Philadelphia Museum of Art
Standard admission to the museum includes entry to the main building plus the separate Rodin Museum, Perelman Building, and the Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove historic houses. Visit via a hop-on hop-off tour (buses stop outside) to combine the museum with Philadelphia’s other key sights.
The Museum of Art also features on most Philadelphia tours, usually in the form of a stop outside to admire its Rocky Steps and grand portico. See it on a Segway, trolley, or bike tour or on a private panoramic city drive. If you’re visiting from out of town, the museum is typically included on single- or multi-day trips from New York that team Philadelphia with destinations such as Washington DC.
Things to Know Before You Go
Admission is valid for two consecutive days.
If visiting independently, save time by prebooking skip-the-line tickets.
Alternatively, the museum is included on Go Philadelphia and other sightseeing passes.
Guided tours run daily; audio tours are also available for an extra fee.
The museum is stroller- and wheelchair-accessible.
The main building has restrooms, eateries, free Wi-Fi, and three gift shops.
How to Get There
The museum stands at the western end of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, just outside the city center. The nearest bus stop is the Art Museum Drive and Back Entrance, while the closest train station is 30th Street. If driving, the museum lies just off the I-76 Schuylkill Expressway and has a parking garage near the main building.
When to Get There
The Museum of Art is open Tuesday–Sunday year-round, excluding Christmas Day, Independence Day, and Thanksgiving. For fewer crowds, visit on a weekday or aim to arrive close to opening or closing times. Admission is pay-what-you-wish the first Sunday of the month and all Wednesday evenings.
Best of the Collection
Museum highlights include works by Impressionists such as Monet and Renoir in the European galleries, the Diana statue in the Great Stair Hall, and paintings by Thomas Eakins in the American collection. Other lures include the armory halls and, for film buffs, the 99 Rocky Steps and bronze Rocky statue that stands in the gardens below.
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