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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 972 7600's insider take:

The nation's oldest museum and school of fine arts, founded in 1805, preens in the middle of Center City. Architects Frank Furness and George Hewitt made a beautiful High Victorian Gothic building to house an impressive collection that includes Thomas Eakins (check out his 1875 masterpiece, The Gross Clinic), Winslow Homer, and Benjamin West. If you're in town for the hugely popular annual student show in May, you can compete with locals for well-priced works from the masters of tomorrow.

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm, Sundays 11 am to 5 pm.

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