The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can’t Miss

Philadelphia is full of wonderful art museums and galleries to explore, many of which have recently reopened with new health and safety measures in place. Below is an overview of some of the most exciting exhibitions currently on display or coming to the city.
Exhibitions currently on view:

Harry Potter: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

Harry Potter: The Exhibit is now open at the Franklin Institute and promises to be “the most comprehensive traveling exhibit on the wizarding world ever”. With its world premiere underway in Philadelphia, the experience invites wizards, witches, and Muggles of all ages to explore a collection of authentic movie props and costumes plus plenty of spellbinding surprises. Tickets are available now.

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwestern Native Art in the Community at the Barnes Foundation

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community at the Barnes Foundation features art made by the Pueblo and Diné (Navajo) peoples in the mountains, valleys, and mesas of present-day New Mexico and Arizona . The exhibition bears witness to these living traditions, exploring the flow of energy that animates all existence and the practices that nurture life. Water, Wind, Breath: Southwest Native Art in Community will be on view until May 15, 2022.

Liberty: Don Troiani’s Revolutionary War Paintings at the Museum of the American Revolution

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

On view through September 5, 2022, Liberty: Don Troiani’s Paintings of the Revolutionary War brings together more than 45 paintings by renowned historical painter and Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts alumnus Don Troiani, whose career has been dedicated to recreating Scenes from the Revolution War, People around the world can experience this special exhibit in a new 360-degree virtual tour that brings the exhibit to life.

The invisible world of water at the Academy of Natural Sciences

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

On view until May 1, 2022, Invisible World of Water at the Academy of Natural Sciences explores the hidden beauty of one of life’s most precious resources, water. Specifically, the exhibit educates visitors about two fascinating microscopic natural phenomena through artworks, animations, holographic screens, sculptures, rare books, images, videos, and more.

The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote at the National Constitution Center

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

2020 commemorated the centennial of the women’s suffrage movement and the ratification of the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed women the right to vote. The National Constitution Center chronicled this pivotal period in American history with the launch of a new permanent exhibit, The 19th Amendment: How Women Won the Vote, now on view. Inside the 3,000 square foot exhibit, visitors will find nearly 100 artifacts that showcase some of the many influential women who played important roles in the 70-year movement, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul and Ida B. Wells.

The stories we carry at the Penn Museum

The Penn Museum showcases 2,500 years of style from civilizations around the world via a 3,700 square foot exhibit, The Stories We Wear, on view through June 12, 2022. Through a collection of approximately 250 objects, including clothing , jewelry, uniforms, badges and tattoos, the exhibition examines the role that clothing and accessories play as expressions of identity in different societies.

Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity at the National Liberty Museum

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity opened at the start of Philadelphia’s Philly Loves Bowie Week. This special exhibition celebrates the legacy of influential and genre-defying musician, David Bowie. Deconstructing Bowie: Freedom in Eccentricity is on view until April 15, 2022.

Conceiving motherhood, the invisible, and spitting propagates death: the 1918-19 influenza pandemic in Philadelphia at
Mütter Museum

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

The Mütter Museum, dedicated to showcasing fascinating discoveries about the human body with unique specimens, models and instruments, presents three new exhibitions: Designing Motherhood, Unseen and Spit Spreads Death: The Influenza Pandemic of 1918-19 in Philadelphia. On view in the Mütter Museum’s Cadwalader Gallery through May 2022, Designing Motherhood is the inaugural exhibition of a larger project that includes an additional exhibition (now open at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture and Design), a book, a design program, an oral history project, and an audience of programs, such as lectures and workshops, that examine how designs of tools, systems, techniques, and customs shape and define public perception and realities of human reproduction and birth.

Rodin’s Hands at the Rodin Museum

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

Now on display at the Rodin Museum along the Benjamin Franklin Promenade, Rodin’s Hands highlights Auguste Rodin’s mastery of conveying emotion and storytelling through the sculpture of hands. The exhibit features fifteen bronzes and plaster casts—many rare or unique to the Philadelphia collection—that join the other masterpieces on display, inside and outside the museum, as part of the one of the largest collections of works by the sculptor outside of Paris. . Rodin’s Hands will be visible until December 2023.

Tattooing: Identity Through Ink at the Swedish American Historical Museum

A new exhibit at Sweden’s oldest museum in the United States explores the past 150 years of tattooing in America, tracing how the once polarizing visual language of skin has become more popular and mainstream in modern times. On view until May 1, 2022, Tattoo: Identity Through Ink will feature artifacts from prominent American tattoo artists, as well as interactive elements such as life-size arm replicas that guests can decorate with their own unique designs.

Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints and Drawings at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

On view at the Brandywine River Museum of Art until April 10, Wayne Thiebaud 100: Paintings, Prints and Drawings celebrates Wayne Thiebaud’s remarkable career that spans seven decades. Thiebaud worked briefly for Walt Disney Studios and on Madison Avenue before gaining national and international recognition for his dessert paintings in the early 1960s.

Neon Currents at the Neon Museum in Philadelphia

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

Presented at the Neon Museum in Philadelphia, Neon Currents combines the work of eight neon artists from across the region. Creators include neon glassblowers, designers, and instructors. This exhibition highlights the ability of artists to use neon art beyond signage. Neon Currents will be on view until March 20, 2022.

Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibit at Philadelphia’s Fashion District

The Best Exhibits in Philadelphia You Can't Miss

On view through March 18, 2022, at Philadelphia’s Fashion District, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: Exhibit gives guests the opportunity to see the artist’s work like never before. This exhibit features life-size reproductions of the famous Sistine Chapel ceiling paintings. Visitors have the chance to see the detail of the timeless masterpiece up close with each photo accompanied by informative signage. Audio guides are also available.

Big Maps for a Small Planet at Cherry Street Pier

This exhibition features large-scale world maps, paintings and sketches prompting guests to ask important questions about our values, biases, stories and how we think about our planet in general. Other cards examine other unseen but real aspects of our world and universe. Big Maps for a Small Planet will be viewable until April 30, 2022.

Next opening of the exhibitions:

Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss at the Academy of Natural Sciences

Opening April 2, 2022 at the Academy of Natural Sciences, Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss will unravel the mysteries of the deepest ocean depths. Extreme Deep: Mission to the Abyss will be viewable until July 24, 2022.

Exhibitions currently on view:

Swimming Pool: A Social History of Segregation at Fairmount Water Works

The historic Fairmount Water Works will reopen to the public on World Water Day, March 22, 2022, and feature a new multidisciplinary exhibit, Pool: A Social History of Segregation (POOL). Installations and experiences featured throughout the 4,700 square foot exhibit will include audio and video vignettes of swimming icons, activists and scholars projected onto the pool surface, in addition to photographs , movies and other Philadelphia area work. artists. POOL will be visible until September 2022.

Keith Haring: A Glowing Legacy at the Michener Art Museum

Opening March 12, 2022, Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy will give visitors the chance to view a private collection of over 100 works by the famous Pop Art icon. The traveling exhibit will include numerous series of Keith Haring icon prints, as well as two rare subway drawings. Keith Haring: A Radiant Legacy will be on view until July 31, 2022.

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