Destination

Fairmount/Art Museum Area

Resting just beyond Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to Philly’s truly world-class museums, Fairmount is synonymous with fine art — but it’s far from the only draw of Center City’s effusive northern neighbor. Referred to as the “Art Museum Area” due to its walking-distance access to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Rodin and Barnes Foundation, Fairmount possesses a distinct personality that thrives independent of those hallowed halls. The name "Fairmount" derives from the prominent hill on which the Philadelphia Museum of Art now sits and where William Penn intended to build his manor house.

 

How to get there

The Greater Art Museum Area is serviced by a number of bus lines, a trolley line, and the Broad Street Line. The Route 15 Trolley runs along Girard Avenue stopping at most corners between Broad Street and Fairmount Park. The Broad Street Line runs along Broad Street with stops at Spring Garden Street, Fairmount Avenue and Girard Avenue. For Bus service between Fairmount Park and 21st Street, hop Routes 7, 32 or 48. For service between 21st Street and Broad Street. hop Routes 2 or 33. Route 38 stops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Other Amenities

Ride IndeGo Bikeshare to the Greater Art Museum Area. With nine stations (and more on the way) between Spring Garden and Girard Avenue, you’ll never be far from a dock. Bike lanes available on Spring Garden Street, Fairmount Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue, and 22nd Street.

Upcoming Local Happenings
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Free Screening of Rocky on the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art Steps

There's no better spot to watch the Philadelphia classic Rocky than from the very steps that made its star character a legend. This Sunday, 7/2, head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a free, outdoor screening that starts at 9. Fun, family-friendly activities will take place beginning two hours prior to the film viewing. Get here on SEPTA. Hop Routes 7, 32, 38, 43, or 48.

20170702 00:00 20170703 00:00 America/New_York Free Screening of Rocky on the Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art <p>There&#39;s no better spot to watch the Philadelphia classic <em><a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.welcomeamerica.com/calendar-of-events/philly-the-movies-rocky/">Rocky</a></em> than from the very steps that made its star character a legend. This Sunday, 7/2, head to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a free, outdoor screening that starts at 9. Fun, family-friendly activities will take place beginning two hours prior to the film viewing. Get here on SEPTA. Hop Routes 7, 32, 38, 43, or 48.</p> 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Plan Your Trip


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Pay What You Wish

Philadelphia Museum Of Art

On Wednesday, it's Pay What You Wish night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What does this mean? It starts at a penny but support with whatever amount you wish. So come on your own, with family, or with friends and get there on SEPTA. Bus Routes 7, 32, 38, 43 & 48 serve the Museum area. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to discover your best way there.

20170628 00:00 20170629 00:00 America/New_York Pay What You Wish <p>On Wednesday, it&#39;s Pay What You Wish night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. What does this mean? It starts at a penny but support with whatever amount you wish. So come on your own, with family, or with friends and get there on SEPTA. Bus Routes 7, 32, 38, 43 &amp; 48 serve the Museum area. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to discover your best way there.</p> 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130 Plan Your Trip


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Free Admission to Eastern State Penitentiary

Eastern State Penitentiary

On Friday, 6/30, enjoy complimentary admission to Eastern State Penitentiary to explore the renowned, 11-acre prison, which once housed some of history's most famous inmates. Get here on SEPTA. Bus Routes 48, 43, 33, 32 & 7 all get you close.

20170630 00:00 20170701 00:00 America/New_York Free Admission to Eastern State Penitentiary <p>On Friday, 6/30, enjoy complimentary admission to Eastern State Penitentiary to explore the renowned, 11-acre prison, which once housed some of history&#39;s most famous inmates.&nbsp;Get here on SEPTA. Bus Routes 48, 43, 33, 32 &amp; 7 all get you close.</p> Eastern State Penitentiary, Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Wawa Welcome America!

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Celebrating the nation’s birthday with a citywide festival, Wawa Welcome America! is a multi-day party with more than 50 free events for all ages. From 6/29 thru 7/4, city dwellers can look forward to numerous free fireworks shows, days of free museum admission, concerts, block parties and so much more. Avoid traffic and parking and take SEPTA to the festivities. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to discover your best way there.

