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The statue from the movie Rocky is a popular spot to get a photo.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art

2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tue.–Sun.10:00am–5:00pm & until 8:45pm., closed Monday
215-763-8100 1 day
October 2014 All year
$10-29 Philadelphia Pennsylvania
Website Educational Art Museums
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The Philadelphia Art Museum is one of the largest art museums in the United States with approximately 250,000 pieces in the collection and multiple facilities. The diverse art includes European, American, Oriental and Indian styles. The main building, which was constructed in 1928 in a neoclassical style, has two primary floors of exhibit space as well as a couple of restaurants and gift shops. Additional nearby buildings include a Rodin museum with sculptures by that artist and the Perelman gallery which features special exhibits, photos, clothing and books. There are also two historic homes.

The museum originated from exhibits created for the 1876 World’s Fair, which was held in Philadelphia to mark the US centennial. With an initial modest collection based mainly on donations, the holdings grew significantly over the years till a need for a new museum building was evident. Interestingly, the wings of the main building were constructed first in an era of limited funding; this cleverly helped to ensure that the remainder of the building was completed. Renovations and expansions have taken place over the years. A huge multiyear upgrade and expansion of the main building also recently was announced.

With over 200 galleries to choose from, spending just a day here may seem inadequate. For most people though a day should provide a decent but not in-depth perspective, especially on a Wednesday or Friday when the museum is open till 8:45pm. If you want to see the Rodin Museum and/or the Perelman Building, consider spending an extra day. To maximize your time here, it’s worth taking an introduction tour to get a quick overview of the main building and figure out what you want to see later on your own. Also, an audio tour is worth the $5 fee to learn more about the art then is available from the signs. There is plenty of art here to learn about as well, and not just paintings. A partial list of additional holdings includes: sculptures, tapestries, carpets, furniture, porcelain, carvings, and medieval armor/weapons. There are also some interesting and distinctive historical rooms and building facades from Europe, China, Japan and India. Although the museum's modern art is limited, a docent tour of it still was worthwhile. As with other huge art museums recommending particular artists or pieces is of limited value when one is engulfed by quality art, but some paintings struck a chord, including: Prometheus Bound by Rubens, the Gross Clinic by Eakins, and Interior by Degas. Renaissance era tapestries in the main hall, and a nobleman's reception hall from ancient China were also notable. Not to be missed is a statue of Rocky from the Rocky movies outside by the front steps. Everyone likes to see it and to take a picture in a Rocky pose with arms uplifted. While this museum will primarily interest art enthusiasts, it’s worth a visit for others as well to better appreciate a range of art expression from many cultures over thousands of years.
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