Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art | 5 Tips on Discounts

This post lists ticket prices and visiting information for the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

 


ABOUT THE MUSEUM

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is one of the largest art museums in the world with over a quarter of a million pieces. Its also known for tourists running up the steps to yelling the Theme from Rocky (follow our guide for other locations from Rocky).

The main building was originally completed in 1928, meant to host the Centennial Exposition.

 


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Within the museum itself, you can find over 200 galleries of art. The art spans the globe and all types of media, including paintings, sculptures, photography, and fashion.

Artwork highlights include:

  • El Greco’s Pieta
  • J.M.W. Turner’s Burning of the House of Lords and Commons
  • Renoir’s Large Bathers
  • Monet’s Japanese Bridge and Water Lillies
  • Toulouse-Lautrec’s At the Moulin Rouge

Today, the museum is often the site of outdoor concerts for bands such as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, and Linkin Park, as well as festivals and more all-encompassing events.

You can take part in gallery tours, artist talks, performances, and hands-on art-making and yoga activities throughout the year. View their calendar for more information.

 


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TICKETS

This section lists the general admission ticket prices to get into the museum.

But there’s no need to pay full price. Check our discounts section to get cheap or free tickets.


General Admission

  • Adults: $25
  • Seniors (65+): $23
  • Students with ID: $14
  • Youth (18 and Under): FREE

Find tickets here.

NOTE: Tickets to the Philadelphia Museum of Art are good for two consecutive days. The same admission ticket is also valid for the Perelman Building, Rodin Museum, and historic houses Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove

 


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DISCOUNTS

This section lists the various way you can find discounted museum tickets.


Tourist Discount Passes

If you’re planning on visiting multiple museums and attractions, you can save a lot of time and money by purchasing a tourist attraction discount pass.

 

 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is included for free or at a discount of up to 40% on the following passes:

  • Go Philadelphia Card
  • Sightseeing Pass
  • Explorer Pass

These passes help you save time as well, by occasionally including fast-track entry to popular locations.

Read our full post on the Philadelphia city passes for more information.


Pay What You Wish Days

On the first Sunday of each month and on Wednesday evenings, you can pay whatever you like for admission.


Military Discounts

The art museum is part of the Blue Star Museums group, which means that between Memorial Day and Labor Day, active-duty military personnel and their families can get in for free.


PA ACCESS and EBT Cardholders

If you have a PA ACCESS card or EBT card with a matching photo ID, you’ll get free admission for 4 adults. 

PA ACCESS cards are for Pennsylvania residents who use EBT cards.


Discount Sites

If all else fails, you may find an opportunity to save some money on tickets by using discount sites such as Groupon and Living Social.

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

This section will help you plan your visit, including where to find the museum and what is allowed inside.


How to Get There

The museum is located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130.

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art Map Location

 

Bus Routes:

  • 7, 32, 38, 43, and 48

Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours:

Parking:

  • Accessible via Art Museum Drive or Waterworks Drive. Rates are $12 for the first 4 hours, $2 for each additional hour with museum validation.

Opening Hours

The museum is regularly open on these hours:

  • Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays and Fridays: 10:00 am – 8:45 pm
  • Closed Mondays

They are closed on July 4, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.

The museum is also open on New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Columbus Day.


Coat Check and Bags

The museum does not allow backpacks, large bags, selfie sticks, or umbrellas in the galleries. Coat check is free for your oversized items (over 16 x 16 x 8 inches).

However, if you want to have more control over the security of your stored items, why not use one of the luggage storage facilities around Philadelphia?


Museum Policies

For the security of the building and the artwork, there are a few policies you must follow while visiting.

  • Stay at least an arm’s length from the artwork.
  • Food and drinks are only allowed in designated dining areas.
  • If you take personal photos, no flash, tripods, or selfie sticks are allowed to be used.
  • Strollers and baby carriers ARE permitted in most areas.

Free WiFi

Rejoice – the museum offers free WiFi in the main buildings!


Accessibility

The museum offers large-print and braille information materials if you contact the museum (215-684-7602) three weeks before your visit.

They also offer wheelchairs for free use on a first-come, first-served basis.

 


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How to Visit Independence Hall

This post covers how to visit Independence Hall, including information about obtaining tickets, taking a tour, and what you can expect to see while you’re at the landmark.

 

 


NOTE: While admission to Independence Hall is not included with any tourist pass, most major passes include tours that will make a stop outside of this landmark.

This is a great way to see one of the most historic locations in Philadelphia even if you can’t manage to get tickets for the NPS tour.


HOW TO GET TICKETS

Admission to Independence Hall is absolutely free to the public, and every visitor receives a 30-minute guided tour from a National Park Service Ranger.

Unfortunately, they only allow 80 people to take each tour, so tickets are typically limited and it’s not always easy to get them. With that in mind, we recommend getting tickets ahead of time to avoid missing out.

Depending on when you choose to visit, you may not need a ticket to get inside. Here are the ticket requirement dates at Independence Hall:

  • Jan – Feb: No ticket required.
  • Mar – Dec: Advance/Walk-up ticket required.
  • Summer: Between 5 pm – 7 pm no tickets are required for the tour.
  • Holidays: No tickets are required on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, or Independence Day. On Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve, Independence Hall is only open from 9 am – 3 pm. This location is closed on Christmas Day.

