As one of the oldest cities in the United States, Philadelphia has a very rich cultural heritage. With spring upon us, is there a better way to spend a beautiful weekend taking a stroll through the city and viewing the plethora of art that Philadelphia has to offer? Here is a list of my favorite art museums and galleries in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is a destination everyone should visit at least once. The iconic museum steps, made famous by the Rocky films, leads you to an experience that the whole family can enjoy. Admission, which gives you museum access for two days, is $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $14 for students (with valid ID) and youth (13-18), and free for children under 12. Some of the current exhibits include: Treasures from Korea: Arts and Culture of the Joseon Dynasty, 1392-1910 (now through 5/26/14), Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at a Virginal (now through 9/30/14), Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love (now through 11/30/14.) My personal favorite event is the Museum’s “After 5.” After 5 takes place on the first Friday of every month from 5:00pm until 8:45pm. This event allows you to enjoy cocktails while listening to a live performance from an emerging or recognized jazz artist.
Wednesday & Friday: Main building
open until 8:45pm
Pentimenti Gallery works directly with artists to coordinate exhibitions and to support public art projects. The Pentimenti gallery specializes in the abstract and the figurative and often includes works from unconventional materials such as packaging tape and embroidered x-rays.
Tuesday: By Appointment
The Clay Studio
The Clay Studio specializes in ceramic arts. The Clay studio offers recent art school graduates an affordable place to get their art careers off the ground. In conjunction with this mission, The Clay Studio brings affordable ceramic art to a broad section of the Philadelphia population. The Clay studio is holding an event to commemorate its 40th anniversary. On May 9th and 10th the studio will be open to the public for 40 straight hours; visit the Clay Studio’s website for more information.