The Philadelphia Museum of Art is an iconic art museum that has been around since 1876. Originally created for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the museum's main building was completed in 1928 on Fairmount, a hill located at the northwest end of the Benjamin Franklin Highway in Eakins Oval. The museum manages collections containing more than 240,000 objects, including major collections of European, American and Asian origin. The various kinds of works of art include sculptures, paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, armor, and decorative arts.Located at 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Barnes Foundation provides on-site parking and can be easily accessed on foot, by bicycle, or by public transportation. Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Barnes is open the rest of the week from 11:00 to 17:00.
Established in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes, the foundation set out to expose and teach all people, regardless of class, culture, or origin, about the arts. The Barnes Foundation houses one of the most impressive collections of modern European art. You can also find fascinating pieces of African art, Native American pottery, and artifacts from ancient Greece.Multiple works by distinguished artists such as Renoir, Cézanne, Picasso, Van Gogh and Matisse are presented at ongoing exhibitions.
The internationally renowned permanent collection of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts includes many notable artists from the 18th and 19th centuries. The Academy Museum focuses on the collection of historic, modern, and contemporary American art. Priority is also given to the works of women, minorities, and other marginalized groups struggling to gain representation in the world of popular art.This Victorian Gothic library is located at 220 South 34th Street, between Walnut and Spruce Streets of the University of Pennsylvania, in the Fisher Fine Arts Library building. The Philadelphia Art Commission finally decided to move the statue to the now defunct Spectrum sports stadium due to controversy over its prominent location at the top of the museum's front stairs and doubts about its artistic merit.
Early modern art dominated the growth of collections in the 1950s with the acquisitions of Louise and Walter Arensberg and of A. The Martha Hamilton Morris Fund for Excellence in Technology, Dennis Alter, and donors from the museum's technology foundation such as David Haas, The Waterman Trust, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Women's Committee and an anonymous donor provide additional support for the museum's website and digital initiatives.The Philadelphia City Council funded a competition in 1895 to design a new building for the museum but it wasn't until 1907 that the first plans were made to build it on Fairmount, a rocky hill crowned by the city's main reservoir. The Philadelphia Museum of Art manages several annexes including the Rodin Museum also located on the Benjamin Franklin Highway and the Ruth and Raymond G Museum. Student guided tours are also offered on weekends and outreach programs for elementary students in Philadelphia.
Following the example of South Kensington Museum in London, the new museum would focus on applied arts and sciences and would provide a school to train artisans in drawing, painting, modeling and design.In addition to being known for its architecture and collections, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has become known in recent decades for its role in Rocky movies (197) and its eight sequels II III V Rocky Balboa Creed Creed II and Creed III. Portrayed in an iconic scene from Rocky, this museum is a perfect place to start a tour of Philadelphia's impressive obsession with art. The museum's American collections which span more than three centuries of painting sculpture and decorative arts are among the best in United States with highlights in 18th and 19th century Philadelphia furniture and silver German art from Pennsylvania rural Pennsylvania furniture and ceramics and paintings by Thomas Eakins.