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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This art musuem has a twist; it places its modern pieces smack in the middle of its classic paintings. Love the building and stairwell. The collection is divided into 2 buildings. Unfortunately, there are no recurring free admission days.

Thank chicago90Phoenix
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Unique architectural design and art school. I had the pleasure of attending art classes there. The programs are rich with talent and the right exposure to the classic periods of visual arts. PAFA hosts many cultural events there as well. Great location and accessible to...More

Thank agentbey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First time visit. Small museum yet honestly expecting a little more. The exhibit was good yet as a fan of chuck close a bit disappointed.

Thank SashaGRose
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're staying near City Hall, walk to PAFA on Broad Street (near Arch) and enjoy both the temporary exhibitions and permanent collection focus rooms. Admission is $15 per adult. I can especially recommend the following: Chuck Close Photographs; The Loaded Brush; Take it Away,...More

Thank gbrandt2016
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Art museums and art schools had their beginnings in America here in 1805 thanks to Charles Wilson Peale. The collection on display is small when compared to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but it is 100% American art and it is fantastic. If you love...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 14 October 2017

My Company had our client wine and cheese party there. We had the the entire upper level. The foods served were awesome. They have Crab and Grilled Cheese and Philly Cheese and Mushroom Quiche. Bars with Wine and Mixed drinks. The servers were so so...More

Thank Ben T
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Small museum with some important and famous paintings in their collection. There were paintings that I recall seeing in textbooks and other references that I never realized was in their collection so it was a real pleasure and surprise to view them in person. These...More

Thank J L
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Founded in 1805, the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is the oldest arts academy in America and has, admirably, welcomed a cornucopia of new artistic endeavors since its founding. This is never more true than in this season, and so I went to...More

Thank Elisabeth B
Reviewed 24 September 2017 via mobile

The oldest museum and art school in America, housed in its stunning 19th century building, is surely worth a visit. But as fairly frequent visitors to Philly, I doubt we'll go back. The crown jewels of the musem, paintings by American masters, are jumbled together...More

1  Thank ISyzigi
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you for visiting. We appreciate feedback and will take your suggestion into considering, particularly with regard to labeling in the salon gallery. Chuck Close opens very soon, so lots more to see!

Reviewed 25 August 2017

So many masters of fine art. I didn't know where to look first as there were plenty of masterpieces to see. Not only is the art wonderful the architecture of the building itself is quite impressive too. Everyone has there own impression of what art...More

1  Thank Cathy M
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

We appreciate the kind words and hope you will come back again soon!

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