Arts & Culture in Philadelphia

Art is a vital component to any Philadelphia visit. In fact, often times, art happens to you in Philadelphia. Art surrounds you, reaching far beyond the walls of our famed museums and accompanying you down the street and into our parks and open spaces. You can walk easily from your hotel and pass through neighborhoods to see sculpture, architecture, and murals, as well as unofficial street art.

Home to the largest collection of public art in the U.S., Philadelphia also boasts plenty of historic museums, renowned performing arts companies and eclectic eateries that will impress any art aficionado. Whatever you want to do, Philadelphia is here to inspire the art lover in you.


Free & Budget-Friendly Arts & Culture Activities

Free art tours, concerts and exhibits are among some of the most affordable activities throughout the city. Here is a roundup of free and budget-friendly things to do in Philadelphia.

Free & Budget-Friendly

Top Can't Miss Exhibits

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

Top Exhibits

Iconic Art in Philadelphia

With more public art than any other American city – including murals and sculptures – Philadelphia’s spirit can be found in the art that follows you down the street into parks, open spaces, museums and galleries.

Discover Iconic Art

The official exhibition poster for 'Disney100: The Exhibition.' Poster courtesy of The Franklin Institute.

5 Blockbuster Philadelphia Arts Events

Blockbuster arts events and exhibits including the first major exhibition devoted to the pivotal decade of the 1930s in the art of Henri Matisse to an extensive exhibit dedicated to the work of Amedeo Modigliani to an anniversary exhibit celebrating 100 years of Disney are rolling into Philadelphia’s world-renowned museums and institutions.  

Blockbuster Arts Events

Photo-Worthy Public Art

Explore public art pieces to fix your lens on while exploring Philadelphia.

Public Art

'Colorful Legacy' by Willis Nomo Humphrey and Keir Johnston. Photo by S. Weinik for Mural Arts.

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 over 4,000 works of community-based public art. About 50-100 new pieces are commissioned each year.

City of Murals

BalletX in Matthew Neenan’s 'Increasing' at a Pop-Up Performance at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by Chris Kendig Photography.

Christine Cox on BalletX Finding a Home in Philadelphia

We sat down with Christine Cox, Artistic & Executive Director of BalletX, to learn about the dance community in Philadelphia and how over the last 17 seasons, BalletX has come to find a home in Philadelphia.


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