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A Landmark Exhibition Makes Philadelphia The Place To Be In The Months Ahead

As Cézanne and Beyond draws some 150 modern masterpieces from around the world, hotels eye travelers with attractive VIP packages

With an extra bump expected in visitors, 13 of Philadelphia’s highly touted hotels are offering special overnight packages that combine accommodations for two and VIP tickets to Cézanne and Beyond (February 26 - May 17, 2009). The much-anticipated exhibition charting the century-long impact of the remarkable French painter who Picasso called “my one and only master” will be seen only at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Philadelphia presents a style entirely its own, filled with exceptional restaurants and hotels, museums, parks, historic houses, and distinctive architecture. Philadelphia retains its patina of French and British Colonial-era influences while offering a rising skyline punctuated with some of the newest forms of the 21st century. The city spreads out to rolling hills acclaimed for scenic gardens, fieldstone houses and farmland dotted with picturesque barns.

Just 90 minutes south of New York City by rail, Philadelphia is home to some of the most extraordinary cultural destinations in the United States. Extending the experience of Cézanne beyond the Museum walls, the nearby Barnes Foundation in Lower Merion houses the legendary private collection of impressionist and modern art, home to 69 Cézanne masterpieces. (See below for the Special Barnes Foundation Hotel Package). So while Cézanne and Beyond is at the Museum, visitors who combine their visit with a trip to the Barnes will see more of the artist’s achievement than anywhere else in the world. A Cézanne and Beyond Amtrak discount will make it even easier for New York and Washington arrivals (1-800-USA-RAIL or Amtrak.com, fare code V451).

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the United States and a Cézanne and Beyond ticket also offers entry also to more than 200 other galleries, with collections spanning 2000 years of creative achievement. As the Museum recently expanded across the street into the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building, the same ticket includes the Perelman’s new galleries, shop, library and café, a setting that blends one of Philadelphia’s finest Art Deco buildings with a sleek 21st-century addition in a vibrant neighborhood.

Cézanne and Beyond Hotel Packages
All Hotel Packages include:
• Overnight accommodations for two
• Two Cézanne and Beyond Hotel Tickets
Best Western Center City Hotel; Crowne Plaza Philadelphia; Doubletree Hotel Philadelphia; Embassy Suites Philadelphia – Center City; Four Seasons Hotel; Hilton Inn at Penn; Holiday Inn Express Midtown;Latham Hotel; Loews Philadelphia Hotel; Radisson Plaza – Warwick Hotel; The Rittenhouse Hotel; The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia; Sofitel Philadelphia

Barnes Foundation Hotel Packages
Designed specifically for the international visitor, special weekend travel packages will be available from mid-February to mid-May that include a two-night stay in one of Philadelphia's centrally located hotels, VIP tickets to Cézanne and Beyond at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and admission to the renowned Barnes Foundation collection. For hotel choices and prices visit www.philamuseum.org

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

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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