Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (PMG)is a mosaicked visionary art environment, gallery, and community arts center that preserves, interprets and provides access to Isaiah Zagar's unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The Magic Gardens site, Zagar's largest artwork, includes a fully tiled indoor space and large outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphia's famous South Street. Inside, view PMG's ever changing exhibitions in two indoor galleries.
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The area
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Neighbourhood: City Center East
How to get there
  • Lombard–South • 7 min walk
  • Walnut–Locust • 10 min walk
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  • Elaine
    New York City, New York312 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    IG worthy
    Great for the gram. Beautiful little spot for pictures and to explore for half hour although the timed entry is kind of dumb to me because once you enter, you can stay for as long as you want. I guess they don't want too many crowds if they just let everyone in? Make sure you buy tickets ahead of time. We got there at like 1230pm and they said next available tickets were at 230pm so we bought them right after speaking to the employee on my phone. I bought a $1 postcard here too if you are interested in that as well.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Chanda73
    Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique art experience - plan ahead
    Fascinating art experience created with ceramic tiles, glass, mirrors, folk art, and more. Some are there more for the photography experience than the art, but it's all good. It is worth noting that tickets will sell out every Saturday and Sunday so you do need to purchase in advance. There were unhappy people at the door as the Saturday tours were completely sold out and they couldn't get in (not sure why they were so mad at the staff because of their failure to plan ahead?). Also, they will not let you in early (maybe 5 - 10 minutes?) and there isn't a lot of other stuff in the immediate neighborhood (or places to sit) while you're waiting so don't arrive too early. If you do find yourself early, or without a ticket, there are some other interesting mosaics in the neighborhood if you look around.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 16 August 2023
  • JustJoan12345
    Fort Washington, Pennsylvania66 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth checking out
    The magic garden (although I'm not sure garden is the best description) is worth the $15 entrance fee. I suggest purchasing the timed tickets in advance, but you can also buy them there. To me it's more of a "mosaic art installation", that spans three properties on South Street. Unique is a word that's overused, but it really does apply here. I was intrigued by this place. Definitely do the scavenger hunts - both the outside one and the inside one.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 August 2023
  • stevelotte
    Montville, New Jersey501 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and unique art installation
    We enjoyed the visit though a docent/guide would have been very helpful. Teens had questions and we found little information. The installation is quite impressive. We would definitely recommend it. We had reserved our admission and they did enforce the time somewhat. Space is narrow and windy - some spots were tight.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 September 2023
  • Anita A
    Brooklyn, New York29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique, small exhibit
    This place is unique work of art in itself. It’s a bit pricey when going as a family. The place is not stroller friendly at all. So parents would have to wear the baby or carry them, as they are stairs and small alley ways. It was neat and cool. Definitely a great place for pictures. Need to buy tickets ahead of time with the timed tickets. When I went, the tickets were sold out to whoever walked in. Luckily we bought ours online the day before. If you have visitors in town, this is a cool place to show them. But it seems like a one time thing for us to visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 September 2023
  • Flyer55564599606
    Chevy Chase Village, Maryland1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fascinating and amazing, even for non-art lovers
    An amazing place. It impresses everyone, not just folk art fans Guided tour recommended. Our guide, Silke, was excellent. Take time to walk rhe neighborhood for another 20 minute or so
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 October 2023
  • mrstraveller1
    York, United Kingdom2,104 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unique
    Well worth a visit, this indoor/outdoor art gallery is pretty awesome. Mosaic murals made up of zillions of hand made tiles, as well as sundry items such as bottles, ornaments & bicycle wheels cover just about every inch of the space (including the loo), in a kaleidoscope collision of colour & tat. There’s a gift shop & a gallery selling affordable art, & more murals to view in the surrounding streets. Tickets can be booked online & cost $15 (it’s a non-profit organisation). Located towards South Philly, it fits in well with a visit to the Italian Market.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 25 December 2023
  • vanomad
    507 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    So unique!
    I adore this place! So unique. You feel like you’re walking through some place magical. Very talented vision by the artist. Would love to stay here for hours! Highly recommend. And walk around the neighborhood surrounding it. Very artsy area with a cool vibe. Enjoyed my visit!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 March 2024
  • Linda M
    Lufkin, Texas99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grandson’s senior trip with Granny
    Most amazing place. First we looked at the art outside on the side street. Then into the facility. I thought “one man’s junk is definitely one man’s treasure”. My favorite was the bicycle chandelier. Just an amazing place.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 28 March 2024
  • Aprilmcarroll
    310 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun and Quirky
    Get your tickets in advance! I did not realize tickets were needed and that there was a timed entry. We only had to wait half an hour though. Beautiful, magical place. While walking to the gardens. We came across the same style mosaics in alleys and on the sides of the buildings, which was a great build up! It truly is a beautiful place.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 March 2024
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Tinkerbell1391
Riverview, FL1,222 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
May get roasted for this one but we spent $15 each and to walk the entire art gallery took maybe 30 minutes and that was with a bathroom break. It was disappointing and over priced for what it is. Was not a fan at all. Other museums are a tad more and you can spend hours.
Written 3 May 2021
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Willy Woo
Marlton, NJ2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
It’s an ok experience, and it’s cool that people made an artistic structure from trash that would have just sat in a dump otherwise. It also attracts international people and tourists which is cool. It can be a long wait though, too expensive, and not very extensive in area you can explore. It basically takes up the size of a large one family home. Mostly it’s for art enthusiasts and people looking for unique Instagram photos.
Written 18 February 2020
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Annie_Chewinsky
Los Angeles, CA10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Yes, it is a pretty place to visit, but for $15, I expected more content. The entire site takes less than 5 minutes to walk through. If you linger to admire the aesthetics of the art, which admittedly is very beautiful, and to take photos, then one needs 20 mins max on site. But seriously, $15 is way too much for what you get. I am rating Magic Gardens at a 3 by averaging the 4 that I would give for the art and the 2 that I would give for the relatively pricey entry.
Written 21 September 2021
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Jacqueline B
Wolcott, CT385 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Family
Fascinating exhibit featuring mosaics and Hispanic/Mexican artists. If you are a fan of modern art, shiny things, or Instagram ready photo ops this is a must see! It does get busy during the day. Would recommend going early in AM or for the later afternoon. Also, current policies request that you buy tickets online ahead of time. They aren’t selling tickets on site unless there are special circumstances.
Written 29 June 2021
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hrobinson1114
Nashville, TN5,809 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Solo
Thought this place would be bigger, but there is still a lot to see. If you really take your time, there are all types of little surprises tucked throughout this giant piece of work by Isaiah Zagar.

