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Visiting an exhibition in person is a much richer experience than visiting online. Why not leave a comment to share your thoughts and impressions with others?

Sad that there will be no dramatic Frank G. external architecture but Philadelphia is Philadelphia. I think it is a missed opportunity that the city will come to regret. What he did is still great and badly needed.

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Bill k - 7.20.2014 - 3:22 PM
Some of this is admirable -- but the idea of glazing the pediments is nothing short of horrifying. Likewise cutting into the steps -- which belong (symbolically at least) to all Philadelphians, not just to PMA.

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Nancy T - 7.20.2014 - 3:18 PM
While I admire and approve of almost everything that is planned for the refurbishment of the Art Museum, I can not see what is to be gained by the new opening in the steps. Quite apart from the now worldwide benefit to Philadelphia and the "Rocky Steps", the gain is not sufficient to excuse the enormous change to the original architect's evocation of a classic Greek temple.

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ERIC HALL - 7.20.2014 - 3:14 PM
I've lived on a corner of 22nd Street leading to the Parkway for nearly 3 decades. If I had a nickel for every passing tourist that asked for directions to the "Rocky Steps", I'd be rich by now. Please do not mess with an iconic symbol of our great city.

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Maureen Hall - 7.20.2014 - 3:09 PM
I do not know how much will be built; I hope the changes are implemented. I love this building but whats more important is the art. The physical objects and the people that come to see them. Anything that takes our eyes off screens, away from the internet, and into a physical space with world-class art is worth a try. I believe these plans will help bring people in; best of luck!

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Daniel Swartz - 7.20.2014 - 2:45 PM
I hope that these planned renovations truly bring in an amazing amount of revenue that supports community arts via the PMA. ARchitecture cannot just be pretty. Power comes with the privilege and responsibility to serve communities. I would love to see the PMA be a space where diverse Philadelphians feel welcome and recognized. Here's a challenge: find a way to alleviate the issues of drugs in communities through art. Go.

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Elena - 7.20.2014 - 2:43 PM
I truly enjoyed the exhibition -- but I am very concerned about the changing of the front steps -- the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum is part of our Iconic areas of Philadelphia -- Its a true landmark of this city -- While I love the changes -- I think changes to the steps should be minimal

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CHRIS M - 7.20.2014 - 1:36 PM
It`s all great, just take that rocky statue out!

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thiago - 7.20.2014 - 1:34 PM
I love the proposed redesign but am strongly opposed to the cut out to the stairs facing East toward CityHall> I think that the sweep of the stairs is too majestic to fiddle with. Otherwise everything else seems most exciting.

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David Winikur - 7.20.2014 - 12:55 PM
GOOD IS VERY GOOD

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Anonymous - 7.20.2014 - 12:29 PM
TRES BEAU

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Antoine - 7.20.2014 - 11:45 AM
I think this is a beautiful redesign, steps included.

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Beth - 7.20.2014 - 11:18 AM
My boys and I love coming to the art museum. They always come with their sketchbooks in hand. They call it "our museum."

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Morna Dombach - 7.19.2014 - 4:18 PM
My son, Zachary and I enjoyed touring Frank Gehry's Master Plan for the Art Museum of Philadelphia! We are excited to visit when all is said and done!

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Eileen - 7.19.2014 - 4:10 PM
Love the models! But hate the idea of making a huge hole in the museum steps. It would be a shame to destroy the iconic Museum steps! If you want a view window down the Parkway why not make a window on each side above one of the water pools at the sides of the steps? This would keep the idea of a view without destroying one of Philadelphia's greatest features. The docent's rationale for destroying this fabulous feature of the museum is that the general public does not know the building is museum that they think it is a municipal building - if that is the case then why not invest in a sculptural sign at the bottom of the steps rather than destroy the classical beauty of the stair? I do like the windows in the pediments and hope that the spaces will not be restricted to just donors or members - any visitor should be able to have the experience of standing in this wonderful space and looking out on Philadelphia.

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Wendy - 7.19.2014 - 3:31 PM
I had a really good time doing crafts today. I liked seeing the Claude Monet Japanese bridge painting. And I like walking up all of the stairs. How many stairs do you have in the Art Museum? I liked the picture of the Art Museum at night.

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charlie - 7.19.2014 - 3:20 PM
I have been a member for many years and love the ideas for the museum expansion, except.. The front stairs are a huge part of the museum character. People constantly run up the stairs and get their pictures taken. Wedding couples get their pictures taken there. As a photographer, I have often watched and photographed this on-going parade. I would like to submit my vote for reconsideration of breaking up the front stairs. Thanks for the opportunity to comment!

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Chris Stack - 7.19.2014 - 1:27 PM
I really enjoyed the 3D models and renderings. However, the sections on Asian, American and Contemporary art did not really resonate with me.

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Paul - 7.19.2014 - 1:02 PM
I really enjoy the journey here.Fantastic!

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Wendy Chou - 7.19.2014 - 12:52 PM
I think more other languages,such as Chinese explanation will be better.

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Grace Xu - 7.19.2014 - 12:50 PM

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