Philadelphia Museum of Art
With a dramatic location on a hill at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway overlooking the Schuylkill in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is visited by over 800,000 guests each year. The museum was established in 1876 during the nation’s first Centennial Exposition in Fairmount Park. The museum outgrew its home and was moved into its current, quasi-Greek Revival style, building in 1928.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is home to over 200 galleries and 227,000 pieces of artwork. By agreement between the museum and the University of Pennsylvania the museum exhibits works from the Middle Ages through the Modern period. Ancient works are found at the University museum. The holdings include 2,000 years worth of paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, photography, textiles, and decorative arts from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Among its impressive holdings in Renaissance, American, Impressionist and Modern art, are works by Rogier van der Weyden, Cezanne, Thomas Eakins, and Marcel Duchamp. Other notable artists include Degas, Brancusi, Barnett Newman, and Van Gogh.