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    It's aht baby.

    by Travmad Written Apr 9, 2008

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    This visit was to the Ruth and Raymond Perelman building. This part of the Philadelphia museum houses some smaller works not seen in the main building which is across the street. At the time there was an exhibit of Ansel Adams photos that to me was the main attraction. In the main building that day there was an exhibit of Frida Kohlo works. Since time was limited we only viewed one buildings materials. Open 10 to 5 Tuesday thru Sunday. Cost is seven dollars for this building only. Combo for the main building and this one is $14. to include the Frida exhibit is $20. Enough said have a look when you are in the area.

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    by April1985 Written Mar 11, 2008

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    Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and see many different works of art. Don't forget to pose out front at the top of the stairs just like Rocky. Also stop to enjoy the statues out front. You may use your camera inside the museum so long as the flash is off. Except in certain areas where there is a very popular artist, they don't allow cameras whatsoever. The guards are sort of rude when it comes to letting you know about the no camera law. Just be nice and move along.

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    by Bosse_d Written Aug 3, 2007

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    To be upfront: I like art and museums and thus try to visit the main museums of any town I visit. The Philadelphia Museum of Art was really worth the visit. I just had three hours and devoted one for a special exhibition and the other for the permanent collection and could only visit the sections European Art from 1850, American Art and Contemporary Art. Let's give me a brief personal review on these three sections:
    (1) European Art from 1850: The marvel of the museum. I did not expect that they have so many masterpieces. Sunflowers of Van Gogh, Bridge of lelie pond by Manet. The museum is really strong on impressionism. It is not the Art Institute in Chicago or the Orsay in Paris, but still an impressionism collection you need to see.
    (2) Contemporary Art, ie 20th century art. This section gives you a good overview what happened in the 20th century, almost all big artists have at least one work there, but often not more than one. If you love Duchamps and ready mades you see a lot.
    (3) American Art: This was somehow disappointing, if you are mainly interested in art and not in craftmen art (furniture etc).

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    More than just the Rocky Steps

    by spgood301 Written May 6, 2007

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    But the Rocky steps are the first thing you do, when visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Climb the steps for the best view of Philadelphia you'll find, right across Ben Franklin Parkway to City Hall. Take a few minutes to admire it, then go inside to admire some wonderful art.

    The Museum has an extensive collection of American, European and Asian art, dating back to the Middle Ages. I was quite taken by the Post-Impressionist art, with works by such names as Renior, Cezanne and Monet. There's so much more than just paintings at the Phila Museum though: sculpture, ceramics, beautiful furniture and decorative arts, much of which is set in wonderful period rooms and well put together displays. Also be sure to check out their armaments room, with swords, shields and other weapons also dating back to the Middle Ages. It reminded me of the museum at the Palacio Royal in Madrid - a very interesting room indeed. The Museum also has various displays during the year. I visited a fascinating display by local artist Thomas Chimes, which has since ended. It also hosts jazz concerts on Friday evenings.

    The Museum of Art is a must see when visiting Philadelphia, and is something that Philadelphians are justifiably proud of. The building itself is a landmark, located at the end of the Ben Franklin Parkway. This iconic building holds an extensive collection of art, and is a Philadelphia treasure.

    Oh, and don't forget the Rocky Steps!

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    Art Museum!

    by evilprebil Updated Dec 31, 2006

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    The art museum is a great place to laze around and see soem great works of art. And hey, if that's not your thing you can run up the stairs and pretend you're Rocky (which probably anyone in this town has at least done while they were inebriated). They ARE bringing the statue back so there's added fun there! Seriously, no matter how many times you've been there it's always enjoyable to stroll through. Admission is $12, $8 for students (with ID) for the regular collections. Sunday is pay what you wish so you can drop any amount you feel necessary. When there are special collections, there's a separate price for them. We saw "Manet and the Sea" and Salvador Dali and they were well worth the special admission price.
    Closed Monday, Open 10-5 Tuesday to Sunday, open late Friday nights.

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    Something for Everyone

    by Sue08080 Updated May 29, 2006

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    The Philadelphia Museum of Art has been called by some the most beautiful building in America. It has a commanding place at the head of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and overlooks the river on on side and City Hall at the other end of the Parkway. It houses 200 galleries with over 300,000 works of art.

    You can climb the stairs to the main entrance, or run up like Rocky. There is a back entrance that is much less challenging and adjacent to parking facilities.

    Friday evenings are Jazz Nights. Current exhibit is Andrew Wyeth's "Memory and Magic". Parking is free during the week. Admission is $12 ($5 on the weekend).

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    PMA: A stop for the mirror mirror...

    by cjg1 Written May 17, 2006

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    I have been here a couple of times now. The first was the most memorable as it was a pit stop to see Tania on my way through. We were going to go see the Dali exhibit but had not been able to buy tickets up front. This led to us touring the rest of the museum instead. One of my favorite pictures is of us standing in front of a mirror here. She toured us around through the entire museum before we set off for lunch. If you get the chance to go with her I highly recommend it.

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    Museum of Art

    by ianerin Updated Apr 14, 2006

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    The Museum of Art, while not quite at the top eschelon of American art musuems, is surely just below it. It is the primary showcase for art in Philadelphia, and one can spend hours to days exploring its many collections. Almost just as popular with tourists are the steps in front of the museum, made famous in the movie 'Rocky'.

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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    by yooperprof Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    show me the Monet (and more)

    One of the best comprehensive art museums in the United States - half a million square feet of floor space! Not exactly the most exciting architecture (especially for 1928), but I suppose it serves its purpose in showcasing a great collection in a civic temple. Main architect Horace Trumbauer (who was also responsible for the Free Library) was aiming for neo-classic stolidity, and he certainly achieved his goal.

