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Plan your Visit to Philadelphia Museum of Art

Bindu swetha Jun 19, 2019
Philadelphia Museum of Art, located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, houses about 200 galleries of world-class art. Climbing the iconic Rocky steps to enter the museum is a memorable experience!

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The museum was founded in 1876, during the nation's first centennial, at the Fairmount Park's Memorial Hall. The present building at Parkway, in the form of three linked Greek temples is designed by Julian Abele. He was inspired by the temples while he was traveling across Greece.

Visiting Hours

Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Monday, Closed*
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–8:45 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m.–8:45 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Closed on the 4th of July, Thanksgiving & Christmas


You can easily locate the building which is just a short distance from the Center City Philadelphia. There is a parking garage at a walking distance from the main building.

SEPTA: 7, 32, 38, 43, and 48 bus routes

Parking: Parking garage is accessible via Art Museum Drive or Waterworks Drive. It costs about $12 for 4 hours and further $2 each additional hour.

If you have only a few hours...

...you can visit the Great Stair Hall and see the gilded beauty, Diana. 

...you can go on a tour to visit all the collections. These tours are free of cost and are offered daily.

...you can visit Étant donnés by Marcel Duchamp to catch a glimpse of the strange artwork in any museum!

If you want to explore at leisure...

...you can stop by the Rodin Museum that houses some of the finest collection of Auguste Rodin's sculptures

...you can visit the outdoor gallery of large-scale sculptures like Giant Three-Way Plug by Claes Oldenburg, at the Sculpture Garden.

...you can check out the gallery of arms and armor, and don't forget to see the dragon on a rare horse armor.
...you can explore the American art collection and get acquainted with famous artists' roles in US history.

...you can walk to the nearby Perelman Building and visit the three galleries that have exhibits related to photography, fashion and design.

...you can witness architectural settings from the world - from a Japanese teahouse to a Glided Age drawing room!
Make the most of your visit by checking the online calendar before your visit or getting the daily schedule at any Visitor Service Desk. Also, keep a printed map of the museum handy.