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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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    Immerse Yourself in Art - and have a Gourmet Lunch

    by suzannehye Written Dec 30, 2004

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    The Philadelphia Museum of Art provided my sister and I a day steeped in beauty - we never got to the armor and weapons, but spent the entire day gazing at some of the most beautiful art ever created. One of the best features of the museum is the re-created rooms, from French hotels to Pennsylvania Dutch kitchens. Also, the cafe is fabulous - the day we were there there were African specialties, a cold salad bar, another lovely vegetable bar - everything was very fresh and far from the usual fare. A little pricey, but well worth it. There is also a lovely restaurant. Two gift shops have everything from books to jewelry, including many hand-crafted items. We got there early and parked just outside the back entrance - for free all day!

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    That Friday feeling!

    by gordonilla Written Aug 17, 2011

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    During my visit - I made the point of visiting the Museum of Art. Friday night is late night opening at the main building.

    There was a concert and I enjoyed a light supper when listening to live jazz.

    There is a combined ticket and a shuttle bus to nearby annexes.

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    Rocky

    by William1982 Updated Jun 22, 2003

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    Who can forget these famous steps from Rocky? Probably my favourite moment in Philly was running up these steps to the Museum of art to get my compulsory pose photo! Plus geat views of Ben Franklin Parkway and the Philadelphia skyline.

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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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    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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    Take the Kids!

    by nicolettart Written Feb 25, 2005

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    Don't leave the kids home~they will love it. It's such an important learning experience~my daughter is going to be three now and her first museum experience was at five months old. We took her to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC, for the Gauguin exhibit.

    Needless to say we have a very well-behaved child!

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    More than the Rocky Movie

    by DrexelDragon Updated Nov 27, 2004

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    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is very good. It has quality art, and it is most well known, unfortunately, for its appearance in the Rocky movie with Sylvester Stallone. It has all kinds of art and it features many different kinds of exhibits. Admission on Sundays after 11:30am or 12:30 pm is free.

    The museum is situated at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and is clearly visible from I-76, the Schuylkill Expressway, at the end of boathouse row.

    I highly recommend this to be in your top 3 things to see when in Philadelphia.

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    Philadelphia museum of art

    by Jozzzef Written Mar 6, 2004

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    What a superb museum! The collection, The building, The location (in a park on a hill next to the city center) are all fabulous. My favorite art piece is the Calder mobile Ghost in the main hall. The museum is free on sunday 10h - 13h. From the stairs in front of the museum you have a magnificent view of the Philly skyline.
    Oh and it is a tourist tradition to re-enact the famous Rocky 1 scene that was filmed there! Run up the stairs fast and then trow your arms in the air while running little circles while singing 'in the eyes of the tiger'.

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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    by pmarshuk Updated Apr 13, 2004

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    It had to be done - evidently one the most popular tourist sights in Philly. The steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art used by Sylvester Stallone in Rocky.
    The building opened as a museum in 1877, having originally been built as an art gallery for for the Centennial Exposition of 1876.

    Close by is the world famous Rodin Museum which houses a fabulous collection of sculptures .

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    by roastie Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Mountain Biking in Hidden Drive Fairmount Park. Ofcourse you can find somewhere better but its only 5minutes from my house. Inline skating along Kelly Drive also Fairmount Park.
    Love spending my free time at the park. Great view of the skyline. Nice breeze off the river. Absolutely fantastic Architecture.

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    Philadephia Museum of Art

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 12, 2010

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    the best views are from across the Skuylkill River
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    The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a world-renowned Impressionist collection which bodes well in a setting that oozes elegance without sacrificing comfort. The best museums are those you don't feel like you're at one and time passes by effortlessly as you soak in the culture rather than work your way through it.

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    Coming to an art museum, with no interest in art

    by PR-7 Updated Sep 21, 2011
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    It says volumes about the psyche of Philadelphia -- and, in particular, its sports psyche -- that the city's greatest hero is Rocky Balboa: somebody who LOST his big fight (let's forget the sequels). Philly identifies with someone who went all-out in an effort to triumph, even if the celebrity opponent ultimately won out. It's as if defeat is a foregone conclusion, so giving it your best shot is what really matters.

    It says volumes about many visitors to Philly that the main reason they come to this building isn't to see a world class collection of art, but to view the spot where Rocky ran up its steps. Apparently a LOT of people also identify with Rocky, and want to show that, by refusing to accept being second-class, they too can fight the good fight.

    The steps used in the film are on the Parkway side of the museum. Note that taxis and tour buses, including the Phlash, drop off people at the opposite entrance -- you'll have to walk around the building or pay to get in.

    The steps became so iconic that Sylvester Stallone created a bronze statue of Rocky, and used it as a movie prop for Rocky 3, with a scene of the statue being placed at the top of the steps. Right after filming, this statue was moved to the sport arena, but popular demand was for it to return to the steps. The museum curators (correctly) noted that the statue was not a work of art, but a movie prop, and resisted this move. On 2008 September 8, popular opinion won out, and the stature was returned to near the bottom of the steps.

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    Come for the art, stay for the music

    by PR-7 Written Sep 27, 2010
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    The Art Museum is worth the price of admission just for its world-class art. On Friday evenings, however, there's a bonus for visitors -- live jazz and pop concerts at no additional charge! After several hours of roaming the galleries, relax a little in the Great Hall, either with drinks, dinner (these ARE extra cost), or just sitting down on the stairs. Want a break from the music? Go back into the galleries -- about half (but not all) are still open after 5 pm.

    Spend the morning in Old City, the mid-day at Reading Terminal Market, the late afternoon at the Art Museum, and your early evening listening to an intimate concert. It's hard to beat!

    Note: smoking is prohibited throughout the Museum, even during jazz concerts.
    While glancing a the photos, some may wonder why nobody is sitting against the stones around the steps -- due to safety concerns, that too is prohibited.

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