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Monday, 20 December 2010

Museum Mile: The Directory

Almost at Every Turn,
Image of sculpture that will grace entrance
 to PAFA's new pedestrian mall at Cherry Street.
Parkway Turns up a Museum

By Richard Carreno
[Writers Clearinghouse News Service]

Academy of Natural Sciences

1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
http://www.ansp.org/
215.299.1000
The academy, founded in 1812, is the oldest natural history museum in the Americas.
Open Monday-Friday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Weekends, 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas day, and New Year's Day.
Admission fee.

Barnes Foundation
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 20th Street
http://www.barnesfoundation.org/
610.667.0290 (Lower Merion)
The foundation, now located in suburban Lower Merion, Pennsylvania, will move its art collection to a new home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in 2011. The museum features the world's largest single collection of Impressionist paintings.
Admission fee.

Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street
www.fi.edu
215.448.1200
The institute, a science museum, honors Benjamin Franklin, America's first scientist.
Open everyday, 9:30 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas eve, and Christmas day. Admission fee.

Moore College of Art & Design
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 20th Street
http://www.moore.edu/
215.965.4000
The Galleries at Moore present works by artists from around the world, as well as by alumni.
Open Monday to Friday, 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm. Summer hours: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Sundays and all academic and legal holidays.
Free.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
North Broad Street at Cherry Street
http://www.pafa.org/
215.972.7600
The academy is the country's oldest art museum and art school. Its collection features American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper, ranging from the 18th century through to the 21st century.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays and legal holidays.
Admission fee.

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street
http://www.philamuseum.org/
215.763.8100
The PMA is an encyclopedic museum, though, based on an informal agreement with the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the museum defers to the Penn Museum regarding extensive collections in archaeology and anthropology. The PMA features more than 225,000 individual artworks in its Main Building and in its satellite, the Perelman Building.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm; Fridays, to 8:45 pm. Closed Mondays.
Admission fee (Donation requested on first Sundays).

Rodin Museum
Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street
http://www.rodinmuseum.org/
215.763.8100
The museum, administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art, houses the world's largest collection of original casts by Auguste Rodin.
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Closed Mondays and legal holidays.
Joint admission fee with PMA. Otherwise donation requested.

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3620 South Street
http://www.penn.museum/
215.898.4001
Though located in University City, the Penn Museum, as it is more commonly known, bookends the collection at the PMA in areas of archaeology and anthropology.
Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Wednesday, 10 am to 8 pm; Sunday, 1 pm to 5 pm. Closed Mondays and legal holidays.
Donation.

For more information: Parkway Museums District via www.parkwaymuseumsdistrict.org.

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