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Philadelphia for Art Lovers

People come from all over the world to visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art—and for good reason. The museum has been around since 1876, first as a centennial exhibition, growing every decade to become the cultural landmark it is today.

But outside the walls of the museum, there are tons of other art-focused exhibits and activities to do—many of which get you outside the confines of a museum. An entire Philadelphia neighborhood focuses on art—with chic boutiques and art galleries lining the streets. And we even have a famous street that offers art everywhere you look (be sure to take a peek down alleyways).

If it’s just simply art museums that pull at your heartstrings, Philly has many of those too, all focusing on different styles of art and housing a variety of artists. 

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar, this mesmerizing, maze-like “garden” is actually an outdoor installation complemented by indoor gallery space that was built from glass and ceramic fragments, discarded wheels, bottles and other ephemera. $5-$10. W-M 11 am-6 pm.

Old City

This district is the home of some of the earliest sites in the history of the United States, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Elfreth’s Alley, along with topnotch restaurants and chic boutiques.

Mural Arts Program Tours

Explore the world's largest outdoor art gallery by taking a walking, trolley, train tour or Segway with alternating themes of interest. Experienced guides give visitors an insider's view of the murals, artistic process and community histories that the murals embody. Guided tour prices vary. Check website for details.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

This National Historic Landmark houses America's first art museum and art school, as well as one of the world's largest collections of American art, including works by Charles Willson Peale, Thomas Eakins, Mary Cassatt and Maxfield Parrish. $8-$15. Tu-Su.

James A. Michener Art Museum

This independent nonprofit museum features the art and culture of Bucks County, Ppennsylvania, and is home to the largest publicly held collection of Pennsylvania Impressionist paintings. $5-$15. Open Tu-Su.

Woodmere Art Museum

Celebrate Philadelphia’s artistic legacy inside a 19th-century stone Victorian mansion in the city’s northwestern neighborhood of Chestnut Hill. $7-$10. Su and Tu-Th 10 am-5 pm, F 10 am-8 pm, Sa 10 am-6 pm.