A World of Art: The Barnes Foundation, Murals & More

Revel in the artistry of Philadelphia as you visit some of the nation’s most celebrated museums, and find out why Philadelphia is known as the unofficial mural capital of the world.
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Program No. 23179RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Philadelphia is home to some of America’s finest art, found in the world-renowned museums and on urban walls across the city. Exceptional collections span the breadth of artistic history from Impressionism to present-day works and beyond. Get an in-depth view of this extraordinary world of art as you go behind the scenes with local art experts, and go on a Philadelphia field trip to explore the street art of the “unofficial mural capital of the world.”
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to two miles.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover world-renowned collections of art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the Barnes Foundation and the studio and museum of the Wyeth Family in The Brandywine Valley.
  • Explore “Grounds for Sculpture,” a 42-acre sculpture park, with a professional sculptor and view impressionist Paintings as posed in “Plein Air.”
  • Join a local art expert on a street-art excursion around Philadelphia to learn about the transformative power of public murals from the canvas to the urban wall.
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Elizabeth Anderson
Elizabeth earned a master’s in Art History at the University of Pennsylvania and was associated with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where she served as curator, for 40 years. She presented lectures on art history and gallery talks at the museum and has taught at LaSalle, Drexel and Princeton Universities. Elizabeth is a former secretary of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Museum Council of Philadelphia. She also serves as trustee of The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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by Franklin, Benjamin
A Layperson's Overview of Three Centuries of Philadelphia Architecture
by Hinde, Kenneth A.
Philadelphia - Portrait of an American City
by Wolf, Edwin 2nd
by Belinda Thomson
A readable account of the French Impressionist movement and its most notable artists, illustrated with color reproductions. This book's thoughtful analyses of individual works are illuminated by solid historical and cultural background.
A Concise History of Philadelphia
by Avery, Ron
Small paperback book telling the history and politics of Philadelphia from 1682 to 1976
Building the City Beautiful: The Benjamin Franklin Parkway & the Philadelphia Museum of Art
by Brownlee, David B.
Masterpieces of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, The Annenberg Collection
by Susan Stein (Editor)
Covering some of the most striking and extraordinary art to come out of the nineteenth and early-twentieth century, this handsome book presents more than fifty masterpieces by such luminaries as Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso, each work accompanied by clarifying texts and comparative illustrations.
A Guide's Guide to Philadelphia
by Curson, Julie P.
Philadelphia Then & Now
by Mauger, Edward Arthur
William Penn's Holy Experiment
by Bronner, E.B.
The Perennial Philadelphians
by Burt, Nathaniel
The Devil and Dr. Barnes, Portrait of an American Art Collector
by Howard Greenfeld
Art collector and famously combative eccentric, Albert Barnes was a legendary figure in the early 20th-century art scene, and his remarkable life is given a full treatment in Greenfield's entertaining biography

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