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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Tours

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)
Founded in 1805, this is the oldest art museum and art school in America.  The result of a financial and ideological collaboration between painter Charles Wilson Peale, sculptor William Rush and other artists and business leaders, the Academy spent six decades shuffling amongst different locations before finally settling into its present home in 1876. 

Housed in the distinctive castle-like Furness-Hewitt Building and opened as part of Philadelphia’s Centennial celebrations, the Academy continues to feature a curriculum designed in the late 19th century by realist painter, photographer and sculptor (and former Academy student) Thomas Eakins. Now affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, the Academy’s faculty has included famous artists like illustrator Alphonse Mucha, and the student body once included painter Maxfield Parrish and film director David Lynch. 

Spread over 11 different galleries, the museum features a large array of rotating exhibits, mostly focused on the work of contemporary American artists. The museum’s permanent collection of works by a wide range of American artists dates from the 1760s onward, and is displayed in chronological and thematic order.  Be sure not to miss The Landsdowne Portrait, a famous 1796 oil painting of George Washington.
Address: 118-128 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102, USA
Hours: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm; closed Mon
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Philadelphia Segway Tour

Philadelphia Segway Tour

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Experience Philadelphia like never before on this educational and entertaining guided small-group Segway tour. Learn about Philadelphia’s important history and visit popular locations like Penn’s Landing, the Historic District, the Italian Market, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Society Hill on a 5- or 10-mile loop around Center City. Guided Segway training and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Go Philadelphia Explorer Pass

Go Philadelphia Explorer Pass

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See some of Philadelphia's top attractions at a discount with The Philadelphia Pass. Select your choice of three, four, five, or seven activities from a list of options and get direct entrance after you save your pass on your mobile device. Use your pass for touring options such as the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Philadelphia Tour, or for entrance tickets to venues such as the African American Museum, Betsy Ross House, or Philadelphia Zoo. Passes are valid for one year from purchase date and you have 60 consecutive days from first use. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 60 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 30 days
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Philadelphia Museums Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Philadelphia Museums Tourist Scavenger Hunt

Are you visiting Philadelphia? You must try our scavenger hunt through the Philadelphia Museum district to see all the sights! It will take you from City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art all while taking a few side trips and proposing challenges at every leg. All the while, you will learn some local history and get valuable local tips. This 3-hour self-guided walking tour is completed with your smartphone. You can start it at your leisure, on any day or time. You can also go as fast or as slow as you wish. Pause at any time and resume when ready.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Exploring Philadelphia's Gilded Age to now Private Walking Tour

Exploring Philadelphia's Gilded Age to now Private Walking Tour

This Walking Tour will also take you by and into some of Philadelphia's most prominent buildings. The buildings in this area are mostly from the mid-1800's through the present. Styles range from Beaux Arts, to Chicago and International style.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Philadelphia Architecture: Discover Every American Style on a GPS Audio Tour

Philadelphia Architecture: Discover Every American Style on a GPS Audio Tour

Join me on a self-guided GPS audio tour that’ll open your eyes to the full range of Philadelphia’s architecture, spanning every American style from the 1850s to the present. One of the richest periods artistically, it was also one of the wealthiest. Mark Twain called these years the “Gilded Age” because America’s economy boomed and vast fortunes were rapidly made. Gilded Age styles like Second Empire Baroque, High Victorian Gothic and Romanesque all compete for your attention on this tour. The styles they gave way to as we entered the 20th century are eye catching too, like Beaux Arts, Art Deco, and International Style. Then from the 1970s we enter the Postmodern era, where almost anything goes architecturally – and that’s where we still find ourselves today. Along the way, I’ll tell you plenty of interesting but not strictly architectural stories about Philadelphia and its buildings too.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with Hop On Hop Off Tour

Go Philadelphia All-Inclusive Pass with Hop On Hop Off Tour

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Choose from 1, 2, 3, or 5 days of unlimited sightseeing with the Philadelphia Pass, and cover top attractions like the Philadelphia Zoo or the Eastern State Penitentiary with a single package ticket. The pass is easily downloaded to your mobile device, so you can ditch the complicated vouchers. Explore the city of brotherly love at your own leisure—ideal for tourists and residents alike. Please note: Enjoy the extra flexibility in case your travel plans need to change: All passes (purchased by December 31) are valid for two year from purchase date and only become activated with your first attraction visit. After activation your pass will be valid for 30 days and/or the remaining number of attraction choices purchased.
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  • 5 days
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What are Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hours of operation?
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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) hours of operation: Tues-Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 11am-5pm; closed Mon. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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