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Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
215-763-8100

History:

The Museum began as a legacy of the great Centennial Exhibition of 1876, held in Fairmount Park. At the conclusion of the celebrations, Memorial Hall-which had been constructed as the Exhibition's art gallery-remained open as a Museum of Art and Industry "for the improvement and enjoyment of the people of the Commonwealth".

In the first few decades, the collections consisted of objects of an industrial nature, as well as fine and decorative art objects such as European ceramics. Books were also among the Museum's earliest acquisitions, as were antique furniture, enamels, carved ivories, jewelry, metalwork, glass, pottery, porcelain, textiles, and paintings.

In the early 1900s, the Museum published its first collection handbook and initiated an Education program for the general public. It wasn't long before a Membership program was in place, and plans for a new building gained momentum in the following decade.

Director Fiske Kimball set the tone for a new era in the 1920s, and the opening of the new building on Fairmount-what is now the Main Building-opened with an attendance record of one million visitors in its first year. Valiant marketing efforts and the skillful leadership of President J. Stogdell Stokes helped to keep the Museum vital during the Great Depression of the 1930s, while the 1940s witnessed extraordinary growth in the collections with a number of important gifts-including the John D. McIlhenny Collection and the George Grey Barnard Collection.


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The Philadelphia Museum of Art : Announces New Curatorial Leadership

The Museum Announces New Curatorial Leadership Carlos Basualdo named the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Deputy Director and Chief Curator Jessica Todd Smith, named Director of Curatorial Initiatives Sasha Suda, the George D. Widener…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Update Take Your Time At The Museum With A Two Day Ticket

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Philadelphia Museum of Art - You're Invited: Press Preview on Friday, June 24 for Art Kids

Press Preview Art Kids Friday, June 24 , 2022 9:30 a.m.– 10:30 a.m. Remarks at 10:00 a.m. Main Building Arrival at North Entrance 26th St. and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Complimentary parking available in the museum garage, via Anne…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Media Update - June 14, 2022

Philadelphia Museum of Art Media Update - June 14, 2022 Medieval treasures on loan from the Glencairn Museum will soon be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stay cool throughout the summer here with weekly programming for museumgoers of…

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Exquisite and Rare Medieval Art from Glencairn Museum On View in the European Galleries

Medieval Treasures from the Glencairn Museum June 24, 2022 – Fall 2023 The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present Medieval Treasures from the Glencairn Museum, a rich display of 18 works of French Romanesque and Gothic art on loan from the…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Names Sasha Suda As New Director And CEO

The Board of Trustees of the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) today elected Sasha Suda as the museum’s new George D. Widener Director and CEO. Sasha Suda brings new-generation leadership to the PMA, which as one of the nation’s…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art - Martine Syms: Neural Swamp Opens, Rodin Garden Bar Returns on Fridays, and more.

Join us at the museum as spring sweeps into summer. We have a full slate of new and ongoing exhibitions and public programs for museumgoers of all ages. On Friday evenings, visitors will also discover the Garden Bar at the Rodin Museum and Friday…

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Art Kids Returns this Summer with an Art Studio, Pop-up Family Tours, and more for Kids and Families

On Friday, June 24, the museum kicks off the summerlong Art Kids, a lively series of family programs offering unique hands-on art activities in the comfortable, playful, air-conditioned, and imaginative setting of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.…

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Three Major Institutions Collaborate to Present First Major Exhibition Devoted to Matisse in the 1930s

Philadelphia Museum of Art October 19, 2022–January 29, 2023 Musée de l’Orangerie February 27, 2023–May 29, 2023 Musée Matisse Nice June 23, 2023–September 24, 2023 The Philadelphia Museum of Art, in…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art News - Upcoming Exhibitions Through Spring 2023

Up Next Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas April 11–July 31, 2022 Dorrance Special Exhibition Galleries, and Korman Galleries (221–224) By Night Opening April 16 Gallery 256 Martine Syms: Neural Swamp May 14 – October 30…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art to Present Three Exhibitions Examining Themes of Loss, Protest, and Remembrance

