Join the ranks in the 800,000 visitors each year to Philly's largest museum. Initially chartered for the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia in 1876, the gorgeous classical was completed in 1928 and overlooks the Ben Franklin Parkway. The building houses the Rodin collection along with maintaining the historic colonial-era houses of Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove situated in the nearby Fairmount Park.
The building itself is considered a landmark in Philadelphia. Its classical columns and white gazebos perched above the river offer breathtaking views of the city and its natural landscapes. The world-renowned collection offers art and inspiration to its visitors through numerous programs.
Browse collections spanning from American painting, sculpture, furniture, silver and ceramics to East Asian art from China, Japan, Korea, and across East Asia. Several special exhibitions are held in the museum every year, and the museum itself has been ranked among the top 100 most-visited art museums in the world.
Feeling particularly motivated after viewing the incredible art? Take a run up the museum steps to imitate the city's most beloved fictional local, Rocky. Afterwards, be sure to visit the grounds of the museum which offer quiet spaces for visitors to enjoy the nature of Fairmount Park.
Tickets are $20, but if you bring a student ID it goes down to $14! The ticket gives you two-day access to all of the museum's locations, including the Rodin museum and the historical houses in Fairmount Park. Keep in mind that the museum is closed on Mondays, but it does offer extended hours on Wednesdays and Fridays until 8:45 P.M.
Cover image credit: Philadelphia Museum of Art