive (see pictures, same architect... More 

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

Thanks for the feedback. Did you know that PAFA's Furness building is one of his only great gems that is still being used for the purpose designed today? Furness called it a "factory for art" and our students are still making art in the original studios today! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I believe there is a fee, however its well worth it. It takes you back to a time when art was fully appreciated.

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San Francisco, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I went for the Norman Lewis exhibition and was absolutely amazed and impressed with the art I saw. I also went to the older building and found a treasure trove of art there and learned some new things about the different display styles of art in museums over the years. I have a strong interest in various styles and periods... More 

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

We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit! More 

Langhorne
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

The oldest American art Museum and Art School. Te wonderful collection of fine and contemporary art is divided between the Historical Landmark building and The Hamilton building. A plaza between entrances with outdoor seating. . Cafe carries fresh food. Priced to visit and wont take more then a couple of hours to tour.!

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Spent there near three hours enjoying the painting and reading the stories behind Each painting This was followed by a private function at the muesuem Extremely rewarding experience and an absolute enriching one

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

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. PAFA hosts many wonderful events and attract lots of guests through private event rentals. Imagine the wedding we host in the space. Beautiful! More 

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