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March 8th, 1999
Museum Store Hits a Home Run

Philly All-Stars is the latest specialty baseball "pitched" by the Museum Store of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Sporting the signatures of 19 illustrious Philadelphians-from Benjamin Franklin and John Wanamaker to Ethel Barrymore and Connie Mack-the ball was created for the Museum Store by Lisa Roberts, a noted local designer.

Other winning baseball designs introduced by the Museum Store in recent years include the Cézanne Curve Ball, boldly patterned with the master's signature, and the Artists All-Stars, featuring signatures of 26 of history's greatest--Rembrandt, Cassatt, Van Gogh, C&eactue;zanne, Goya, and more. Along with Philly All-Stars, these regulation-size baseballs are available in the Museum Store for $9.50 each. Collectors of baseball memorabilia will also appreciate the Store's selection of display stands.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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