The Museum started as a legacy of the great Centennial Exhibition of 1876 which remained remained open as a Museum of Art and Industry "for the improvement and enjoyment of the people of the Commonwealth".
In the 1920's the opening of the new building, which is now the Main Building, opened with an attendance record of one million visitors in its first year.
The Museum has housed such important collections such as:
- The John D. McIlhenny Collection
- The George Grey Barnard Collection.
- The Louise and Walter Arensberg Collection
- The A.E. Gallatin Collection
- Grace Kelly's wedding dress following her royal 1956 wedding to Prince Rainier III of Monaco.
- The Mr. and Mrs. Carroll S. Tyson, Jr. Collection
- The Samuel S. White III and Vera White Collection,
- Designer Elsa Schiaparelli and Marcel Duchamp's enigmatic Étant donnés items.
- Edgar Degas’s After the Bath
- Cy Twombly's Fifty Days at Iliam
The Museum has transitioned into the new millennium with ease. Now, with an astonishing history behind it, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is poised to meet the decades to come as one of the nation's foremost destinations in which to see world-class art.
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Friday: Main building
open until 8:45 p.m.
Closed Monday except for some holidays