The City of Murals

Renior, Matisse, Cezanne, Picasso and Rodin. The city of Philadelphia is full of amazing works of art by these famed artists and many others. Days can be spent exploring Philly’s countless museums, museums which would rival some of the best in the world. However, the city’s impressive art work isn’t just limited to museums, it’s found all over the downtown streets making it free and easily accessible.

Theatre of Life

Philadelphia is home to some of the most beautiful murals I’ve seen anywhere. They’re found on the sides of buildings around the city for everyone to see.

Garden of Delight

Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program dates back to 1984 when it began in an effort to battle a graffiti crisis that the city was facing. Since then, over 3,000 murals have been produced throughout Philadelphia as a result of this program. Mural Arts runs various free programs around the city, largely targeted towards at-risk youth.

Philadelphia Muses

Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour along the Mural Mile to see 17 of the most iconic murals. On a sunny, fall afternoon, it’s a great way to spend a couple of hours. You can even use your cellphone to call in for an audio tour.

Pride & Progress

The month of October is actually Mural Arts Month in Philadelphia. Various special events and activities will be taking place throughout the month to commemorate the program.

Building the City

Time also provides a great photo essay of some of Philadelphia’s murals. You can check them out here. The next time you visit Philly, keep your eyes peeled, as this is art you don’t want to miss!

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2 Comments on “The City of Murals”

  1. flaneriefeminine Says:

    Stunning murals! 🙂


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