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Make the trip to this museum even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Spend time in Media with the beautiful pieces of art and culture at Turning Point Gallery's museum.
Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.
From a re-creation of Lewis Carroll's Wonderland to child-size versions of hospitals and grocery stores, Please Touch Museum seems like it emerged right from a child's imagination. Rightfully so, since the museum caters to families with children. For over three decades, the museum has helped kids (and their parents) expand their minds through playful exhibits and activities.
Size: Two floors of interactive exhibits
Eye Catcher: A 40-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty's torch made from colorful objects such as toys and a baseball bat
Crown Jewel: Centennial Exploration, which houses some of the inventions shown during the 1876 Centennial Exhibition as well as a 20'x30' model of the 1876 Exhibition grounds
Don't Miss: A trip around the more than century-old restored carousel (not included in admission)
Hands-On Activities: Play musical instruments, race miniature sailboats, or build and launch foam rockets
Special Programs: Art workshops; performances in the Playhouse Theater
Pro Tip: A few areas are set aside for toddlers ages 3 and under
Elmwood Park Zoo
It all started with a farmer's generosity. In 1924, a civic-minded citizen handed over 16 acres of lush farmland and a small group of critters to the Borough of Norristown. Today, the Norristown Zoological Society welcomes guests to Elmwood Park Zoo in hopes of creating a future stock of wildlife lovers and conservation advocates.
Size: A menagerie of over 100 species primarily indigenous to the Americas—including jaguars, howler monkeys, timberwolves, and eagles both bald and gold—and more than 15 species that are threatened or endangered
Don't Miss: Amazing creatures from other continents, such as the giraffes that retrieve lost frisbees from the rooftops
Hands-On Activities: Be one with nature's winged creatures at the "Birds of Paradise" interactive sun conure exhibit or experience feeding live bison (not included in admission)
Special Events: Boo at the Zoo, a series of trick-or-treat stations and themed attractions that take place every weekend through October 26 from noon to 3 p.m.
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 reflected 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 1960s, 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.
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
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