Overlooking one of the nation's oldest and most culturally vibrant cities, the Philadelphia Museum of Art welcomes nearly a million visitors each year, encouraging them to embark upon a walk through time that extends across two millennia and six continents. The collection includes some 225,000 works of art.
Whether it’s the first visit to the Perelman Building or the hundredth to the main building, there is always something new to delight, surprise, enlighten, excite, and inspire and a variety of engaging public programs for visitors of all ages.
The Museum also administers two acclaimed Fairmount Park Houses, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove, as well as the Rodin Museum.
The Museum presents more than 25 exhibitions each year, ranging from comprehensive single-artist retrospectives to historical surveys to focused presentations that explore specific topics. Works of art from the Museum's collections, many not regularly on view, as well as masterpieces on loan from museums worldwide are featured in these installations.
The Museum is home to over 225,000 objects, spanning the creative achievements of the Western world since the first century AD and those of Asia since the third millennium BC. The European holdings date from the Medieval era to the present, and the collection of arms and armor is the second largest in the United States. The American collections are among the finest in the country, as are the expanding collections of modern and contemporary art. In addition, the Museum houses encyclopedic holdings of costume and textiles as well as prints, drawings, and photographs that are displayed in rotation for reasons of preservation.
Families and children are invited to participate in a range of programs especially designed with younger visitors in mind.
Adult Programs: offer inspiration and discovery through an adventurous line-up of concerts, film, courses, lectures, hands-on workshops, gallery talks and artist conversations.
Start your weekend at Art After 5 - which brings the top names in jazz and international music to the Museum’s breathtaking Great Stair Hall every Friday evening.
Art History & Studio Courses: Explore a favorite topic in-depth and share your observations with fellow art-lovers, or create your own work of art in one of the Museum’s studio classes.
Film: Join local cinephiles for special screenings connected to the Museum's collections and exhibitions.
Special Lectures: Enjoy provocative lectures on topics related to Museum collections and exhibitions.
Family & Children’s Programs: With exceptional family programs, children’s art classes, gallery tours, and special events designed for kids of all ages, the Museum is always a place for discovery and adventure.
Something Every Sunday: All family programs and events are free after Museum admission; children 12 and under always get in free! The first Sunday of every month is pay-what-you-wish all day.
Children’s Art Classes: Fun, challenging, and inspiring, these award-winning studio programs offer a perfect way for young minds to express their creativity.
Pre-school activities: Preschoolers and their families enjoy picture books and art projects presented in the Museum galleries with Family Programs such as Early Bird Read and Look - suitable for ages 3–5.
Make Art At Home: These activities invite families to extend their Museum visit by engaging in creative time together at home.
The Division of Education: has developed award-winning programs contextualizing the Museum collections for diverse audiences—including children, families, teachers, and adult learners.
School Group Tours: Museum tours are designed as interactive lessons that encourage students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities, including discussions, worksheets, and small group work.
Teacher Resources, Lesson Plans, Workshops, and More: Discover new ways to make art come alive in the classroom through a variety of workshops, programs, and resources designed for teachers of all subjects and grade levels.
Distance Learning: The Museum's videoconferencing programs provide meaningful, interactive learning experiences, connecting the visual arts with all areas of classroom curricula.
Access for two consecutive days to main Museum building, Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and Historic House Mount Pleasant:
|Members:||Free at all times|
|Seniors (ages 65 & over):||$18|
|Students (with valid ID):||$14|
|Children (12 & under):||Free|
|First Sun. of each month & every Wed. after 5 pm:||Pay what you wish|
The main building’s Museum Café and Balcony Café offer casual fare. Choose between indoor or outdoor seating when you enjoy a light lunch at the Perelman Building’s sleek Gallery Café. Experience fine dining at Granite Hill. For dining hours or reservations, call (215) 684-7990 or visit opentable.com.
Find a wonderful assortment of unusual gifts and a great selection of books. With an outstanding array of prints, jewelry, toys, and more, the Museum store carries something for everyone.
Enjoy leisurely self-guided tours of the renowned collections and special exhibitions, anytime you wish. Subscribe to the Museum’s free podcasts and connect with the exciting world of art.
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