Plan Your Visit
As the first art museum and school in the United States, PAFA celebrates the transformative power of art and art-making.
PAFA inspires the public by expanding the stories of American art through its collections, exhibitions, and programs; and educates artists from around the world to be innovative makers and critical thinkers with a deep understanding of traditions and the ability to challenge conventions. Through its world-class museum and school, PAFA nurtures and recognizes artists at every turn in their career.
Museum Hours of Operation
The museum galleries in the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building will be closed October 4 through November 18 as we prepare for our fall exhibitions.
Our exhibitions in the Historic Landmark Building remain on view. Visitors are still required to enter through the Hamilton Building.
|Thursday–Friday||10:00 AM–4:00 PM|
11:00 AM–12:00 PM
12:00 PM–5:00 PM
Reopening Safety Guidelines
As part of our reopening plan, PAFA has implemented new preventative measures and policies—your health and safety is our highest priority.
These guidelines are subject to change as PAFA continues to monitor the situation and comply with local, state, and federal guidelines.
Directions to PAFA
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) serves the Philadelphia region with subway-elevated, light rail, trackless trolley, bus routes, and commuter rail lines.
- Regional Rail: All lines of the regional rail system stop at the Jefferson Station. Exit the station on Market Street and walk west (toward City Hall) until you reach Broad Street and turn right. PAFA is one block down on the left at the northeast corner of Broad and Cherry streets.
- Market/Frankford Line (Blue Line): Take the Market/Frankford Line (MFL) to 15th Street station. Walk one block north to Arch Street. Then walk one block east to Broad Street. Make a left on Broad Street. PAFA is one block north at the corner of Broad and Cherry streets.
- Broad Street Subway (Orange Line): Take the Broad Street Line (BSL) to the Race/Vine stop. Exit the station on Race and Broad streets. Walk one block south (toward City Hall) on Broad Street. PAFA is at the corner of Broad and Cherry streets.
- Bus: A number of bus lines stop in close proximity, including routes 16, 27, and 48.
The downtown shuttle bus circulates through the hotel, entertainment, and historic districts of Center City, as well as providing direct service between Center City and PAFA.
PATCO provides train service from southern New Jersey to Center City. Use the 13th and Locust stop. Walk north on 13th to Arch Street (six blocks) and make a left. Walk one block to Broad Street and make a right. PAFA will be on your left, halfway up the block.
Take Amtrak to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. From the station take a 10-minute cab ride, or public transportation via SEPTA's Regional Rail, or the Market/Frankford line.
PAFA is a short walk from the Greyhound bus station on Filbert Street between 10th and 11th streets. Proceed down Filbert Street five blocks to Broad Street. Turn right (north) on Broad Street for two blocks to PAFA.
Taxi & Rideshare
Several different taxicab & rideshare companies offer service into downtown Philadelphia from 30th Street Station. It is approximately a 10-minute ride.
- I-95 South: From I-95 South, follow signs to I-676. Take 676 to the Broad Street exit, which will put you on 15th Street. Turn left onto Race Street, then right onto Broad. PAFA is one block down on the right.
- I-95 North and I-76: From I-95 North, follow signs to I-76 West (Schuylkill Expressway). Follow I-76 West and exit at I-676/Central Philadelphia. Take I-676 to the Broad Street exit, which will put you on 15th Street. Turn left onto Race Street, then turn right onto Broad. PAFA is one block down on the right.
- New Jersey via Benjamin Franklin Bridge: After crossing the bridge, you will be on Vine Street. Continue on Vine until it intersects with Broad Street. Turn left onto Broad and PAFA is one block down on the right.
- New Jersey via the Walt Whitman Bridge: From the bridge follow I-76 West (Schuylkill Expressway). Follow signs for Central Philadelphia and I-676. Take the exit for I-676 and follow it until the Broad Street exit, which will put you on 15th Street. Turn left onto Race Street, then turn right onto Broad Street. PAFA is one block down on the right.
- Pennsylvania Turnpike: Take exit 24 from the turnpike. Follow the signs to Philadelphia and Route I-76 East. Continue on I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway) following signs for I-676/Central Phila. (It will be the left-hand fork.) Continue on I-676 until the Broad Street exit, which will put you on 15th Street. Turn left onto Race Street, then turn right onto Broad Street. PAFA is one block down on the right.
- New Jersey Turnpike: Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 4. Take Route 73 West/North, about one mile, to Route 38 West (follow signs to Camden). From 38 follow signs to Route30/Philadelphia/Benjamin Franklin Bridge. Upon crossing the bridge you will be on Vine Street. Continue on Vine Street in the right lane. Turn left onto Broad Street and PAFA is about two blocks down on the right.
Discounted visitor parking is available at the Parkway Corporation Garage at the southwest corner of Broad and Race streets and at their outdoor lot at the northeast corner of 15th and Cherry streets. Wheelchair accessible spaces are available on the 3rd level of the garage and in the outdoor lot.
Parking validation is available for PAFA visitors—inquire at the Visitor Services desk in the Historic Landmark Building, or the West Desk in Samuel M.V. Hamilton. Be sure to get your ticket validated before you leave PAFA.
|Open||Day after Thanksgiving
New Year's Eve
|Closed||New Year’s Day
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Throughout the year, PAFA presents special exhibitions, an outstanding permanent collection, and work by the region's most talented artists. Visit our galleries in the Historic Landmark Building, the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building, as well as Maxfield Parrish's The Dream Garden at the Curtis Center.
Historic Landmark Building
PAFA’s Historic Landmark Building (HLB) is considered one of the finest surviving examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in America. Built by the Philadelphia firm of Frank Furness and George Hewitt, the HLB rises 70 feet above street level, and opened to the public on April 22, 1876. The HLB houses exhibition space, as well as classroom space for the School of Fine Arts, in addition to historic Cast Hall.
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Built in 1916, the Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building (Hamilton) was originally home to the Hudson Motor Company. PAFA acquired the building in the early 2000s and formally renamed it in honor of board member Samuel “Sam” Hamilton (1924-1997). The Hamilton Building is home to the School of Fine Arts, as well as special exhibition spaces on the first, second, and basement floors.
Located between PAFA's Historic Landmark and Samuel M.V. Hamilton buildings, the plaza was constructed in 2011 and is open year-round. It features a three-part serpentine bench, mosaic pavers, plantings, and rotating works of emerging and established artists in an urban setting. Claes Oldenberg's Paint Torch (2011) is situated at its eastern end overlooking Broad Street; Grumman Greenhouse by Jordan Griska '08 is located at the opposite end.
Dream Garden at the Curtis Building
Hours: Monday–Friday, 7:00 AM until 6:00 PM
Designated as the City’s first “historic object” by the Philadelphia Historical Commission, artist Maxfield Parrish's (1870–1966) landmark mural The Dream Garden (1914–1915), is a breathtaking mural not to be missed. Composed of hundreds of thousands of irreplaceable glass tesserae in more than 260 color tones, Dream Garden was the only collaboration between Maxfield Parrish and glass master Louis Comfort Tiffany, and commissioned by Cyrus Curtis to adorn the lobby of the Curtis Publishing Company.