Philadelphia Museum of Art Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Chartered in 1876, the Philadelphia Museum of Art houses great works of art from around the world.

Art Comes to Life in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Originally built to house gifts from the Centennial Exposition – the first official World's Fair –the Philadelphia Museum of Art now holds more than 240,000 objects and hosts exhibitions curated and presented with museums from all over the world.

Chartered to honor the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, the main building is one of the most recognizable on the city's iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum boasts oversight of nearby satellite sites that include the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, and colonial-era historic houses in Cedar Grove and Mount Pleasant, which all house collections of their own. While the main building's architecture is world-renowned, the treasures inside the museum are remarkable.

Beginning with European and Japanese fine and decorative arts, the museum's collection has expanded over the years to a repertoire that transcends time and geography. Notable artists featured in the museum include Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, Marcel Duchamp, and many more. Everything from battle armor to lace can be found at the historic museum, the front steps of which were famously featured in the movie Rocky. Containing 200 galleries as well as multiple rotating exhibitions, the Philadelphia Art Museum is "committed to inviting visitors to see the world — and themselves — anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts." 

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