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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

Unlimited: Painting in France in the 1960s & 1970s
Gray Charitable Trust Galleries 184 & 185, first floor
See how artists working in France challenged the conventions of painting during a period of worldwide civil and political unrest. Included are works by Jean-Michel Sanejouand, Daniel Buren, and other artists unwilling to be constrained by medium or tradition.

At the Center: Masters of American Craft
Gallery 119, first floor
Explore works by ceramist Rudolf Staffel and woodturner David Ellsworth, two figures who have shaped and influenced American contemporary craft. This installation features a striking pairing of objects that demonstrates the artists’ ingenuity and virtuosity.

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By Hand: The Collection of Dr. Charles W. Nichols
Galleries 277a & 277, 2nd floor
Examine beautifully crafted works of the British studio pottery movement, including examples from artist potters Kate Malone, Rupert Spira, and Magdalene Odundo.

Many of the ceramics in this installation are promised gifts to the Museum from local collector Charles W. Nichols.

Susan Barron and Friends
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs Study Gallery, first floor, Perelman Building
Get a closer look at the exquisite collages, photographs, and books of American artist Susan Barron. A highlight of this installation is a memory-filled book made of pieces of the artist’s hip bone and tiny inscribed leaves of vellum. Also shown in this gallery are works by two of Barron’s famous collaborators, photographer Paul Strand and composer John Cage.

Textured Material: Korean Contemporary Art
Baldeck Gallery 238, second 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.

Paintings from Renaissance Venice
Gallery 273, second floor
From one of Bellini’s earliest depictions of the Virgin and Child to a rare surviving portrait of a Venetian woman from the 1470s, this installation showcases works that reflect the rich cultural environment of Venice during the Renaissance.

Designing Japan
Galleries 241–243, second floor
Much of Japanese art reveals the maker’s sheer sense of delight in form, surface, and pattern. In this installation, explore how Japanese artists create beautifully crafted objects through their inventive use of materials such as bamboo, lacquer, wood, clay, metal, and fiber.

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Innovative and Exotic: French Ceramics 1860–1910
Gallery 156, first floor
The objects in this gallery are marvelous examples of the unbridled innovation that characterized French ceramics in the second half of the nineteenth century. Many of the works also demonstrate the influence that Asian art, in particular Japanese art, had on ceramics in the period.

All the objects in this installation are promised gifts of Larry A. Simms.

British Art and Architecture
Galleries 277, 278, 279 & 280, second 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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Without a Stitch: Adam and Eve in Samplers
Gallery 271, second floor
Discover some of the many interpretations of Adam and Eve in the Museum’s renowned collection of schoolgirl embroideries.

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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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