Top Can’t Miss Exhibits in Philadelphia

January 17, 2023

Philadelphia is filled with wonderful art museums and galleries to explore. Below is a roundup of some of the exciting exhibits that are on view now or coming soon.

Art Museums

Barnes Foundation

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

“Modigliani Up Close”

The Barnes Foundation Detail Room 19, North Wall. Image © The Barnes Foundation Philadelphia. Photo by S. Murray.

Modigliani Up Close” gives visitors to the Barnes Foundation a closer look at how Amedeo Modigliani created his paintings and sculptures. The exhibit explores the iconic artist’s working methods and materials, which contributed to his unique style. 

Dates: October 16, 2022 – January 29, 2023

“Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember”

Two of South Africa’s most acclaimed contemporary artists and members of the “born free” generation will share how they have used their work to navigate their difficult inheritance in “Sue Williamson & Lebohang Kganye: Tell Me What You Remember” at the Barnes Foundation. The exhibit will incorporate films, photographs, installations, and textiles to show how the stories our elders pass on to us can shape family narratives and personal identities.  

Dates: March 5 – May 21, 2023

The Center for Art in Wood

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 141 N 3rd St

“The Mashrabiya Project”

Hoda Tawakol, Mashrabiya #…try” series, 2017. Wood. Photo courtesy of the artist.

In spring 2023, “The Mashrabiya Project” – an international exhibition with interactive programming, a shared making experience, and publication showcasing and exploring the significance of the Egyptian wood-turned mashrabiya – is coming to The Center for Art in Wood. This will be the first U.S. exhibition examining the Egyptian wood-turned mashrabiya, its prominence in Islamic and Egyptian craft, and its greater cultural significance. The multi-disciplinary exhibit will feature commissioned, never-before-seen works created by six international artists.

Dates: March 3 – July 23, 2023

The Clay Studio

Neighborhood: South Kensington
Address: 1425 N American St.

“Figuring Space”

Two sculptures stand on a platform. The statue to the left appears dressed in black. The statue to the right appears to be wearing a blue hat, a blue shirt, and red pants. The statue on the right is also holding a silver bucket in its left hand. The wall behind the sculptures is white.

Seeds of Tomorrow (Semillas del Mañana) – Jonathan Christensen Caballero

Figuring Space” at The Clay Studio features full-scale, clay representations of human figures made by some of the top clay artists in the U.S. The works touch on the issues that permeate American art and social culture, with cultural critiques through lenses of race, gender, class, and anti-war ideas.

Dates: January 12 – April 16, 2023

“Small Favors 2023”

The Clay Studio is encouraging artists to apply to be a part of its treasured annual exhibition of tiny artwork, “Small Favors 2023.” The exhibit will feature a variety of works made on a very small scale that make a huge impact.

Dates: April 29 – June 25, 2023

Corridor Contemporary

Neighborhood: Fishtown
Address: 1315 Frankford Ave.

No Middle Cla$$: King Saladeen Solo Exhibition”

Now on view at Corridor Contemporary in Fishtown is “No Middle Cla$$: King Saladeen Solo Exhibition” showcasing the works of King Saladeen. The self-taught artist takes visitors on a journey through his childhood and the city that he says helped shape him into who he is today. The exhibit also touches on the struggles the artist has faced throughout his life, as well as the promise of his future.

Dates: November 11, 2022 – January 28, 2023

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1214 Arch St.

“Rose B. Simpson: Dream House”  

Artwork showing multiple circles with black plus signs written on them

Rose B. Simpson, in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia. Dream House (installation view), 2022. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

On view at The Fabric Workshop and Museum, “Rose B. Simpson: Dream House” is an immersive art experience. Visitors are encouraged to venture through multiple rooms, where the artist leads them on a journey through her own narrative, kinship, and subconscious. As an artist, an Indigenous person, and a mother, Simpson explores the notions of home and nourishment. The exhibit now includes a Process Lab on the museum’s first floor for interactive artmaking inspired by the exhibition.

Dates: On view through March 26, 2023

“In Focus: Isaac Julien”

In Focus: Isaac Julien” presents works from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as Paradise (Omeros) #2, specifically created for The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Made up of images from Julien’s three-channel video Paradise Omeros, the artist gifted Paradise (Omeros) #2 to the museum in hour of the institution’s 25th anniversary. Through a selection of works by past artists-in-residence, the exhibit also examines the transformations of self and community by expanding on themes including, folklore, spirituality, feminism, colonial violence, and Afrofuturism.

