City of Murals

  • April 2, 2019

The "Mural Capital of the World"

Mural Arts Philadelphia started as an anti-graffiti program in 1984 and has grown to be an international leader with nearly 4,000 works of community-based public art. The program has activated some of Philadelphia’s most unassuming locations and is part of a larger campaign by the city to repurpose public spaces and create positive dialogue in communities. The projects are driven by the residents who are involved in the development of neighborhood murals from conception to culmination. About 50-100 new pieces are commissioned each year.

The nation’s largest public art program offers visitors the opportunity to see some of these murals on guided and self-guided tours, by foot, trolley, train or Segway. Take a tour and find out why Philadelphia is called the “Mural Capital of the World.”



Photo by S. Weinik for Mural Arts.

Josh Sarantitis and Eric Okdeh’s mural near Independence Hall explores Abraham Lincoln’s and Frederick Douglas’s work to end slavery. The mural was a collaboration with five public schools.

Location: 707 Chestnut Street
Neighborhood: Washington Square



Photo by R. Bloom for PHLCVB.

A contemporary interpretation of the classical muses, Meg Saligman’s mural just off the Avenue of the Arts features figures and elements that symbolize today’s art and creativity. 

Location: 13th and Locust streets
Neighborhood: Washington Square



Photo by S. Weinik for Mural Arts.

The Phillies Mural by David McShane is just across the river from Amtrak 30th Street Station and celebrates the city’s hometown baseball team.

Location: 24th and Walnut streets
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square



Photo by S. Weinik for Mural Arts.

Felix St. Fort’s mural on the historic Drake building near the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts transforms the building into
an abstract play set.

Location: 302 South Hicks Street
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square



Photo by R. Bloom for PHLCVB.

Michael Webb’s mural near City Hall honors 50 years of the Eisenhower Fellowships.

Location: 1301 Market Street
Neighborhood: Convention Center District



Photo by J. Francesco for Mural Arts.

Tucked away in an alley, David Guinn’s and Drew Billiau’s neon light mural near the Italian Market features more than 200 feet of lights.

Location: Percy Street (between Reed and Wharton streets)
Neighborhood: South Philadelphia

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