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Our galleries beckon with treasures from all corners of the globe, boasting works of art from pre-antiquity to the present day. So whether you’re searching for quiet contemplation or visual stimulation, whether you want to visit a favorite collection or discover a brand new installation, we offer over 200 galleries for you to explore and enjoy.

Highlights

John G. Johnson at Home
Gallery 271, 2nd floor
Examine John G. Johnson’s collection of Renaissance textiles and embroideries

A Teahouse for Philadelphia
Galleries 241–243, 2nd floor
Join us as we celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of our Japanese teahouse, Sunkaraku, with this special installation of teaware and utensils.

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Faith, Chivalry, and Seduction: A Selection of Northern Renaissance Prints and Paintings
Park Family Gallery 219, 2nd floor
Biblical stories, knights, and ladies fair are among the subjects portrayed in this installation.

The Artist, the Nude, and the Studio: Figure Drawings in Context
Korman Galleries 121–123, 1st floor
A selection of works celebrating the human figure, from the virtuoso precision of old masters to more abstract investigations by artists like Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, and Diego Rivera

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Charm and Distinction: Sculpture from the Johnson Collection
Gallery 273, 2nd floor
Rarely seen sculptures that reveal the eclectic tastes of a turn-of-the-century Philadelphia collector, John G. Johnson

Renaissance Revival
Gallery 156, 1st floor
Get a closer look at ceramics and other decorative objects that reflect the European vogue for the Renaissance in the 1800s. Included are works that were shown in Philadelphia at the 1876 World’s Fair.

At the Center: Masters of American Craft
Gallery 119, 1st floor
Alluring works by three key figures in the field of American contemporary craft: fiber artist Yvonne Pacanovsky Bobrowicz, sculptor Jack Larimore, and jeweler Sharon Church

The Art of the Peales
Flammer Gallery 102 and Galleries 107 & 109, 1st floor
Delight in our unparalleled collection of works by America’s first artistic dynasty, the Peale family. In this selection, see how the Peales captured family life, documented important figures of the day, and established the American still-life tradition.

Transplanting Traditions: Furniture from the Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III Collection
Sherrerd Galleries 103 and 105 and Flammer Gallery 102, 1st floor
Explore the cultural diversity, regional differences, and colorful environment of the early American colonies.

The furniture in this installation was recently given to the Museum by Anne H. and Frederick Vogel III, who compiled a remarkable collection from the early periods of European colonial settlement.

Wear Words: Text in Fashion
Costume & Textiles Study Gallery, 2nd floor, Perelman Building
Text on clothing can communicate many things. It can summon a memory, proclaim beliefs or affiliations, or challenge the status quo. This installation explores various intersections of text and fashion, from intimate to in-your-face.

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Textured Material: Korean Contemporary Art
Baldeck Gallery 238, 2nd floor
Explore how three contemporary artists used wire twist ties, a Confucian text, and mother-of-pearl to create expressive works that cross the boundaries of craft, sculpture, furniture, and installation art.

Also, get a behind-the-scenes look at how Hwang Samyong handcrafts his futuristic-looking giant pebbles.

British Art and Architecture
Galleries 277, 278, 279 & 280, 2nd floor
Experience the grandeur of affluent English country life in these period interiors, which showcase a selection of British paintings, furniture, ceramics, silver, and other decorative arts from the collection.

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The Cadwaladers of Philadelphia: Portraits of a Family
Galleries 286 & 287, second floor
These galleries showcase portraits of the Cadwalader family, whose activities and accomplishments were deeply intertwined with the history of both Philadelphia and the nation during the 1700s and 1800s.

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Presidential China
McNeil American Presidential China Gallery 106, first floor
Examine a rare collection of presidential tablewares, including a Chinese ginger jar once owned by George Washington, a plate used by the Roosevelts at their family home in Hyde Park, and a cup and saucer purchased during the Reagan administration for use aboard Air Force One.

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Drawing Room from a New York Town House
Gallery 265, second floor
Explore this luxurious space, which stands as a rare document of life during the Gilded Age. Originally installed in the New York town house of heiress Eleanore Elkins Rice in the 1920s, this elegant gallery features a distinguished collection of French furniture, porcelain, and textiles of the 1700s. It is the only historic interior in the Museum’s collection with its original furnishings.

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Chinese Reception Hall
Gallery 226, second floor
Behold treasures from the Ming and Qing dynasties within our magnificent Chinese reception hall. Featuring a soaring thirty-foot ceiling supported by red-lacquered columns and carved brackets, this grand space was once part of a Beijing palace.

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Please note, some of the objects on view in these galleries may rotate periodically.

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