Explore institutions that are a must-see on Benjamin Franklin’s majestic boulevard.

Philadelphia’s art museum collection is located along Benjamin Franklin Boulevard, called the Museum Mile and modeled after Champs Elysees in Paris. Some of the city’s most famous attractions can be found here, with the Swan Memorial Fountain in Logan Circle as the centerpiece.

Benjamin Franklin Boulevard in Philadelphia with Logan Circle in the center. Photo by B.Christ.

Here is a list of cultural masterpieces along Ben Franklin Boulevard in Philadelphia:

Philly Museum of Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Photo by R. Bloom for PHLCVB.

The amazing neoclassical structure, located on top of Parkway, preserves more than 2,000 years of painting, sculpture, decorative arts and architecture from Europe, Asia and America. Among the highlights are the world’s largest and most important collection of works by Marcel Duchamp and the largest collection of sculptures by Constantin Brancusi outside Europe.

Rodin Museum in Philadelphia
Rodin Museum. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

The museum dedicated to the art of the French sculptor Auguste Rodin houses one of the largest collections of Rodin’s sculptures outside Paris. “The Thinker” sits in front of the museum and examines two of the many masterpieces in the intimate gates of the museum: “Burgers of Calais” and “Gates of Hell”.

Barnes Museum
Barnes Foundation. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Come on in, take a look at the world’s largest private collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces. This unusual collection features works by Renoir, Cezanne and Mathis, which provide depth to the works of these artists, inaccessible elsewhere. Works by Picasso, Serres, Rousseau, Modigliani, Sutina, Manet, Manet and Degas complement Native American pottery, decorative furniture from Pennsylvania, various ceramics and metals, as well as sculpture and art from Mexico, China, Africa, early Greece and Rome. The Barnes Foundation invites visitors to explore the connections between the masterpieces through “wall installations” inspired by its founder, Dr. Albert S. Barnes.

Academy of Natural Sciences
Academy of Natural Sciences. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

Explore America’s oldest museum of natural history if you’re looking for dinosaur fossils, stroll among live butterflies, touch live animals and take behind-the-scenes tours. The Academy’s working scientists spend their days focusing on critical global issues in biodiversity, evolution and environmental science, and their research efforts provide accurate real-time scientific information to the public on the environment and sustainable development.

Statue of the Franklin Institute
Benjamin Franklin Memorial at the Franklin Institute. Photo by K. Huff for PHLCVB.

One of the oldest and major centers of science education and development in the United States, the Franklin Institute was founded in 1824 and was designed to inspire a passion for science in the spirit and honor of American scientist Benjamin Franklin. The popular museum has 12 permanent exhibits (including your brain), a giant heart, Fels Planetarium, IMAX Theater and more. The popular museum has hands-on activities that create and reinforce key scientific concepts.

Moore College of Arts
Moore College of Art and Design. Photo by M. Armstrong.

Founded in 1848 as the first and only female college of fine arts in the country, the school was established to prepare women for work in new fields created during the Industrial Revolution. Moore Galleries introduces the public to the work of significant regional, national and international artists through distinctive exhibitions and educational programs and is free open to the public.

Free Philadelphia Library
Free Philadelphia Library. Photo by R. Brandenberg.

In 1891, William Pepper Jr., physician and longtime vice-chancellor of the University of Pennsylvania, chartered “a public library that would be free to all.” After several locations throughout Philadelphia, the grand Beaux-Arts building on Logan Square, designed by Julian Abel, opened in 1927 and resembles the buildings on Place de la Concorde in Paris. Special collections include the Rare Books Department (from one of the world’s most famous collections by Charles Dickens), the world’s largest library of orchestral performances, and an extensive research collection of children’s literature published after 1836.

cathedral on the boulevard
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and AMOR sculpture. Photo by R. Bloom for PHLCVB.

The largest Catholic church in Pennsylvania and the main church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, located on 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Boulevard, was built in 1846-1864. Listed in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, the cathedral is modeled on the Lombard Church of St. Charles (San Carlo al Corsa) in Rome and was designed by Napoleon LeBron, who also designed the Academy of Music in Philadelphia. The cathedral was the site of two papal Masses, one celebrated by Pope John Paul II in 1979 and the other by Pope Francis in 2015.

According to the Academy of Fine Arts
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Photo by K. Priviter for PHLCVB.

A few steps from the east end of Benjamin Franklin Boulevard is the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA). PAFA was founded in 1805 by Charles Wilson Peel and houses a famous collection of American paintings from the 1760s to the present. The Victorian Gothic building was designed by architect Frank Furnes and is a national historical monument.

In 2022, the Philadelphia Museum Mile will welcome a new addition to its already impressive collection of institutions, as plans have been made to create a sanctuary that will feature works by sculptor Alexander Calder. recently announced.

Photo on the cover of K. Kao for a visit to Philadelphia.

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