20170629 00:00 20170705 00:00 America/New_York Wawa Welcome America! <p>Celebrating the nation&rsquo;s birthday with a citywide festival,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/fourth-of-july-in-philadelphia-wawa-welcome-america/">Wawa Welcome America!</a>&nbsp;is a multi-day party with more than 50 free events for all ages. From 6/29 thru 7/4, city dwellers can look forward to numerous free fireworks shows, days of free museum admission, concerts, block parties and so much more. Avoid traffic and parking and take SEPTA to the festivities. Click PLAN YOUR TRIP to discover your best way there.</p> Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


Barnes

First Sunday

Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation marks the first Sunday of the month (this Sunday!) with free admission to its impressive galleries including special programs throughout the day. Free tickets are required and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get here on SEPTA Routes 2, 7, 32, 33, 38 or 48.

20170702 00:00 20170703 00:00 America/New_York First Sunday <p>The Barnes Foundation marks the first Sunday of the month (this Sunday!) with <a class="trackingoutbound" href="http://www.barnesfoundation.org/visit/philadelphia/free-first-sundays">free admission</a> to its impressive galleries including special programs throughout the day. Free tickets are required and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get here on SEPTA Routes 2, 7, 32, 33, 38 or 48.</p> 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature at The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute

A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature is the newest exhibition at The Franklin Institute. The display, which features a 1,700-square-foot mirror maze, explores the mathematical patterns of the natural world, from the nested spirals of a sunflower’s seeds to the ridges of a mountain range to the layout of the universe. Get there on SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban, 15th, City Hall and 19th Street Stations. Or hop Routes 7, 33, 38 or 48. Make sure you check out this Pass Perk before you go!! 

20170527 00:00 20170905 00:00 America/New_York A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature at The Franklin Institute <p><em><a href="http://www.uwishunu.com/2017/05/franklin-institute-opens-1700-square-foot-mirror-maze-exhibition-summer/">A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature</a></em>&nbsp;is the newest exhibition at The Franklin Institute. The display, which features a 1,700-square-foot mirror maze, explores the mathematical patterns of the natural world, from the nested spirals of a sunflower&rsquo;s seeds to the ridges of a mountain range to the layout of the universe. Get there on SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban, 15th, City Hall and 19th Street Stations. Or hop Routes 7, 33, 38 or 48. Make sure you check out this <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/165">Pass Perk</a> before you go!!&nbsp;</p> 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Pairings on the Parkway

Sister Cities Park

Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, or a six-pack of your favorite beer, and head to Sister Cities Park for Pairings on the Parkway event. Happens every Thursday from 5p to 8p. Each week, a different performer will provide live music for those wining and dining on the lawn. And yes, admission is free! Short walk from City Hall, 15th Street and Suburban Station. Or you can get here on SEPTA Route 33.

20170629 00:00 20170901 00:00 America/New_York Pairings on the Parkway <p>Bring a bottle of your favorite wine, or a six-pack of your favorite beer, and head to Sister Cities Park for Pairings on the Parkway event. Happens every Thursday from 5p to 8p. Each week, a different performer will provide live music for those wining and dining on the lawn. And yes, admission is free! Short walk from City Hall, 15th Street and Suburban Station. Or you can get here on SEPTA Route 33.</p> 210 North 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Final Day for the Beer Garden at Cira Green

Cira Green

University City's Cira Green Beer Garden ends its run this Friday night with one last night of rooftop views, food, drinks, and live music. The beer garden kicks off at 5p with the tapping of a limited-release keg and continues with a variety of drink selections. Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley to 30th or Bus Routes 21 and 42.

20170630 00:00 20170701 00:00 America/New_York Final Day for the Beer Garden at Cira Green <p>University City&#39;s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.uwishunu.com/2017/03/sky-high-beer-garden-coming-cira-green-park-spring/">Cira Green Beer Garden</a>&nbsp;ends its run this Friday night with one last night of&nbsp;rooftop views, food, drinks, and live music. The beer garden kicks off&nbsp;at 5p&nbsp;with the tapping of a limited-release keg and continues with a variety of drink selections. Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley to 30th or Bus Routes 21 and 42.</p> Cira Green, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Free At Noon

World Cafe Live

WXPN's Free At Noon is held every Friday at World Cafe Live and always features fabulous music. Heading to the show? Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley to 30th or Bus Routes 21 & 42.

20170630 00:00 20170701 00:00 America/New_York Free At Noon <p>WXPN&#39;s Free At Noon is held every Friday at World Cafe Live and always features <a href="http://www.xpn.org/events/free-at-noon">fabulous music</a>. Heading to the show? Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to 30th Street Station, the Market-Frankford Line or Trolley to 30th or Bus Routes 21 &amp; 42.</p> 3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19104 Plan Your Trip


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