Discover Philadelphia's Best Museums:
Special Opportunities for International Conference Attendees
- The Barnes
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, 19130
In May 2012, the Barnes unveiled its new Philadelphia home, and since then over 250,000 visitors have made a trip to the Barnes museum to experience a renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early modern works. In rooms reflective of the intimate layout and unique character of the original Merion galleries, this renowned art collection is now accessible to the public as never before. Your visit to Philadelphia, this fall, is the perfect opportunity to observe over 600 works by European and American greats, with concentrations of paintings by Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso and Renoir. The Barnes is located on Philadelphia’s beautiful Benjamin Franklin Parkway, known as the boulevard of culture connecting the city’s downtown to well-known art institutions. Due to high demand, we strongly recommend purchasing your Barnes tickets immediately by calling (215) 278-7200 (10 a.m.–6 p.m.) or booking online. Considering our busy conference schedule, the optimal time to reserve tickets is Saturday, Oct. 26, at 3:30 p.m. (the last museum reservation slot) or Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m.
- Philadelphia Mural Arts Tour, Mural Arts Gift Shop
The Gallery at Market East, 9th and Market Streets, Level 2
With over 3,600 murals, see why Philly is internationally known as the “City of Murals.” See the world’s largest collection of outdoor public art during an official Mural Arts Program tour — experience not only great art, but an appreciation for the neighborhoods they adorn. Both walking and trolley tours are available and tours start just three blocks from the Marriot Hotel. There are many tour routes to choose, but we suggest either the trolley tour along the Center City Route, or The Mural Mile Walking Tour. All tours include details about the murals, the artistic process, the artists, and the history of the diverse communities that serve as the backdrop for this unique art form. Reservations and tickets are required so purchase early online, or by calling (215) 925-3633. Walking tour is $20 per person; trolley tour is $30 per person.
- Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19130
With Conference just days before Halloween, Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls Tour (America’s most historic prison) will be one of the most buzzed-about tickets in town. Now in its 22nd year, the Terror behind the Walls tour is consistently ranked among the top 10 haunted attractions in the country. The Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but today stands in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone. Tickets for Saturday, Oct. 26, will sell out several weeks in advance, so you are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets now.
- Museum Without Walls
Walk at your own pace, any time, along Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive.
Philadelphia has more outdoor sculpture than any other American city, yet this extensive collection often goes unnoticed. Late October provides perfect weather to get outdoors for a stroll or a jog along the city’s most scenic routes, where you will discover the untold histories of 51 outdoor sculptures at 35 stops along Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Kelly Drive. Best of all, it’s FREE! Just download the mobile app or stream it live from the Museum Without Walls™: AUDIO website or call (215) 399-9000. These professionally produced three-minute interpretive audio segments will reveal the distinct stories behind each of these works.
- The Franklin Institute
222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103
Check out Pennsylvania's most-visited museum and explore three floors of hands-on science fun! Purchase tickets online or in person and use coupon code "PRSA" to save $3.00 on Museum admission. Limit four tickets per person. Cannot be combined with any other offer or discount. Not valid on Member or Group tickets, IMAX, Franklin Theater or special exhibitions. Redeemable online, over the phone or at the Ticketing Desk. Expires 10/1/14. The Museum’s eminently touchable attractions explore science in disciplines ranging from sports to space. Highlights include The Sports Challenge, which uses virtual-reality technology to illustrate the physics of sports; The Train Factory's climb-aboard steam engine; Space Command's simulated earth-orbit research station; a fully equipped weather station; and exhibits on electricity. Films assume grand proportions on the Tuttleman IMAX Theater’s 79-foot domed screen; galaxies are formed and deep space explored in North America’s second-oldest planetarium, which reopened in 2002, sporting the continent’s most advanced technology. Don’t miss the 3D Theater and the indoor SkyBike.
- The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
3260 S. St., Philadelphia, PA 19104
What are you doing on Sunday, Oct. 27, before the official Conference Kick-Off and Keynote Address? Take this time to explore the world. . . under one roof! From 10–11:30 a.m., visit Penn Museum and mention “PRSA Conference” to receive a special group rate of $10 per ticket for a self-guided tour. Consider taking the “highlights tour,” the most efficient way to see the Museum’s most amazing pieces in about an hour. Founded in 1887, Penn Museum has conducted more than 400 archaeological and anthropological expeditions around the world. Three gallery floors feature materials from Egypt, Mesopotamia, the Bible Lands, Mesoamerica, Asia and the ancient Mediterranean World, as well as artifacts from native peoples of the Americas, Africa and Polynesia. Penn Museum offers the public an opportunity to share in the ongoing discovery of humankind's collective heritage.
- Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
128 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19102
During Conference, just show your registration badge to receive 50 percent off your admission ticket (final cost: $7.50). Just a five-minute walk from the Marriot Hotel where Conference is held, you can experience PAFA’s spectacular galleries inside the stunning Samuel M. V. Hamilton Building. The museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Also, be sure to enjoy the beautiful civic space at Lenfest Plaza (on Cherry Street between North Broad and Carlisle Street). This plaza is at the heart of PAFA’s campus and features "Paint Torch," a sculpture by world-renowned American artist Claes Oldenburg. It is a must see!
- Philadelphia History Museum
15 S. 7th St., Philadelphia, PA 10106
Just steps from the Liberty Bell, the Philadelphia History Museum showcases an array of historical objects, art and artifacts that tell the story of Philadelphia — from its founding in 1680 to present day. The Museum features eight renovated galleries containing stunning items from its vast holdings of over 100,000 objects, and provides various interactive elements to enhance the visitor experience. On view are items ranging from George Washington’s 1790s writing desk to Joe Frazier’s 1970s Championship boxing gloves. Visitors can also take a virtual tour of the city by walking on the world’s largest map of Philadelphia. Museum hours are Tuesday–Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Conference attendees will be offered $2 off the admission price with their Conference badges on Saturday, Oct. 26 and Tuesday, Oct. 29.