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The Museum’s galleries beckon with treasures from all corners of the globe, boasting works of art from pre-antiquity to the present day. So whether you’re searching for quiet contemplation or visual stimulation, whether you want to visit a favorite collection or discover a brand new installation, the Museum offers over 200 galleries for you to explore and enjoy.

Highlights

El Greco: In Focus
Gallery 273, second floor
This installation offers the opportunity for us to focus closely on four pictures by El Greco and reassess them based on new research. Although this scrutiny often leads to more questions than answers, it represents a step forward in understanding these remarkable paintings.

The Cadwaladers of Philadelphia: Portraits of a Family
Galleries 286 & 287, second floor
These galleries showcase portraits of the Cadwalader family, whose activities and accomplishments were deeply intertwined with the history of both Philadelphia and the nation during the 1700s and 1800s.

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Photographs from the Collection
Honickman Gallery, ground floor
In order to share some of the pleasures we enjoy as the collection’s stewards, we selected notable photographs that have rarely been exhibited, exciting recent acquisitions, and objects that—we hope—communicate the thrill of discovering something unexpected inside a tidy museum storage box.

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Korea Now: Contemporary Art
Baldeck Gallery 238, second floor
The works of art in this gallery showcase the creativity flourishing in Korea today. Drawn from the Museum’s permanent collection, the installation features a diverse range of objects and imagery produced by living Korean artists in the mediums of ceramics, photography, lacquerware, and metalwork.

Auspicious Symbols in Japanese Art
Galleries 241–243, second floor
Uncover how Japanese artists have used auspicious symbols such as the dragon, the tiger, and the phoenix in their work to express wishes of longevity, prosperity, and happiness.

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Presidential China
McNeil American Presidential China Gallery 106, first floor
Examine a rare collection of presidential tablewares, including a Chinese ginger jar once owned by George Washington, a plate used by the Roosevelts at their family home in Hyde Park, and a cup and saucer purchased during the Reagan administration for use aboard Air Force One.

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Drawing Room from a New York Town House
Gallery 265, second floor
Explore this luxurious space, which stands as a rare document of life during the Gilded Age. Originally installed in the New York town house of heiress Eleanore Elkins Rice in the 1920s, this elegant gallery features a distinguished collection of French furniture, porcelain, and textiles of the 1700s. It is the only historic interior in the Museum’s collection with its original furnishings.

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Philadelphia Still Life
Gallery 108, first floor
The hustle and bustle of city life never discouraged Philadelphia artists from capturing moments of stillness. This city was in fact pivotal to the development of American still-life painting. In this concise installation, explore the variety of Philadelphia still-life painting as well as its national and international resonances.

Modern American Landscapes
Gallery 50, ground floor
The American landscape provided a bounty of inspiration to modern artists working in the US during the first half of the twentieth century. Uncover how these artists used innovative styles—including Cubism, Expressionism, and Abstraction—to convey their visions of America.

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Mexican Modernism
Gallery 49, ground floor
The Mexican Revolution of 1910–20 prompted a national artistic renaissance. Although the public murals of Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and José Clemente Orozco are among the best-known Mexican images from this period, this installation shows how modern Mexican art was much broader in scope and complexity.

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Chinese Reception Hall
Gallery 226, second floor
Behold treasures from the Ming and Qing dynasties within our magnificent Chinese reception hall. Featuring a soaring thirty-foot ceiling supported by red-lacquered columns and carved brackets, this grand space was once part of a Beijing palace.

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At the Center: Masters of American Craft
Gallery 119, first floor
Explore innovative examples of contemporary craft by fiber artist Ted Hallman and ceramist Robert Winokur. Drawn from the Museum’s collection and accompanied by a selection of loans, this installation showcases the artists’ ingenuity, virtuosity, and impact on the field.

The Little White Dress: The Allure of Classic Style
Gallery 271, second floor
Today’s revival of the white dress on fashion runways and red carpets demonstrates the enduring appeal of this simple and versatile style. White dresses inspired by classical Greece and Rome were fashionable by the late 1700s, and were often depicted on vases, textiles, and fans in the 1800s. Their return to popularity in the early 1900s and the current vogue both testify to the allure of this perennial favorite.

South Asian Art: Timeless Treasures, New Visions
Gallery 48, ground floor
Enjoy this selection of masterpieces from our celebrated collection of South Asian art, which spans thousands of years and a vast geographic area, including India, Pakistan, Tibet, and Nepal. Currently, the Museum is in the process of transforming its South Asian galleries to offer you fresh opportunities to encounter, experience, and enjoy art from one of the most culturally diverse regions in the world.

Please note, some of the objects on view in these galleries may rotate periodically.

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