Make the most of your visit

Whether you are visiting for a few hours or a few days, there are lots of things to see and do. Here are some ways to make the most of your visit.

First, check out our online calendar to find exhibitions and events.

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Then browse our handy guide, which includes a list of must-see artworks.

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If you only have a few hours

Christ and the Virgin (detail), c. 1427-32, by Robert Campin, Cat. 332
Go on a tour of the collection with folks in the know. Tours are offered daily and are free with admission. Or explore at your own pace with our audio tour, which offers a deeper look at the museum’s greatest hits. Rent it at any Visitor Services Desk.
View of the Great Stair Hall and the gilded Diana statue
Head to the Great Stair Hall and get a selfie with our gilded beauty, Diana. Give us your best shot: share your visit on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and tag us @philamuseum.
Visitor admiring The Large Bathers, 1900–1906, by Paul Cézanne, W1937-1-1
See world-famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works by Renoir, Monet, Manet, Degas, and Cézanne in our European art galleries.
Visitor looking at Étant donnés, 1946–66, by Marcel Duchamp, 1969-41-1
Take a peek at “the strangest work of art in any museum” with a visit to Étant donnés by Marcel Duchamp, one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.

If you’re here for the day

Family exploring the arms and armor galleries
Swing by our galleries of arms and armor and spot the dragon on a rare horse armor. Looking for other kid-friendly activities? Browse family offerings on our calendar.
View of the Japanese teahouse in the East Asian galleries
Visit architectural settings from around the world, from a Japanese teahouse and a French medieval cloister to a Philadelphia parlor and a Gilded Age drawing room. No passport needed.
Burger and chips
Relax and unwind at our many eateries. Enjoy an elegant meal at our restaurant Stir, or nosh and sip at our cafés.
Giant Three-Way Plug (Cube Tap), 1970, by Claes Oldenburg, 2010-15-1
Get some fresh air in our Sculpture Garden, an outdoor gallery of large-scale sculpture, including Giant Three-Way Plug by Claes Oldenburg.

If you’re here for two days or more

Sailboats Racing on the Delaware, 1876, by Thomas Eakins, 1929-184-28
Are you a history buff? Then explore our American art collection to learn about Philly’s role in US history and artists like Thomas Eakins.
Violinist performing in the Great Stair Hall
On Friday nights, enjoy a set of live music over drinks. Check out our calendar to see what else is happening during your visit.
Visitor exploring a prints show at the Perelman Building
Explore cutting-edge photography, fashion, and design at the Perelman Building, just a short walk from the main building.
Interior view of the Rodin Museum
Stop by the nearby Rodin Museum, which features the finest public collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculpture in the United States.

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Parent and child in the galleries