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Oct 1 2015

Philadelphia's Art Scene Showcases Creativity & Innovation

A Busy Calendar Of Arts Events Awaits Art Lovers Through 2016

Art connoisseurs will find lots to love in Philadelphia’s art scene, with dozens of exhibitions packing the calendar from now through 2016. These shows offer museumgoers many opportunities to reflect on the works of great masters or discover exciting new talent on the brink of a breakthrough.

Here’s a look at some must-see exhibitions coming up through 2016:

Philadelphia Museum of Art:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,

  • Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life features oil paintings and watercolors from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The unusual match-up of masterpieces includes Audubon’s classic hand-colored engravings, Hartnett’s magical trompe l’oeils and Warhol’s humorous pop art. October 27, 2015-January 10, 2016
  • The mysteries of the royal courts of Northern India are revealed in Drawn From Courtly India: The Conley Harris And Howard Truelove Collection, features practice sketches, drawings and lightly colored compositions dating to the 16th and 19th centuries. December 6, 2015-March 27, 2016
  • International Pop chronicles a global phenomenon that generated distinct art influenced by the cultural, political and social landscapes of the 1950s through the early 1970s. It features 122 works, including paintings, sculptures and films, from 20 artists. February 24-May 15, 2016
  • Mexican Modernism: 1910-1950 will make its only U.S. showing in Philadelphia. The exhibit features more than 200 pieces from the collections of the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Arts in Mexico City and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. October 2016-January 2017

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA):
118-128 N. Broad Street (215) 972-7600,

  • Procession: The Art Of Norman Lewis displays 90 paintings and works by the African-American painter, scholar and teacher dating from the early 1930s to the late 1970s. November 13, 2015-April 3, 2016
  • Collectors discover up-and-coming artists during PAFA’s Annual Student Exhibition. The country’s oldest and largest art museum and school previews the works of graduate and undergraduate art students during the yearly show. May 13-June 5, 2016

Woodmere Art Museum:
9201 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-0476,

  • Between the start of New Negro Arts Movement in the 1920s and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1970s, local black artists were prolific in creating and experimenting with art. Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia, 1920s-1970s exhibits more than 70 paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings that reflect the spirit of the times. Through January 24, 2016
  • Visitors can trace five decades of the career of a celebrated local realist in The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman Woodmere. Early drawings, prints, oils and watercolors exemplify her skill in applying shape, texture and color to capture the natural beauty of flowers, fruit and arranged still lifes. November 7, 2015-March 14, 2016

Brandywine River Museum of Art:
1 Hoffman’s Mill Road, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700,

  • Today’s major American artists who create children’s picture book art star in Get the Picture! Recent Children’s Book Illustration. The paintings and drawings of eight talented people demonstrate the range and inclusiveness of the field. July 2-October 9, 2016
  • Rural Modernism combines 50 works spanning the modernist styles of Cubism and Fauvism; creations by Georgia O’Keefe and N.C. Wyeth; and scenes from coastal New England, small-town Pennsylvania, Midwestern farms and other rural regions. November 5, 2016-January 29, 2017

More Exciting Exhibits:

  • In her first-ever solo exhibition on display at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Becky Suss uses exaggerated perspective and a flattened technique to re-imagine the mid-century homes and environments of her relatives. Through December 27, 2015. 118 S. 36th Street, (215) 898-7108,
  • The Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia presents Mind Illuminated: Art and The Brain, a collection of paintings by Philadelphia artist and neuroscientist Greg Dunn that blend art and science. Through January 7, 2016. 19 S. 22nd Street, (215) 560-8564,
  • The exclusive world-premiere exhibition of The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum features rare art and artifacts from the Republic of Turkey. They were excavated at the real King Midas’ ancient city of Gordion. February 13-November 27, 2016. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000,
  • Picasso: The Great War, Experimentation and Change makes its first stop at the Barnes Foundation. Inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art’s Still Life with Compote and Glass and the Barnes’ extensive Picasso holdings, the show features 50 Pablo Picasso works completed between 1912 and 1924, along with 15 other important canvases by his contemporaries. February 21-May 9, 2016. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200,

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Mar 6 2018

Aspiring Citizens Get Study Help On Philadelphia's New Americans Trail

Candidates For Citizenship Boost Their Knowledge By Touring Philadelphia’s Historic District

Prepping for the U.S. citizenship test is no small task, but Philadelphia’s self-guided New Americans Tour makes learning easier—and a whole lot more fun. The city contains approximately half the answers to the 100-question citizenship test study. This means aspiring citizens and others students of U.S. history can gain the knowledge they seek simply by visiting Philly’s historic sites and attractions. Best place to start: Philadelphia’s Historic District, the original city—and a very pedestrian-friendly one at that. The trail is available at

Here’s a look at the 20 tour spots:

  1. The African American Museum in Philadelphia, exploring the
Jan 30 2018

Philadelphia Celebrates Black History Month

Exhibitions, Performances and Special Program Highlight Philly’s Month of Activities

Black History Month celebrates its 42nd anniversary this year, and Philadelphia honors the occasion with special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family activities. Philadelphia’s Black History Month features the nation’s longest running African American Children’s Book Fair; Black Pulp!, a new exhibition at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Henry “Box” Brown: The Musical, starring Dice Raw. Here are highlights of Philly’s Black History Month:

Museum Happenings:

  • The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) hosts the regional debut of Black Pulp!, curated by William Villalongo and Mark Thomas Gibson. This visual overview offers up printed works by
Jan 19 2018

31 Top Philadelphia Region Attractions In 2017

Fact Sheet

Note: Most attractions were listed in the Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists 2017. Those that were not are marked with an asterisk*.

