Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 763 8100
Concierge.com's insider take:
Founded as a museum of decorative arts during the 1876 Centennial Exposition and inspired by Greek temples, the PMA sits on nine acres and still gets a lot of Rocky-imitating traffic up its front steps. Now the third-largest art museum in the country, there are significant Renaissance, American, Impressionist, and Modern holdings, and the country's largest group of work by the city's own Thomas Eakins. The reconstructed medieval cloister is straight out of The Name of the Rose; and the museum oversees the largest Rodin collection outside of Paris, just down Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street. The museum is also frequent host to blockbuster exhibits, such as the Fall 2007 "Renoir Landscapes" show (the first U.S. exhibition devoted to the famed artist's impressionist landscapes). The Costume and Textiles collection, which numbers over 20,000 objects, as well as the Print, Drawings, Photos, and Modern and Contemporary collections, are now housed in the Art Deco Perelman Building (across the street from the main building).
Open Tuesdays through Sundays 10 am to 5 pm (open until 8:45 pm on Fridays).