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).
A beautiful art museum. There are many galleries but it’s funny that many visitors come just because S.Stalone (as Rocky Balboa) ran up its step! You can see a statue of Rocky (that was originally placed here for the promotion of Rocky 3 movie!).
On Friday evening you may catch a jazz concert at Great Hall for free! We didn’t catch that but we enjoyed some of its galleries. The museum houses more than 225,000 items covering a long period of time (items from Asia since the 3rd millennium BC, European items from medieval times to date, arms and armor, Dadaist gallery, tapestries about Constantine the Great etc), yes, yes, this museum is huge, maybe I will return some day.
The entrance fee is $16, expensive it is yes, but on first Sunday of every month is for free (actually they advertise it as pay what you wish day!). Special Exhibitions are always charged of course.
It is open Tuesday to Sunday 10.00-17.00 (on Fridays till 20.45)
As I dont have any pic from the beautiful paintings I will put this distance pic of the museum that I took from the Tower of City Hall
This is one of America's finest art museums. It has 200 art galleries, with over 225,000 works from almost every major period and nearly every part of the world. You would need a whole day to really experience everything here.
The building is also interesting. It opened in 1877, and moved to the present building in the 1920s. Built in classic Greco-Roman style, it dwarfs most other museums. Together with the grounds, it covers ten acres. This is an outstanding example of the "city beautiful" movement in architecture. By the way, the famous scene from the original Rocky movie, with boxer Rocky Balboa working out in preparation for his big fight, was shot right here on the steps.
Behind the museum is the city's original water works. From here, one has a fine view of the Schuykill River and Boathouse Row. It's also the start point for the hiking trail along the river.
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!
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!
Rising majestically at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Philadelphia Museum of Art stands among the great art institutions of the world. In the over 125 years since its founding, it has grown far beyond the limits originally set for it. Today the Museum houses over 300,000 works of art encompassing some of the greatest achievements of human creativity, and offers a wealth of exhibitions and education programs for a public of all ages.
The collection of Asian art, with objects dating from the third millenium B.C. to the present, includes ceramics, sculpture, paintings, and decorative objects as well as a Japanese ceremonial teahouse, a Chinese palace hall, and a celebrated collection of Oriental carpets. The European collections include medieval sculpture, stained glass, and a 13 th -century French cloister; masterpieces of Renaissance painting; a suite of 18th -century French interiors; and superb Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, including celebrated masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s Sunflowers and Cézanne’s Large Bathers.
The American collections include extensive holdings of Pennsylvania German art; refined furniture and silver by early Philadelphia Craftsmen; and the most important collection in the world of works by Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins. Modern and Contemporary art collections begin with the early innovations of Picasso, Braque, Matisse, and Duchamp, and include great works of abstract expressionism, pop art, color field painting, and contemporary work in many media.
In addition to the art housed by the museum, there are numerous exhibitions that take place also. The photo shows one such exhibition being hosted by the art museum. In this case, it is a exhibition showcasing the works of Degas.
Echoing the design of a Greek temple but of more massive Roman proportions, the Museum building is considered one of the crowning achievements of the "city beautiful" movement in architecture in the early part of the 20th century. It is constructed of pure Minnesota dolomite with glazed blue roof tiles embellished with polychrome finials and pediments. Covering ten acres of ground, it contains over 200 galleries.
Of special interest on the exterior of the building is the group of polychrome terra-cotta sculpture in the tympanum of the pediment on the North Wing, designed by sculptor C. Paul Jennewein in 1933. This is the first major building in over 2,000 years to adapt polychromy in this manner. In ancient Greek architecture the architectural ornament and sculpture in terra-cotta and stone were painted with perishable pigments, while those of the Museum are of ceramic glazes. The completed tympanum encompasses ten free-standing figures, mythological Greek gods and goddesses signifying sacred and profane love. Executed in brilliant colors and gold glazes, the tympanum is 70 feet wide at its base above the supporting columns, rising to 12 feet in height at the center, and is an outstanding example of ceramic art in color. Jennewein also modeled the bronze doors of the elevators inside the Museum. The octagonal bronze basin for the great fountain on the East Terrace, with bas-reliefs depicting Courtship, was designed by the Philadelphia sculptor Henry Mitchell (1915-1980) and installed in 1958. The acroteria of the roof are adorned with bronze griffins, seated with one paw outstretched or standing watchfully. This mythological creature, traditionally a guardian of treasure, has served as the symbol of the Museum since the 1970s.
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.
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.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART: Founded in 1876 & its fine collections include master pieces of sculpture, painting, prints & wide range of furniture, glasswork & architectural elements.
Experience 2000 years of artistic expression in one extraordinary place just minutes away from city center.
Sunflowers by Vincent Willem van Gogh is housed here!
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.
Museum of Art was founded 155 years ago and has developed into one of the great art institutions of the world. It houses over 300,000 works of art and offers public education programs for all ages.
The Museum was a legacy of the great Centennial Exposition of 1876 which was held in Fairmount Park. The front of the building was made famous when scenes from the movies ‘Rocky III’ and Rocky 5’ were shot there.
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).
We were so lucky to be in Philly while the Frida Khalo exhibit was in town. We only had a few days in Philly so we only spent about two hours at the Museum, but it was awesome. So different from LACMA and the Getty (both great). It had a older historic feel to it, and it is HUGE. It is said to be one of the biggest museums in the world. From Modern to Pre Historic, there is art for everyone, but I will say I didn't see enough- I had Frida on my mind!
Now let's keep it real- although you go for the museum, you really spend half the time taking pics on the Rock Steps as you run up- my husband was so excited to this (so was I!). It's worth it for the stairs, but please do go in, there is amazing art to be seen.
Check ahead for exhibits and to see if there is an extra charge. I believe we paid an extra $14.00 to see the special exhibit.
Most famous for the Rocky movies, the Philadelphia Museum of Art apparently also has some sort of art exhibits inside. The museum was in Rocky, Rocky II, and Rocky V, and earned its screen time for the scene of Rocky running up the stairs while training for the prize fight. At one point, there was a statue of Rocky at the top of the stairs, but has since been moved off to the side of the steps...this museum is reserved for "real" art only.
Speaking of real art, the museum's most famous collections include Pennsylvania German art, early Pennsylvania furniture, and works by a Philadelphia artist named Thomas Eakins. I've never heard of him either (but I have heard of Rocky).
The museum was opened in 1876, and construction of the current facility was begun in 1919. The front of the museum is aligned to face directly down broad, tree lined Benjamin Franklin Parkway to City Hall just over a mile away.
The Art Museum is a favorite photo spot for new brides; one busy Saturday in October we counted at least five wedding parties on the stairs in front of the museum for photos just during a single 30 minute period of time.