Elegy: Lament in the 20th Century February 12–July 24, 2022 Press Preview: February 11, 2022 Waiting for Tear Gas March 12–July 17, 2022 Pictures in Pictures March 12–July 17, 2022 The Philadelphia Museum of Art will…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art News - January 24, 2022

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Centre Pompidou, and Association Marcel Duchamp Partner to Launch Online Duchamp Research Portal A French-American Celebration On January 24, 2022, a new digital portal—the first of its kind—will provide…

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Rodin's Unique and Rare Hand Sculptures on Display in New Installation at the Rodin Museum

On Friday, February 4, the Rodin Museum is reopening with a new installation that focuses on Auguste Rodin’s expressive sculptures of hands. The focused grouping brings together fifteen bronzes and plasters, including works that are rare or…

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Museum to Present Major Exhibition of Work by Abstract Painter Sean Scully

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will present a major survey of Irish-born American artist Sean Scully, featuring paintings and works on paper from the early 1970s to the present. Sean Scully: The Shape of Ideas will chart the artist’s…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art News - January 7, 2022

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Two Weekends of Dance Performances to Coincide with Final Weeks of Jasper Johns Retrospective

Two Weekends of Dance Performances Featuring PHILADANCO! and New Commissioned Work by Pam Tanowitz to Coincide with Final Weeks of Jasper Johns Retrospective Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror runs through February 13, 2022 at the Philadelphia Museum of…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art News - November 23, 2021

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Watch: 'Jasper Johns: Mind Mirror' Curators' Walkthrough

Tour Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror with the Curators Here at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it is thrilling to be opening a season of major exhibitions, notwithstanding the continuing challenges we are all facing with the ongoing pandemic. As you…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art News - September 28, 2021

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Update - September 15, 2021

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Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic Announce the Return of an Italian Pageant Shield

Philadelphia, PA -- The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Czech Republic’s National Heritage Institute jointly announced today an agreement whereby an important Italian pageant shield with decoration attributed to Girolamo di Tommaso da…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art to Present First Major Exhibition Dedicated to the Photographs of Richard Benson (1943–2017)

Richard Benson: The World Is Smarter Than You Are October 3, 2021–January 23, 2022 Field Galleries and Honickman Galleries 154–157 Press View: October 7, 2021 In October, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present an exhibition…

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First Major Retrospective Exhibition Dedicated to Emma Amos (1937–2020)

Philadelphia Museum of Art to Present First Major Retrospective Exhibition Dedicated to Emma Amos (1937–2020) Emma Amos: Color Odyssey October 11, 2021–January 17, 2022 Morgan Galleries and Jane and Leonard Korman Galleries…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art to Host All-Day Block Party Culminating in Performance Night on Saturday, August 14, 2021

Block Party: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Admission is Pay What You Wish House Party: 6:00–10:00 p.m. Admission is $15.00; $12 for members, with tickets on sale now On Saturday, August 14, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will host a rousing…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art - Upcoming Schedule of Exhibitions through Spring 2022

Upcoming Exhibitions Explore our advance schedule of exhibitions and installations through spring 2022. Click on the images below to learn more about these exhibitions and download media directly from our online pressroom. Not to be missed:…

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PMA Appoints Alphonso Atkins as Miller Worley Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access

Philadelphia, PA -- The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today the appointment of Alphonso Atkins Jr. as the Miller Worley Deputy Director for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access (DEIA), effective August 16, 2021. In this newly established…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art Update - June 18, 2021

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Display Thomas Cole Masterpiece 'The Arch of Nero' in American Galleries

The Arch of Nero, an oil painting by the great 19th-century American landscape artist Thomas Cole, will go on view in Philadelphia as a long-term loan beginning July 2, 2021 Painted at the height of Cole's powers in 1846, The Arch of Nero is…

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Philadelphia Museum of Art News - May 14, 2021

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Philadelphia Museum of Art News - February 25, 2021

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