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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

Posted on Thursday, January 24, 2019

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The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is housed in an amazing building designed by Frank Furness that represents one of the best examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in the United States. Outside of Furness’ masterpiece stands the 51 foot tall Paint Torchsculpture that was created by Claus Oldenburg.

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA)

PAFA is a museum and an educational institution that dates back to 1805. PAFA’s collections showcase American art in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the museum’s collection includes works from local and national artists including Charles Willson Peale (Founder, PAFA), Thomas Eakins (who was a PAFA instructor), and Violet Oakley.

Some of the PAFA’s alumni include Maxfield Parrish (who designed the Dream Garden), Mary Cassatt and David Lynch.

How to Get There

For guests of The Constitutional Walking Tour, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is about 1.2 miles away from the National Constitution Center where our tours start and end. Just head West on Arch Street to Broad Street, and make a right on Broad Street.  PAFA is located between Arch Street and Race Street on North Broad Street.

Additional Information

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
118-128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102



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