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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.
Happy birthday to Philadelphia native Thomas Eakins, born on this date in 1844. 
After studying in Paris, the artist returned to his hometown to become the most celebrated painter of Philadelphia’s landscape and culture. While painting and prizefighting might seem miles apart, Eakins was an avid boxing fan, and the city’s premier fighting venue, the Philadelphia Arena, was located just across the street from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, just as “Rocky” now stands outside the Museum. A meticulous craftsman, Eakins reportedly had models pose for every single figure in this complex interior scene.“Between Rounds,” 1898–99, by Thomas Eakins

Happy birthday to Philadelphia native Thomas Eakins, born on this date in 1844.

After studying in Paris, the artist returned to his hometown to become the most celebrated painter of Philadelphia’s landscape and culture. While painting and prizefighting might seem miles apart, Eakins was an avid boxing fan, and the city’s premier fighting venue, the Philadelphia Arena, was located just across the street from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, just as “Rocky” now stands outside the Museum. A meticulous craftsman, Eakins reportedly had models pose for every single figure in this complex interior scene.

“Between Rounds,” 1898–99, by Thomas Eakins

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