Dates: On view through April 23, 2023

Fashion District Philadelphia 

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 9th and Market Streets

“Banksy Was Here: The Exhibition” 

A dimly lit space for an exhibit shows artwork on the walls and a chase lounge in the middle of the open space, all for Banksy Was Here An Unauthorized Exhibition

Photo courtesy of Exhibition Hub

Now on view at the Philadelphia Fashion District, “Banksy Was Here: The Exhibition,” invites guests to immerse themselves in the universe of one of the world’s most mysterious and elusive street artists. The exhibit features more than 80 of Banksy’s original works, sculptures, installations, videos, and photos from private collections while encouraging visitors to view their everyday world in a different way. Guests also have the chance to participate in a unique virtual reality experience. “Banksy Was Here” will be on view through January 31, 2023.

Dates: December 3, 2022 – January 31, 2023

Institute of Contemporary Art

Neighborhood: University City
Address: 118 S 36th St.

“Carolyn Lazard: Long Take” 

Carolyn Lazard: Long Take” will open March 10, 2023 at ICA, marking the first US solo museum presentation of New York/Philadelphia-based artist and writer Carolyn Lazard’s work. In this exhibition, Lazard “responds to the legacy of dance for the camera, considered through the lens of accessibility as a creative tool.” Guests will experience the exhibition while listening to a sound installation of a dance within a gallery covered with vinyl flooring mats – just like those typically found in a dance studio. The artist presents the dance sonically rather than visually, and “intentionally blurs the boundaries between instruction, description, and translation, asking us to consider where and in what form an artwork resides.”

Dates: March 10 – July 9, 2023

“Terence Nance: Swarm” 

Also on view at ICA March 10 through July 9, 2023 is filmmaker, writer, actor, and musician Terence Nance’s first solo exhibition, “Terence Nance: Swarm.” The exhibition will shine a spotlight on Nance’s interdisciplinary style. Nance’s film and media work includes Random Acts of Flyness, an HBO comedy series that examines contemporary Black life in America. The series also won a Peabody Award, which “honors excellence in storytelling that reflects the social issues and the emerging voices of our day.”

Dates: March 10 – July 9, 2023

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 118-128 N Broad St.

“Negotiating Grids”  

Negotiating Grids” at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) examines the use of grids through contemporary art while highlighting the different ways that artists have used the visual structure throughout history. Paintings and sculpture in this exhibition will dive deeper into how order, power, and belonging are defined within or outside of these structures.

Dates: July 8, 2022- April 2, 2023

“Strange Sensations: The Startling and Surreal in PAFA’s Permanent Collection”

By drawing inspiration from surrealism and magical realism, artists featured in “Strange Sensations: The Startling and Surreal in PAFA’s Permanent Collection” reveal the enchanting nature of the unknown. Both 20th- and 21st-century works of art that consider mysterious and otherworldly energies through a post-Surrealist lens will be on display. The works are also said to collectively highlight the human experience of finding beauty and humor in the face of death and pain.

Dates: June 18, 2022 – April 2, 2023

“Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976”

Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976” features some of the most iconic works in the museum’s collection alongside pieces by traditionally underrepresented artists. The exhibit examines what it meant to be an American artist when the institution was founded, as well as what it meant to be an American artist by the late-twentieth century.

Dates: October 6, 2022 – April 2, 2023

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

“Medieval Treasures from the Glencairn Museum”

Medieval Treasures from the Glencairn Museum” is on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art while the Glencairn Museum – which is located in Bryn Athyn, just north of Philadelphia – undergoes renovations. Visitors to the Philadelphia Museum of Art will have the chance to view exquisite treasures, works of medieval art, and architecture from the Glencairn Museum, while making connections to similar works of art on display in the museum’s permanent galleries.

Dates: On view through fall 2023

“Matisse in the 1930s”

Three women, one standing pushing another woman in a wheelchair as the three individuals look at two massive, colorful paintings by Matisse on a white wall in a gallery.

‘Matisse in the 1930s’ at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by J. Ryan for PHLCVB.

In collaboration with the Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris and the Musée Matisse Nice, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents the first major exhibition devoted to the pivotal decade of the 1930s in the art of Henri Matisse.  “Matisse in the 1930s” presents more than 100 works, ranging from both renowned and rarely seen paintings and sculptures, to drawings and prints, to illustrated books. It also features documentary photographs and films.

