Visitor Information

PAFA is easily accessible by car, public transportation, and on foot. Our campus encompasses state-of-the-art student facilities, spacious galleries, as well as historic classrooms that have been in continuous use since 1876. media_format

PAFA Office of Admissions
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

 

 

 

 

Driving Directions and Parking

From 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.

From I-95 North and I-76 (Schuylkill Expressway)
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.

From New Jersey via the 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.

From 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.

From the 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.

From the 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.

From New Jersey Beach area via the Atlantic City Expressway
Take Atlantic City Expressway, which becomes Route 42. Follow signs for Philadelphia and Walt Whitman Bridge. Follow directions for "From New Jersey via the Walt Whitman Bridge" (above).

Parking
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. Be sure and get your ticket validated before you leave PAFA.

For more parking options in Philadelphia, click here. Visitor discounts may not apply. 

Public Transportation

SEPTA
www.septa.org | 215-580-7800
Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) serves the Philadelphia region with subway and elevated-light rail lines, trollies, bus routes, and regional rail lines.

Regional Rail
All lines of the regional rail system stop at Suburban Station. Exit the station on JFK Blvd and walk east (toward City Hall) until you reach Broad Street and turn left. PAFA is two blocks north on the left at the corner of Broad and Cherry streets.

Market/Frankford Line (Blue Line)
Take the Market/Frankford Line 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 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 to campus. Plan your route here.

PHLASH Bus
www.phillyphlash.com | 215-4PHLASH
The Downtown Visitors Shuttle circulates through hotel, entertainment, and historic districts in Center City, and provides direct service between Center City and PAFA.

PATCO
www.ridepatco.org | 215-922-4600
Travel 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.

Amtrak
www.amtrak.com | 1-800-USA-RAIL
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.

Greyhound Lines
www.greyhound.com | 1-800-231-2222
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
Several different taxicab companies offer service into downtown Philadelphia from 30th Street Station. It is approximately a 10-minute ride.

Airport

Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) services the metropolitan area and is located approximately 11 miles south of PAFA. Travelers have a variety of transportation options for commuting to and from the airport. Taxi services offer a $28.50 flat rate from PHL Airport to Central Philadelphia. SEPTA's Airport Line Regional Rail runs trains every 30 minutes from approximately 5:00 am to 12:00 midnight, 7 days a week. There are also on-airport car rental agengies for those that would like a vehicle during their stay. For more information on ground transportation services, click here.     

Accommodations

PAFA's central location offers numerous lodging options within walking distance to campus. Below is a selection of nearby hotels.

Le Meridien Philadelphia
1421 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(approximately 0.07 miles from PAFA)

Courtyard Philadelphia Downtown
21 North Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(approximately 0.14 miles from PAFA)

Hampton Inn Philadelphia Center City - Convention Center
1301 Race Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(approximately 0.14 miles from PAFA)

Home2 Suites Philadelphia - Convention Center
1200 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(approximately 0.19 miles from PAFA)

The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia
10 Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(approximately 0.24 miles from PAFA)
 

Eat and Shop

Tableau at PAFA, our on-campus cafe, offers an assortment of fresh baked treats, beverages, and ready-to-go lunch options. Sit indoors for complementary wifi and floor-to-ceiling views of Lenfest Plaza and PAFA's Historic Landmark Building. Outdoor seating, a staff and student favorite, is also available on the plaza when weather permits. Click here for more information on Tableau's hours and menu.

Portfolio is a boutique shopping experience offering an eclectic selection of gift items, housewares, books, accessories, and PAFA originals. Showcase your PAFA Pride by picking up a t-shirt or travel mug! Small original works by current students are available for purchase on Portfolio's gallery wall. Start your collection and support the next generation of American artists.

Blick Art Supply Store at PAFA stocks a variety of art making materials in a convenient on-campus location. Our students get a 10% discount on purchases.

   

Accessibility

PAFA’s Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers through the West Lobby entrance (across from the Grumman Greenhouse airplane sculpture) and Broad Street entrance. School visitors should enter using the West Lobby entrance. There is an accessibility button at the doors. Reception staff or security will also greet visitors and assist them.

  • Windowed Studio, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
    Windowed Studio, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
  • Historic Cast Hall
    Historic Cast Hall
  • Student Studio, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
    Student Studio, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
  • Live bronze pouring demonstration during Open Studio Night, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
    Live bronze pouring demonstration during Open Studio Night, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
  • Print Shop, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
    Print Shop, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
  • Lenfest Plaza
    Lenfest Plaza
  • Historic Landmark Building
    Historic Landmark Building