Museum Reviews Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia Pennsylvania

Overlooking the city of Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is now approximately 125 years old. Its collection exceeds over 225,000 works of art, and the museum is a not for profit organisation supported.

The museum has two buildings. The main building has 200 captivating galleries and houses numerous arts works from Renaissance paintings to American collections which feature revolutionary-period furniture to paintings of Winslow Homer.

The second, more recent building is known as the Perelman Building. This was the first phase to modernize the museum of art, and sits just opposite the main building. This gallery is known to have better amenities, and its new gallery spaces are something of interest.

The museum collection features European Art that dates back to the 12th century. From panel paintings, to stained glass, manuscripts, architectural and tapestries. The European Art collection up to the 20th century features major paintings and ceramics representing impressionism.

Modern and contemporary art features work by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Constantin Brancusi and Henri Matisse. A video gallery is available which display the works in new media.

The museum has a notable collection of Arms and Armor dating back to medieval times. It is in the fact the second largest collection the United States. The collection has fine armor ranging from swords, daggers, pole-arms, shields, firearms and body armor. It is said that the collection can be traced back to Holy Roman Empire, and most of the objects are of Germanic and Italian origin. Undoubtedly, such a notable collection is one of the museum’s showpieces.

The Asian collection features far-eastern sculpture and paintings. Ceramics, decorative arts, textiles and furniture are also displayed here.

American art is displayed in the form of important portraits, landscapes and figure paintings dating back to eighteenth and nineteenth century. The displays include work by Philadelphia’s Thomas Eakins (which is a gallery highlight), and frequently display work by Pennsylvania Impressionists.

The museum has various gallery tours for groups, which are free saving for the admission fee. Introductory tours collection tours and more specific exhibition tours are available. Audio tours are also available for such collections as the arms and armor, and other museum highlights.

For dining, the museum restaurant can be found on the ground floor and serves lunch and dinner. The Champagne branch buffet comes recommended, in the backdrop of jazz. In the Perelman Building, the Gallery Cafe at Perelman is conveniently located off the main lobby. The museum also has wine events, which serve palate pleaser.

Admission fees in the Main Building are up to $14 for adults and $7 at the Perelman Building. However, admission is free for members and less for children.

Overall, the Philadelphia Museum of Art provides a fascinating collection of art. Be it from old to modern art, the museum always seems to have something to excite and inspire.