The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Museum is connected to the fine arts school that was the first in the U.S. when it began in 1805. Housed in a gorgeous building designed by renowned architects Frank Furness and George W. Hewitt, the museum’s primary focus is early American painters like Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Eakins, Benjamin West, Thomas Hart Benton, and Washington Allston. More than 6,000 paintings are showcased in the permanent collection, plus a variety of special exhibits take place there, including student works from the academy. Open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 students and seniors, and $10 for youth 12 through 18. Children under 12 are admitted free.
118-128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102