Walk-Up Tickets

The National Park Service provides a limited number of same-day tickets without reservations which are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

 

If you want to get a same-day ticket, it will be necessary to arrive as early as possible. Tickets can be obtained at the Independence Visitor Center starting at 8:30 am every day (except Thanksgiving and Christmas).

The line for tickets starts forming in front of the East entrance which faces 5th street. One person is allowed to pick up a maximum of 10 tickets for families and small groups.


Advance Reservation Tickets

You can avoid waiting in line for tickets by visiting recreation.gov and signing up for tickets to Independence Hall. These tickets go very quickly, so you may want to consider getting them at least 1-2 weeks ahead of time.

Alternatively, you can also call 877-444-6777 from 10 am – 10 pm EST and request tickets over the phone instead.

If you choose to reserve tickets over the internet, there will be a $1.50 service fee for each ticket.

Visitors coming with a group will need to have tickets for each individual coming to Independence Hall, including infants.

Reserve tickets can be picked up on the day of your tour at the will-call desk of the Independence Visitor Center.


Stand-By Access

Even if you can’t reserve or get same-day tickets, you may still be able to take a tour of Independence Hall on the day of your visit.

There are times when visitors who have reserved tickets won’t show up for the tour, leaving an open spot for anyone to take – all you have to do is ask!

Head through the security line and find the National Park Service Ranger collecting tickets in the courtyard behind Independence Hall. Let them know that tickets were sold out and ask if there is any extra room available.

The fewer people joining you for this activity, the better chance that you’ll be able to get stand-by access to Independence Hall. If you’re planning to go alone or with one other person, this option has real potential.

TIP: If you want to avoid long waits in line or reserving tickets well ahead of time, there are also VIP Tours available which include admission to Independence Hall.

 


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INDEPENDENCE HALL TOURS

This section covers both the general tours offered by the National Park Service and VIP tours that are available at Independence Hall, including information about what you’ll see and how long the tour will take.

 

 


National Park Service Tour

This is the main tour offered at Independence Hall, and it’s provided by National Park Rangers with an abundance of knowledge about the landmark.

The tour covers only one building, but it’s arguably the most important building, as it’s the location where the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Visitors will have an opportunity to stand in the same room as our founding fathers and truly experience the history of our country in person.

  • Tickets: Check our ticket section for more details.
  • Availability: Daily | Every 20-30 minutes
  • Hours: 9 am – 4:40 pm
  • Duration: 30-40 minutes

VIP Independence Hall Tours

In addition to the tours provided by the National Park Service, there are also some independent tour companies that offer VIP tours of Independence Hall.

These outings are led by personal tour guides and can last as long as you want, so if you’re looking for a more in-depth look at this landmark, a VIP tour is definitely in order.

If you’re looking for a tour that you can take at your own pace, this is a great option.


Independence Hall After Hours

If you want to visit this historic location after the sun goes down, there is an independently led tour that includes an 18th-century inspired dinner in a historic city tavern.

This outing includes actors portraying notable founding fathers like Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin, providing an interesting look into some of the history that took place at Independence Hall.

  • Tickets: $85/Adults | $55/Children
  • Students/Seniors/Military Tickets: $80
  • Includes dinner, entertainment, and tour.
  • Availability: May – October
  • Learn more about this opportunity.

 


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PLAN YOUR VISIT

If you’re planning a trip to Independence Hall, there are a few details you may want to keep in mind and factor into your journey to the landmark.


Location

Independence Hall is located at 520 Chestnut Street. You’ll find the building between 5th & 6th street. Visitors can enter through a security screening site on Chestnut St.

 

Independence Hall Philadelphia

 

Check our tickets section for details about how to get admission.


Hours

  • Fall/Winter/Spring: Daily from 9 am – 5 pm
  • Summer: Daily from 9 am – 7 pm
  • Thanksgiving/New Year’s Day: 11 am – 4 pm
  • Christmas Eve: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Closed on Christmas Day.

Security

No matter what time your timed ticket is scheduled for, it will be necessary to arrive at least 30 minutes beforehand to get through the security screening.

It is recommended to bring only small bags, and only if necessary. The fewer items need to be checked, the more time you’ll have to enjoy the landmark.

Photography – including flash and video – is permitted in Independence Hall, with the small exception of the West Wing where flash photography is prohibited to protect light-sensitive documents. Tripod usage is also prohibited.

 


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WHAT TO SEE

There are a lot of great things to see and experience at Independence Hall. This section will provide details about some of the best exhibits and attractions you will find at this landmark.


The Assembly Room

Independence Hall is the site where the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution were signed hundreds of years ago, and visitors are given the chance to stand in the very room where this event took place.


Historic Documents

In addition to seeing where the document was signed, you’ll also see original printed copies of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution.


Syng Inkstand

Visitors will have an opportunity to see the silver inkstand which is believed to be the location where each of the signers dipped their pens to pledge their lives, fortunes and sacred honor in the cause of independence.


Courtroom of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court

This is the site where the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania once sat in the 1700s. In the hundreds of years since, the room became a museum with artifacts related to the founding of our nation.


Long Gallery

Located on the second floor, this area isn’t always included on the tour, but if you get the chance to see it you’ll be in luck.

This gallery is the area where Pennsylvania’s governor once received guests, but it was also used as a makeshift hospital for wounded Americans during the war.

 


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