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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.

This photo is courtesy of TripAdvisor.

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.


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.

Each ticket has timed entry, which means you have to pick a specific time and date to visit and purchase your tickets for that time period.

Once you enter the museum, there is no time limit (other than closing time).


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.


7 DISCOUNTS AT PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART

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:

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 Friday 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.


Special Rates

If you choose to get tickets in person, make sure to go to the Visitor Services Desk to check for special rates.

They offer discounted general admission throughout the year, but none of the additional exhibits or attractions are included.


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.


Museum Membership

Anyone planning to visit multiple times per year might want to consider getting a museum membership.

All museum members receive free admission, early access, and special rates on exhibitions, parking, and more.

Prices start at $75 per year.


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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About The Author

Jenn H

Jenn is a born Jersey girl that grew up “across the Ben” but has Philly in her heart and history in her blood. She went to Washington & Jefferson College in the Pittsburgh area. Yes her college mascots were two guys in white wigs! Jenn came back to Philly to get her M.A. in Museum Studies. Happily worked at the city history museum but came outside for some fresh air as a tour guide. Jenn has been part of the FTBF team since March 2011.
Updated: December 13th, 2022
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