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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good26%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“american art” (33 reviews)
“frank furness” (21 reviews)
“thomas eakins” (15 reviews)
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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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Reviewed 30 October 2015

Excellent permanent and changing exhibitions. Beautiful setting. Great little gift shop. Need about 2 hours to do justice.

Thank MissElegance
Reviewed 24 October 2015

Looks nothing from the outside but is nice. Interesting way collections are grouped. There are no over-zealous "guards". Not many world-class artists but good US ones

Thank ChrisArmSinc
Reviewed 17 October 2015

There is a lot more to see here than one would think and I always enjoy my visits. I must also remind myself it is a school.

Thank DonCapeMayBeach
Reviewed 26 September 2015

We had visited the PAF a few years ago, but had forgotten what a special place it is. So many American artists (Copley, etc.) and a separate building with modern art. While Philadelphia has many fine museums, this is one that isn't well known but...More

1  Thank Ruth M
Reviewed 14 September 2015

Worth a visit for the building alone, but the collection on the second floor is quite amazing. Elegant sculpture and paintings by a number of notables (H.O. Tanner, Mary Cassat, etc.). A lovely little oasis right downtown just blocks from the Courthouse. Not all student...More

1  Thank KerryandSue2014
Reviewed 13 September 2015 via mobile

We had not visited here in several years and were delighted with our return visit. There are the classic 18th and 19th century paintings of George Washington and others by Gilbert Stuart, Charles Peale and others plus some contemporary works. There is more theming of...More

Thank Bi-coaster
Reviewed 12 September 2015

Great museum - first walk around the outside to appreciate the sculpture and architecture. Then visit both buildings to see exhibits and paintings by the students over the years, some such as Eakins are extremely well known. Enjoy. PS excellent museum shop for presents as...More

Thank Miriamlabbok
Reviewed 17 August 2015

The museum has a smaller collection than I imagined but the galleries are set up to allow you to take everything in. The Academy also had an exhibition of it students' artwork that was fantastic. Made me wish I'd known earlier so I could've purchased...More

1  Thank darxhow
Reviewed 5 August 2015

The permanent collection of work by American artists is outstanding. Also, in a separate building, fine exhibits of contemporary art.

1  Thank dmcc99
Reviewed 2 August 2015

The building alone is worth going to this museum. I loved feeling like I was really in an historic place, and the art was wonderful. Several iconic portraits of George Washington are there. I appreciated the explanations of the art we were seeing too.

1  Thank JanieHare
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