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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.


Look familiar? This blue skirt was made and worn by Matisse’s model when she posed for his painting "Woman in Blue," which has been in the Museum’s collection since 1956. The widow of Matisse’s grandson recently donated the skirt to the Museum, thereby reuniting it with the painting. How does Matisse’s depiction compare with the original motif?

Explore this fascinating gift and other recent acquisitions in “First Look: Collecting for Philadelphia,” now on view

Woman’s Skirt depicted in “Woman in Blue,” 1937, made and modelled by Lydia Delectorskaya

"Woman in Blue," 1937, by Henri Matisse, © Succession H. Matisse, Paris/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


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