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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 112th birthday to Ansel Adams (1902–1984)! The California-born photographer embraced the abstract in order to enhance the viewer’s experience of the literal world. In his 1949 publication “My Camera in Yosemite Valley,” Adams declared, “Instead of looking at an object until it becomes ‘something else’ (which so many contemporary artists feel it necessary to do in order to escape reality) I find one must look at it until it becomes its sublimated self.”See more of Adams’s work.”Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Monument, California,” 1948 (negative), c. 1970 (print), by Ansel Adams © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Happy 112th birthday to Ansel Adams (1902–1984)! The California-born photographer embraced the abstract in order to enhance the viewer’s experience of the literal world. In his 1949 publication “My Camera in Yosemite Valley,” Adams declared, “Instead of looking at an object until it becomes ‘something else’ (which so many contemporary artists feel it necessary to do in order to escape reality) I find one must look at it until it becomes its sublimated self.”

See more of Adams’s work.

Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Monument, California,” 1948 (negative), c. 1970 (print), by Ansel Adams © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

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