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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.
STAFF PICK: MOUNT PLEASANT HISTORIC HOUSEScottish ship captain John Macpherson and his first wife, Margaret, employed Thomas Nevell to build their grand country estate high atop cliffs overlooking the Schuylkill River. John Adams, on a visit to the residence in 1775, declared it to be “the most elegant seat in Pennsylvania.”Today, Mount Pleasant is considered one of the greatest American houses of its type, still standing on its original site in what is now Fairmount Park. We offer guided tours Thursday to Sunday at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m., and sometimes you’ll be met with a surprise - as you can see here we yarn-bombed the banisters this spring! 

STAFF PICK: MOUNT PLEASANT HISTORIC HOUSE

Scottish ship captain John Macpherson and his first wife, Margaret, employed Thomas Nevell to build their grand country estate high atop cliffs overlooking the Schuylkill River. John Adams, on a visit to the residence in 1775, declared it to be “the most elegant seat in Pennsylvania.”

Today, Mount Pleasant is considered one of the greatest American houses of its type, still standing on its original site in what is now Fairmount Park. We offer guided tours Thursday to Sunday at 1:00 and 2:30 p.m., and sometimes you’ll be met with a surprise - as you can see here we yarn-bombed the banisters this spring! 

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