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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.

Fare

One way fare is $2.50 cash. You must have exact change if paying the cashier. The cashier cannot make change. 

Your best bet, is a SEPTA Key Card. The Key is reloadable and reusable and available from Kiosks in SEPTA Transit Stations. The SEPTA Key Travel Wallet allows you to pay as you go and you'll receive a discount for each ride ($2.00 versus the $2.50 cash fare). You must load a minimum of $10 [which will get you 5 rides]. Funds in your Travel Wallet can only be used to pay for one (1) person. It cannot be tapped multiple times to pay for anyone traveling with you.  

Best part – your SEPTA Key gets you more than just a ride. Flash it for discounts on food, drink, museums, sports, shops and more. Click here for a full list of Partners.

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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Winter Fountains

Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Now thru 3/18, the free, outdoor Winter Fountains, the centerpiece exhibition of Parkway 100, illuminates the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at night. Get here on SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban Station or hop Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 or 48.

20171204 00:00 20180319 00:00 America/New_York Winter Fountains <p>Now thru 3/18, the free, outdoor<em> <a href="http://www.associationforpublicart.org/project/winterfountains/">Winter Fountains</a>, </em>the centerpiece exhibition of <a href="http://www.associationforpublicart.org/project/winterfountains/#parkway-100">Parkway 100</a>, illuminates the&nbsp;Benjamin Franklin Parkway&nbsp;at night. Get here on SEPTA.&nbsp;Short walk from Suburban Station or hop Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, 43 or 48.</p> 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor

The Franklin Institute

Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor is the newest exhibition at The Franklin Institute. The display reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China's first emperor until their discovery in 1974. The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for this monumental exhibition. Get there on SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban, 15th, City Hall and 19th Street Stations. Or hop Routes 7, 33, 38 or 48. Don't forget to check out this Perk before going! 

20170930 00:00 20180305 00:00 America/New_York Terracotta Warriors of the First Emperor <p><em><a href="https://www.fi.edu/exhibit/terracotta-warriors">Terracotta Warriors&nbsp;of the First Emperor</a></em>&nbsp;is the newest exhibition at The Franklin Institute. The display reveals the secrets behind the 2,000-year-old army of clay statues that guarded the tomb of China&#39;s first emperor until their discovery in 1974. The Franklin Institute is the only East Coast stop for this monumental exhibition. Get there on SEPTA. Short walk from Suburban, 15th, City Hall and 19th Street Stations. Or hop Routes 7, 33, 38 or 48. Don&#39;t forget to check out this <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/191">Perk</a> before going!&nbsp;</p> 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies

Academy of Natural Sciences

Travel back in time and explore the world of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and fossils in this new exhibition at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Visitors will be able to touch dinosaur fossils, dig for dinosaur eggs and dress up like a sauropod or oviraptor. So many ways to get here on SEPTA. The ANS is a short walk from Suburban Station, 15th Street Station and 19th Street Station and just a 3 minute walk from both the Route 32 and 38 stops. Check out this Perk for $2 off admission!!

20170930 00:00 20180115 00:00 America/New_York Tiny Titans: Dinosaur Eggs and Babies <p>Travel back in time and explore the world of dinosaurs through their eggs, nests and fossils in&nbsp;<a href="https://ansp.org/Visit/Events/Details/?eid=14892&amp;iid=45826">this new exhibition</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Visitors will be able to touch dinosaur fossils, dig for dinosaur eggs and dress up like a sauropod or oviraptor. So many ways to get here on SEPTA. The ANS&nbsp;is a short walk from Suburban Station, 15th Street Station and 19th Street Station and just a 3 minute walk from both the Route 32 and 38 stops.&nbsp;Check out this <a href="http://iseptaphilly.com/perk/95">Perk</a> for $2 off admission!!</p> 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA, United States Plan Your Trip


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