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March 9th, 1999
Park House Guides Rest on Fairmount Park's Laurels

The Park House Guides of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are "Resting on Our Laurels"-and invite everyone along for the ride. This latest Fairmount Park Bike Tour will take place on Sunday, May 2, 1999, departing at 1:00 p.m. from the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Resting on Our Laurels" will lead cyclists through historic Laurel Hill Cemetery and will then proceed to Laurel Hill Mansion, where refreshments will be served and everyone will be invited to tour the house. Led by Robert Montgomery Scott, an avid cyclist and Honorary Chairman of the Museum's Board of Trustees, the semi-annual Bike Tour is a great way for nature lovers and architecture devotees to explore Fairmount Park, the largest municipal park in the world.

In addition to Laurel Hill Cemetery and Mansion, "Resting on Our Laurels" will feature a number of other highlights, including looks at Mount Pleasant Mansion and beautiful statuary to be found throughout Fairmount Park. The Bike Tour, which covers 8.5 miles and will last approximately 2.5 hours, is not recommended for children under 8 years of age. The cost is $3.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children ages 8 to 12. The event will take place rain or shine.

Commemorative tee-shirts will be available for $10.00. For information about "Resting on Our Laurels," call the Park House Guides at (215) 684-7926.

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 Marketing and Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at (215) 684-7860. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100, or visit the Museum's website at www.philamuseum.org.

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