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Best Art Museums in Philadelphia

Posted on August 7
Philadelphia museum of art entrance

The Philadelphia Museum of Art has over 200 galleries. (fotog/Getty Images)

If you love art, you’re definitely in the right city. Philly has more than 1,000 works of public art as well as world-class private collections you can pay to visit. Here are some of the best museums to get your fix of beauty.

This museum is a serene art oasis. It features the largest collection of works by the French sculptor Auguste Rodin, the “father of modern sculpture,” outside of Paris. Browse through more than 120 pieces, including sculptures, drawings, and paintings 🖼️

2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

You may walk into this museum thinking you’ll see a bunch of clothes, but the reality is so much more. You can explore fabric-related sculptures, videos, paintings, photography, ceramics, and architecture. Check out exhibitions throughout the year and participate in DIY workshops.

1214 Arch Street

Art enthusiasts of all types will find something to revel in here, from classic paintings by Picasso and Van Gogh, to a 14th-century Buddhist temple. The museum hosts exhibitions and events throughout the year and it has a gorgeous outdoor sculpture garden 🗿

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Modern art fans will love the ICA’s innovative multimedia exhibitions, including sculptures, performances, films, and paintings. It also offers educational programs, artist talks, lectures, films and tours. Note: the museum is closed for installation through Aug. 17, 2023 🎭

118 S. 36th Street

barnes foundation nature-themed mural

The Barnes Foundation challenges you to see art differently. (Brittany Valentine/City Cast Philly)

Head to the Barnes to explore a magnificent collection of over 9,000 pieces of art, including modern European paintings, Native American ceramics, Pennsylvania German furniture, and Greek antiques. Be ready to be dazzled by Van Gogh, Picasso, and Matisse. It also has an arboretum, allowing visitors to appreciate the natural beauty of the grounds 🌳

2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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