Galleries in Southwest Philadelphia

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Sound Excursions describes their carefully curated group experiences as "field trips for adults." It's easy to see why: every outing takes groups to a new realm of Washington, whether it's the frothy shores of Puget Sound, inland forests and mountains, or tables at Seattle's thriving restaurants. The events held at these diverse locations range from culinary workshops on topics such as sushi-making and moonshine-tasting, to adventurous excursions with whitewater rafting or kayaking, to laid-back themed party cruises. For many outings, luxury transportation is provided.

404 South 20th Street
Philadelphia,
PA
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The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia gives guests a glimpse at artifacts, anatomical specimens, and other one-of-a-kind objects that help give dimension to medicine's rich history, as well as tell some of its most interesting stories. Meander through the diverse displays for an unusual eye feast that includes an assemblage of 2,000 objects once lodged in people's throats, a plaster torso cast of the conjoined twins Chang and Eng, and the tallest publicly displayed skeleton in North America that's not currently playing in the NBA. The museum's curious collection also features the relics of well-known doctors and other health helpers, antique instruments, and preserved pathological treasures, such as a cancerous growth removed from President Grover Cleveland after it spent 18 months masquerading as Secretary of the Navy William C. Whitney. The museum's collection comprises more than 20,000 priceless and often peculiar pieces, with temporary exhibits covering a broad spectrum of subjects as well.

19 S 22nd St
Philadelphia,
PA
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Philadelphia Theatre Company is a dramatic laboratory for new stage works. Since its founding in 1974, the company has premiered more than 140 original plays and musicals, with more than half moving on to New York and other major cities. Widely lauded by local outlets and frequently recognized with Barrymore Awards, the company would need to build a new black box theater to contain its accolades.

480 S Broad St
Philadelphia,
PA
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art houses more than 225,000 objects spanning a jaw-whopping 5,000 years of human history. An extensive permanent collection of both Eastern and Western art includes highlights such as Temple Hall, a full-size, immaculately carved sixteenth-century Hindu temple. Grapple with the challenges of modernity amid the display of twentieth-century New York Dada art, featuring several pieces constructed entirely out of apple-satellite-violet-blargh. Chandelier and chandelier-swinging enthusiasts will enjoy Hanging Around: Modern and Contemporary Lighting from the Permanent Collection, which explores how electricity turned function into fashion (the exhibit ends October 10).

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia,
PA
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Sensory overload doesn?t begin to describe Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens. A seemingly boundless compilation of colors, textures, and shapes, the labyrinthine mosaic creation spans 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The masterpiece originated in the brain of Isaiah Zagar, a Philadelphia native who grew up in New York. During his third year of art school, he stumbled upon Clarence Schmidt?s folk-art-inspired installations?assemblages of found objects and recycled materials?and the young artist?s view of the art world changed. ?I didn't know that I was looking at art,? Zagar reflects in his mission statement. Self-admittedly, Zagar has been somewhat ?copying? Schmidt?s dynamic, free-flowing style ever since.

The years after art school brought Zagar an onslaught of new opportunities. He spent time as an artist in China and India, joined the Peace Corps with his wife Julia, settled in Peru for three years, and even tried his hand at ceramics in Wisconsin. In the ?60s, he and Julia returned to his birthplace?specifically, the waning South Street neighborhood. Isaiah quickly leapt into action, renovating dilapidated buildings and often adding mosaics to formerly barren walls. Eventually, Isaiah?s imagination outgrew their projects, and in 1994 he began constructing a new piece in a vacant lot near his studio?the project would become Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens.

Isaiah spent 14 precious years, which he should have applied to Y2K preparations, scooping out tunnels, erecting multitiered walls, and splashing the entire space in colorful tile. The finished product stretches across half a block of South Street; the outside enclosure shimmering with vibrant tiles, the inside housing folk art, colored glass bottles, and countless sparkling mirrors. Now a nonprofit organization, Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens invites visitors to enjoy its visual candy with guided or self-guided tours.

1020 South St
Philadelphia,
PA
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Affordable art from $15 for "Vintage" Tin Signs, $39 Art Blocks and over 9000 images printed as Giclee on Canvas. These all look amazing and come ready to hang, without the need for expensive framing, matting or glass. They also ship for free. We pride ourselves in great customer service, and provide free design services!

141 S 13th St
Philadelphia,
PA
US