A November 2006 trip
to Philadelphia by talpa4980
Quote: My wife is still in graduate school, so we decided to take a weekend trip to Philadelphia to get away from some of the school and work related stress.
My wife and I both work full-time, and my wife is also in graduate school, so we decided to take a weekend trip to Philly to get away from some stress and do some of the things that we have talked about for a while. We first stopped at the Reading Terminal Market, which is a large collection of different restaurants and shops, to get some food before starting. There are several museums that are suitable for all ages (Academy of Fine Art, etc.) and also several places that are aimed at children (Franklin Institute, etc.) that can still be enjoyable by adults.
This is one of the 'must-see' sights when visiting Philadelphia. The PA Academy of Fine Arts is pretty unique in that it is also an art school (associated with UPenn). As such, there have been several famous artists that have studied here. The museum itself is quite an incredible building. It has been the museum's since around 1880, and has many interesting architectural details, such as large arches as you approach the building, to pocket doors separating the galleries, to exposed steel beams (they were designed this way).
For us, the best part of the museum was the gallery of George Washington paintings. As you walk through this gallery, you will see several portraits of Washington done by different artists. It is very interesting to compare them to each other, and see how different people rendered Washington differently. For those that choose to, there are also audio tours and guided tours available.
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Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
118 North Broad St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street on Independence Mall
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
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