Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)

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Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education with a world-class permanent collection of American art.Founded in 1805, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) is America's first school of fine arts and museum. A recipient of the 2005 National Medal of Arts, PAFA is a recognized leader in fine arts education with a world-class permanent collection of American art.

 About the Museum

PAFA's museum is internationally known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.

The spacious galleries of the nation’s first art museum and art school, known for its permanent collection of 18th- and 19th-century American masters Benjamin West, Thomas Eakins, Winslow Homer and Mary Cassatt, and 19th century through contemporary American art, are accessible through the Broad Street entrance of the Hamilton Building and then via passenger elevators. A limited number of wheelchairs are available from the front desk. Visitors can request a tour for a group with special needs by calling (215) 391-4132. Personal care attendants enjoy free admission. Service animals are welcome. 118-122 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600, pafa.org
About the School

This specialized and unique art school attracts some of the most committed and promising art students from across the country and around the globe to study painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and illustration with a distinguished faculty of working artists. The school holds a position of national prestige, with cutting-edge studio and classroom facilities, private studios for students, a historic cast collection, and the opportunity for students to exhibit in a world-class museum.

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