Dates: October 20, 2022 – January 29, 2023

Rodin Museum

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

“Rodin’s Hands”

A sculpture of two hands, one reaching up to the sky
'Two Hands,' modeled 1904 by Auguste Rodin, French, 1840–1917; cast 1925 by the founder Alexis Rudier (French, 1874–1952). Bronze, 18 x 20 7/8 x 12 3/4 inches (45.7 x 53 x 32.4 cm). Bequest of Jules E. Mastbaum, 1929. Image courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2021.

Now on view at the Rodin Museum along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, “Rodin’s Hands” highlights Auguste Rodin’s mastery in conveying emotion and storytelling through the sculpting of hands. The exhibition features fifteen bronzes and plasters — many of which are rare or unique to the Philadelphia collection — which join the other masterpieces on view, both inside and outside the museum, as part of one of the largest collections of the sculptor’s work outside of Paris.

Dates: On view through December 2023

Woodmere Art Museum

Neighborhood: Chestnut Hill
Address: 9201 Germantown Ave.

“Just In: Recent Acquisitions of Photography”

On view at Woodmere Art Museum is “Just In: Recent Acquisitions of Photography.” This exhibition tells the story of photography and how it has evolved across our region. Guests will be invited to explore the broad range of creative practices and experimentation throughout the photographic process.

Dates: On view through March 5, 2023

Don’t miss out on Woodmere Art Museum‘s four ongoing exhibits: La Cresta: A Land-Sculpting Installation by Syd Carpenter and Steve Donegan inspired by the horticultural practice of hügelkulture and part of a larger landscape plan on Woodmere’s grounds, Expressionism in Bronze: The Sculpture of Viorel Farcas which delves into the emotional crossover from spiritual to physical through Viorel Farcas’ figurative, expressionist creations, Sculpture and Nature also known as “Woodmere’s Outdoor Wonder” which blends art, horticulture, and environmental science, and lastly, Free Interpretation of Plant Forms Harry Bertoia’s monumental fountain sculpture that was re-installed at Woodmere in partnership with the City of Philadelphia.

History Museums

The African American Museum in Philadelphia

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 701 Arch St.

“Vision & Spirit: African American Art | Works from the Bank of America Collection”

African American Museum in Philadelphia. Photo by P. Loftland for PHLCVB.
African American Museum in Philadelphia. Photo by P. Loftland for PHLCVB.

Opening October 1, 2022 at The African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) is Vision & Spirit: African American Art | Works from the Bank of America Collection. This exhibition will feature more than 100 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and mixed-media works created by close to 50 different artists throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. With a focus on talent, strength, and spirit, the exhibit will showcase the creative forces who continue to shape our understanding of the world around us. All of the artists featured in this exhibition are known to look forward and contribute to progress, while guiding visitors toward greater equity and understanding. Guests will encounter a common theme of resilience and how African American artists have shown this through their work.

Dates: October 1, 2022 – February 19, 2023

American Swedish Historical Museum

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia
Address: 1900 Pattison Ave.

“Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America”

Birger Sandzén, Sunset in the Mountains, 1923, Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery. Photo courtesy of American Swedish Historical Museum.

Opening July 21, 2022 at the American Swedish Historical Museum, the oldest Swedish museum in the United States, Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America will showcase paintings and sculptures by Swedish-American artists of the late-19th and early-20th centuries. This exhibition will be full of color and emotive impressionist art reflecting its own time, while interpreting nature and landscape. By the 1930s, “Art for all” had become a catchphrase as local artists strived to offer affordable paintings so that every person could have art in their home. Guests will learn more about how these young artists left a significant impact on their communities and American art while exploring the exhibit.

Dates: July 21, 2022 – February 19, 2023

Eastern State Penitentiary

Neighborhood: Fairmount
Address: 2027 Fairmount Ave.

“The Big Graph”

The Big Graph at Eastern State Penitentiary. Photo by R. Hashem.

A new column representing 2020 incarceration rates has been added to The Big Graph at Eastern State Penitentiary. The Big Graph is a 16-foot-tall, 3,500-pound plate steel sculpture illustrating three sets of statistics: the unprecedented growth in U.S. incarceration rates since 1900, the racial breakdown of the American prison population in 1970 and today, and every nation in the world charted both by rate of incarceration and by policies around capital punishment. The Big Graph is on view during all public hours. Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration is a companion exhibit to The Big Graph.

“Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration”

Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration sheds light on the issues surrounding incarceration. With 2.2 million citizens in prison or jail, the U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world – a phenomenon driven by changes in laws, policing, and sentencing, not by changes in behavior. The exhibit also highlights how poor and disenfranchised communities (mostly communities of color) have been disproportionately impacted throughout these historic changes, which remain nearly invisible to many Americans. Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration is also open to visitors during all public tour hours.

Museum of the American Revolution

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 101 S 3rd St.

“Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia”

A man stands holding a small child who is wearing a hat on her head. The two look at a painting in a gold frame hanging on a blue wall

Visitors looking at Brave Men as Ever Fought painting by Don Troiani. Photo courtesy of Museum of the American Revolution.

Upcoming exhibits to the Museum of the American Revolution include Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia and The Declaration’s Journey: 250 Years of America’s Founding Document. Coming to the museum in February 2023, Black Founders: The Forten Family of Philadelphia will tell the story of James Forten and his descendants, and how they lived during the American Revolution and cross-racial relationships in Philadelphia. Visitors will also learn how the Forten family went on to become leaders in the abolition movement leading up to the Civil War.

Dates: February 11 – November 26, 2023

“The Declaration’s Journey: 250 Years of America’s Founding Document”

Opening in the fall of 2025, The Declaration’s Journey: 250 Years of America’s Founding Document will explore how the Declaration of Independence became one of the most world-renowned statements of political rights in human history.

Dates: Opening in the fall of 2025

National Constitution Center

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 525 Arch St.

“The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote”

Photo courtesy of the National Constitution Center.

2020 commemorated the centennial of the women’s suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. The National Constitution Center chronicled this pivotal period in American history with the debut of a new permanent exhibit, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote, now on view. Inside the 3,000-square-foot exhibit, visitors will find nearly 100 artifacts that highlight some of the many influential women who were a prominent part of the 70-year movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, and Ida B. Wells.

National Liberty Museum

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 321 Chestnut St.

“truth*”

Opening September 9, 2022 truth* will examine how questions of truth lie at the heart of our social and political divide. This exhibit will explore how truth is defined, by whom, and for what purpose. Guests will be invited into an immersive and interactive space where current thoughts, questions, and debates will be brought into focus. With the help of tools to kickstart such critical conversations, “truth* invites us to consider how the quest for truth opens our minds to new ideas and perspectives, leading to a more connected and understanding world.”

Dates: September 9, 2022 – February 5, 2023

“Imagined Futures”

The National Liberty Museum is welcoming a “dreamlike” exhibition called “Imagined Futures.” The exhibit will explore themes of ecology, community, liberation, and self-determination, while challenging society’s relationships with history, culture, and economy. Ten diverse artists were invited to reflect on what the future could look like in hopes that their pieces will spark important conversations and inspire positive change. This exhibit reinforces the Museum’s vision of a world in which all people are united in the work of preserving liberty and freedom for all.

Dates: January 20 – April 24, 2023

Penn Museum

Neighborhood: University City
Address: 3260 South St.

“U-2 Spy Planes & Aerial Archaeology”

Ur, Iraq. One of the earliest cities in southern Iraq, the main settlement mounds of Ur (Tell al-Muqayyar) were surrounded by a wall that enclosed nearly 148 acres. Soil discoloration visible in the U-2 photographs suggest the city was originally much larger and incorporated several suburbs. Photo courtesy of Penn Museum.

U-2 Spy Planes & Aerial Archaeology opens August 20, 2022 at the Penn Museum, focusing on “top-secret aerial reconnaissance materials from the Cold War.” The exhibition will feature declassified photos captured in the 1950s and 1960s by the world’s most famous spy planes. U-2 Spy Planes & Aerial Archaeology uncovers the United States military’s intelligence gathering during that time using U-2s, which soared at altitudes that sometimes allowed them to avoid detection. This exhibition – stemming from a larger research project by scholars at Penn and Harvard – shows how archaeologists are able to use aerial and satellite images to recover lost histories, while yielding new insights today.

