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April 13th, 2000
Park House Guides Present a "Springtime Potpourri"--On Wheels!--in Fairmount Park

The Park House Guides of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are taking their "Springtime Potpourri" for a ride--and you're invited! This latest Fairmount Park Bike Tour will take place on Sunday, May 7, 2000, departing at 1:00 p.m. from the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. "Springtime Potpourri" will lead cyclists to the Japanese House & Garden, Mount Pleasant, Cedar Grove, and other Park highlights. 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.

"Springtime Potpourri" covers 8.5 miles and will last approximately 2.5 hours. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, and $1.00 for children ages 8 to 12 (the Bike Tour is not recommended for children under 8). Refreshments are included. The event will take place rain or shine, and helmets are strongly recommended. To join in this "Springtime Potpourri," call the Park House Guides at (215) 684-7926.

Philadelphia's Fairmount Park is the largest municipal park in the world. Amid the Park's more than 8,000 acres of wooded hills are some of the city's greatest treasures: seven 18th and 19th-century houses that were once the country residences of eminent Philadelphians. The Historic Houses of Fairmount Park are considered the finest group of authentic early American homes in the nation. The Park House Guides, under the leadership of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offer a variety of year-round tours--inspired by Fairmount Park and its Historic Houses--which highlight American history, architecture, culture and decorative arts. For further information on group tours, 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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