Walking Tour of American Art in Philadelphia

Detail Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour
Detail Led by an art historian
Detail Small-group tour
Detail Duration: 3 hours

Philadelphia's culture and artistic history comes to life on this Walking Tour of America Art in Philadelphia. The tour is led by a knowledgeable art historian who will be discussing artists, art movements, and the art community as it pertains to Philadelphia. Make sure to wear comfortable walking shoes for this three-hour tour. This tour is perfect for the art lover.

The tour will begin with a discussion about Charles Willson Peale. Peale was a friend of Jefferson who used Independence Hall for displaying his artwork. Peale's museum has been called the first modern museum. Next, the guide will talk about American portraiture and artists such as West, Copely, and Stuart will be included in the discussion. The tour will continue to America's first art academy which is the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Take the time to see works by all the artists that have been discussed throughout the tour. Explore the development of the art movement in a country that is developing in its own right.

Right at the time that America was beginning to get a foothold, so was American art. The birthplace of America is responsible for the development of modern art. Enjoying lively conversions within the group and with the knowledgeable guide while taking in the diverse culture of Philadpehia and relive some of its history through the artists that made a name for themselves in this town.
Explore the world of American art on this 3-hour walking through Philadelphia. Led by a knowledgeable art historian, your small-group will delight in a discussion of the cultural and artistic history of Philadelphia and greater Pennsylvania.

Begin your tour with a discussion of Charles Willson Peale, a friend of Thomas Jefferson and the great portraitist of George Washington, who lived for a time near Independence Hall and used the structure to display his growing collection of art and natural specimens. Examine Peale's museum (generally considered the first modern museum) in the context of the Enlightenment, before focusing the tour on his work as an artist.

Your guide will lead your group toward a discussion of early American portraiture and artists such as Stuart, Copely, and West. Discover how the institutionalization of "American Fine Art" took shape in the cultural hub of a still-young America. On a larger scale, your guide will apply themes of Trans-Atlantic influence, philosophical inquiry, and evolving civic and national identities to your conversation of artistic development in America. 

Your walk will continue to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the United States' first successful art academy. Encounter Peale's "The Artist in His Museum," along with works by West, Stuart, Krimmel, Raphaelle Peale, and other local Pennsylvania artists in the Academy's collection of American art. Explore the role of the Academy and various art movements and communities in the region from the birth of the nation to today.

Pickup & Return:
Pine and Spruce Streets.


  • Professional art historian guide

Does not include:

  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Information:

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Minimum age is 13 years

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