Dates: On view through fall 2023

“Eastern Mediterranean Gallery: Crossroads of Cultures”

The Penn Museum also unveiled its Eastern Mediterranean Gallery: Crossroads of Cultures on Saturday, November 19, 2022. The 2,000-square-foot gallery houses 400 artifacts from the Penn Museum’s excavations throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, ranging from the Middle and Late Bronze Age (2,000 to 1,200 BCE) to the 1800s. The new gallery highlights the creativity of the region’s distinctive material culture, one that has been shaped by both conflict and collaboration. Guests are encouraged to explore the gallery’s interactive and multi-sensory elements, along with a near life-sized section of a ship based on a vessel that capsized in the Mediterranean Sea during the 14th century BCE. Guests have the chance to peek inside the ship’s cargo hold containing ivory, glass, pottery and more evidence of international commerce and cultural exchange. Visitors will encounter various themes, including Creativity and Change, Power and Conflict, as well as Coexistence and Connection.

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 101 S Independence Mall E

Outdoor Installation: “OY/YO” by Deborah Kass

A bright yellow sculpture spelling YO is in front of a brown, gray, and glass building

“OY/YO” by Deborah Kass outside of the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History. Photo by J. Ryan for the PHLCVB.

Outside of the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History stands a bright yellow sculpture titled “OY/YO” by Deborah Kass. The 8-feet tall, 16-feet wide, and 5-feet deep statue made its debut in May 2022 and will be present through May 2023. The statue is a play on words, holding several meanings. From one side, visitors see “YO,” as a nod to Philly as well as “I” in Spanish. From the other side, it reads “OY,” a popular Yiddish phrase used in both Jewish and American culture.

Dates: May 2022 – May 2023

Science Museums

Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

“Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss”

A green and gold bug is against a black background

Orchid Cuckoo Bee, Brazil. Photo Credit: © Levon Biss

Large scale photographic prints – some up to 9 feet high – taken by British photographer Levon Biss are on view at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University for “Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss” a groundbreaking project revealing the beauty of bugs. The photos reveal the many intricate adaptations of an insect’s form, which is what entomologists call their microsculpture.

Dates: November 19, 2022 – April 23, 2023

American Philosophical Society Library & Museum

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 104 S 5th St.

The American Philosophical Society Library & Museum is located in Philadelphia's Old City. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Each year, the American Philosophical Society Library & Museum hosts an exhibition that opens in the spring and runs throughout the year. Guests also have the chance to learn more about the role the American Philosophical Society and its members during their visit.

Dates: TBD

The Franklin Institute

Neighborhood: Center City
Address: 222 N 20th St.

“Disney100: The Exhibition”

A whistle and a book of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs placed on pedestals in front of a dark blue backdrop reading Disney 100: The Exhibition taken at a media preview event

‘Disney100: The Exhibition’ is set to open at The Franklin Institute on February 18, 2023. Photo by J. Ryan for PHLCVB.

A world premiere exhibition set to open on February 18, 2023 at The Franklin Institute will celebrate 100 years of The Walt Disney Company. Disney100: The Exhibition will commemorate a century of innovation and imagination from the creative empire, while also honoring its founder Walt Disney’s legacy. The anniversary exhibit will showcase extraordinary objects, including Disney’s “Crown Jewels” – more than 250 rarely-seen original artworks and artifacts, costumes and props, and other memorabilia. Using immersive technology, the characters and stories that The Walt Disney Company has brought to life from 1923 to 2023 will also be incorporated into the 15,000-square-foot exhibit featuring behind-the-scenes looks at the creation of some of the most popular Disney films, shows, and attractions.

Dates: February 18, 2023 – TBD

Mütter Museum

Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
Address: 19 S. 22nd St.

“Unseen”

Unseen is a featured exhibition currently on view at the Mütter Museum. Photo courtesy of Mütter Museum.

The Mütter Museum — dedicated to displaying fascinating discoveries about the human body with unique specimens, models and instruments — has new exhibitions on view: Unseen and Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia.

Unseen offers rare glimpses of 85% of the Mütter Museum‘s collection that is typically locked away in storage and not accessible to the public. Images taken by forensic photographer Nikki Johnson during a behind the scenes tour of the museum’s storage spaces and back rooms are on view in Thomson Hall alongside other rarely-seen items.

“Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia”

Philadelphia had the highest death rate of any major American city during the influenza pandemic of 1918–19. Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia explores how neighborhoods in Philadelphia were impacted, how the disease spread, and what could happen in future pandemics.

