Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia’s oldest art museum, is known for its world-renowned collections housed in its landmark buildings. The museum invites visitors to see the world anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.   

The Main Building

The museum was originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. The current building designed by Zantzinger, Borie, and Medary; Paul Cret; Horace Trumbauer; and various members of Trumbauer’s firm including senior designer Julian Abele, the first African American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s architecture program was completed in 1928. The museums most recent renovations, the Core Project was designed by architect Frank Gehry, and unveiled on May 7, 2021  

The PMA Collection

The museum’s collections include over 240,000 objects with major holdings of European, American, and Asian origin. The various classes of artwork are represented by sculpture, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, armor, and decorative arts, including the world’s largest Marcel Duchamp collection, as well as Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, and Van Gogh.  

Beyond our Museum

In addition to the main building, the museum’s vast galleries extend outdoors as well as other locations. Explore the Sculpture Garden, the Rodin Museum, the Perelman Building, as well as the historic colonial-era houses of Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove, located in Fairmount Park.  

To see all the museum has to offer visit the museum’s website. 

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