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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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The Barnes Foundation

Both are recommended by professional reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, The Barnes Foundation scores significantly better than Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The Barnes Foundation scores 97 with accolades from 10 reviewers like Lonely Planet, Where and Condé Nast Traveler.

Both are recommended by professional reviewers writing for major publications. On balance, The Barnes Foundation scores significantly better than Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. The Barnes Foundation scores 97 with accolades from 10 reviewers like Lonely Planet, Where and Condé Nast Traveler.

tripexpert score
88
#8 in Philadelphia
location

118 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

endorsements
  • 7 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the nation's first museum and school of fine arts, and home to an outstanding permanent collection of American art. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    This High Victorian Gothic structure is a work of art in itself. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 33

    Two blocks north of City Hall is the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA), a wonderful museum and teaching facility that was the first art school in the country. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet

    A prestigious academy that has a museum with works by American painters, including Charles Willson Peale and Thomas Eakins. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    Housed in an ornate brick and limestone Victorian structure (1876, Frank Furness and George Hewitt), the museum exhibits three centuries of artistic styles. Full Review →

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97
#1 in Philadelphia

2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

  • 10 endorsements
  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Includes more paintings by Renoir than anywhere else in the world, and more works by Cézanne than in all the museums of Paris. Full Review →

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    While the statistics are impressive—81 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 7 Van Goghs, 6 Seurats (and many more)—almost more inspiring is this soaring marble-and-glass museum. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    This world-renown museum is stuffed with some 8,000 largely Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Exceptionally fine collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early French modern paintings, including works by Cézanne, Degas, Matisse, Monet, Picasso, Renoir and Van Gogh. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    In a superb contemporary building (Todd Williams and Billie Tsienelle) is the exceptional collection of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings, including work by Renoir, Cézanne and 60 by Matisse. Full Review →

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