Philadelphia Museum of Art

The third largest art museum in the nation offers the chance to view famous works from throughout human history.

Philadelphia’s Artistic Gem

At the end of Benjamin Franklin Parkway rises the third largest art museum in the United States. Founded in 1876, the Philadelphia Museum of Art began solely as a space for decorative arts. The collection grew exponentially, and in 1928 the city built the current building, meant to resemble a series of Greek temples.

Art Throughout the Ages

The museum’s galleries display everything from Renaissance to Modern Art. There are famous pieces by Cezanne and Duchamp, as well as a room dedicated to Philadelphia’s own Thomas Eakins. Upstairs there are more than 80 period rooms, and the museum also features regularly changing special exhibitions.

On Friday nights, visitors can view paintings while listening to jazz music during the museum’s “Art After 5” events. Admission is pay-what-you-want on the first Sunday of the month and every Wednesday after 5 pm. And for fans of the movie Rocky, the famous stairs are just outside, along with a Rocky Balboa statue.