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.
At the Center: Masters of American Craft
Gallery 119, first floor
Craft, in its many manifestations, conveys uniquely the spirit of making through the engagement of human hands. It is the intersection of materials, process, personal expression, and aesthetics, all of which are deeply rooted in tradition. What distinguishes craft within contemporary art is the value of the skill, commitment to material, and deep knowledge of process that each artist brings to the work.
The Peacock and the Cobra: James Prosek among the Arts of South Asia
Gallery 227, second floor
Explore a portfolio by contemporary artist and naturalist James Prosek amid a variety of painted pages and other objects from India and Pakistan. Presented as an oversize, colonial-era matchbox, The Peacock and the Cobra portfolio invokes ideas and images from the subcontinent while playfully inverting the documentary tradition of natural history painting.
The Path and the Fruit: Tibetan Buddhist Art of the Sakya Lineage
Gallery 232, second floor
Discover paintings and sculpture created for the Sakya lineage, one of the four main traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Founded more than a thousand years ago in southern Tibet, the Sakya lineage held tremendous political power in the region during the thirteenth century. The Lamdre (literally “the path and the fruit”) is the principal teaching of this lineage.
Guardians Galore: Protecting the East
Galleries 241-243, second floor
Grotesque creatures, ferocious lions and tigers, and warriors with divine powers are brought together in a diverse grouping of guardian figures from China, Japan, Korea, and Burma. Discover imposing religious imagery enlivened with characters from folk art traditions, and explore the exchange of artistic styles between the sacred and seemingly mundane.
Painting and Reading in the Dutch Golden Age
Gallery 273, second floor
The John G. Johnson Collection includes significant holdings of art from the Dutch Golden Age, including numerous paintings that depict books and reading. These paintings illuminate connections between the visual and verbal arts.
Joan Miró and Arshile Gorky: In Dialogue
Gallery 48, ground floor
Explore paintings by Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893–1983) and Armenian-born Arshile Gorky (c. 1902–1948), two artists who developed their signature styles following the same guiding lights—Paul Cézanne and Pablo Picasso. Created in the 1920s through the 1940s, the works in this focused installation demonstrate the artists’ parallel transitions from a firm footing in reality toward a new world of evocative abstraction.
Six Artists at the Weyhe Gallery, New York
Galleries 121-123, first floor (Berton and Sallie Korman Galleries)
Carl Zigrosser, the Museum’s first professional curator of prints, arrived in Philadelphia in December 1940 at age forty-nine, having spent the previous twenty-one years as director of exhibitions and art sales at the Weyhe Gallery in New York. Located at 794 Lexington Avenue, the Weyhe Gallery was an art bookshop-cum-gallery that became one of the foremost venues for contemporary American printmakers in the first half of the twentieth century. During his tenure at Weyhe, Zigrosser developed a stable of artists who showed regularly at the gallery, many of whose works he acquired in the 1920s and 1930s. Large and varied, the collection eventually made its way to the Museum.
From Money to Marriage: Miser’s Purses from the Museum’s Collection
Gallery 271, second floor
Miser’s purses were ubiquitous accessories used to store coins and other small objects of value in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. This new installation shows more than two dozen examples from the Museum’s collection, alongside period illustrations and English artist James Collinson’s painting For Sale, from about 1855–60, which features a young woman holding a miser’s purse.
Objects of Desire
Gallery 268, second floor
Objects of Desire is a series of gallery installations that proposes to create alternative narratives within the Museum’s collection. This first installment, against the backdrop of Hôtel Le Tellier’s salon, takes its cue from Elaine Cameron-Weir’s sculpture Blue Black (2011), which is inspired by a Charles Baudelaire poem titled La Chevelure (Of Her Hair) of 1859.