It can get a little crowded, especially if you take your time, so I would go early on a weekday. Right now they are doing timed tickets and they are 15 dollars.

Very unique, and you won’t see anything else like this, so I would recommend it. And maybe go back a second time, as you’re sure to see something new and delightful.

There are also a couple of small art galleries full of colorful pieces.

You can also see Zagar’s murals throughout Philly.
Written 4 October 2021
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kerce75
Jacksonville, FL27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Really neat place. You can walk through it a dozen times and see something you missed each time. It's not a large place and you wont probably spend more than an hour here, but we felt it was worth the stop and the price ($15).
Written 23 November 2020
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Sari Al
Saudi Arabia225 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019
In a frantic last-minute attempt searching for a fun thing to do in Philly, I finally made it to the magic garden. And what a fun-filled afternoon I unexpectedly got! I was lost completely in the shattered mirrors, the impressive and funky indoor mosaics, and the fun and bulky outdoor sculptures.

I won't give a speech, but I will put on a slideshow and let your eyes be your guide" cheesy alert!" His art is meant to make the ordinary become extra-ordinary, You just need to have your camera ready and appreciate and understand the art.

I always thought that " practice makes perfect and since nobody is perfect then why practice???'' Isaiah Zagar, the creative artist, proved me wrong big time. His artistic portfolio creates a local treasure In Philly, he creates an art wonderland full of passion. I really cannot find the words to describe it. There is a lot to see, so you have to go and see it yourself.
Free tip: try to find all the penises in the gallery.
Written 22 April 2020
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We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Come back and visit us again! :)
Written 23 April 2020
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travelerdebBaltimore
Lutherville Timonium, MD339 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
For the cost of a movie ticket, you can stroll around this amazingly creative venue. So many interesting designs packed into the size of a row home. Just beware some of the steps are steep for a compromised person. You can go in without doing steps, it's just shorter.
Written 29 September 2021
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COtravelfam04
Austin, TX214 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Unusual, whimisical, odd, unique??? Yes to all.

This frequently comes up in searches of things to do while visiting Philly, so during a recent visit I decided to finally check it out. As I walked through here I could see how some people would enjoy it and be delighted by all there is to see. Personally I found it to be visual overload. Way to much, stuff and I do mean stuff, in a pretty small place.

You can see a good portion of the garden from the street so I would suggest doing that first and see how it feels for you. Enchanted? Go on in. You see a bunch of recycled things thrown on walls and floors, skip it.

I found the murals in the area to be much more interesting and worth my time and thought than the garden itself.

Magic? To me, no.
Written 15 February 2020
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Stacy H
Denver, CO103 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2021 • Friends
I had seen this place online when researching what to do in Philadelphia. But pictures do not do it justice. This places was so amazing and beautiful. You could go there every day and discover something new. Be aware that you have to get timed tickets in advance which prevents overcrowding. If I am ever in Philadelphia again I will definitely stop by.
Written 26 July 2021
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