Historical Sites & Attractions:
1. African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP)* – Founded in 1976, AAMP is the first institution in a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. The core exhibit Audacious Freedom takes a fresh, bold look at African-Americans’ role in the founding of the nation; other exhibits and programs explore the history, present and future of the African diaspora in the U.S. 701 Arch Street, (215)

Nov 6 2017

’Tis The Season: So Many Holiday Happenings In Philadelphia

The Region Celebrates With Lights, Trees, Parades, Fireworks, More

As temperatures drop in the history-rich, tradition-steeped city of Philadelphia, holiday spirit spills from shops, theaters, restaurants, parks and stadiums. Every must-do holiday list includes visits to Macy’s Christmas Light Show, a spin around the skating rink and more festive fun at Philadelphia City Hall, a seat at The Nutcracker, a nosh at Latkepalooza and a spot on the sidewalk for the Mummers Parade. These, and dozens more activations and traditions are supported by the Philly Holiday Festival, a creation of Welcome America, and Philadelphia’s Historic District HoliDays & Nights.

As always, the most wonderful way to enjoy

Oct 26 2017

African-American Historic Attractions Thrive In Philadelphia

The Unique, Compelling Story Of Early African-Americans, As Told Throughout Philadelphia

Just as U.S. history is African-American history, Philadelphia history is African-American history. The nation’s birthplace and first World Heritage City is home to the founding church of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination (201-year-old Mother Bethel A.M.E.), the country’s first major museum devoted to black American history (African American Museum in Philadelphia) and the oldest daily newspaper serving the African-American community (The Philadelphia Tribune).

Landmarks from Philadelphia’s Historic District to Historic Germantown tell of the successes, struggles and contributions of African-Americans through the centuries. In September 2017, Philadelphia City Hall welcomed the city’s first statue representing

May 10 2017

What's In Old City And Along The Delaware River Waterfront?

Two Historic District Neighborhoods Offer Restaurants, Art Galleries, Nightlife, Shopping—And History

Located just next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City, part of Philadelphia’s Historic District, boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge make Old City a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries, boundary-pushing theaters and vibrant nightlife.

May 1 2017

The Greater Philadelphia Region: Fast Facts


There are more than 4 million people residing in the five-county region (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties) and more than 1.5 million in Philadelphia, making it the second-largest city on the East Coast and the sixth-largest city in the country.


Philadelphia is a two-hour drive from New York City, two-and-a-half hours from Washington, DC and 45 minutes from Atlantic City, with convenient access to the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-76, I-95 and the New Jersey Turnpike. One-quarter of the U.S. population lives within a five-hour drive of Center City Philadelphia.

The city is a 90-minute flight or a

Apr 24 2017

Philly Tours Explore History, Art, Food, Bridges & the Supernatural

Also Explore The Region By Foot, Trolley, Horse Or Smartphone

Visitors to Philadelphia can choose from an assortment of options to explore the region, including those of the air, automotive, audio, culinary, self-guided and water-based varieties. And the sightseeing fun doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Those who come out at night can join tours that feature behind-the-scenes action and, if so desired, spirits from beyond. Here’s a selection of tours available throughout the region:

History Lessons By Day & Night:

  • Bow Tie Tours – Learning about Philadelphia’s—and America’s—history through the true tales of real-life characters who walked the city’s streets is the secret to the success of
Apr 21 2017

New–Lots New–This Summer In Philadelphia

Philly Debuts And News Include The Museum Of The American Revolution, Longwood Gardens’ Fountains, An Andrew Wyeth Retrospective, Hall & Oates Festival, So Much More

Philadelphia’s summer is jam-packed with things to do, thanks to new attractions, limited-time displays, major exhibitions and the seasonal happenings that locals and visitors cherish. Highlights: just-opened Museum of the American Revolution and the nation’s most playful LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, an indoor snow playground called Winter: Exclusively at Philadelphia Zoo, a high-tech, $19 million renovation of Longwood Gardens’ main fountains and a concert and festival curated and headlined by Philly’s own Hall & Oates.

Just Opened:

  • LEGOLAND® Discovery Center – Millions of LEGO bricks build the foundation for this creative and fun destination. Perfect for ages 3
Aug 31 2016

Dinosaurs, Lights, Hogwarts & More Fun Await Families In Philly This Fall

Autumn In Philadelphia Means Family-Centric Festivals, Exhibits—& Dancing In The Streets

For most kids, fall means homework. But for kids in Philly, the new season also means fun. From September through November, families in Philadelphia and the Countryside® can revel in epic exhibitions (Jurassic World, Longwood Gardens’ Nightscapes), essential art displays (Creative Africa, Get the Picture!) and exciting outdoor adventures (Dragon Boat Races, Philly Free Streets).

To maximize the fall fun, families can book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, featuring free hotel parking, at Here are autumn’s must-dos for the school-age-and-under set:

Exhibitions That Excite:

  • Creative Africa – This lauded