The Philadelphia Museum of Art was originally chartered in 1876 for the Centennial Exposition (America’s first world fair). The main museum building was completed in 1928 on Fairmount at the northwest end of Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The museum administers collections containing over 227,000 objects, including major holdings of European, American and Asian origin.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art administers several annexes, including the Rodin Museum and the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, which is located across the street just north of the main building.
Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden
Named after the museum’s late director Anne d’Harnoncourt (1943–2008), the museum grounds host a one-acre, terraced Sculpture Garden.
The Garden is divided into five sections:
- Upper Terrace
- Lower Terrace
- two graveled galleries
- paved plaza
The art museum’s website has a handful of audio walking tours and a slideshow you can check out here.
The garden is located behind the museum, on the elevated terrace.
Pay What You Wish Program
A special “Pay What You Wish” program is in effect on the first Sunday of each month from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. and every Wednesday evening from 5:00–8:45 p.m. On these days visitors are requested to support the museum with whatever amount visitors are inclined to donate.
Pro Tip: The lines at the entrance on these days can get quite long, sometimes even reaching the Rocky Steps. But if you go around to the back of the museum, where the parking garage is located, the line is usually significantly shorter (and sometimes even non-existent).
Check out events at the art museum!