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is especially strong in 19th and early 20th century French and early modernist paintings. The story is that the museum's first director, Fiske Kimball, was a determined rival of his cross-town art rival Albert Barnes (of the Barnes Collection.) Basically, Barnes and Kimball despised one another, and each other's institutions - and their legacy can still be seen insofar as the Barnes Collection is still the antithesis of this kind of comprehenisve encyclopedic and (in my opinion) somewhat academic "tomb of the arts."

    Kimball was able to procure for _his_ museum several choice impressionistic and early modernist masterpieces that must have infuriated Barnes. Be sure to check out Renoir's "Bathers" and Cezanne's "Large Bathers" here. There are a couple great Degas "Dancers" too.

    I saw a tremendous traveling exhibit here - on the great Dutch landscape artist Jacob van Ruysdael. So after seeing his moody landscapes, and then catching my favorite French canvases, I didn't have the energy to visit the American wing of the gallery to see their collection of Thomas Eakins canvases, which is said to be the best in the world. Next time.

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    Appreciate Art

    by grandmaR Written Jun 23, 2005

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    Early 1969 during our time in the Philadelphia area, we visited the art museum.

    I don't remember exactly why we went to the museum, except that I might have been interested in the textile exhibit and the Rodin sculptures. There are programs and tours for all ages of school children and Audio Tours. You can even create your own path through the Museum with a variety of random-access audio tours. Some of the audio tours include:

    * Arms and Armor: Travel back to the days of knights as you discover facts and fantasies about the Museum's vast holdings of armor and weaponry.
    * Director's Delights: Listen to Museum Director Anne d'Harnoncourt discuss some of her favorite objects in the Museum.
    * Modern and Contemporary Art: Enjoy an insider's perspective of the Museum's world-class collections, with commentaries by curators Ann Temkin and Michael Taylor.
    * Museum Highlights: Wander through the galleries and learn about more than 300 objects throughout the Museum.

    Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday evenings until 8:45 p.m.
    Closed Mondays and legal holidays.

    General Admission
    Adults: $10
    Seniors (62+): $7
    Students (with valid ID): $7
    Children (ages 13-18): $7
    (12 & younger): Free
    Sundays: Pay what you wish all day
    Audio Tours are $5.00

    # Hand-held cameras without flash or tripod may be used in the permanent galleries.
    # All photography in special exhibitions or of works of art on loan is prohibited.
    # Strollers are not permitted in special exhibition galleries.

    Note: Martin Luther King, Jr., Drive (formerly West River Drive) is closed for recreational activities on Saturday and Sunday from April through October. Allow for extra travel time on weekends.

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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    by kazander Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    The entire purpose of our visit to Philly was to see the Dali exhibition at the Mueum of Art. One problem however, all of the weekend dates are sold out! This show was advertised heavily, billboards, buses and flags thoughout the city all are covered in Dali advertising. I guess they advertised a little TOO well. Only dates left available are for weekdays. We might try and zip down there after work one day to catch the show before it's May end date.
    More info to come!

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    Amazing art museum

    by Beth75NJ Updated Jun 10, 2005

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    Alex and I went to this museum speicifically to check out the Dali show. I was so amazed at how detailed his work was... but the museum... it was soo cool! the grounds are beautiful and green and the damn is just down the hill. Gorgeous gazebo's to hang out at and lots of places for a picnic.

    Outside there are the famous steps that Rocky ran up and down in the movie. Sometimes Rocky himself is on the steps :) (not really, but he's a good fake).

    After the Dali show my favorite part was the asian wing. I LOVED the Japanese tea rooms
    and the temples. so very cool ! The Dali show was a traveling exhibit, but the tea rooms and temples are permanent.

    Also, an insider Philly Art School tip... Go inside the museum at the front door, (with the steps) then go up the steps inside. you will see a sculpture in front of you, hanging. when you look through the window you'll see a far away fountain and beyond that, another sculpture... these three sculptures were created by 3 generations of artsits, pretty cool!

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    Eye of the tiger

    by heitzenrater Written May 26, 2005

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    Run up the stairs like rocky!

    In the first movie, an out-of-shape Rocky, played by Sylvester Stallone, first runs up the steps in a gloomy pre-dawn light. At the top, he's exhausted, gasping for breath. But in his next session he bounds up the steps. As the theme song, "Gonna Fly Now," trumpets in the background, he reaches the top, thrusts his white-taped hands skyward and jogs in place, gazing triumphantly over a sunrise-orange Philadelphia skyline.

    On a typical summer day, only a few moments pass between copycat runs made by lone tourists, families with kids, and even entire tour buses.

    You can also go in the museum if you want

    Museum Hours:
    Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday evenings until 8:45 p.m.
    Closed Mondays and legal holidays.

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    Amazing Art Collection

    by Graceful Written Apr 28, 2005

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    A world renound museum that regularly hosts special exhibitions; now they are hosting Salvador Dalí (until 30 of May 2005). They also organize special tours and other special events, see the website for details.

    Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00, Fridays until 20:45. Closed Mondays (and holidays).

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    Amazing Art Collection

    by Graceful Written Apr 28, 2005

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    A world renound museum that regularly hosts special exhibitions; now they are hosting Salvador Dalí (until 30 of May 2005). They also organize special tours and other special events, see the website for details.

    Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 17:00, Fridays until 20:45. Closed Mondays (and holidays).

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