The city of Philadelphia has more public art than any other American city, so if you are living in or visiting the town of Sellersville in Buck County then it is worth paying a visit to some of the many museums and art galleries that the region has to offers.
Art lovers in particular will be spoilt for choice however the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) is certainly a good place to start as this is situated in a historic landmark building that dates back to 1876 and also has the newer Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building attached which houses one of the best collections of American paintings and sculptures in the world. In addition the PAFA also presents special exhibitions throughout the year as well as its outstanding permanent collection of fine art, and regularly displays work by some of the region’s most talented contemporary artists too. It is open daily from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 11 am to 5 pm but closed on Mondays and annual holidays. Admission prices are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens and $8 for children aged 13-18 while children under 12 and military personnel are admitted free. The Philadelphia Museum of Art also boasts a fine collection of art from around the globe as well as showing work by many local artists and current exhibits include a collection of Asian art dating back to the third millennium BC.
This extensive collection offers over 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries with painting, sculpture, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural displays from Asia, Europe and Latin America as well as from around the United States. Alternatively, those with a specific interest in sculpture will find that a trip to the Rodin Museum is a must! This boasts the contains the largest collection of work by French sculptor Auguste Rodin outside of Paris and The best-known of his works, The Thinker sits directly outside the museum in the entry courtyard. The museum has been open to the public since it first opened its doors back in 1929, with the exception of a three year period recently when it was closed for a $9 million renovation which brought this museum back to its original splendor and was reopened in July 2012.
If your interests lie in more historical topics then you will also find a great many museums in the city that cover a wide range of subjects to suit all tastes and preferences, with something to please all ages too. Families in particular may enjoy a visit to the Franklin Institute Science Museum which offers four floors of interactive exhibits dedicated to science and technology including a giant human heart replica that visitors can walk through and the controls of a jet fighter plane that you can sit behind. The city’s Constitution Center invites visitors to step back in time and explore the most important events in the country’s history with the use of multi-media and interactive exhibits that are designed both to educate and entertain. The National Museum of American Jewish History is also worth a visit as this preserves and celebrates the cultural heritage and diversity of the Jewish American experience.