1300 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 +1 215 732 6200
The society's collection is highlighted by the continuing exhibit, "Finding Philadelphia's Past." Over 500 antiques and personal items chronicle the city's history through 1900, including the wampum belt of Pennsylvania founder William Penn and George Washington's desk. Videos delving into Philadelphia's rich history can be viewed in the "Trolley Car Theater." Check website for further information.
127 South 16th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 +1 215 665 8138
In operation for more than 30 years, the Gross McCleaf Art Gallery caters to those who prefer pieces that are geared more toward contemporary realism than abstract work from local and regional artists. Gross McCleaf Gallery carries an extensive inventory that is rotated around three locations.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130 +1 215 278 7000
A working class Philadelphian himself, Dr. Albert Coombs Barnes established the foundation in 1922 to promote appreciation of the fine arts among the common man. Over the years, the Barnes Foundation has procured one of the most noteworthy collections of early French modern and post-impressionist paintings in the world. Works by artists like Renoir, Cezanne, Monet, Picasso and Rousseau are part of the collection. The collection has only toured once and then only a fraction of it was sent out. It is necessary to call ahead for a reserved admission ticket.
15th and Market Streets Philadelphia, PA 19102 +1 215 639 0300
This 1976 Claes Oldenburg sculpture carries the same bit of quirk found in many of his other works about the city. If you take a stroll through Philadelphia, you'll find it is not that odd to find a 20-foot tall, red clothespin in the middle of high activity areas. The Clothespin also provided the background for a scene with Jamie Lee Curtis and Dan Ankroyd in the film "Trading Places." There are other Claes Oldenburg sculptures around town, including the giant broken button on the Penn campus at 36th and Locust Walk.
2008 Delancey Place Philadelphia, PA 19103 +1 215 732 1600
The Rosenbach Museum & Library is cozily nestled away, much like many of its exhibits, in a residential area. The 19th Century townhouse boasts original manuscripts and handwritten copies of some of the world's most important literary works. The most highly prized of all the rarities on display is the original handwritten manuscript for James Joyce's 'Ulysses'. The museum celebrates 'Ulysses' every June 16th with the Bloomsday festival.
118 North Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 +1 215 972 7600
In the 19th century, the Academy was the American equivalent of the best European art schools. A host of genres and mediums from the most prominent names in American art are constantly on display, with new pieces rotating their way into the collection. Some of America's best artists either taught or were students here, including Thomas Eakins and Mary Cassatt. The building itself is a work of art designed by Frank Furness, an influential 19th-century American architect.
1222 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 +1 215 568 1111
Casual visitors, artists and fabric buyers alike enjoy the fusion of the brilliant textile displays and on-site working fabric design shop of this unique museum. Located in an industrial loft, original designs from some of the most notable names in the fabric art world are on display. The institution also gets the community involved with the Apprentice in Training program that educates students about every characteristic of the textile production process and the artistic aspect. The gift shop also sells prints and other items.
15 South 7th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 +1 215 685 4830
The Atwater Kent Museum is committed to preserving the history of Philadelphia. Objects of every nature are displayed to convey the noteworthy history of Philadelphia since it's founding about 300 years ago, including some exhibits from the 1876 Centennial. The building itself complements the antiquity of its 80,000 items; it was constructed in 1826. Educational programs, tours and special activities are offered. The gift shop carries an assortment of trinkets and souvenirs.
1500 Arch Street Philadelphia, PA 19102 +1 215 636 1666
This little hollow across from City Hall is most noteworthy for Robert Indiana's 1978 "Love" sculpture. The piece has become a popular symbol for the "City of Brotherly Love" and its image is plastered all over the city. It's 20-foot-tall appeal lies in its simplicity: The letters L, O, V, E, stacked on top of each other. During a usual lunch hour the park attracts an odd combination of Armani clad businesspeople and skateboarders who skinny-dip their modes of transport in this concrete pond. They're actually fun to watch.
1220 Walnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19107 +1 215 732 2996
The antique and contemporary Japanese pieces, Chinese watercolors and Thai and Indonesian relics bombard the senses. Luber has been around for many years and the collection is diverse. The influences and colors of the works are worlds apart from more traditional Western genres. This might be the perfect place to find a piece to add to your collection.
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