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September 12th, 2007
Museum Announces Free Admission to New Perelman Building, Thanks to Wachovia


Philadelphia, PA (September 5, 2007)—Thanks to a $500,000 gift from Wachovia, the Philadelphia Museum of Art announced today that the Museum will offer free admission to its new Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building through the end of calendar year 2007.

General admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art is $14 (which includes admission to the Perelman Building); general admission for the Perelman Building only will be $7 starting January 1, 2008. The gift from Wachovia enables the Museum to waive admission to the new galleries and study centers at the Perelman Building for the first four months, starting with the official ribbon cutting on opening day, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 15, 2007.

Anne d'Harnnoncourt, Director of the Museum, stated: "The opening of the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building is an historic moment for the Museum, and we were eager to find a way to offer the widest possible participation in the celebration of this milestone. Wachovia had already underscored its commitment to education by supporting the new Wachovia Education Resource Center in the Perelman Building, and now it has made a gift that helps to extend the public participation to the widest possible audience. Visitors from our community, our region, and the world will see this extraordinary new home for our collections, and all of Philadelphia can claim as its own this spectacular landmark building, now a public destination for the first time."

"As longtime friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, we're proud of our role in helping make the Perelman Building a valuable addition to this world-class institution," says Bill Knott, Wachovia regional president for greater Philadelphia. "Our funding of the Wachovia Education Resource Center will help teachers forge the link between art and the classroom while our underwriting of all admission charges to Perelman for the rest of the year will make the art in this building accessible to absolutely everyone."

Perelman Building opening programs, including free admission through December 31, 2007, are made possible by Wachovia. Additional support is provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

PUBLIC DAYS AND HOURS: Beginning September 15, 2007


Tuesday–Sunday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. *


While the main Museum building is open until 9 p.m. on Friday evenings, the schedule for the Perelman Building on Friday is 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

GENERAL ADMISSION:

The pricing below outlines the regular Museum structure with Perelman Building pricing as it will go into effect beginning January 1, 2008.

FULL MUSEUM*

Adults: $14.00
Seniors (ages 62 and over): $12.00
Students (13–18): $10.00
Children (12 and under): Free
Sundays: Pay what you wish

PERELMAN BUILDING ONLY

Adults: $7.00
Seniors (ages 62 and over): $6.00
Students (13-18): $5.00
Children (12 and under): Free
Sundays: Pay what you wish

TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING

The Philadelphia Museum of Art will have a shuttle service operating between the main Museum building and the Perelman Building. Parking ($5) is available at the Museum lot. Convenient public transportation to the Perelman Building is also available via Septa bus numbers 7, 32, 38, and 48.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. We are a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

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