If you prefer to take your art appreciation outside of the museum, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens is the ideal spot. Using what many would consider junk, artist Isaiah Zagar created a variety of public murals and mirrored mosaic art pieces both indoors and outside. The fully tiled inside space extends out into the outdoor garden spanning half of a city block, and the entire garden is more colorful and intricate than you could ever imagine. There are also eclectic statues made of bicycle wheels, glass bottles, and broken pieces of mirrors to reflect the light from the surrounding mosaics.
In addition to the gardens, Zagar also created a number of community art programs and ever changing exhibits held inside of the arts center. It costs just $5 for students and seniors, $7 for adults, and $3 for children to visit the Magic Gardens. Check the gallery’s website for information about seasonal hours.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147