Exploring the Philadelphia Museum of Art: What Not to Miss

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the world, boasting an impressive collection of over a quarter of a million pieces. From the Rogier van der Weyden altarpiece to The Large Bathers by Cezanne, Thomas Eakins' works from Philadelphia, and Marcel Duchamp's famous mixed-media work Bride Stripped Bare by her Bachelors (The Large Glass), there is something for everyone. With so much to explore, it can be difficult to know where to start. To help you make the most of your visit, here are some suggestions for having a memorable experience at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The Rialto and portrait of Lady Eden are two must-see European works from the late 19th century. Additionally, John Singer Sargent's collection includes several high-quality portraits and a surprisingly modern late landscape. Last week, this art museum enthusiast was able to spend a pleasant afternoon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where he found regular tourists posing for souvenir photos at the top of the famous stairway, in triumphant poses from “Rocky”. The Philadelphia Museum of Art has an excellent collection of cubist works, especially by Picasso, Leger, and Juan Gris.

One of the most impressive Christian-themed artworks is a 1665 painting. The French impressionist paintings are also spectacular, but none can compare to the textured view of the most famous Parisian bridge that crosses the Seine. Don't forget to take a look at “the strangest work of art” in any museum with a visit to Étant Donnés by Marcel Duchamp. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is part of the Blue Star Museums group, which means that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, active duty military personnel and their families can enter for free.

Even without a Rembrandt or Vermeer, the collection of Dutch and Flemish Old Masters at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is exceptional. From its impressive collection to its free admission for active duty military personnel and their families during certain times of year, there is something for everyone at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Whether you're an art enthusiast or just looking for something interesting to do on your next visit to Philadelphia, make sure you don't miss out on this incredible museum.

Jackson Renwick
Jackson Renwick

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