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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.
Fashion Friday: Riding High In honor of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, we’re spotlighting this circa 1820 woman’s riding ensemble from our collection. Beginning in the late seventeenth century, women wore specialized garments for riding that were usually modeled after men’s clothing. This early nineteenth-century riding habit references the period’s menswear through the short tail of the jacket and the shaped pocket flaps on the skirt.”Woman’s Riding Ensemble,” c. 1820, United States

Fashion Friday: Riding High

In honor of the Kentucky Derby tomorrow, we’re spotlighting this circa 1820 woman’s riding ensemble from our collection. Beginning in the late seventeenth century, women wore specialized garments for riding that were usually modeled after men’s clothing. This early nineteenth-century riding habit references the period’s menswear through the short tail of the jacket and the shaped pocket flaps on the skirt.

Woman’s Riding Ensemble,” c. 1820, United States

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