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.
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.
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.
Getting to appreciate art by what Id been seeing and experiencing in Europe it was great to visit here to see another Van Gogh ('Sunflowers'home is here!), Degas, Monet and Rodin amongst other notables!
Marathon runners were outside running around Philadelphia and crossing the finish line somewhere near the museum which added an interesting event to capture during my visit but I had the challenge to get in and see what there was to see here and not be tempted to stay too long!
Took a few photos - as my Nikon SLR was pretty good at capturing shots when flash use was not allowed or appropriate - but this was pre digital days so somewhere they are waiting in my 'To be scanned' pile!
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.
There is a park near the museum, and if you enjoy biking, you can rent the bikes by the hour. If you do bike, the trail goes all the way to Valley Forge, where you can rest (it will take an hour or two to bike there) and see the remains. Of course, South Street is a busy venue during the evenings. Hopefully, someone in Philly will give more details.
This is one of the largest and most important art museums in the United States. There is Asian Art. There are European collections. There are American collections including Pennsylvania German art and an extensive collection of furniture.
If you saw the movie "Rocky" you will remember Rocky Balboa running up these steps.
After visiting the art museum, rent a bike or walk along Kelly Drive for a few minutes to see one of the prettiest places in Philadelphia--along the river. You can buy ice cream, soft pretzels, or other snacks from the vendors and watch the roller bladers, joggers and others just hanging out. In the spring the Azaela gardens are in bloom and it's a beautiful place to take photos with the art museum in the background. There is also a restaurant here--The Waterworks. I haven't been personally, but others say it's very nice, though a little pricey on some items.
The art museum is a stop on most tours or you can see the drive via one of the trolley tours of Fairmount Park, another highly recommend thing to do. It gets you out of the city and into the park.
If you bring Fido with you, there is a doggie park accross the street by the Abraham Lincoln statue.
With a splendid location this immense building easily reached by the hop-on hop-off bus, provides great views.
Without time to enter and admire its collection, one of the greatest in USA, we could only appreciate the site, but it deserves the trip, specially if you have time to enter, of course.
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!
Special Exhibits Information: Require advance purchase. You will need to buy tickets in advance and you can do it online. Make sure you choose a time convenient for you, and allow at least an hour to go through the exhibit.
Well, there are the big, obvious ones that you can find in the guidebooks (and later on this page), but here are some that are unique to the area include: The Mummer's Museum,
The Insectasarium, The Atwater Kent,
and the Elfreth's Alley Museum. All are unique and unusual, so check them out.
The Philadelphia Art Museum (see Sylvester Stallone in Rocky) is an outstanding museum set in a beautiful building right on the Schuylkill River. The permanent collection is varied, with art from all over the world and in different mediums. It's definitely worth a half-day at least.
Adults are $10, Seniors (62+), Students (with I.D.) and kids (13+) are $7, and kids 12 and under are free.
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10a- 5p; Wednesday and Friday evenings until 8:45p.; Closed Mondays.
Check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A surprising sampling of arts from young American painting to modern expositions, from Italian Renaissance (even Giotto's period) to incredible reconstructions (original!) of an Indian temple or a Chinese imperial house, from Middle Age weapons to many important impressionist paintings (Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, van Gogh, ...). Thanks Cara for the beautiful tour.
A group of us visited this museum, from "Rocky" fame, on a whim (it was raining and so we opted for this over the zoo). At any rate, while we didn't have the time to do this museum justice, this is definitely one of the nicer art museums I've seen, housing Picasso and all of your other greats, as well as some interesting modern art that will give you an opportunity for interpretation.
Upon first sighting the museum, you may be surprised at its facade, as I was. The coloring is a warm yellow and when you inspect it more cloely you will find Egyptian style columns and motifs. This is not a great picture, as it was a cloudy winter day~check out the website for a better image, and current information!