Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    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.

    Address: 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Directions: 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
    Philadelphia, PA 19130

    Main Building
    Tuesday through Sunday:
    10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

    Friday evenings:
    until 8:45 p.m.

    Phone: (215) 763-8100

    Website: http://www.philamuseum.org/

    in front of the museum acting like rocking at the top of the stairs in the museum a statue outside in front of a painting
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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Oct 10, 2011

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    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.

    Directions: Located along the Schuykill River where the Ben Franklin Parkway, Kelly Drive, and Spring Garden Drive intersect. Easily accessible from I-76 or I-676.

    Phone: (215) 763-8100

    Website: http://www.philamuseum.org/visit/

    Rocky - the reason the Art Museum exists Rocky was here
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    Loved this Museum! Philadelphia Museum of Art

    by angiebabe Updated Jun 16, 2015

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    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 - also interesting as I had not long prior to driving down to Philadelphia, been up watching the marathon runners along their route through Central Park in NYC.

    So the challenge was to see the great things to see in this museum and not be tempted to stay too long!

    Souvenirs werent expensive in the museum shop so bought a few items to remember the visit by.

    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!

    Phone: 001(215)7638100

    Website: http://www.philamuseum.org

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    Philadelphia Museum of Art

    by seagoingJLW Written Mar 21, 2003

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    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.

    Address: Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street

    Phone: 215-763-8100

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    Biking

    by Jaysummersfree Written May 27, 2008

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    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.

    J.

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  • After the art museum

    by pjthomas Updated Apr 2, 2011

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    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.

    Address: Ben Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive

    Directions: Art Museum Area

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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!

    Address: Benjamin Franklin Parkway and 26th Street

    Directions: 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.

    Phone: 215) 763-8100

    Website: http://www.philamuseum.org

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    Looking for a real temple in town?

    by ARoman Updated Oct 2, 2002

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    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.

    Address: 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Directions: Fairmount Waterworks

    Phone: +1.215.763.8100

    Website: http://www.philamuseum.org

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    Museums, museums, museums.

    by acemj Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    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.

    pmoa

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    The Philadelphia Art Museum

    by acemj Updated Dec 21, 2003

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    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.

    Directions: 26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

    Website: http://www.philamuseum.org

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    Too big for a rushing visit

    by solopes Updated Apr 7, 2015

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    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, especially if you have time to enter, of course.

    Website: http://www.philamuseum.org/

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    Need a Little Art?

    by nicolettart Updated Mar 12, 2010

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    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.

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    by dzni Written Sep 12, 2004

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    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.

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    Breathtaking Architecture

    by nicolettart Updated Feb 25, 2005

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    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!

    Website: http://www.philamuseum.org/

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    Philadelphia Art Museum

    by apbeaches Updated Nov 30, 2014

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    Established in 1876, the museum opened in 1877. Construction of the current building began in 1919 when Mayor Thomas B. Smith laid the cornerstone in a Masonic ceremony on the former reservoir land of the decommissioned Fairmount Water Works covering ten acres of ground. The Phil. Art Museum describes itself as "one of the largest museums in the United States", and its collections include more than 227,000 objects.

    We enjoyed the Strand Photography, Degas exhibit, the cafeteria and coffee shop offered healthy reasonable choices. The gift shops were very impressive.

    Hours are 10 to 5 Tuesday to Sunday with late nights Wednesday and Fridays until 8:45. Adult admission is $20 but Wednesday's after 5:00 and the first Sunday of every month are pay what you wish. We have found groupon specials for the museum.

    Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 1913

    Phone: 215) 763-8100

    Website: http://philamuseum.org/

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