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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?

I love the plans to revive a the building without compromising the architectural design of Julian Abele. I am excited to be here every step of the way and see how the plans come to life.

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Erica Johnson - 8.5.2014 - 11:49 AM
My first visit to the museum was in 8th grade, and I fell in love! 15 years later I'm still in awe of what this place has to offer and could spend all day in the space! I feel sorry for those who think this space is nothing more than the house of the Rocky steps and hope that one day those individuals take the time to go beyond the footprints and into the doors of this inspiring place of beauty!

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Kristen-York, PA - 8.5.2014 - 11:46 AM
This is the first visit to Philadelphia and this city is cool, especially the museum is so beautiful, and it has so many nice arts.

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Hyungwon - 8.5.2014 - 10:58 AM
I love the central stairway with Diana at the top and hope that this will remain a key feature and not be destroyed or diminished.

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Gloria - 8.4.2014 - 8:43 PM
SO DAMN GOOD!!!!!

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DICK - 8.3.2014 - 4:26 PM
i love love this place! It's so fun! I had a great time!

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Philadelphia Museum of Art - 8.3.2014 - 4:08 PM
Gehry's scheme to reorganize and reopen the circulation through the original building is masterful, and his creation of new gallery space under the east court is a good and logical approach. I question however the benefit of drastic alteration and removal of the central section of the iconic east stair facing the Parkway. There are so few memorable places in a city that speak to such a wide section of the public so viscerally as this stair. To take that from the public would be an affront to them.I further question the view to be had from the new gallery, considering the proposed exterior amphitheater's risers extending 8 or more feet above the gallery floor level.

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Dan Nichols - 8.3.2014 - 3:57 PM
I once lived in a little town in central Pennsylvania that I loved because it was so neighborly. The neighborhood was inviting because it was at a walkable scale. The homeowners owned not only their homes and yards, but also their sidewalks, which served as connections between neighbors. One summer, some young boys discovered skateboarding, and spent summer afternoons and evenings bouncing on their skateboards from the street to the curb, up and down, practicing their moves. One of our neighbors was upset by this and, because he owned his sidewalk, he had his sidewalk torn out, leaving only grass to meet the street. The boys went away, but in the process, our neighbor isolated himself from his fellow neighbors, because they no longer felt connected to him via his sidewalk, and found this to be a very un-neighborly gesture. Please, don't make this same mistake with the proposed window dug into the east steps of the museum. You risk isolating the "stair runners" and Rocky enthusiasts from experiencing and appreciating an iconic public structure. Pushing them off axis will not be the same experience for them. You risk alienating the tourist base, and native Philadelphians at the same time.

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Christine Denario - 8.3.2014 - 3:42 PM
As members of the museum, we are generally excited about the additions to the museum. The large amount of new gallery space will allow for much more of the excellent permanent collection to be on display, and the new interior connections will make it easier for many to find their way through the museum.However, we are very concerned about the cut in the eastern steps. Especially as this does not appear to be an additional entrance, cutting out a large fraction of the steps will make it harder for large numbers of people to ascend to the plaza. Further, it changes the relationship between the museum and the parkway for the worse and it seems of dubious value and great expense.

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Robert and Mara Jackel - 8.3.2014 - 3:15 PM
We enjoy the tranquility within, isolated from the world outside.

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Scott Berger (Dad) - 8.3.2014 - 2:57 PM
It's beautiful here

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yoojin seon - 8.3.2014 - 2:39 PM
I am from Korea and i came all by myself. I was a lottle scared and i missed my mom a lot. But, because i am able to come to such a famous museum like here i am so honored and thankful.

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Choi Hyuna - 8.3.2014 - 2:33 PM
I am really excited to see the expansion of the museum. I am fascinated by Gehry's unique design for creating more space and light into to museum. xoxo

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Pati Fu - 8.3.2014 - 2:28 PM
This is a thrilling, visionary plan for the future. I love the new light, the use of the existing vaults and the new entrances. Opening the top floors for the public will provide beautiful new views. The museum will be easier to navigate and my favorite collections (American, Modern) will be easier to get to.I have two concerns. First, it does not appear that there has been a definitive plan to get rid of the awful parking on the north and south sides of the building. They are an eyesore and make the walk around the building unpleasant. Second, although I tried to keep an open mind, I don't think the cut out in the east stairs is going to work. I'm worried about trash, people urinating at night and the resulting bad smell and unsavory atmosphere. Recall how Dilworth Plaza failed for all these reasons. The idea of bringing light into the galleries is wonderful, but there are many other ways to do it: make the steps glass, add back glass panels to replace the existing slabs in the plaza, etc.All in all, though, I can't wait! Thank you for sharing these plans.

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Jennifer Clarke - 8.3.2014 - 1:58 PM
Thank you for sharing the Gehry Master Plan for the PMA with us! It is very clear that you want the people of Philadelphia to be comfortable with all of the changes that are going to be made to this beloved museum. I am really not in favor of the modification to the eastern stairway. I think that the small amphitheater is an obvious attempt to make the glass wall work. The view of the city from the exhibit space is great, but from the outside, the space is unusable. Who wants to sit and look at someone on the other side of the amphitheater, or at the people inside the museum, for that matter? People want to sit on the stairs and look down the parkway to the city! Also, who wants to look out at the beautiful view of the city from the C-level galleries, only to catch the eye of gawking people on the steps?Why not turn the vertical sections of the fountains that run down either side of the steps into glass walls? Or make the central cut-out into glass stairs?Otherwise, the plan for the renovation looks fantastic and I can't wait to bring my children here in a few years to experience the transformation!Thank you so much for the opportunity to share my thoughts and opinions.

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Ali Barstow - 8.3.2014 - 1:50 PM
Todo esta muy bien las fotos,las estatuas,las esculturas... solo que deben poner un pomas mas de guerra de la historia de estados unidos ,,,,

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joel moctezuma - 8.3.2014 - 11:43 AM
Please don't touch the Rocky steps. Except for that I love it.

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Janette - 8.3.2014 - 11:22 AM
let's make changes - it will be good for the museum, the art and Philadelphia.

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tom - 8.3.2014 - 11:16 AM
Love the idea of utilizing current space and creating new in unique ways that are aesthetically appropriate. Bravo! We have so much richness in this City of Brotherly Love to share with the world...so much beauty

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Ann DeMareo Smith - 8.3.2014 - 10:37 AM
The external stairwells give it a nice tenement-house look. ^How much will PA taxpayers be paying for this extravagance at the expense of schools and roads?

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Richard - 8.2.2014 - 10:30 PM

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