The Arts in Philadelphia #alamw14


With the American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting coming to Philadelphia at the end of January, we decided to begin compiling lists of Philly-related things (probably mostly food) to help our librarian friends navigate the city. This won’t be a comprehensive list but a selection of places easy to get to from the Convention Center area.

We’ll add new posts as we cover different topics but will aggregate all our information on our Midwinter 2014 page.

If you’re coming to Philly for the conference, feel free to ask us any questions. We’d be happy to answer or point you in the right direction.

The Arts

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) (118-128 North Broad St) – near convention center, free on Sundays in Jan. Art school and museum focusing on 19th and 20th Century American Art. Current exhibits: Beyond the Paint: Philadelphia’s Mural Arts and In with the New: Recent Gifts on Paper.

Lenfest Plaza at PAFA

Lenfest Plaza at PAFA

Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) – one of the biggest and best in the country. Current exhibits: The Surrealists: Works from the Collection and Vermeer’s Young Woman Seated at a Virginal


The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation

Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) – amazing collection of Post-Impressionist and early Modern paintings. Reservations necessary.

Moore College of Art and Design (20th St and Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) – the first visual arts school for women. The Galleries exhibit regional, national and international artists. Current exhibit: Pretty Vacant: The Graphic Language of Punk, among others.

National Museum of American Jewish History (101 South Independence Mall East, corner of 5th and Market) – exhibits explore and celebrate the history of Jews in America. Current exhibit: “Pop” Lubin’s Silent Film Empire.

African American Museum (701 Arch St) – the first institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret the life and work of African Americans. Current exhibit: The Unflinching Eye: Works of the Tiberino Family Circle.

Mütter Museum (19 South 22nd St) – unique and intriguing museum of medical history.


Rosenbach Museum and Library

Rosenbach Museum and Library

Rosenbach Museum and Library (2008-2010 Delancey Place) – a must for book lovers. Eclectic collection of literary treasures, including works by Maurice Sendak and Marianne Moore’s living room. Current exhibit: The Night Max Wore His Wolf Suit: 50 Years of Wild Things.

Mural Arts Program (various locations) – city-wide art program, which began as an anti-graffiti campaign, now encompassing 3,600 works of art.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (1020 South St) – museum dedicated to the mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar.

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