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The World-Renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Originally founded in 1876 for the city’s centennial celebration and exhibition, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has grown to become of the most visited sites in the United States. This is a definite must-see attraction for families and tourists traveling through historic Pennsylvania. View paintings by legendary American artists, luxurious costumes, Medieval European art, and much more.

Plus, don’t forget to check out these popular exhibits during your visit!

Historic Armor & Weaponry

While the Philadelphia Museum of Art is known for their spectacular art collections, they’re also host to a variety of fascinating artifacts! The museum’s Arms & Armor Galleries is perfect for wartime movie fans and history buffs. Get right up close to real Italian Armor from the Early Renaissance, 16th century German pieces, and even real Swiss-made swords from the 1500s!

Elaborate Costumes, Fashions & Textiles

The Museum’s Costume & Textile Galleries offers you a rare glimpse into the theater worlds of history’s past. View the exquisite craftsmanship of real English costumes from 1885, early 20th century sailor suites from Philadelphia, authentic Japanese Kimonos, and even a child-sized “Martha Washington” costume dress from 1918.

Also on view: French gloves from the early 1900s, Asian tunics, London-made top hats, mid-19th century shoes, and refined 3-piece American suits from 1775. This attraction is a real treat for both fashion enthusiasts and historians alike!

Powerful Art From Europe’s Past

Rapiers and SwordsReligious paintings from the Italian Renaissance, 17th century Dutch art, and French works from the 1400s are just sampling of what you can find at the museum’s popular European Art Galleries. With artworks even dating back to the 12th century, learn about Europe’s major contribution to the art world and western culture.

In addition to a large collection of master oil paintings, you can also view delicate alabaster sculptures, real 16th century art tools, authentic stone arches from 13th century France, historical religious illustrations, and Italian decorative coins from 1380!


Tuesday to Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday evenings: open until 8:45 p.m.
Mondays: Closed
Address/Map:  2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 763-8100
Website: Plan your visit to Philadelphia Museum of Art
Admission: Adult $20 | Seniors $18 | Students & Youth (13-18) $14
  Free for children (12 and under) and members