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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 Routes including Route 49, Trolley Lines, 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, 48 or 49. For service between 21st Street and Broad Street, hop Routes 2 or 33. Route 38 stops at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.


There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you.

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

Summer Nights

Eastern State Penitentiary

Explore the impact of recreation on prison life with engaging talks and family-friendly activities at Eastern State Penitentiary during exclusive evening hours on Saturdays and Sundays this summer -now through 7/27. Routes 48, 43, 33, 32, and 7 all get you close.

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Rodin Museum Garden Bar

Rodin Museum

The Rodin Museum's outdoor pop-up garden offers summer cocktails and small plates every Friday thru 8/30. Enjoy free garden bar admission with pay-what-you-wish museum entry. Routes 7, 32, 33, 38 and 48 get you there.

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The Oval

Eakins Oval

The Oval will be open now thru 8/25. Featuring a beer garden, local food trucks, cultural performances, movies on Fridays, live bands on Saturdays, Quizzo and kid-friendly activities on Sundays, as well as new additions this year. — a nine-hole mini-golf course and mobile kitchen courtesy of Libertee Grounds. Hop Routes 2, 7, 32, 33, 38 or 48.

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Friday Night Lounge

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Join Philly's art scene every Friday night for live music, local drinks, and summer vibes. General admission to the Friday Night Lounge is $15. Hop the PLASH Bus, Route 7,32, 43, 48 & 49 or Route 38 drops you at the front door! 

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