Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

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    Philadephia Museum of Art

    by richiecdisc Updated Mar 12, 2010

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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.

    the best views are from across the Skuylkill River the museum area is a joy to hang out in
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    Coming to an art museum, with no interest in art

    by PR-7 Updated Sep 21, 2011

    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.

    Statue of Rocky Balboa Family portrait at the Statue Wating to get a photo at the Statue The steps Rocky ran up Marker at top of steps
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    How to Save Money

    by PR-7 Updated Mar 12, 2010

    The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the finest collections of art in the U.S., if not the world. Even without a special exhibit, the admission price is worth every penny.

    The first Sunday of every month is a "pay what you wish" day. It's perfectly acceptable to pay nothing on such days. I HOPE that, after you've seen what this place has to offer, you'll glady support its mission by dropping off some money after you leave. Note that, no matter what, you MUST pay an admission for any special exhibit.

    This art museum has reciprocal privileges with other major U.S. art museums, such that if you give at "Supporter" level at one such institution, you may well get free admission here at Philadelphia. Check with the art museum in your nearby metropolis, and see if paying a yearly fee for admission to it, will save you enough when you visit other ones around the country.

    A problem comes when it comes time to pay for parking. This is not a problem for those using the Philly Phlash or the Septa #38 bus -- either recommended for visitors here for a couple days.
    If you're using your car, however, parking can be an added expense. You can park at the Art Museum Lot at these prices:
    www.philamuseum.org/visit/12-270.html?page=3
    or the Eakins Oval parking area for $10, flat rate.

    Or you can, if you plan wisely, pay nothing for parking. Here's some ways how:
    1) If you do a map search for "Waterwork Drive" in Philadelphia (ZIP 19130) you'll see that this street is adjacent to the Art Museum. On most any day, OTHER than weekends with good weather, you can find a parking space here. There is no cost for the first two hours -- but, if it's not crowded (and, on weekdays with miserable weather, it's never crowded), you can USUALLY park here for a lot longer with no trouble (Note, if you get a ticket for doing so, don't complain that I PROMISED you wouldn't get one, as I'm only saying I've never gotten one). After that, it's a short UPHILL walk to the main entrance.
    2) If the weather is nice, or you don't want to take a chance, park anywhere near the Perleman Building. Street parking, while not easy to find, is safe and free for up to four hours. You can pay for admission at the Perleman (make certain you pay for BOTH buildings) and then ride the free shuttle up to the Main Building. When done, take the shuttle back to the Perleman, see it if you like, and then return to your car. Note that city streets look a LOT alike after several hours looking at this much art, so make ABSOLUTELY certain you remember where you parked.
    3) If all else fails, park along Sedgely Drive in Fairmount Park. Again, it's safe and free for several hours. The only problem is that it's longer to walk to either the main building or the Perleman.

    In all three of the above, you can drive right to the main entrance, drop off passengers, park your car, and then meet everyone else at the main lobby.

    If you have a coat, you must either wear it or check it (no charge) at the coat check. Tips there are not expected, but are always appreciated.

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    Philadelphia Art Museum

    by tpangelinan Written Mar 7, 2003

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    Go early!
    Here is a secret. If you go before 12:00 on Sunday morning, it is donation only, you can give $1.00 and go in. Art is for everyone in Philadelphia.

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    Superb museum

    by chess_machine Written Oct 4, 2005

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    Wonderful museum. Beautiful architecture and a really set of paintings. The park outside is also great, which will make even more pleasant the few hours you will spend in the surroundings.

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    Behind the Art Museum

    by mannymiami Written Mar 31, 2003

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    Behind the Art Museum there is a small gazebo where you can stand from there and see the falls of the river that runs through Fairmount Park.

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    Get away from the hustle and bustle

    by JoelWillTravel Written Feb 9, 2006

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    Philadelphia museum of art is a nice area to get away from it all and is only a short walk from centre city. ( more to follow)

    The Philadelphia Museum Of Art Very nice area You know, this were the first Rocky was filmed That's me, 4th pillar from left to right! Me again

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    #1 Thing to do in Philly

    by JacquelineRenee Written Apr 25, 2005

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    The Philly Art Museum is sooo much more than Rocky running up its steps. Go and see why. Even if you don't have the time to go inside, the building itself is beautiful.

    Dali exhibit
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    See some culture

    by virtualpatrick Updated Jun 8, 2005

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    See some culture at the Museum of Art. Ugh - did not get to see the Dali exhibition since tickets were sold out in advance.

    So Rob says to go to Figueres and Cadaques in Spain... roadtrip :)

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    Arts & Culture At The Philadelphia Art Museum

    by jltan Updated Oct 4, 2003

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    Visit the Art Museum. They have a year-long display program. Last year, they had the Van Gogh Exhibit. Pretty cool!

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    ... Rocky strong now...

    by virtualpatrick Written Jun 8, 2005

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    Hey it's a touristy thing to do but recreate the scene in the Rocky movie of running up the steps of the Museum of Art. Yo, Adriaaaaannne....

    Patrick strong now....

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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    by hobanma Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    A beautiful building with an outstanding art collection. The steps on the east side of the building is where Sylvester Stallone ran up and did a victory dance in the first of the 'Rocky' films.

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