We made it to the museum just as a big thunder storm was leaving so the sky was beautiful.
This is where Sylvester Stallone made his triumphant run up the steps in Rocky.
We've been spoiled. We've been to the Louvre, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell in Fort Worth and Blanton Museum in Austin recently . The Philadelphia museum's exterior is awesome and it has incredible views. It's surrounded by grassy areas, trees, statues, fountains and even a river with old water works buildings that I plan to explore when I go back.
The museum has a wide range of collections including the usual European artists, Asian, American, modern art etc. We partiularly enjoyed an exhibit of photographs and drawings of buildings and cityscapes of New York and Philadelphia from the early 1900's to about the 1930's. Then we took a shuttle bus to the other building (the Perelman building) down the street. There we saw art from Picassos,Matisse,Degas and others, also a small exhibit of dresses from 1850 to 1925 and a photography exhibit that I didn't really care for.
It started raining again when we were almost home and it was still raining cats and dogs while we were eating pizza and watching the Maltise Falcon.
Today was a really great day!
Here are some pictures of the outside of the museum. To see part 2 please click here.
I plan on posting some of the prison pictures on monday.