Philadelphia Museum of Art – Best known for its international exhibitions and world-renowned collections of more than 240,000 works, the crown jewel of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is more than a museum. It’s also the unofficial gateway to Fairmount Park.
The museum’s bi-level sculpture garden, with its combination of terraces, lawns, flora and water features, showcases an ever-changing collection of sculptures that overlook Fairmount Park, the Schuylkill River, the four-acre Azalea Garden and the grand neo-classical Water Works building. Works on display include large-scale pieces by Claes Oldenburg Ellsworth Kelly and Sol LeWitt. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway,
With its Office of Community Engagement and Access leading the way, the Philadelphia Museum of Art aims to share art with everyone. The museum has one of the largest art collections in the nation, spanning the ancient world, medieval times, the Renaissance, Impressionist movement and modern day. Visitors who use wheelchairs are able to access the art via the West Entrance. Three sizes of wheelchairs are available to borrow. Trained service dogs are permitted throughout. Among options for self-guided tours are large-print maps, audio tours and FM (radio-wave) assistive listening devices, including induction (neck) loops. Sign-language interpreters are available free of charge, with two weeks’ notice. Specially adapted guided tours—including themed touch tours and touchable interpretations of paintings—are available for guests with mobility, hearing, visual, intellectual or other needs. The museum holds regular workshops for visitors with developmental disabilities and also arranges for off-site outreach presentations. To request Braille or other maps, visitors can contact museum staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org