Visit PAFA

The Museum

Photo of artist talking to a group of visitors.

Throughout the year, PAFA presents special exhibitions, an outstanding permanent collection, and work by some of the region's most talented contemporary artists. Visit our galleries in the Historic Landmark Building, designed by Frank Furness and George W. Hewitt, and the new Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building.


Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and legal holidays.

Admission Info


Adults:  $15
Seniors (60+)/Students (with ID): $12
Youth (13-18): $8
Children 12 and under and military personnel (excluding groups): Free
Members:  Free


Docent Tours meet in the lobby of the Museum and feature the Highlights of the Permanent Collection.

Tuesday - Sunday, 1 p.m. and 2  p.m.

Tours are free with admission.  Please check in with the front desk or call 215-972-2060 on the day of your visit to confirm docent availability.

PAFA Visitor Guidelines

In order to protect our collection and facility as well as provide the best possible experience for our guests, please observe the following policies:

  • Please do not touch the works of art.
  • Food and drink are permitted only in the Museum Café (closed Saturday and Sunday).
  • Coat/parcel check:
    Please check the following items in the coat/parcel check: Large umbrellas,Wet coats and umbrellas,Oversized bags or parcels. 
  • Photography is permitted only in the Historic Landmark Building for personal, non-commercial use, unless otherwise prohibited. No flash or tripod usage.
  • Sketching is allowed in the Historic Landmark Building in pencil only, sketchbooks may not exceed 12” x 16”. No pens are allowed in the galleries.
  • Please limit cellular phone use and be courteous to other visitors

Enjoy your visit and please advise a staff member if there is something we can do to make your visit more pleasant.


  • Admissions: PAFA’s galleries are accessible for wheelchairs and strollers through the Broad Street entrance of the Hamilton Building, at 128 N. Broad St. Visitors can access this entrance using the button on the front of the building and staff or security will be available to greet visitors and to assist them in finding their way. Passenger elevators in both buildings move between floors of galleries.
  • Wheelchairs: Wheelchairs are available free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis. Please ask at the front desk.
  • Tours: Guided tours for groups with special needs are available by request. Please call 215-972-2069 to discuss group tour options.
  • Labels: Large print labels are available for most exhibitions. They can be picked up at the front desk.
  • Service animals: Service animals are welcome in the museum.

The School

PAFA attracts some of the most promising art students from all over the globe. They may be working towards a full-time degree  program in the School of Fine Arts or simply want to enrich their lives with  courses from our Continuing Education offerings.

Prospective School of Fine Arts students: The PAFA Office of Admissions is here to assist you in learning more about our amazing faculty, facilities, and students. We offer individual portfolio reviews and individual and group tours of the school and our historic Cast Hall.  Please schedule a visit to learn more about what makes the Academy an exceptional art school.


Admissions and Financial Aid

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For information, call 215-972-7625

Student Services (for current students)

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m
For information, call 215-972-2199


Monday - Thursday - 8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Summers - 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Hours vary during semester breaks and holidays.
For information, call 215-972-2030.

Business Office (for payments)

Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Continuing Education Program

Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

When evening and/or Saturday classes are not in session, hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
For more information, call 215-972-7632.

Gallery 128

Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building, lower level
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Mondays and legal holidays.
Admission is free.


An accessible entrance to the School is located on the Lenfest Plaza side of the Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building.



Map of PAFA locations


PAFA Locations:

Historic Landmark Building
118 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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