This Week's Top 5 Art Museums

This Week's Top 5 Art Museums

Exploring art allows us to discover ourselves. It can make us feel happy, sentimental, intrigued, and inspired- along with so many other emotions. It’s possible to get lost in a single masterpiece. Philadelphia is full of amazing art museums. That means there are thousands of pieces waiting to draw you in. Interpret the work at this week’s top 5 art museums.


Woodmere Art Museum:

Where? 9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118 (Chestnut Hill)

When? Tuesday-Sunday (hours vary), Closed Monday

Price? Free


 More than 3,000 works of art reside in this 19-century Victorian mansion turned museum in beautiful Chestnut Hill. The collection celebrates the renowned art and artists of Philadelphia. Aside from the permanent collection there are changing exhibitions featuring a variety of themes, history, and purpose. 

 The current exhibitions include: Hark and Bark! Angels and Dogs from Woodmere’s Collection; A Christmas Past in the Pennsylvania German Tradition that displays decorations, toys, and other festive holiday traditions from the 19th century; We Speak: Black Artists in Philadelphia 1920s-1970s showcasing photographs, paintings sculptures, and prints; and The Weight of Watercolor: The Art of Eileen Goodman- one of Philly’s most renowned realist painters.


Institute of Contemporary Art:

Where? 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

When? Wednesday-Sunday (hours vary), Closed Monday & Tuesday

Price? Free


 This visionary and groundbreaking art museum at the University of Pennsylvania encourages visitors to connect with the changing art of our time. Instead of elaborating on the history, the pieces here portray current trends, events, and culture while inspiring future ideals.

 The current exhibit, Lapses in Thinking by the Person I Am, displays the intricate photography of Josephine Pryde of the UK. Her style requires multiple shots with a micro lens that keeps the integrity of the detail once enlarged in the final frame. Featured in these photographs are brightly painted nails interacting with touch sensitive devices like smart phones- a focus many of us can relate to and take away from.


The Athenaeum of Philadelphia:

Where? 219 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

When? Monday-Saturday (hours vary), Closed Sunday and 4th Saturday each month

Price? Free


The region’s first authority on architecture and interior design history will connect you to the cultural and intellectual life of Philadelphia. This collection of books, manuscripts, architectural drawings, photographs, and historic objects were collected and shared to educate the public of the useful arts. Learn about Philadelphia’s architecture and interior design history through the collection’s art and artifacts.

 Coming up soon is the exhibit- Industrial Philadelphia Past & Present. This exhibit plays a tribute to the role of the Philadelphia area in American industry. While there, check out the 2015 art exhibition and sale.


La Salle University Art Museum:

Where? 1900 West Olney Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141

When? Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, weekends by appointment

Price? Free


 The university began collecting art once it was announced that there would be a degree program in art history. Over the years the collection has grown for students and art enthusiasts from all over Philadelphia to enjoy. It’s currently the only university in the Philadelphia area to own a permanent display of paintings, drawings and sculptures from the Renaissance to the present.

Currently you can catch the exhibitions- Theodore A. Harris: Collage and Conflict, as well as, Julius Bloch: Drawings and Prints. Then starting in mid-December visit the exhibition, American Originals. With changing exhibitions comes the opportunity to learn about different eras, artists, and styles.


Painted Bride Art Center:

Where? 230 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

When? Vary by exhibit and performance

Price? 25% off admission, $10 student rush tickets day of select performances


Artists, audiences, and communities together push the boundaries of how art is created and experienced at the Painted Bride Art Center. Executive Director, Laurel Raczka, believes the establishment is a work of art in itself. The venue is thriving with history, culture, diversity, and community. Aside from visual arts there are dance, music, and theater performances, along with discussions, workshops, family programming and more.

The next visual arts exhibition is the The Avenues by Shaw Theodore.  His photography is on display from December 4th through February 14th.  Theodore describes his photography as a personal reinterpretation of African American existential philosophy. Through his work he hopes to challenge preconceived stereotypes of Black people in pop-culture.


To learn more about these museums and other art exhibits throughout Philadelphia check out the year-round student offers at Open Arts. Explore the art and discover more about yourself this season at all of Philadelphia’s growing and changing museums and exhibitions.