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.
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.
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.
- Adults: $25
- Seniors (65+): $23
- Students with ID: $14
- Youth (18 and Under): FREE
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 7, 32, 38, 43, and 48
- Philly hop-on-hop-off buses have multiple stops in the museum’s area, which makes convenient transportation.
- Accessible via Art Museum Drive or Waterworks Drive. Rates are $12 for the first 4 hours, $2 for each additional hour with museum validation.
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?
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.
Rejoice – the museum offers free WiFi in the main buildings!
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.