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Make the Most of Your Visit

The museum’s a big place, and there’s a lot to see. Here are some suggestions for having a memorable visit.

We are undergoing a largescale maintenance project to ensure the preservation of the collection for future visitors. Certain galleries and individual artwork may be off view during your visit.
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If you only have a few hours

Christ and the Virgin (detail), c. 1427-32, by Robert Campin, Cat. 332

Go on a tour of the collection with folks in the know. Guided tours are offered daily and are free with admission. Or explore at your own pace with our self-guided audio tour through your mobile phone, which offers a deeper look at the museum’s greatest hits.

View of the Great Stair Hall and the gilded Diana statue

Head to the Great Stair Hall and get a selfie with our gilded beauty, Diana. Give us your best shot by tagging us @philamuseum on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Visitor admiring The Large Bathers, 1900–1906, by Paul Cézanne, W1937-1-1

See world-famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by Renoir, Monet, Manet, Degas, and Cézanne in our New European Galleries.

Sailboats Racing on the Delaware, 1876, by Thomas Eakins, 1929-184-28

Are you a history buff? Then explore our American art collection to learn about Philly’s role in US history and artists like Thomas Eakins.

Family exploring the arms and armor galleries

Swing by our galleries of arms and armor and spot the dragon on a rare horse armor.

Visitor looking at Étant donnés, 1946–66, by Marcel Duchamp, 1969-41-1

Take a peek at “the strangest work of art in any museum” with a visit to Étant donnés by Marcel Duchamp, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

If you’re here for the day

View of the Japanese teahouse in the East Asian galleries

Visit architectural settings from around the world, from a Japanese teahouse and a French medieval cloister to a Philadelphia parlor and a Gilded Age drawing room. No passport needed.

Burger and chips

Relax and unwind at our many eateries. Enjoy an elegant meal at our restaurant Stir, or nosh and sip at our cafés.

Visitor exploring a prints show at the Perelman Building

Discover something unexpected in our latest exhibitions.

Interior view of the Rodin Museum

Stop by the Rodin Museum to see the finest public collection of Rodin’s sculpture in the US.

Giant Three-Way Plug (Cube Tap), 1970, by Claes Oldenburg, 2010-15-1

Get some fresh air in our Sculpture Garden, which features large-scale works like this Giant Three-Way Plug by Claes Oldenburg.

Buy Tickets in Advance

Advance reservations are strongly recommended. A limited number of timed tickets are available for each half-hour time slot, up to two weeks from the date you make the reservation.

Parent and child in the galleries