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.


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

The Philadelphia Orchestra and Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin were awarded the Grammy for Best Orchestral Performance in 2022 for their recording of Florence Price’s First and Third Symphonies. Photo by J. Griffin for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Performing Arts in Philadelphia

With the oldest theater in America, since 1809, Philadelphia continues to entertain audiences centuries later with magical musicals, spectacular shows and outstanding orchestras and operas.

Performing Arts

'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 in producing community-based public art. The program is part of a larger campaign by the city to repurpose public spaces and create positive dialogue in communities.

City of Murals

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