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Sitting atop some very famous steps, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

Our facilities include our landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. We welcome you to enjoy a variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.
Have you gotten a chance to check out “The Main Dish”? If not, be sure to see it in its final week! This exhibition looks at how modern and contemporary kitchenware reflects attributes of the model homemaker. The last day to see “The Main Dish" will be Sunday, September 28.Pitcher, designed 1927, made 1957, designed by Kay Fisker

Have you gotten a chance to check out “The Main Dish”? If not, be sure to see it in its final week! This exhibition looks at how modern and contemporary kitchenware reflects attributes of the model homemaker. The last day to see “The Main Dish" will be Sunday, September 28.

Pitcher, designed 1927, made 1957, designed by Kay Fisker

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More Art Monday: Falling
Inspired by the first day of fall tomorrow and the falling leaves, we found our favorite falling images from the collection.

The Life Line,” 1884, published 1887, by Winslow Homer

The Fall of Icarus,” 17th century, copy after Peter Paul Rubens

They’re Saved! They’re Saved!,” 1832, by Henry Edward Dawe

St. Michael—The Fall of the Rebellious Angels,” mid-17th century, by Jacob Neefs

A Woman Falling Down the Arched Bridge at Tenmangu Shrine, Kameido, from the series Comic Pictures of Famous Places Amid the Civilization of Tōkyō,” 1881, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Check out our art history courses in October, including “Introduction to Nineteenth-Century European Painting” and “History of Photography.” Find out more here. “The Death of Sardanapalus,” 1844, by Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix

Check out our art history courses in October, including “Introduction to Nineteenth-Century European Painting” and “History of Photography.” Find out more here.

The Death of Sardanapalus,” 1844, by Ferdinand-Victor-Eugène Delacroix

Now on view. “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart” explores the career of this creative powerhouse. From pictographic shapes to pure abstraction, you can see the full variety of this talented artist’s work.(Artworks © Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart/Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)

Now on view. “Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart” explores the career of this creative powerhouse. From pictographic shapes to pure abstraction, you can see the full variety of this talented artist’s work.

(Artworks © Estate of Richard Pousette-Dart/Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)

Oktoberfest begins today, and beer will flow in celebration until October 5. How are you commemorating this 204-year-old annual festival? “The Giant Saint Monday—The Patron Saint of Drinkers,” 1837, by Jean Wendling

Oktoberfest begins today, and beer will flow in celebration until October 5. How are you commemorating this 204-year-old annual festival?

The Giant Saint Monday—The Patron Saint of Drinkers,” 1837, by Jean Wendling

Have a stylish Sunday September 28 with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Join supermodel Pat Cleveland, writer Michael Gross, fashion journalist Carol Mongo, and Bjorn Amelan, business and life partner of fashion designer Patrick Kelly, for “Artist Conversation—Patrick Kelly’s Circle,” about the designer’s life and career. Get your tickets here.Image: Pat Cleveland on Patrick Kelly’s runway, 1985. Photo by Paul Van Ravenstein.

Have a stylish Sunday September 28 with the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Join supermodel Pat Cleveland, writer Michael Gross, fashion journalist Carol Mongo, and Bjorn Amelan, business and life partner of fashion designer Patrick Kelly, for “Artist Conversation—Patrick Kelly’s Circle,” about the designer’s life and career. Get your tickets here.
Image: Pat Cleveland on Patrick Kelly’s runway, 1985. Photo by Paul Van Ravenstein.

We’ve seen some amazing photographs of “The Thinker,” but we want more. Tag your photos #THINKpublicart for a chance to win amazing prizes and be included in a photomosaic of “The Thinker.” In collaboration with the Association for Public Art.”The Thinker,” modeled 1880–81, enlarged 1902–04, cast 1919, by Auguste Rodin

We’ve seen some amazing photographs of “The Thinker,” but we want more. Tag your photos #THINKpublicart for a chance to win amazing prizes and be included in a photomosaic of “The Thinker.”

In collaboration with the Association for Public Art.

The Thinker,” modeled 1880–81, enlarged 1902–04, cast 1919, by Auguste Rodin

Earlier this year, our Decorative Arts and Sculpture conservators extensively treated Howard Roberts’s “La Première Pose,” removing over 80 years of grime. Now that the treatment is done, the sculpture has been reinstalled in the American Art gallery 111.”La Première Pose,” 1873–76, by Howard Roberts

Earlier this year, our Decorative Arts and Sculpture conservators extensively treated Howard Roberts’s “La Première Pose,” removing over 80 years of grime. Now that the treatment is done, the sculpture has been reinstalled in the American Art gallery 111.

La Première Pose,” 1873–76, by Howard Roberts

Join us on a descent through the dark side of Hollywood during our October course on film noir, in partnership with Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Click here for more information and tickets.(Film still from “Double Indemnity,” 1944)

Join us on a descent through the dark side of Hollywood during our October course on film noir, in partnership with Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Click here for more information and tickets.

(Film still from “Double Indemnity,” 1944)

Fashion Friday: Mode en France”Mode en France (Fashion in France)" is essential viewing for anyone interested in fashion. This sharp, satirical documentary film by legendary fashion photographer William Klein presents an irreverent yet gleeful insight into high fashion in the 1980s. See it at the Museum on September 24.On the set of Mode in France, 1984, ©William Klein. 

Fashion Friday: Mode en France

Mode en France (Fashion in France)" is essential viewing for anyone interested in fashion. This sharp, satirical documentary film by legendary fashion photographer William Klein presents an irreverent yet gleeful insight into high fashion in the 1980s. See it at the Museum on September 24.

On the set of Mode in France, 1984, ©William Klein. 

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