Visit the Philadelphia Museum of Art and its surroundings
Leaving the city’s historic area and heading towards Fairmount, you may visit one of the most important museums in the United States. The Philadelphia Museum of Art first opened its doors in 1876, as part of a centennial exhibition commemorating the hundred years of American freedom.
Since then, the museum has drawn millions of visitors and now houses over 240,000 works of art, including paintings, photos, and textile art. The museum’s collection of art spans more than 2,000 years, from current to ancient Egyptian. Degas, Picasso, Chagall, Van Gogh, and Mir are among the artists featured.
Finally, the admission fee is as follows:
- adults: $25;
- over 65: $23;
- students: $14;
- under 18: free;
- on the first Sunday of the month and on Wednesday after 17.00 you can access the free offer.
The famous Rocky Steps
Perhaps not everyone is aware that the 72 steps going up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s entrance are a significant draw. Fans may recall the memorable scene in which Rocky Balboa rushes up this staircase and agrees to chase his goal.
Boxing and Rocky Balboa fans have made it a pilgrimage site since then. Spend a few minutes in front of the stairs and you’ll witness scores of visitors sprinting and snapping photographs.
Even if you are not a fan of the Stallone series, we recommend that you spend some time at this attraction. In fact, you can get a great view of the Philadelphia skyline from here.
Rocky ‘s Statue
The Rocky Balboa Memorial Statue is another must-see for boxing and pop culture fans. Sylvester Stallone commissioned this 2-ton bronze statue in 1982 to shoot the Rocky trilogy.
Following the completion of filming, the city government opted to relocate the monument to the bottom of the stairway. It will be on your left as you depart the art museum. If you want to take a picture with Rocky, expect a ten-minute wait: there are many tourists who visit it every day.
Eastern State Penitentiary : Al Capone’s prison
One of the most dreaded jails in the United States may be found in the Fairmount area. The jail first opened its doors in 1829 and closed them in 1971. It was a novel structure at the time. The goal of Eastern State Penitentiary was to overhaul the whole country’s prison system.
This framework, in reality, claimed to foster a rehabilitation system for convicts rather than the old punishing one. For this reason, an isolation system was built, which led to the collapse of the structure, which became overcrowded.
Here are some things not to miss when visiting the famous US penitentiary:
- The hole, literally the hole, or Klondike, provides a horrific example of a cell utilised for punitive isolation of inmates.
- Al Capone’s cell, where he spent eight months in 1929. The look of the cell reveals the excellent treatment received by the prominent mobster at the time.
- Cellblock 7, the most modern section of the prison, with its distinctive cathedral vault.
The admission fee is $14 for adults and $10 for youngsters. Eastern State is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.