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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” (35 reviews)
“frank furness” (21 reviews)
“thomas eakins” (15 reviews)
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118 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102-1510
+1 215-972-7600
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

The art is nicely displayed and put into interesting groupings. many of the pieces are very fine. I think the architecture of the Historic Landmark Building is very interesting. Not very common.

Thank john m
Reviewed 14 July 2017

An outstanding collection of American art with rotating exhibits. Featured are Pennsylvania artists most of whom you wil recognize. Located near other great museums.

Thank reiki4peace2016
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you!

Reviewed 11 July 2017

It's not located on the Parkway along with the Barnes or Phila. Museum of Art but it is a true gem of both historical and artistic note. It is located in the center of town just two blocks north of city hall. It combines historical...More

Thank jfratto
Reviewed 8 July 2017

I visited largely to see an amazing exhibit featured on PBS news hour of war referenced works. I was also introduced to the permanent exhibits that predominantly feature local Philly artists from the life of this oldest Arts school in the US. The old building...More

Thank Martin H
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank you for sharing!

Reviewed 3 July 2017

We really enjoyed this museum. It had a great balance of art and student pieces in the other building. There was a lot to see and everything was really well laid out. I would go again.

Thank SarahCahill
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 27 June 2017

While the PMA overshadows the PAFA in terms of the size and scope of its collection, this museum has some really important pieces of American art. I went here to see Eakins' Gross Clinic (which is sometimes on view at PMA) and was impressed with...More

1  Thank OnALark_1
Reviewed 10 June 2017

Husband wanted to visit. Enjoyed the building. Not the Art on display, so much.Just a personal choice for me.

Thank wiscandsd
Reviewed 8 June 2017

The PAFA is the 1st art museum and art school in the US. Founded in 1805 it has turned out a steady stream of gifted artists and sculptors. The museum in the main building has a great collection of those artists including Gilbert Stuart's George...More

Thank pbrittle
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We were down town one Tuesday afternoon and decided to do something tourist-y in our own city. This was a nice enough excursion but really not worth the money we spent. the staff here is very pleasant but really not much else going on. It...More

Thank Luv2go1019
Reviewed 17 May 2017

The Many Talents at the116th Annual Student Show Every year the Annual Student Exhibition at PAFA is getting better and more audacious. I went to see why, especially since PAFA has a long tradition of excellence in teaching new generations. As the marker outside the...More

Thank Elisabeth B
James G, Manager at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, responded to this reviewResponded 9 July 2017

We're thrilled that you enjoyed our annual student exhibition. PAFA's graduates are wonderfully talented artists.

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