$37 for One-Year Family Membership ($75 Value) or $25 for One Individual Membership ($50 Value) at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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  • One year of unlimited admission
  • Wide array of American art
  • Invitations to exhibit previews
  • Discount at museum store

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Art is in the eye of the beholder, whereas swollen retinas are in the eye of the bee holder. Get soul-stung by provocative and powerful art with today's Groupon, which gets you a membership at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Self-described as the first fine art museum and school in the nation, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts has accumulated a wealth of American art from the 1760s to the present, housed in a Victorian Gothic historical landmark and an early 20th-century building. With membership, you'll get:

  • Unlimited free admission to the Academy
  • 10% discount at the Academy Cafe
  • 10% discount at the museum store, PORTFOLIO at the Pennsylvania Academy
  • Invitations to members-only tours, events, and exhibition preview receptions
  • Subscription to Preview magazine — published three times a year
  • Free admission to the Art-at-Lunch lecture series, which should not be confused with the Louvre's Art-as-Lunch series, where museum patrons nibble on lower-tier Renoir paintings

A family-level membership (valid for two adults and all children 18 years of age and younger living in the same household) includes the same benefits as individual membership, plus:

  • Early registration for summer art camp and family programs
  • Invitations to special events designed for families

Reviews

Nine Yelpers give the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts an average of 4.5 stars. Three TripAdvisors give it an average of four stars and more than 2,000 Facebookers like it.

  • The original older building is a masterpiece in itself - the exterior has an abundance of architechtual details and relief sculptures. Inside are lots of unique design and architechtual features. But the real treasure is the art within. – JAR303, TripAdvisor
  • Perhaps my favorite museum in Philly--I love American art, and this is THE place to see it. – G T L., Yelp

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) celebrates art from America's entire history. Its galleries take visitors on a chronological trip through the country's ever-changing aesthetic landscape, with special attention paid to sculptures, paintings, and paper works. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts also trains the next generation of artists, with full-time degree programs at the bachelor and masters levels.

  • Size: two buildings—The Historic Landmark Building and the contemporary Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
  • Eye Catcher: Gilbert Stuart’s 1796 painting George Washington (The Lansdowne Portrait)
  • Permanent Mainstay: Gallery 128, which showcases a rotating collection of works from current students, alumni, and faculty
  • Visiting Exhibit: Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper, which encompasses more than 90 works (through October 12, 2014)
  • Don't Miss: Highway—George Tooker's 1953 painting depicting the challenges of living in New York City
  • Pro Tip: artists can bring a sketchbook (pencil only) into the the Historic Landmark Building, provided it doesn't exceed 12” x 16” or erupt with trumpet fanfares when opened
  • Special Programs: art-history lectures, evening gallery events, and continuing-education programs in drawing, painting, sculpture, and other mediums

Customer Reviews

although the museum was closed due to a memorial service (not much information about this on their web site) fortunately the PAFA exhibit was next door & was thoroughly enjoyable.
Robert J. · June 6, 2017
I love these exhibits.
Christopher H. · March 27, 2017
Great little art gallery in Center City, Loved the permanent collection of American art.Has a lovely small gift shop..
Ann M. · August 2, 2016

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