“You’re driving all the way to New Jersey… tonight… for a birthday party?” my co-worker stammered and stared at me incredulously. She, obviously, is not a reader of The Open Road Ahead! With an invitation to attend a dear friend’s birthday celebration Saturday night, I pointed the Accord southbound after work Friday and settled into a six hour drive to my home state, leaving Massachusetts in my rear view mirror. Aside from taking my car to my favorite Honda dealer for routine maintenance Saturday morning, I had nothing on my schedule until the party in the evening, so I decided to spend my afternoon the best way I know how: exploring another site for this blog!
Originally chartered in 1876 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has existed in its current iconic location along the Schuylkill River since 1928. Planning began in 1895, with designs being finalized in 1919. One of the lead designers, Julian Abele, was the first African-American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Architecture. Owing to a shortage of material after World War I, the building was not completed until 1928 (via Wikipedia). A world-famous art museum that hosts over 700,000 visitors each year, the museum is also well-known for the famous scene in the movie Rocky when Sylvester Stallone’s character runs up the museum steps during his training. I spent a wonderful afternoon visiting the museum, although its sheer size means it is impossible to see everything in only one trip. Instead, I thought I would share some of the exhibits that caught my eye.
Before I close this post, I thought it would be appropriate to include a clip from the movie Rocky, which featured his training montage and his famous run up the steps of the Art Museum. For your enjoyment:
The Philadelphia Museum of Art was a wonderful destination in the middle of a busy weekend. The museum is open year-round from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (although the museum is also open until 8:45 pm on Wednesday and Friday). Ticket prices are: adults are $20, seniors 65+ are $18, students are $14, youth ages 13-18 are $14, and children ages 12 and under can enter for free. Come to the museum to check out world famous art, reenact your own Rocky run, or better yet, do both! Thanks for coming along on another journey down The Open Road Ahead!