Explore Philadelphia’s cultural gems, from world-renowned museums, innovative art programs, stunning architecture and captivating performing arts groups.
Experience the world’s largest outdoor art museum and one of the nation's most innovative art programs on a Mural Arts Tour. More than 3,000 outdoor and indoor murals make Philadelphia the unofficial "Mural Capital of the World."
Have lunch along the Avenue of the Arts, the heart of Philadelphia’s cultural district.
While on the Avenue of the Arts, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, a cultural and architectural masterpiece and home of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra. Then make your way up the street to The Academy of Music, the oldest European-style opera house in use in the U.S. that today hosts many world-class performances.
Make It a Full Day:
Visit the renowned Philadelphia Museum of Art along Philadelphia’s Museum Mile on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, with its collection of more than a half-million paintings, sculptures, artifacts and a collection of French Impressionist works. Or, enjoy the legendary, world-class art collection at the newly opened Barnes Foundation building in Philadelphia, featuring one of the finest collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings in the world. (Advance reservations are recommended.)
Dine and take in the sites at Water Works Restaurant and Lounge located directly behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art along the banks of the Schuylkill River. The site is a National Historical Landmark and has spectacular views of Boathouse Row.
Make It a Weekend: Day 2
View rare books and decorative arts collections at the Rosenbach Museum and Library, located in the upscale Rittenhouse Square neighborhood.
Lunch at one of the many sidewalk cafés on Rittenhouse Square after some shopping along Rittenhouse Row.
Browse the galleries in the Old City Arts District with more than 40 shops. Then take an art and architectural tour of the Pennsylvania Convention Center or visit the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the nation's first art museum and school of the fine arts.
Dine at one of Philadelphia’s top-rated hotels. Search for one here.
Spend your evening at a captivating performance by the Pennsylvania Ballet, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra, or the award winning Opera Company of Philadelphia.