Recently, I took a trip to Philadelphia with two of my favorite travel buddies, my parents : ) We spent a lovely weekend there because my mom is a member of a Chicago art group that travels to different cities to visit the local art museums, people’s personal art collections, and other artful landmarks.
Our first stop was The Barnes Foundation, which has pieces by notable artists like Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pablo Picasso. What I love most about The Foundation is that none of the works of art have descriptions beside them. The Foundation considers itself an education center rather than a museum, so it forces you to come to your own conclusions about what the pieces are saying. If you do ANYTHING in Philadelphia, visit The Foundation.
Another exhibit we visited was the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You might recognize the museum’s outdoor stairs from the Rocky movie – Rocky Balboa ran up the stairs during the movie, or so I’ve heard. I’ve never seen Rocky! BUT, I have been to this exhibit and highly suggest visiting it! I especially loved the South Asian art.
Since I’m a lover of South Asian art, one of my favorite pieces I saw wasn’t even in a museum! It was at the offices of SEI Investments Company. It’s NYC telephone books turned into a gigantic Buddha head!
We also took a bus tour around the city to see the beautiful outdoor murals.
Visiting Philadelphia reminded me of how much I love traveling and visiting places I’ve never been in the U.S. Where are your favorite places to visit in the U.S.?
With a lot of heart,