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Arts & Culture

Information on the arts and culture scene in Philadelphia region

Performing Arts

Kimmel Cultural Campus

A premiere institution, the Kimmel Cultural Campus hosts a variety of performing arts and educational programs across several venues in Center City Philadelphia: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music and the Merriam Theater.

The Philadelphia Theatre Company

A leading regional contemporary theater company that focuses on new American plays and musicals, and was instrumental in growing the Avenue of the Arts by opening its Suzanne Roberts Theater. 

New Freedom Theatre

Located on historic North Broad Street, this theater company chronicles African-American history in the performing arts and offers a range of educational and training programs.

The Wilma Theater

A bold playhouse on the Avenue of the Arts, the Wilma Theater is known for its original productions and provocative performances. 

The Walnut Street Theatre

This is the oldest theater in the United States—its doors have been open since 1809. It’s known for its popular productions and also has educational programs. 

Penn Live Arts

Headquartered at the University of Pennsylvania, Penn Live Arts brings art from the university and the Philadelphia region together to be celebrated and enjoyed on Penn’s campus and other venues throughout the city. 

Visual Arts and Film

The Barnes Foundation

Visit its famed collection featuring works by Renoir, Cézanne, Matisse, and Picasso. The foundation also hosts a series of educational programs that align with Albert C. Barnes’s support of progressive education and social justice.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

This world-renowned collection is a Philadelphia landmark and constantly hosting new exhibits, events and performances that allow for new ways to experience art.

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Artist Isaiah Zagar’s immersive mixed media art environment is located on South Street, and is made entirely out of mosaics featuring other gathered items such as bottles, bicycle wheels and more. His work spills out of the Magic Gardens and can be spotted throughout the city.

Fabric Workshop and Museum

This contemporary art museum features not only completed works of art, but other materials to document the process and arc of artistic production. Today, the museum collaborates with artists from all backgrounds including sculpture, multimedia, architecture and more. 

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts

As the first art school and museum in the U.S., visitors can see permanent exhibits and student work displayed in its galleries.

Philadelphia Film Society

Operating out of two large theaters in Center City, the Philadelphia Film Society shows a mix of major blockbuster films and art house features, and hosts the renowned annual Philadelphia Film Festival.



The Mann Center

There are several different stages and event spaces at Philadelphia’s premiere outdoor music venue.

The Met

This historic theater on North Broad Street hosts today’s most popular musicians and other events such as comedy tours, podcast recordings and more.

World Cafe Live

An intimate two-stage venue, World Cafe Live partners with WXPN radio station to create a community performance space for new artists as well as established talent.

Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz and Performing Arts

Known for its educational programing, this arts group also holds several large concerts each year

Historical Sites and Museums

The Franklin Institute

This science and technology museum is an interactive learning space with exhibits and activities for all ages. It’s one of the country’s most celebrated museums and it’s also home to the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial.

African American Museum

This is the first museum built by a major city in the U.S. that preserves and interprets the lives and works of African Americans. 

The Mütter Museum

A medical museum that celebrates the human body as well as the history of diagnosis and treatment of disease. It’s part of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. 

Independence National Historical Park

The park is home to several major historic structures that are iconic to Philadelphia, such as The Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall, Congress Hall and more. 

Shofuso Japanese House

Part of Fairmount Park, the Japanese House is a traditional 17th century-style Japanese home surrounded by a garden. Visitors can tour the grounds, see artwork and take classes.

Elfreth's Alley Museum

One tiny street holds a vast amount of history–Elfreth’s Alley is the oldest residential street in the U.S. The museum is right on the alley.

Eastern State Penitentiary

Formerly one of the most famous prisons in the world, visitors can tour the penitentiary, learn its history and about American criminal justice reform.