Please Touch Museum

Neighborhood: West Philadelphia
Address: 4231 Avenue of the Republic

“Centennial Innovations” and “Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace”

Centennial-Innovations. Photo courtesy of Please Touch Museum.

Two new permanent exhibits are now on view at the Please Touch Museum in West Philadelphia. Inspired by the 1876 Centennial World’s Fair in Philadelphia — for which Memorial Hall, the home of the Please Touch Museum, was constructed — Centennial Innovations engages children throughout the space, asking them “If you could change the world… What would you create? Who would you become? What would a new world look like?” Centennial Innovations features several colorful installations and multi-sensory interactives, including a stage to share ideas and the City of Philadelphia’s historic Centennial Fairgrounds Model. The Albert M. Greenfield Makerspace is intentionally found just across from Centennial Innovations and continues children’s creative journey, exploring more of how kids are creating and empowering them as inventors. The Makerspace’s design is driven by STEM principles and features adjustable height workbenches and stools, as well as resources such as hammers, screwdrivers, drills, hot glue guns, measuring tape, and other tools that will aid in the child’s vision.

Science History Institute

Neighborhood: Old City
Address: 315 Chestnut St.

“Downstream”

Downstream. Photo Credit Science History Institute, Conrad Erb.

Downstream at the Science History Institute in Old City invites guests to learn more about how water moves and what it carries as it constantly flows around us. The exhibit will also dive more into the ways in which waterways can be threatened, as well as the choices we can make to protect streams, rivers, and oceans.

Dates: On view through July 31, 2023

Not Far From Philadelphia

Brandywine Museum of Art

City: Chadds Ford
Address: 1 Hoffmans Mill Rd.

“Andrew Wyeth: Home Places”

A painting shows a snowy scene, a bare tree is off to the left, a brown brick house stands tall to the right with snow on its roof

Andrew Wyeth, Brick House, Study for Tenant Farmer, 1961, watercolor on paper. Collection of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art B2682 © Andrew Wyeth/Artists Rights Society (ARS)

Nearly 50 paintings and drawings of local buildings that inspired Andrew Wyeth during his career will be on display during “Andrew Wyeth: Home Places” at the Brandywine Museum of Art. The artworks in this exhibition belong to the Andrew and Betsy Wyeth Collection of the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, which is now managed by the Brandywine. Many of the pieces that will be on display have never been exhibited, which means visitors will be getting a first glimpse at a remarkable collection. The artist often depicted a small group of historic houses around his hometown of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Wyeth found emotion and association with the weathered buildings described as both venerable and vulnerable in a changing Brandywine Valley.

Dates: February 4 – July 13, 2023

Michener Art Museum

City: Doylestown
Address: 138 S Pine St.

“Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes”

More than 100 pairs of shoes are now on display at Michener Art Museum for Walk This Way: Footwear from the Stuart Weitzman Collection of Historic Shoes. This exhibit focuses on the women who designed, manufactured, sold, and collected footwear as shoes have become representations of culture. Walk This Way examines this phenomenon, and how shoes can express complicated meanings of femininity, power, and aspiration.

Dates: September 24, 2022 – January 15, 2023

“(re)Frame: Community Perspectives on the Michener Art Collection”

The Michener Art Museum is inviting the community to help reinterpret the museum’s permanent collection through its exhibition called (re)Frame: Community Perspectives on the Michener Art Collection. Various “frames” are spread out throughout the museum’s galleries, prompting visitors to share their own perspectives on selections from the museum’s collection.

Dates: June 18, 2022 – March 5, 2023

“Walé Oyéjidé: Flight of the Dreamer”

Where the Michener Art Museum stands today used to be the Bucks County prison for nearly a century. The prison’s stone structure still forms much of the museum’s building. Throughout “Walé Oyéjidé: Flight of the Dreamer,” writings published by individuals who were once incarcerated in the prison will be paired with work by renowned Nigerian/American filmmaker, fashion designer, and photographer Walé Oyéjidé. “Each of us is a prisoner of some kind,” Oyéjidé believes. “Most of us are in prisons of our own making. Each of us is a dreamer. Each of us pines for flight.” Lush garments and regal portraits will transform the space, giving guests a chance to walk through an empowering imagined escape from the difficulties and challenges that come with imprisonment. 

Dates: November 5, 2022 – April 23, 2023

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