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Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts – Aesthetic bliss

Only in a city as embarrassingly rich with art could a museum this sublime not be on the top of visitors’ lists. Founded in 1805, PAFA is the oldest art school in the US, founded by artists Charles Willson Peale and William Rush. It was meant to emulate the leading European art academies.

The museum’s main building was established in 1876 in an architecturally precious building designed by Frank Furness and George W. Hewitt. I feel an unnerving calm as I climb the building’s grand staircase, feeling the sweep of history, beauty and calculated symmetry in equal measure.

The permanent collection includes works by American masters like Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. Expansive landscapes and sculptures of founding fathers add to the beautiful sense of history and grace. Indeed, this may be my favorite building in the city!

The permanent collection includes more recent notables like Alex Katz, Robert Motherwell and Frank Stella. Curators don’t shy away from conceptual art.

The museum’s annex hosts rotating exhibits that highlight urban, public and contemporary art. And because the academy is an active art school, you can always see the works of promising young talent and masterful alumni, on display or for sale in the art shop.

PAFA is beautiful inside and out! Don’t miss this gem; it’s the jewel in the crown of the Avenue of the Arts.

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Address

118-128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

Telephone number

+12159727600

Opening Times

Tue - Fri 10:00 - 17:00, Sun 11:00 - 17:00

Price

Admission: USD 15

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