Philadelphia Museum of Art

#3 in Best Things To Do in Philadelphia
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2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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Whether you're actually interested in the exhibits or just looking to re-enact that timeless scene from "Rocky," the Philadelphia Museum of Art is a must-see. Modeled after the ancient Greek temples, this notable attraction is one of the leading museums in the country. After you've made it to the top of the stairs, take a moment to appreciate the Mr. Balboa's statue before diving into the museum's impressive of works by Matisse, Van Gogh, Picasso, Cézanne and many others. You'll also find entire structures from around the world, including a 16th-century Indian temple hall, a 17th-century Chinese Palace hall and a Japanese teahouse. Of note, there are ongoing renovations in the Main Building, resulting in a few galleries being closed until 2019.

The museum also includes the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building (just a short walk from the main building on Pennsylvania Avenue), which houses an impressive collection of photography, costumes and contemporary works.

Recent visitors agreed this museum is a must, touting its amazing collections and variety. If you can, budget a full day for this museum and before you start exploring, decide which exhibits are the most important and plan your day around those.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art occupies the southern tip of Fairmount Park, just west of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Both it and the Perelman building are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours on Wednesday and Friday for the main museum until 8:45 p.m. Admission costs $20 for adults and $14 for children over 13 to 18; admissions covers entry for two consecutive days to the museum's main building, the Perelman building, the Rodin Museum and historic house Cedar Grove. On the first Sunday of the month and every Wednesday between 5 and 8:45 p.m., there is a "pay as you wish" admission. For more information, check out the museum's website.

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Opposite Independence Hall, you'll find the Liberty Bell Center in Independence National Historical Park. Now residing in a huge glass gazebo, this 2,080-pound piece of history was once mounted in the belfry of Independence Hall. It was used to mark important historic events, most notably at the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. Historians believe the first crack developed in the early 1840s. Metal workers were tasked with repairing the bell in anticipation of George Washington's birthday in 1846. The repair was unsuccessful and the bell ceased to chime ever again.

Despite the long lines, recent visitors called this attraction a must-see for all Americans. They also suggested planning your visit first thing in the morning during the week.

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